We are only a handful of days into Spring, but with the sun shining and the birds chirping we are starting to feel that Spring cleaning it. Whether you are planning a big spring move, or just want to get your place tidied up, it’s time to get rid of that winter clutter and dust! We’ve included a few of our favorite Spring cleaning hacks.
Buy some lemons!
Yup, we’re talking about the fruit. Before you start your big clean make sure you have a few lemons in the house. These can be used to freshen up some of the places you don’t usually think to clean, like the garbage disposal and stainless steel faucets.
Garbage Disposal - Drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes. This will help to clear away any unwanted odors that may have built up over time.
Stainless Steel Faucets - Simply chop the lemon in half and rub it on any stainless steel faucets to any remove hard water stains and rust. Plus, it’s all natural so you can feel good about using this method in the kitchen where your kids and pets eat.
Also, have some white vinegar on hand!
Vinegar has been a cleaning stable for generations! It was the all purpose cleaner before Lysol was popular, and it’s a lot safer for the family. Use vinegar to steam out the microwave, clean your coffee pot (we bet you use it daily but forget to clean out the built up grinds), and even shine your floors!
Microwave - We use microwaves daily but they are one of the kitchen appliances that we rarely deep clean. That can mean a lot of stuck on food that has sat in the microwave for weeks without getting a proper clean. To remove old food stains from the inside of the microwave, fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1 to 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Microwave the mixture for 5 minutes and then scrub down the inside with a sponge, that food should come right off!
Coffee Maker - Another household kitchen item we use daily but forget to clean out! For a safe and effective way to clean the inside of the coffee maker simply fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run the coffee maker through a brewing cycle. Empty the carafe. Then, rinse away vinegar residue by running a full reservoir of water through the brewing cycle.
Floors - Get sparkly clean floors without using harsh chemicals by using a solution of ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water to mop your floors. Now you can feel good about your babies (and fur babies) scooting around on the floor!