Spring cleaning isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite thing to do, especially when the weather gets nice and there are numerous outdoor activities to participate in and enjoy. The backyard, local park, bike path and tennis court can look pretty inviting after a long, hard winter. With those leisure activities in mind, there are four easy spring cleaning tips listed here that can help you get out of the house faster and on to more enjoyable pursuits without that nagging feeling of, “It’s that time of the year again. I’ve got to do my spring cleaning first.”
4 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips
Purchase and Utilize Effective, Eco-friendly and Economical Cleaning Products
There are a number of more economical cleaning products that will do the job just as effectively as more expensive and caustic cleaners, and they can be purchased in bulk or economy sizes for mixing and storage. They include white vinegar, baking soda, borax, natural dish soap, antacid tablets, citrus-based cleaners, coconut oil and other products. Just be sure to take the time to find out what products work best for you. You may even want to ask your friends and family for suggestions.
Assemble and Organize Cleaning Products, Materials and Equipment
Before you begin spring cleaning, and for quick access, assemble cleaning products, materials and other equipment all in one place. Use a medium to large sized bucket and put your cleaning products in it. Keep another bucket for trash bags, paper towels, rags, sponges, rubber gloves, Q-tips, tape lint rollers, a hand vacuum (with crevice attachment) rubber gloves, pre-treated microfiber dusting mitts, a window/mirror squeegee and spray bottles. Larger cleaning items like brooms, swiffer sweepers, stick vacuums, mops and lightweight vacuums can be placed on a hanging rack for fast retrieval.
Clean Hardest Areas First
Once you have the necessary products in hand and have quick access to them, clean the hardest areas in your home first, which usually means the kitchen and bathroom(s). In the bathroom, use baking soda and water in paste form and apply to tubs, showers and toilets and remove with water. Use vinegar and water alone or with baking soda to alleviate any mold or mildew. For hard water stains and deposits, use vinegar to dislodge buildup and for toilet bowls toss two or three antacid tablets (or denture tablets) into the bowl to both clean and disinfect. In the kitchen spray down counters, cabinet fronts, and appliances with vinegar and water and wipe dry. Vinegar and soda can clean the inside of an oven, microwave and refrigerator. Simply let the mixture set and wipe clean.
Clean as You Go
When it comes to spring cleaning, it can be made a whole lot easier in the long run if every day cleaning is done on a regular basis. If there are stains, dust, dirt and food particle accumulations as well as cobwebs, piles of paper and trash, dirty laundry and other eyesores, each one of these cleaning problems can be nipped in the bud before they become major disaster areas. Concerning ongoing maintenance, most cleaning experts like those at Affordable Maids House Cleaning Services will agree that cleaning on a regular basis as opposed to doing it all at once is a good formula.
The problem with cleaning is that no matter the season there is always something to be done and if you’re going to enjoy spring, think about taking care of any major cleaning projects beforehand. Don’t let spring cleaning get in the way of piddling in the garden, going to open markets, taking a jog in the park or participating in retreats. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a dreaded project if you have the right tips in mind and hand.
Guest Post: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.