Just like my list of Spring Cleaning Tips from last year, here are some handy new ideas worth adding to your list.
These all-natural options will cut down on the time spent on cleaning so you can focus more time on family and relaxing since Summer is just around the corner. Enjoy!
Clean Hard Water Stains with Lemons
Take lemon halves and rub them all over any hard water stains on sinks or faucets. Let the lemon juice set in for a few moments then wipe with a damp cloth. You won’t believe how the citric acid in the lemons will kick those hard water stains to the curb!
Shine Stainless Steel Sinks with Baking Soda
Spray your kitchen sink with your faucet and sprinkle liberally with baking soda. Wait for a moment then scrub with a sponge or other scrubber.
Bonus Tip: Want to use less elbow grease and boost your scrubbing power? Add kosher salt to the baking soda and watch your sink gleam!
Make Windows Sparkle with Newspaper
It may sound crazy, but when you spray your favorite glass cleaner on windows and mirrors, you’ll get a much nicer shine by wiping it off with an old newspaper. Rags and paper towels leave lint, while newspaper leaves a lovely streak-free shine.
Bonus tip: Want to make your own glass cleaner? Add two cups of water to a spray bottle with 1/4 cup of vinegar and two teaspoons of dish soap. Shake well, and done!
Turn the Page on Pantry Organization
Tired of digging through cans and boxes to get to items in the back of your pantry? Check the home section of retailers for various sizes of turntable-style racks or lazy susans. Ditch all the old and expired items from your pantry, and gain access to everything by adding these handy racks to your reorganized pantry.
Clean Between your HVAC Vents
Your HVAC vents and returns can get pretty dusty. Cover a butter knife with a damp rag or cloth and carefully run it between the blades of your vents to remove the dust, rinsing the rag as it gets dirtier.
Clean Your Vacuum Filter
Did you know your vacuum likely has an air filter that should be regularly cleaned? Simply add it to your dishwasher to remove dirt and allergens. Sometimes even the cleaner needs cleaning!
Bonus Tip: this dishwasher technique works for cleaning dish sponges too.
Make Outdoor Garbage Cans Gleam
Your outdoor garbage can may get grimy and stinky this time of year, especially if you have “pet deposits” you’re disposing. Simply lay the garbage can on its side, squirt in a generous dollop of dish soap and give it a good hosing out. Your garbage company will love you!
Bonus Tip: Clean your HVAC Unit for Better Performance!
Did you know your outdoor and indoor units were designed for a twice-annual deep clean and preventive maintenance? This one is better left to the professionals.
Your Spring tune-ups get your system in tip-top shape before the summer temperatures set in. The result? Better comfort, cooler air and lower power bills!