Happy Spring Cleaning!
Since there was a stay at home order in place at the beginning of spring like most of you, we were spending way more time at home then before. While we were home, we worked, tried new recipes, walked our dogs a whole lot more and cleaned! We started to think of all the other things people often forget to clean and we came up with a list and instructions (for the more tedious tasks) on how to clean these items. We are happy to share our Spring cleaning tips with you. Happy cleaning!
Cleaning tip #1: Clean out your medicine cabinet
- Look through your ointments, medicine, prescriptions, and check out the expiration dates on your sunblock’s packaging. Yes, even sunblock expires.
Cleaning tip #2: Clean/Organize your closet!
- It's a great time to clean up and organize your closet, create a pile for donations or even items to repair like tops missing buttons etc...and start sewing, maybe even teach your husband or kids to sew.
Cleaning tip #3: Clean your white shoes
We love white sneakers but don't love how easily they dirty. Consider this is your reminder to clean those shoes. My secret to keeping our shoes white is by soaking them in warm water and Oxi-Clean over night before throwing them in the wash. Once washed leave them in a safe place to dry. Never throw your shoes in the dryer.
Cleaning tip #4: Organize your home office space or bill paying, mail keeping area.
- Create a shred pile, go thru each and every ????paper.
Cleaning tip #5: Clean your windows
- Cleaning the windows is a classic spring-cleaning task, but it is one of those tasks that’s all too easy to only do halfway. When you clean your windows, be sure to clean both inside and outside with a quality glass cleaner. You should remove the window screens and clean them as well, especially if any of them have dirt or other icky stuff stuck in them after the winter.
Cleaning tip #6: Don't forget your furniture
- It's easy to forget that furniture and soft surfaces collect dust. It's time to break out the vacuum or steam cleaner to give your furniture a good cleaning. This will help keep your furniture looking good longer, but it can also reduce allergies.
Cleaning tip #7: Dust those ceiling fans
- It's easy to forget about your ceiling fans because they're over your head and you can't always tell how dusty they are. Make dusting easier by simply placing a pillowcase over a fan blade and then slide it off, holding the blade to wipe it down. Not only will you clean the dust from the fan, but the fluff will remain inside the pillowcase.
Cleaning tip #8: Clean your dishwasher
In theory, your dishwasher should be constantly cleaning itself — but sadly, it isn't. If you don't clean your dishwasher correctly, your appliance can't fully do its job. Plus, if you let the food and grime build up, it can seriously damage the dishwasher's filter and pump, ultimately resulting in costly repairs. Follow these 4 steps for a clean machine.
- Clear the drain: Remove the bottom dish rack. Inspect the dishwasher drain, remove any gunk or food stuck there. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.?
- Remove & rinse the filter: Unlock and remove the filter found below the bottom spray arm and rinse it under hot running water. With a soft toothbrush, scrub the mesh screen and plastic frame to remove any grease or particles stuck in the crevices. Once it's just like new, lock it back into place. If you're not sure where your machine's filter is located, check the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for details.?
- Use vinegar: Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty odors, too.?
- Baking soda rinse: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short, hot water cycle. The dishwasher will smell fresh and have a brightened, stain-free interior.?
Cleaning tip #9: Clean your coffee maker
You should clean your coffee maker at least once a month. Every time you brew coffee, hard water, lime deposits, and debris from the beans build up inside the machine. Cleaning your machine regularly will ensure you always have a tasty & fresh cup of coffee. Follow the 5 easy steps below.
- Put a clean filter in the filter basket.
- Fill the reservoir with half plain white vinegar and half water.
- Turn the coffee maker on and run it as if you were brewing coffee.
- After the cycle is complete, empty the pot of vinegar and repeat the process twice with plain water. Be sure to do this twice so that your coffee does not taste like vinegar.
- Once you've completed cleaning the internal parts of the coffee maker, you can put the pot and filter basket directly into the dishwasher.
We hope you found these tips helpful. Happy cleaning! -J&J