While Spring is in the air, we have no shortage of snow! Get ready for sunshine and outdoor adventures by harnessing your Cabin Fever.
Here are some helpful ideas from HGTV on how to get ahead on Spring cleaning so when the weather is right, the to-do's are done. Let the Adventures begin!
Spring Cleaning Made Easy!
Around the House
•Wash windows inside and out. Wipe down the sills. To clean window screens, rub them with kerosene on both sides, and then rinse them with soap and water. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside.
•To revive drab drapes, take them down, remove hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes. Re-hang immediately. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth.
•Dust your home thoroughly. Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers to dust. Now is also the time to get to all the places you've been neglecting throughout the year, including ceiling fans, above kitchen cabinets and baseboards and doorways.
•Wash out trash cans. To really clean garbage cans, spray them with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, scrub with a handled brush and rinse. Leave them upside down to dry.
•Move furniture away from walls and clean underneath.
•Deep clean your flooring. Have your carpets professionally cleaned and wax/polish wooden floors.
•Clean upholstered furniture. Vacuum pillows, as well as underneath the cushions. Look for stains and clean according to the care label.
•Investigate all doors and windows for leaks and drafts, particularly near the corners. Look for peeling and chipping paint, which can signal water intrusion. Seal any open areas between the frame and the wall to keep out water, which can deteriorate building materials.
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In the Kitchen
•Clean inside the refrigerator. The best cleaner is a combination of abrasive salt and bubbly soda water.
•If there's lime buildup around the faucet, lay paper towels over the fixture and soak it with vinegar, letting it set for one hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
•To clean chrome, glass or stainless steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water.
•Use a toothbrush to remove softened food from around the burners, knobs and dials on the stove top.
•Set your oven to self-clean. Be sure to wipe up major spills before setting it to self-clean.
•Organize your pantry, and throw out any expired foods.
In the Bathroom
•Spray a generous amount of bathroom spray or pine cleaner to the shower or bathroom walls. Allow cleaners to stand while other work is being done. Then go back and start scrubbing.
•To remove hard-water scale or mildew on showerheads, faucetheads and drains, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn't removable, position a plastic bag filled with vinegar over it and tape it shut.
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In the Bedroom
•Over time, mattresses can wear unevenly. So, extend the life of your mattress by vacuuming it and turning at least four times per year, alternating between end-over-end and side-over-side rotation.
•Launder bedding and pillows. If you change bedding for the season, air out the spring blankets before putting them on bed. Store winter bedding after having it cleaned.
•Switch out cool-weather clothing for warm-weather clothes. Be sure to wash or dry-clean winter clothing before storing.
Outside the House
•Sweep porch and deck, as well as around doors and windows to get rid of cobwebs and debris.
•Wash outdoor furniture. Mild dishwashing detergent should work for most materials, but check your care labels to be sure.
These are also helpful if you are thinking about listing your home this Spring!
For more great ideas and tips check out HGTV.com.