With this week’s first ray of warm sunshine, most people are probably thinking about going on a long run outside, doing some outdoor gardening or, maybe, breaking out the grill for barbeque. However, no matter what fun activity you have on the calendar, most people aren’t scheduling their spring cleaning – even if they should. To make your spring-cleaning easier and faster, here’s IKO Community Management’s quick list of cleaning tips:
Skip out on Windex. Get rid of pesky window smudges by soaking a mini squeegee or a microfiber cloth in regular dish soap and warm water. Along with saving you some time, this trick also helps save the environment by eliminating the use of paper towels and harmful chemical cleaners.
Steam-clean the microwave. Instead of wasting your time scrubbing hard stains, you can steam-clean your appliance by following these simple steps:
- Place 2 tablespoons of water onto a small microwavable dish.
- Add a drop of lemon essential oil, and close the microwave door.
- Turn the microwave on high power for 1 minute.
- Open the door, and place a sponge on top of the water and oil mixture until it’s fully soaked.
- Take your sponge to wipe down the inside of the microwave until it sparkles.
Organically clean your kitchen sink by sprinkling table salt (and baking soda for extra power) until it covers the bottom of your kitchen sink. Use half a lime to rub it in then rub it away with coffee filters. To knock out two chores with one lime, throw the used lime half into the kitchen garbage disposal, toss in some cubed ice and run it. This will help neutralize odors and sharpen the blades safely.
Use tin foil to lift rust from metal pieces around your home. Crumple up a medium-sized piece of tin foil, run it under lukewarm water and get scrubbing. It’s like magic.
Mix baking soda and water to clean your grout-ridden tiles. Combine ½ cup of baking soda and 2 gallons of water, dip a microfiber cloth or sponge mop into the mixture and wipe away. You can also add a drop of lemon oil for a cleaner scent. This neutral solution is inexpensive, eco-friendly and fast.
Use a dryer sheet to dust your blinds. Chances are you probably already have dryer sheets in your laundry room, so close your blinds and wipe away. The material will catch hair and dust, like it does with your clothes. Easy and breezy.
Don’t use spray-on oven cleaners. The harsh chemicals can actually damage your oven if improperly used. Instead, try gently scrubbing with a wet pumice stone to clean your dirty oven. It’s much faster; trust us.
Tube socks and a yardstick make a great cobweb cleaner. No one likes dealing with cobwebs, so try grabbing an old tube sock, and putting it on the tip of a yardstick for a makeshift cobweb cleaner. You can clean under the stove and refrigerator with this trick, too.
Vinegar and water is a must-have bathroom-cleaning combo. Spray your shower down with this mixture to absorb the musty odors. The solution is a great natural deodorizer, and the smell of vinegar goes away in an hour.
All you need to know for spring cleaning is that you should always have vinegar, dish soap, water, lemon oil and baking soda on hand. When you’ve got that covered, grab a microfiber cloth, coffee filters, dryer sheets, tin foil and a pumice stone for maximum cleaning power.
From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy spring cleaning!