Winter is a drag, but spring cleaning doesn’t have to be. Using common household products to clean up your home makes cleaning a breeze! Use these tips to get you and your home feeling clean, refreshed, and ready to bring on spring!
Clean Your Cleaning Tools
It sounds redundant, but you would be surprised how much dirt, gunk, and germs are hiding in your everyday cleaning tools. In fact, studies show that your kitchen sponge likely contains more bacteria than your toilet (not cute). Try putting your sponge through the sanitization cycle on your dishwasher or microwaving your sponge for 2 minutes (make sure it is full of water or you might burn your house down). Leave the sponge to cool to a safe temperature before removing it from the microwave. This should be done weekly to ensure your sponge stays bacteria free.
Brushes should be cleaned monthly. This can be done by filling a bucket with warm water and adding half a cup of OXY powder or chlorine bleach (don’t forget to put on some rubber gloves to prevent chemical burns or irritation). Stir it well to combine the water with the bleach and add your tools. This will disinfect and deodorize your brushes.
Use Vinegar to Sanitize Your Surfaces
White vinegar is a staple cleaning product to have in your home. White vinegar can be used to clean countertops, disinfect mop heads, and is powerful against hard water stains and bathroom surfaces. Do some research on different vinegar-water ratios for each surface you plan to clean. Be careful about what material your surfaces are made of- vinegar can be damaging to granite, hard wood, and other materials (just make sure you do your research!).
Scrub Your Tub
Not only does grapefruit make delicious margaritas, but you can also use it to clean your bathtub! All you have to do is wet your tub, take half of a grapefruit sprinkled with salt (coarse kosher is recommended), and scrub down the inside of your bathtub. Your tub will be squeaky clean and smelling so good!
Use Ice Cubes and Citrus to Clean Your Garbage Disposal
If you have leftover grapefruit peels from the previous cleaning hack, use them here! Take your leftover lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit peels and place them in an ice cube tray with water. Once frozen, these cubes are not only refreshing in a glass of sparkling water, but they are also a powerful cleaner in your garbage disposal. The ice will de-gunk the blades in your disposal while the citrus will add a delightful, fruity scent. You can also use white vinegar instead of water and add essential oils for an extra clean kick. This hack is so easy you’ll be wondering how you never thought of this before!
Freshen Up Your Fridge
Fridge smelling a bit funky? Use a mix of two tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of hot water and wipe down the surfaces in your fridge with a damp cloth, then dry it with a towel. To really get rid of that funky smell, spread coffee grounds or baking soda on a tray and leave it in the fridge until the smell goes away. Your fridge will be smelling fresh and looking clean!
Make Your Windows Crystal Clear
This window cleaning hack is better than Windex. Combine 8 parts water with one part vinegar, spray it on your windows and glass surfaces, and wipe it down with newspaper or coffee filters. This will leave your windows crystal clear and streak-free. You’ll never go back to traditional glass cleaner!
De-Gunk Your Blinds
What’s the point in cleaning your windows if the blinds are still grimy? You can easily hack blind-cleaning by securing cleaning rags (or an old pair of socks) to a pair of tongs using rubber bands. This will allow you to dust both sides of your blinds at the same time. Talk about productivity. Watch out for fallen dust particles, and vacuum them up when you’re done.
Wash Your Pillows
Pillows are one of those household objects that we don’t normally think about having to wash, but after a long winter of coughs, colds, and major hibernation time on the weekends, your pillows are probably harboring some serious germs. Luckily, most pillows are super easy to wash! All you have to do is throw your down or fiber pillows in the washing machine with warm water and detergent on a gentle cycle. Add another rinse cycle to get all the detergent out, then put them in the dryer on low with clean tennis balls to fluff them up. Foam pillows should be hand washed with a mild detergent.
Make Your Shower Curtain Look New Again
To freshen up an old shower curtain, simply put it in the wash with mild detergent, baking soda, or white vinegar. Don’t use them together or you might end up with a volcano-science-fair-project-style mess on your hands.
White Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Water
These three common household items are the holy trinity of easy cleaning. Don’t forget about these three, as they can be used to clean almost anything. Mix baking soda with water to scrub away oil and dirt from stovetops, windowsills, and even lift stains from carpets and upholstery. Soak your shower head in white vinegar to bust through hard water stains and grime. Use all three to unclog any drain. Its cheap, its easy, and you’ll never go back to buying overpriced, chemical filled products from the grocery store!
Use these hacks and your home will be smelling fresh, looking clean, and you will feel ready to take on spring. Happy cleaning!