Spring Cleaning Made Easy? It Can Be Done

Spring cleaning is a great way to beat the last of the cabin fever, but it can be overwhelming to tackle a whole winter season's mess in one fell swoop.  Read below from our friends at Houselogic for some great tips on spring cleaning made easy by focusing on the senses:

Smells: Love your dog, not it's odor. "The first step to cleaning up pet smells is — sorry, pets — cleaning the pets themselves. Bathe and groom them regularly. Then, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. If they have a favorite couch or cushion, cover it with a blanket and run it — and the cushion cover — through the wash weekly. Every time you vacuum, start with a hearty sprinkle of baking soda on the carpet. And use that crevice tool liberally; pet hair loves tight spaces like the border between the carpet and the wall, the edges of your steps and that little crack of space between the stove and your cabinets." from Houselogic.

Sight:  The key here is to minimize.  If you buy something, make sure you are replacing another item, and then make certain that the old item gets donated, gifted, put out to the trash, leaves your house behind. Here is a helpful infographic from Houselogic to guide you:

Touch: If you feel that your house is a little scummy, here are some tricks to remove the grime with hydrogen peroxide and get your home back to its showroom shine:

"1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.

2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.

3. Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

4. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off." Read the rest of the peroxide tips here.

Visit Houselogic for these and other great tips to get your home ready for the warm weather!

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