If you’re getting serious about spring cleaning the whole house there are a few tools and tips you need that can help get the job done while staying within a surprisingly-low budget.
- Vinegar. Vinegar can be used in almost all areas of the house, but it’s particularly useful in the kitchen and bathroom. Use diluted vinegar to wipe down the inside of your fridge to keep mildew from growing and keep smells at bay even better than baking soda alone. If you think your dishwasher could use a refresh, set a cup of vinegar on the top rack and run the cycle, including a hot dry. The vinegar will spread inside the machine and cut down on any build up. In the bathroom, a solution of vinegar, baking soda and dish soap in a spray bottle also helps cut through soap scum and hard water in the shower and works well to clean toilets too. The same mixture with a little more water can be used as an everyday cleaner for counter tops and floors.
- Baking soda. Baking soda is the perfect cleaning partner for vinegar. Pour some baking soda down the drain and follow it with a cup of warm vinegar to clear clogs and leave your drain running smooth. Baking soda can also be mixed with essential oils, sprinkled over the carpet and then vacuumed up to remove any lingering smells from carpet or rugs. To boost the potency of bleach in the laundry, add a ½ cup of baking soda to the machine.
- Dish soap. Dish soap isn’t only for dishes. Its grease fighting power is useful for cleaning many surfaces. Mixed with baking soda and vinegar it makes everything in the kitchen and bathroom sparkle. If you really want to make your kitchen look brand new, use a toothbrush and a little dish soap to scrub knobs on your stove and the handles on your fridge.
- Lemons. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, lemons are the answer. You can fill a mason jar with lemon or orange peels and cover them with vinegar. Close the jar tight and leave it in a cool, dry place for two weeks. The vinegar will suck up the oils and the scent of the lemons, leaving you with a citrusy solution perfect for cleaning the whole house. Lemons are also useful for cleaning the inside of your microwave with little effort. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze some of the juice into a glass-measuring cup and place the entire lemon into the cup and cover with water. Place it into the microwave and let it cook for three minutes, until the water inside the measuring cup has boiled. The steam will help release any gunk inside the oven and the lemon will leave it smelling fresh. You can throw those same lemons in the garbage disposal when you’re done to leave it smelling fresh too.
If the thought of doing laundry on top of all the other spring cleaning you’re doing just makes you sick—we can help. Bring your clothes to Ziker Cleaners and let us do the washing and ironing. You handle the rest!