#TipTuesday – Spring Cleaning Tips Finale

#TipTuesday – Spring Cleaning Tips Finale
For the past 6 weeks, we have been providing you with our favorite tips on how to get all parts of your house clean and ready for spring! Here is the master list of spring cleaning tips we compiled for you:
    1. Stay on track with weekly cleaning plans. Pick one day per week and make a checklist of everything you want done that day. It will feel great to check off each accomplishment as you finish! This will also get you started on good habits that can last through the spring and beyond.
    2. Freshen up your cleaning supplies. Replace those old sponges and rags with fresh and new cleaning supplies! A good clean starts with the right tools that will help you get the job done.
    3. Think Green While You Clean: Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary chemicals while you clean. Using methods like steam cleaners get the job done without bringing toxic substances into your home. Cleaning with steam is a natural and chemical free alternative to keep you and your family safe.
    4. Clean The Fridge: The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling reaction of the soda water and the texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
    5. Prep Your Patio Furniture: With warm weather on the horizon, you’ll want to be outside as much as possible. Odds are that your patio furniture needs a little sprucing up after being in storage all winter. Scrubbing your furniture with warm water and dish detergent followed a quick rinse with the garden hose is a great way to make sure everything is ready to go for spring time.
    6. De-Fur With Rubber Gloves: Spring cleaning is a great time to get rid of pet hair that easily accumulates throughout your home. Lint brushes can be a nightmare to use, so instead, pull on a pair of damp rubber gloves and run them over hairy surfaces. The fur should lift off effortlessly.
    7. Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle! — Donate old clothing – we all have clothing items that have been sitting unworn in our closet for years. This spring, make an effort to clear out those old clothes by donating them to a nearby clothing donation center, like Goodwill. — Reuse or repurpose when possible – instead of throwing old things out automatically, try to reuse or repurpose used items as much as possible. There are hundreds of creative options to turning an old item into a fresh new one, and could become a fun project for you and your family. Here are 100 ideas for household DIY repurposing! https://www.diyncrafts.com/6081/repurpose/100-ways-repurpose-reuse-broken-household-items
    8. Refresh your Windows — Go NaturalTo clean your windows, you could go out and buy a window cleaning solution, but there is a simple and natural alternative you can make from things you already have at home! Simply create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and it will clean your window just as well as a store bought cleaner. — Don’t forget the outside – While it’s critical to clean the inside of the windows that face the inside of your home, for best results and a complete clean, remember to also clean the outside of your windows as they will collect the most dirt and grime on this side. — Clean on a cloudy day – Make sure to clean your windows on a day with low sun, if it’s too sunny while you’re wiping the windows down, the window cleaner could dry too fast and cause visible streaks on the window.
    9. Don’t forget everyday items! — The Coffee Maker – those who use their coffee makers daily most likely do not clean them as much as they should be, as they can be a hotspot for bacterial activity. A quick and easy clean for that coffee maker is a vinegar rinse, to be added to your routine once a month! Simply fill the reservoir with a few tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and run it once more with only water to rid of any lingering vinegar smell. — The Washing Machine – despite popular opinion, washing machines are not self cleaning, and could possibly be housing lots of harmful bacteria. Fortunately, you can easily freshen up your washer by running it with a combination of hot water and a quart of bleach and opting for the sanitize setting. — The Shower Head – take a good look at your shower head next time you’re in the shower and you may find that it is pretty dirty. Luckily, it’s a super easy clean. Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and attach it to your shower head with a rubber band and leave overnight. You’ll wake up in the morning with a shower head that seems brand new.
Thanks for following along, we hope these tips helped make your home a cleaner, happier and healthier place!