Ah! Spring is in the air! Time for spring break, spring fever, and spring cleaning? Ah, yes, along with turning the clocks forward and hay fever, spring cleaning is just another rite of spring that reminds us that nothing comes without a price. But before you totally decide that to throw your feather duster in the air, keep in mind that spring cleaning has its benefits. It increases productivity, it helps you to remove allergens from your home, it reduces stress, and it helps you focus. And, just think, it can also give you an excuse to ask that cute guy next door if he can help you change your light bulbs. Here’re some room-by-room tips to help guide you through your spring cleaning weekend.
- Dust Refrigerator Coils
Turn off your fuse box. Coils will be at the bottom of the fridge, under the grill. You can clean them by using the crevice attachment on the vacuum, or invest in a specialty refrigerator coil brush from your local hardware store.
- Defrost the Freezer
Turn off your fuse box. Empty your freezer and wipe it down with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda for each quart of hot water.
Replace heavy throws, curtains and rugs with lighter weight ones
Take down heavy winter decor and store by rolling the material around an acid free tube. Then, wrap in a sheet of muslin or cotton and secure with a piece twill tape. Make sure to label each bundle so you will be able to identify everything when you take them out next year.
- Change Blankets and Flip Mattresses Over
Flip your mattress over to make sure the wear gets distributed evenly. Swap heavy winter bedding for warm weather, lighter materials.
- Clean Pillows
Most pillows can be machine-washed to rid them of bacteria, mold, and odors.
- Throw Out Expired Cosmetic Products
Weed out your expired makeup products and discard in a plastic trash bag, kept out of reach of animals and children.
- Update First Aid Kit
A complete first aid kit should consist not only of ointments and bandages, but should also include emergency phone numbers, such as the one for the local poison control center.
- Organize files
Time to go through those old insurance policies and contracts and put them in the right place.
- Clean Computers
Clean computer casings with a solution of one drop of dishwashing detergent for every one quart of water. Use cotton swabs to clean crevices in keyboards and wipe screens free of dust and dirt with a soft cloth or dry screen cleaning sponge.
Trade out winter clothes for your new spring fashions. Wash garments before storing and put them in a zippered sweater or blanket bag.
- Donate Clothes
Some charities provide pickup service and you may also get some tax relieving receipts!
- Clean Porch Ceilings and Walls
Sweep up debris with a broom, wash walls with an all purpose cleaner and polyester sponge
- Scrub Patios, Decks, Driveways, and Walkways
Mildew spots can be treated using a deck brush dipped in a solution of one part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water.
- Wash Outdoor Furniture
Plastic wood and aluminum can be cleaned with a solutions of dishwashing liquid and water using a soft bristle brush.
- Check Light Fixtures
Wash covers and check for frayed wires and poor connections.
Feel better? We thought so! And how’s your new friend? Let us know how your exploits in spring cleaning turned out! We love to know!