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Eight Unusual Cleaning Tips Guaranteed to Make Spring Cleaning Fun

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Recently we talked about how to best prep for your spring cleaning ventures.

If you’ve found it difficult to motivate yourself and get the tasks done, maybe these unusual cleaning tricks will be just what you need.

We all have a trick or two that we likely learned from our grandma, like shining silver with some toothpaste, but have you ever wondered about some other kooky cleaning tips?

Stick with us for some unconventional, but totally effective cleaning methods for your home.

Nowadays there’s a scrub, spray, and sponge for everything; but sometimes it’s not necessary to make a run out to the store when you likely have some great products already in your pantry.


1. Potatoes to Make Glass Sparkle

If your glassware has water marks or mineral stains take a few slices of freshly peeled potato skins and buff away. Voilà! Your glass will be sparkling in no time.


2. Baby Oil for the Toilet:

Cheap and available almost anywhere, baby oil is a great polisher to apply to chrome fixtures. Put a few drops on a cloth and take to your faucets, toilet handle, and even the toilet bowl until the porcelain is gleaming just how you like.


3. Save Your Wooden Coffee Table

Noticing rings from glasses and mugs on your favorite side table?

No need to start shopping around for a new one — just put a little olive oil and salt on a cloth or cotton ball and rub across the table. Within a few hours the rings should disappear


4. Manicures for the Toilet

If you have problems with rusty toilet hardware or shifting seats, paint a few coats of clear nail polish on bolts and screws. They’ll be less likely to loosen and rust!


5. Long Live the Screen Door

If you have a screen door, you may think the only way to keep it looking fresh is to replace it every so often.

However, a simple lint roller can keep pet hair, cobwebs, and other debris out of the screen and helping prolong the life a little while longer.


6. Ditch Funky Smells

If your garbage disposal has been smelling odd lately, there’s an easy fix!

Just turn off the disposal (important!) and use an old tooth brush (also important!) to clean the undersides of the splash guard. Typically old food and grime gets caught up underneath.


7. Bring the Car to the Kitchen

Well, not literally! But using any basic water based degreaser from an auto parts store can be just the thing your oven range hood filter needs to revive its life.


8. Don’t Forget the Dishwasher

Your dishwasher can harbor harmful bacteria and mold if not disinfected regularly. Run an empty cycle with bleach, baking soda, and vinegar to help keep it fresh.


Have you ever tried any of these strange solutions?

Which ones are you eager to test out?

Leave a comment below and let us know or add a few things to our list!

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Surefire Ways to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

The official start to spring just around the corner!

You are probably making up a quick to-do list in your head of all the spring cleaning items you’ll soon be tackling.

If you are avoiding it, it might be because you don’t like getting rid of stuff or you feel it’s too big of a task.

While many families dread spring cleaning, it doesn’t actually have to be so terrible.

So if you’ve never done a proper spring cleaning or you seem to lose your steam halfway through, follow our tips to stay on top of it:


Strategies are Essential for Success

Taking on a deep clean of the entire home is a big task, so you will need a plan.

Start by organizing tasks by each room and focus on the areas that have been neglected rather than re-cleaning something that has recently received attention.

A plan will not only keep you sane, but it will make the whole process more efficient and less stressful.


Free Yourself from Clutter First

Before you do anything, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and get into the clutter.

Assign each family member a room or even make them responsible for their own things.

Separate items into donate, sell, and trash piles. Clearing out the unnecessary mess will make the entire cleaning process that much easier.


Assemble a First Aid Kit

We’re not talking about a real first aid kit with bandages and ointments.

This is more of a home first aid kit, with all the essentials you’ll need to perform a proper clean.

You’re going to need things like: an all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes, rubber gloves, glass cleaner, duster, microfiber cloths, etc.

Pro-tip: Investing in a suitable vacuum will definitely payoff.


Take Everything Apart

It’s important, especially when dusting or vacuuming, that you get every nook and cranny.

Take everything off of the shelf, bookcase, move the furniture, etc. rather than just dusting around it. A little extra effort now will do your home, and your possessions, some good in the long run.


Don’t Forget the Fridge

Even if you fancy yourself diligent in throwing out expired foods, you should take an hour or two to really focus on your fridge.

Remove everything and check it all. Wipe down containers with leftovers and then spray down the inside of the refrigerator with water and vinegar before putting everything back.

Pro-tip: Clean your fridge’s condenser coil to prolong the life of your appliance.


Spring cleaning is not so daunting if you take the time to make a game plan… and then stick to it!


Are You Ready?

Is this your first spring cleaning rodeo?

If not, would you add anything to the list? Let us know in the comments below. We love to hear from you!

We hope these tips will serve you well and help you prepare your home for the warmer months.

If you haven’t had your annual home inspection do it now! This is an easy thing to tick off your to-do list.


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