Spring Cleaning Guide

It’s that time of year again to bring out the mop and broom!  Spring cleaning is just around the corner, and we’ve got some great tips to help make your cleaning go smoothly this season.

Prepare for Cleaning

Targeting Areas- It’s impossible to clean the whole house in one day and do a thorough job.  Formulate a plan of action targeting specific areas in your home.  For example, spend time on deep-cleaning the kitchen for a day, rather than attempting to clean the entire upstairs floor of your home.  Set goals for each targeted area and budget time for the best results.

Check for Cleaning Supplies- Nothing is more frustrating than starting a cleaning project only to find out that you’re out of the supplies that you need.  Check to make sure that you have all of the necessary materials and supplies on-hand before you get started.

De-clutter and Organize

The de-cluttering process is often tough to tackle, but should not be overlooked.  De-cluttering is a necessary step to complete before you begin any cleaning.  The easiest way is to start on one side of the room and work your way around.  Drawers and shelves can easily accumulate miscellaneous junk, so consider investing in drawer dividers that organize materials into neat sections.

Use bins or boxes to organize all of your various items.  Use one box for items that you are going to get rid of and one for items that you are planning to keep.  As a general rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it in over a year it’s time to get rid of it.  For those items that you know you’re going to keep consider buying shelves, storage bins, or divided cabinetry.

Chemical Cautions

Open Windows – Before you begin the cleaning process, be sure to open all the windows surrounding the cleaning area.  Poor ventilation can leave toxic chemicals lingering in the room so it is wise to have fresh airflow throughout the house.

Be safe; protect yourself – To protect yourself when using harsh chemicals be sure to always wear designated cleaning gloves as a protective precaution.  Make a clear mark on the gloves so you know that they are for cleaning purposes only.

Cleaning Without Harsh Chemicals – If you’re hesitant about using harsh or toxic chemicals in your home, consider cleaning with vinegar or baking soda.  Vinegar and baking soda are cheap and highly effective cleaners that can be used almost anywhere in the home.  Baking soda is great for neutralizing odors and also dissolves dirt and grease in water.  As a deodorant, baking soda eliminates both acidic and ammonia odors.  Vinegar is a great-all purpose cleaner as it disinfects and deodorizes most surfaces in your home.  Try adding ½ cup vinegar during the rinse cycle of your laundry.  Vinegar serves as a cost-effective alternative to fabric softener.  Don’t worry about the smell! The odor disappears once the vinegar is dry.

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