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The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the weather is finally warming up. It’s officially spring! With the new season comes a honey-do list to complete. I know cleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite topic of discussion, but it must be done.
Here’s 5 spring cleaning tips to help you successfully tackle those chores:
Tip 1: Baseboards – have you looked at them lately? They’re not something we clean very often, but they do need a quarterly scrub. Between dust and shoe scuffs they can get pretty dirty so using a Magic Eraser is ideal for making them nice and bright again.
Tip 2: Drains – they get clogged over time so stay ahead of the problem by cleaning them quarterly. Using a drain snake can help you remove gunk and hair that can lead to clogging.
Tip 3: Appliances – like the dishwasher are not something you typically think needs cleaning, but it is recommended every 6 months or so. The best way to clean a dishwasher is running a small cycle with one cup of vinegar in a bowl on the top shelf and sprinkle baking soda on the bottom. Another appliance that needs TLC is the washing machine. Try one of these cleaners every 6 months or so.
Tip 4: Clothes – it’s time to let go. If you haven’t worn the item for a year, it’s best to donate, toss or sell the clothing. One easy trick for deciding what to get rid of is by turning all of the hangers the opposite way in your closet. As you wear the clothes, turn that hanger the right direction. Next spring cleaning, remove the items that haven’t been turned the right direction.
Tip 5: Windows and blinds. If you have a vacuum with a handy brush tool, you can tackle this chore with ease. Another option is using old socks and placing them over your hands to remove dust and dirt.
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