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Spring Cleaning

Posted by Mike Brown Group on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 9:03am.

Summer is quickly approaching. The month of May is the perfect time to deep clean your home in preparation for the busyness that summer brings. Here are a few easy tips to get you started:

Blinds

Cleaning blinds can be one of the most time-consuming tasks of deep cleaning. Not everyone has a feather duster on hand. Make your own by simply wrapping two microfiber cloths over a pair of tongs and securing each end with a rubber band. Your blinds will be dust-free in no time with this homemade tool. If you don’t want to clean your blinds yourself, consider a local cleaning company that specializes in blinds like Window Wizard Window & Blind Cleaning. They’ll come to your house, remove your blinds, and take them to be cleaned within their mobile cleaning unit that they park in front of your home. They then will bring the blinds back inside and reinstall them the same day.

Washing machines

Front-loading washing machines are energy efficient, but they need to be cleaned at least once a month in order to not harbor mold. Quickly clean your washing machine by mixing 2 cups vinegar, 1/4-cup baking soda, and 1/4-cup water. Mix together the baking soda and water in a small bowl. Add the baking soda mixture to the detergent container of your machine and pour the vinegar into the drum. Set your washer to normal load at the hottest water setting. Close the door and start the machine. The baking soda and vinegar will naturally break up mineral deposits and any mold growth. Use a clean scrubber to rub around the opening of the washing machine, removing any residue. Wipe clean with fresh water.

Shower Grout

Grout staining can frustrate even the most patient of us all. Conquer grout staining with this pro tip: rub a grout saw (or folded sandpaper) over grout lines to shear off the top layer and expose a cleaner layer underneath. Next, use diluted bleach (per label instructions) and a toothbrush to scrub in the direction of the grout lines. Rinse and let dry for 30 minutes with the bathroom fan on, if you have one. Then apply sealant with a paintbrush, which will make your next go-round much easier (try Aqua Mix brand). Looking to remove soap scum off of the shower head? Try crumbling a piece of foil into a ball and start scrubbing: It’s just abrasive enough to remove soap scum without leaving scratch marks.

Oven

Place a wet dryer sheet on your ceramic stovetop to remove burnt-on residue. Dryer sheets are non-abrasive and can be used to easily remove burnt-on food from your stove. Place the wet dryer sheet on your stovetop at least 15 minutes before attacking the grime. The grime can now be easily wiped away.

HGVT also offers these easy cleaning hacks:

Window Screens

You can clean your window screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all of the dirt.

Lime buildup around a faucet

Lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.

Natural refrigerator cleaner

The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of a teaspoon of salt and 1-cup of soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt that makes a great cleaner. Deep cleaning your home doesn’t have to be a chore. Be implementing some of these quick and easy cleaning hacks, your home will receive the care it needs to stay in top condition. And who doesn’t love living in a clean and organized space?

Looking for a comprehensive list of cleaning supplies and tools? Check out this blog post on the Iheart Organizing website: IHeart Organizing and she also offers a free, downloadable PDF cleaning schedule here: IHeart Organizing PDF Download

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