It's a Mom Thing Reviews & More!: Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning!

4/27/15

Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning!






Easter and spring break are over, I caught up on other things that I needed to finish, and now my thoughts are on spring cleaning! Below are some of our tips and tricks! I know that much of it is stuff that you do regularly, but as well do it while spring cleaning too!

All Around the House

My biggest tip is to take a room at a time and donate as much time as needed to it in order to get it in tip top shape. Once a room is cleaned super well it is easier to keep up with.

Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get rid of tough spots on the wall or tile. You could also try using Dawn dish soap on a sponge.

For tough stains in grout between tiles use baking soda and water to make a paste and scrub into tiles with a mop or sponge. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and then scrub off with water.

Soak blinds in the bathtub with water and bleach or dish soap. Remove and dry off. Blinds will look like new!

Take down curtains and wash them. 

Clean windows and windowsills. 

Sweep or vacuum stairs, wipe down handrails, wipe down any difficult spots, dust any wall art or photos.

Dust and wipe down any light fixtures.

Vacuum or wipe along all baseboards. Wipe down baseboards with a sponge.

Mop any hardwood or tile floors. Spot treat and vacuum any carpeted floors.


Kitchen

Steam clean your microwave by putting 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl or cup. Set for 7-10 minutes, remove bowl/cup, and wipe down. Everything should come off easily.

Clean out your fridge! Take everything out and toss what isn't fresh or what you do not need anymore. Remove drawers and wash them out. Wipe down shelves, sides, and back. Keep up the clean smell by putting an open box of baking soda somewhere in the fridge to absorb odor.

For each cabinet and drawer remove items, wipe the space down, and put items back in neatly. Donate items that you will not use, toss items that are stale or opened and will not be used.


Living Room or Family Room

Move furniture and clean behind and underneath it. Vacuum or sweep if necessary.

Vacuum inside sofas and chairs, spot clean if needed.

Dust any artwork or photos on the walls or on shelves. 

Dust and clean off TV stand. 

Go through all movies and video games.


Bedrooms

Wash bedding.

Spot clean mattress with upholstery cleaner. 

To deodorize sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the surface and let sit 1-2 hours. Vacuum up baking soda being sure to get in the crevices.

Move bed and vacuum or sweep beneath it. 

If you have a dresser remove clothing from it, wipe down each drawer. Return clothing neatly.

Get rid of clothing that you don't wear or do not expect to wear in the future.


Bathroom

Remove hard water stains from kitchen and bathroom faucets using lemon! Cut a lemon in half and rub it along the stains. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. 

Wash towels using the hot cycle with one cup of vinegar to remove any stinky smells. If they still have a bit of a wet or mildew scent rewash with 1/2 cup of baking soda. This should remove any bad smells and make old towels seem refreshed.

While kids are bathing at night take time to wipe down and clean the toilet, sink, and mirrors. That gets a bit of your bathroom cleaning done.

Go through any cabinets, drawers, shelves and throw out anything that you do not need or use. While they are empty wipe them down.


Closets

Do one closet at a time, remove everything, clean the floor and any shelves. Once you are ready to put things back in go through everything and put anything that you do not need in the trash or in a box to donate. Anything that you want or need put back into the closet. 


Children's Toys

Launder children's stuffed animals that are machine washable.

Have children go through their toys and donate or sell what they do not want or play with any longer.

If you notice that you need more toy organization visit a local dollar store or store that sells inexpensive baskets or containers in a variety of different sizes. Make a spot for most toys, it will make cleaning up daily easier.

Clean plastic children's toys by letting them sit in the bathtub or sink with warm water and a bit of dish soap or vinegar. After a bit rinse them with warm water and allow them to dry. 


Car

Clean any trash out of your car.

Vacuum and spot treat any dirty spots throughout.

Wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, and door handles.

Get a car trashcan. (I have seen an awesome idea of using a plastic cereal container with a garbage bag in it and keeping it in the front seat for trash)

Clean out your trunk. 

Get a plastic basket to store in your trunk for any car chemicals and oil rags. Keep them organized will prevent a spill.


I hope that these cleaning tips help you with your 
Spring Cleaning!





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