spring houseThere’s a reason for the term “Spring cleaning.” As days become warmer and longer, we throw off the “clock” of Winter, open doors and windows, and finally breathe fresh air. The earth comes alive with new growth, we hear and see our first Robin of the year, smell the sweet scent of Spring flowers, and rejoice.

What, you ask, does all this bliss have to do with Spring cleaning? I blame it on the light. What the dark days of Winter hid, now stares us straight in the eye—dirty windows, dust, a few cobwebs, dull-looking paint, too much collected stuff, etc., etc., etc.

Someone once said that cleaning house is something you do that nobody notices until you DON’T do it. Well, that time has come for me; I haven’t done it and I definitely notice it. Spring has finally arrived and with it I feel a surge of energy to dig in and give my home some serious refreshing.

I can’t say I enjoy house cleaning, but I do love the feeling of accomplishment and sense of control over my enviornment once I’m done.

The following tips were passed on to me. Not that I consider myself Eloise, but I’ve tried several of these suggestions and they really work:

  • The best way to clean a microwave oven is to place a handful of wet paper towels inside and run it on high for 3-5 minutes. The steam from the towels soften the grime. Once the towels cool down, use them to wipe the oven’s interior.
  • Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the garbage disposal to clean and deodorize.
  • To clean china and fine glassware, add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let it dry.
  • Rubbing alcohol can remove haze from mirrors and spots from bathroom fixtures.
  • Use lemon furniture oil to clean spots on metal shower frames.
  • Use car wax to wax large appliances and make them shine. You can also use it to remove small scratches.
  • When cleaning wood floors, it is safer to mist the mop with the cleaner and than to apply it to the floor. Do a section at a time and throw an old towel on the floor and scoot back and forth with your foot to dry and prevent streaks.
  • Insure smooth-sliding windows and doors by running a bar of soap back and forth along the tracks.
  • To remove rust from chrome, wipe it with aluminum foil dipped in Coke (yes, you read that right)! To polish the chrome, use a crumpled up piece of aluminum foil and polish.
  • To polish copper, rub an ample amount of catsup on the copper and let it stand for 5 minutes. Rinse off the catsup with hot water and dry to find an incredible shine.
  • Keep 2 old toothbrushes, one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen. It’s the easiest way to remove encrusted gunk on a faucet or can opener, or any tiny crevices that are difficult to clean.
  • To remove stickers, decals and glue from furniture, glass, or plastic, saturate with vegetable oil and rub off.
  • If you get paint on your carpet, spray with Windex and wipe clean.
  • Throw bathroom items ( soap dish, toothbrush holder, etc.), into the dishwasher. The dishwasher gets into all those little spaces better than you ever could.
  • Heating tile and the tub just 10 degrees above the normal air temperature doubles the effectiveness of alkaline cleansers. Fill the bottom of the tub with a couple inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap and let sit for a few minutes.
  • Pare down your products. Pros skip specialized products in favor of all-purpose cleansers that can tackle almost any job. For instance, Scrubbing Bubbles works great on the shower, tub, and toilet—even on microwaves and kitchen counters.
  • Finally, a way to reuse old T-shirts or any soft clothe.  Professional cleaners never stop to rinse, wring or fold over a rag. Just throw it in the dirty-rag rag and get a new one. Once used, wash them in the clothes washer and they’re good to go for the next cleaning.
  • A clean, dry paintbrush is the ideal tool for getting dust out of hard-to-reach furniture grooves and corners.
  • Save the kitchen for last! The kitchen is typically the staging area for cleaning, so you’re likely to muck it up while getting everything else clean and shiny.

What do you think? See some ideas you’d like to try? Or maybe you’ve found other great cleaning tips. I and my readers would love to know, so share them on my Facebook page.

To Spring and having a happier (and cleaner) home.

Until next time…



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