21 Spring Cleaning Hacks to Get Your Home Sparkling in No Time!Monday, May 9, 2016
Spring cleaning can be a relaxing time – after it's done, anyway. It's nice to look around and see how all your hard work paid off. The good news is there are spring cleaning hacks that will make your job easier. Whether it's tackling bathroom stains or cleaning the toilet, there are lots of hacks you can use to make things easier. I've got 21 Spring Cleaning Hacks to Get Your Home Sparkling in No Time!
1. Clean and Freshen Your Microwave. You don't have to scrub the inside of the microwave for hours. Mix equal parts water and lemon juice and microwave for 3 minutes. Allow the mixture to set in the microwave for another 3 to 5 minutes until cool enough to remove. Dip a cloth in the mixture and wipe the walls of the microwave. Everything will easily wipe away.
2. De-Funk your Garbage Disposal. Cut a lemon into chunks, drop them down the disposal and turn it on. Lemon-fresh!
4. Tackle Tough Bathroom Stains. You don't need a lot of fancy cleaning products to tackle those tough bathroom stains. Use vinegar and baking soda to create a paste and scrub it over the stains. If the stains are really tough, allow the mixture to sit on the area for 10 to 15 minutes before scrubbing.
5. Wash Glass. Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle for a quick and effective window cleaner.
8. De-grime Sliding Glass Door Tracks. Grime can build up in your sliding door tracks over time and can interfere with the operation of your sliding door. Use vinegar and a toothbrush to give them a quick scrub and an old cloth to wipe it right out.
10. Clean Dingy or Stained Linens With Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide. Are your curtains, table clothes, and linens dingy? Do you have grass-stained jeans from working in your flower garden? Scrub the stains with a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Hydrogen peroxide by itself can also be added to your washing machine to clean those dingy linens. It's the active ingredient in color-safe bleach and will save you tons of money. Vinegar can also be used to get your whites whiter and brighter.
13. Get Rid of Shower Door Buildup with a Dryer Sheet. Soap scum on shower doors can be really hard to remove. If you have dryer sheets on hand, wet the dryer sheet and rub the glass with the dryer sheet to remove the soap scum. You can also use this tip on bathroom fixtures. The best part is that you can use used dryer sheets for this tip.
14. Keep Baseboards Clean with a Dryer Sheet. One neglected spot in homes are the baseboards. They're a pain to clean, but once done can make a big difference in your home's appearance. Once they're all clean, rub them down with a dryer sheet. It will help repel dust and pet hair, so your baseboards will stay cleaner, longer.
16. Remove Candlewax from your surfaces with a Spatula. Use a plastic spatula to scrape candlewax off of your tabletops or other surfaces. It won't damage the finish and you'll be done in no time.
17. Get Scuffs off of Walls with a Magic Eraser. You may or may not have tried the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers yet, but they are magic for your walls. Crayon, scuffs, dirt build-up, and stains can all be rubbed away with it.
18. Clean Lapmshades with a Lint Roller. The easiest way to clean those dusty lampshades is with a clean, sticky lint roller.
20. Clean Bath Toys in the Dishwasher. Kid's bath toys are prone to mildew, so get them clean again by tossing them in the dishwasher. Just remember to lower the heat setting before turing it on. An alternative is to fill the bathtub with hot water and add bout a cup of bleach. Let the toys soak in the bath for about an hour, drain, and rinse.
21. De-germ Your Dish Sponge in the Microwave. Dish sponges are prone to germs, but if it's not yet at the end of its life, you can pop it in the microwave and heat on high for a minute to kill any lurking bacteria. Don't try this if your sponge has a metal brillo-type pad on it, and let it cool before removing.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be hard. These tips will make your chore list much easier to conquer. Whether you're cleaning the shower door or the microwave, you'll love these tips!