Household Cleaning Tips

Spring is here! And with the new season comes flowers, warm weather…and Spring Cleaning. But who wants to be inside cleaning the house when there is so much to do outside? We’ve got some tips to help you get your cleaning done with a little less stress. For Spring, or anytime of the year!

Tackle a job a little at a time. Big jobs are hard to tackle because just the thought of it makes you want to throw your hands in the air and give up. Who says you have to do the whole thing at once? Wipe down one shelf of the refrigerator a day. Just moved? Unpack one box at a time.

Multi-Task. I don’t mean do the 50 things at once that wear you out in the first place. Try these tips: Clear off the bathroom counter while you’re brushing your teeth or bathing the kids. Eliminate the clutter! The more clutter you have in your home, the more difficult your cleaning will be. Get rid of everything you don’t need. Better yet, donate them to your favorite charity.Assemble all of your cleaning tools on a rolling cart or in a caddy. Remember the gloves, wipes, and cleaning supplies. You can easily move your supplies from room to room. This will save you time, energy and the frustration of not being able to find a tool you need.

Baking Soda and White Vinegar. You won’t find these in the cleaning products aisle at the store, but you can find all types of uses for them while you do your spring cleaning! Baking soda can be used as a deodorizer, sprinkled on liquid carpet spills, added to your laundry, and sprinkled around the bathtub before cleaning. Use vinegar to clean your showerheads, tubs, faucets, countertops and more!

Wear an apron with pockets for brushes and other small cleaning tools. They will be easy to find and close at hand when you need them. Recycle old toothbrushes and use them for scrubbing small, hard-to-reach areas.

Easy reaching. If you don’t have a long handled duster, use a broom or a mop with a soft cloth wrapped around it to get any spider webs and dust out of the ceiling corners.

Work from top to bottom. This keeps your freshly cleaned surfaces from collecting additional dust and dirt.

Turn it up. Have upbeat music playing in the background. Music will get you moving and will make the time go by more quickly.

Don’t forget to recycle! It may be easier to throw everything directly into the trash can, but you can make such a big difference right now by recycling what you can. Paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard are all easily sorted for recycling. Make recycling a habit and keep it up with recycling bins labeled for each item.

Mother knows best! Moms everywhere say “If you don’t have time to do anything else, at least keep your dishes clean and out of the sink, keep the beds made and keep your papers out of sight” and your home will look a lot better for it.

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