Spring is here once again, and this means a new opportunity to start with a clean slate. Obviously, this is the time when households get all obsessed with their cleaning plans. From the attic to the garage, every nook and cranny gets a good spruce-up to ensure a home that’s spick and span.
Surely, just thinking about all the cleaning and tidying up involved would be overwhelming for anyone. Spending hours and hours on every corner of the home is no joke. You have to be really in the zone to make all your cleaning plans happen – to be really in it to win it, so to speak. Fortunately, there are ways you can incorporate in your cleaning routine to make the task simpler, faster.
Here are some great tips to save on time and effort when working on making your home sparkle.
Get yourself a handy cleaning kit
It’s easier to clean when all the essential tools for cleaning are in one place. Get a bucket and fill it with all the basic cleaning tools you will need for spring cleaning such as rubber gloves, sponges, a scrub brush, a toothbrush, an all-purpose cleaning spray, glass cleaner, rags, and terry-cloth towels. Don’t forget to include natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda and other specific cleaning products you will need for problem spots such as mildew in tile grout.
Clean windows with rubber-edged squeegees
Rubber-edged squeegees clean dirty window panes faster than cloth or newspaper. You can choose from a wide variety of sizes depending on your cleaning needs and even come with a screw-on extension so you can tidy up those in higher spots.
Enlist help of your dishwasher
The dishwasher can be a convenient equipment for cleaning other small stuff in your house. You can load it up with plastic toys, toothbrush holders, dish sponges, soap dishes, and other small things. When using it for cleaning, choose a gentle cycle and skip the heated dry.
Use rubber gloves to remove fur
Swiping away fur from drapes and upholstery is a tedious task, and a lint brush just won’t do. Besides, lint brushes are harder to clean. Use rubber gloves instead to remove any pet hair. All you have to do is wet the gloves and swipe away.
Wait until it’s cloudy before washing windows
Direct sunlight dries out the cleanser faster, making it harder to wipe it all off. Clean your windows when it’s cloudy so the cleanser won’t dry out easily and leave any streaks when you wipe.
Get rid of kitchen stink with lemon rinds
If the stubborn smell coming from your garbage disposal has been bugging you for so long, it’s time to put an end to the stink once and for all. Just run a few lemon rinds through the garbage disposal and wash it off with cold water to get rid of the stinky smell.
Clean your silver with toothbrush
Toothbrush offers a gentler way of cleaning your silver, as it is water-soluble and non-abrasive. To avoid getting stubborn black tarnish on your silver, store it in an anti-tarnish cloth bag, especially when not in use.