UGH: Spring Cleaning
Well, it is upon us. The beautiful weather and bright colors. Usually, I try to get a fresh start with Spring Cleaning, which includes mostly of purging things that have sat around the previous year.
We all have our own way of doing things but there are places in the your house that might seem dirtier than they really are.
Here are 4 areas in your home that you might forget about while Spring Cleaning and some easy solutions to getting them done!
This piece furniture takes a beaten! Blame your kids! Crumbs, stains and pet hair can make your once-pristine sofa look dingy over time. Check your couch’s tag to see what kind of fabric you’re working with, then follow our steps for cleaning it. I love the way a freshly cleaned sofa feels and smells.
Fingerprints, scuffs and other mysterious marks make walls look dirty-blame your kids for this again. Cleaning walls and wallpaper is not for the faint at heart, but the work will be well worth it in the end. It’s like a fresh start. Getting started is easy and I bet you have what you need already to clean your walls. The water-based cleaning solution that works best for general maintenance of satin and semi-gloss paint finishes is a sudsy mixture of:
· 1 gallon warm water
· 1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent
· Fill a second bucket with plain, warm water to be used for rinsing the sponge
Between the bathroom drains that are constantly clogged with hair (can’t blame this one fully on the kids), or the kitchen drain just needing a refresh I am always looking for ways to clean the house drains. Before you reach for harsh chemicals to clear a clogged drain, try one of these cleaners that I found that you can make at home using common household items. Hint, they all have baking soda. Just pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by the second ingredient of choice.
· Baking Soda + Salt
· Baking Soda + Lemon Juice
· Baking Soda + Vinegar
We spend a lot of time in bed, if you’re lucky! So it’s no surprise that our mattresses collect dead skin cells, sweat and allergens over time. I aim to clean all the mattress’ in house twice a year by thoroughly vacuuming the entire surface, spot treating stains and deodorizing with baking soda. Finish off with one more vacuum.
Tip: Add a couple of drops of essential oil to the baking soda to add a lovely scent.