Spring Dreaming: Spring Cleaning

    One of the least favorite chores of spring, spring cleaning! It may not be the best thing about spring but it sure is important. Here is a collection of some great hacks to improve your spring cleaning!

     

    Dryer Sheets

    Even after being used, there are multiple uses for dryer sheets!

    They can be used to buff water spots from mirrors; remove the ring from the toilet; or wiping baseboards clean.

     

    Cleaning the Blender

    A simple trick to clean the blender, fill it with warm water and a drop of dish soap. Then turn it on and let it run for a few seconds, then just rinse it out with warm water.

     

    Air Vents

    It’s so important to ensure these are clean, to remove any dust or dirt sitting in them. Remove the dust with a soft vacuum brush tool, and if that doesn’t work soak a rag with any cleaning agent and wrap it around a butter knife to clean the vents.

     

    Cleaning Blinds

    An easy solution to keep the blinds clean, combine water and vinegar in a bowl and dip a sock into the solution and run it over the blinds to remove the dust and dirt.

     

    Stainless Steel Appliances

    The stainless steel appliances always have those fingerprint stains. A way to give them a good, clean shine, you need a microfiber cloth and some rubbing alcohol. Even once a month use a few drops of olive oil!

     

    Shower Scum

    Now the bathroom is not the most favorite place to clean, but it must be done! An easy way to remove the soap scum and grime, fill a dish with half vinegar and half dish soap and just scrub away!

     

    Safely Clean the Computer

    There are certain chemicals that are okay to use on or near your computer:

    acetone, ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or methyl chloride.

    When cleaning the computer avoid any paper products, and never spray directly onto the product.

     

    Battling Grease Stains

    To remove grease stains from a carpet or other surface, mix rubbing alcohol with salt, then rub the mixture into the stain. Allow the surface to dry then vacuum any remaining salt if necessary.

     

    Burnt Pan Cleaning

    Fill burnt pans with water and a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, then take it off the stove and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds then just wipe it out of the pan!

     

    Removing Common Stains

    Juice: blot with 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup warm water.

    Gum: dab with extra-strength Bengay, heat with a hairdryer, and scrape with the press-to-seal bag. Blot with the detergent solution and rinse.

    Lipstick: blot with acetone-based nail polish remover, followed by detergent and rinse.

    Wine: blot with water. If the stain remains, try a detergent solution mixed with hydrogen peroxide – this is very effective on red wine.

     

    Unclogging Drains

    All you need is vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water to unclog those drains!

     

    Clean the Microwave

    An easy way to make the microwave shine put an equal amount of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Set it on high for approximately 5-minutes, then wait a couple of minutes to let it cool. Open the microwave and just wipe it down with a paper towel! You can also add lemon to the mixture to give the microwave a fresh, clean scent.

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