- 05 Apr
Easy Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Tips For a Sparkling Home Part 1
Spring has finally arrived, and while Mother Nature is still giving us cold rainy and windy weather on some days, spring is definitely in the air. Now is the perfect time to start your annual spring cleaning time. Let us help you with these easy and quick spring cleaning and decluttering tips that will make your home sparkle and shine.
Phone and Other Electronics
Did you know that your cell phone likely harbors more germs than your toilet seat? Scary right? So once you are done with your phone each night, wipe it with a microfiber cloth followed by a Lysol wipe. Let it air dry for 5 minutes before wiping it dry with a paper towel or microfiber cloth again. This same method also works great with other electronics, like your computer mouse and TV remote.
TV Screens and Computer Monitors
The fiber in coffee filters is gentle enough to rub all those dust particles, smudges and fingerprints away, even on delicate TV screens. Note, just don’t press too hard!
Trap more dirt by using two mats, one inside and one outside the door. To refresh, hose off and air-dry mats from time to time. You can also vacuum indoor doormats on both sides; going over the back will push trapped dirt out onto the floor where it will be easier to pick up too.
Wait for an overcast day and start on the shady side of the house, because direct sun can lead to streaks. Raise blinds or shades and wash windows with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Then lower the blinds and vinyl shades and dust with a duster and finish by vacuuming the fabric shades and drapes. You can also mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to reuse old newspapers.
To get your grill cleaned up and ready for the warm weather, first, heat it up and spray some white vinegar onto the grates to help loosen the residue. Then scrub the area firmly using half an onion. The acid from the onion will rid your grill of any leftover remnants, which is great!
Got kitchen sink odors you just can’t kick? Try running a couple of lemon rind slivers through your garbage disposal, and then run cold water to get rid of any unwanted odors.
Dig out the granite polish to restore shine and help repel stains on your kitchen surfaces. For daily wipe downs, use a specialized cleaner, like GH Seal Star Weiman Granite & Stone Daily Cleaner & Polish. The mild formula cuts grease and removes surface stains without the damaging effects of vinegar or ammonia, and it won’t leave behind a dull film like ordinary dish soap can.
Toasters and Tea Kettles
Use cream of tartar to clean toasters and tea kettles. Here is how: Combine 1 tsp of cream of tartar with just enough water to make a milky paste. Rub the solution onto your stainless steel appliances and wipe away to reveal their original shine.
Fill a large microwave safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar and stick it inside. Turn the microwave on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy, then let it cool for 5 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe the inside and outside with a sponge. You will finally rid yourself of all those pesky hard, dried on stains.
In addition to wiping down your fridge’s interior shelving on a regular basis, give the removable bins and shelves a deep clean as well every now and again. Pop out the door shelves and bins, and wash in warm, soapy water to get rid of food bacteria and accidental spillage.
Get rid of that nasty mark. Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to help remove food stains and smells. For an extra oomph, sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.
Pots and Pans
Soften burned on residue by adding water and dish liquid to your cookware, and letting it simmer on the stove. Use a scrub sponge or pad to remove any remaining stuck-on bits. Ketchup (yes, really!) helps dissolve tarnish on copper pots and other copper cooking accessories. Just massage the sauce over the surface and add a pinch of salt to your polish, if you come across exceptionally stubborn spots. Repeat if needed.
If your oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning button, place a hot, wet cloth on top of burned spots to help soften the gunk. Then scrub with a sprinkle of baking powder and a heavy duty pad. Rinse and wipe dry. Repeat if necessary.
Unsightly kitchen grime is a mix of dust and grease that builds up over time. To clean thoroughly, run the exhaust hood over your range every time you cook to keep grease from settling. To de-gunk, use Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream because it cuts through dirt really well and leaves wood moisturized. Do an extra pass around any places that grease collects, like door and drawer pulls.
About the Author
My journey as a Cleveland home inspector began 15 years ago when I was buying real estate properties in Ohio. Because they were my investments, I wanted to make sure I was getting a great deal, so I decided to learn everything I could about general home inspections.