Now that the holidays are over and we’ve all begrudgingly taken down the lights and put away that gorgeous tree, it’s probably time to start the spring cleaning plan of attack. Wait! Don’t go! It doesn’t have to be as painful and arduous as recent years. When faced with what seems like an insurmountable task, it typically best to take it one step at a time. But in the case of house cleaning, it’s definitely acceptable to start fantasizing about spotless baseboards and impossibly shiny stovetops. Now snap on those gloves and let’s get started with these 10 why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tips to help you get to the other side!
1. Feel the Heat
Maybe it’s been on your “One Day” list, but go get yourself a handheld steam cleaner today. If you’re feeling particularly extravagant, grab a steam mop as well. After the initial investment, you’ll find yourself buying very few bottles of various cleaners and feeling a whole lot better about your home. Truth is, very few things destroy dirt and grime as well as good ol’ steam and nothing is safer.
2. Take Back Your Shower Head
Is your shower head spraying in odd directions, none of which involve your face? Time to set it straight again. To dissolve hard water residue and scaly ick that clogs up your shower head, fill up a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and submerge your shower head into it. Wrap a rubber band around the neck of your shower head and let it sit overnight. No scrubbing, no cursing! In the morning, your shower will feel like a whole new experience.
3. Lasso Those Linens
Is your linen closet less a linen closet and more of a crisis that smells like a meadow? We understand. Queen Martha suggests folding up your sheet sets and (gasp!) storing them inside their respective pillowcases. Neat, clean, organized. Genius.
4. Water Rings on Wood
Have a pesky water mark on a wood surface like a dining room table or coffee table? We hear petroleum jelly or even mayonnaise will take it right off. Let a thin layer sit for 24 hours and wipe off. The mark will disappear like magic.
5. Speaking of Water…
Do you just love your shiny faucet? For the 12 seconds it stays shiny, it sure is nice, huh? From the folks at RealSimple.com, rub the clean faucet with a bit of wax paper to repel water spots and keep that chrome shining.
6. Squeegee Your Way to a Clean Shower
To keep your shower grime-free, leave your shower door open and let air circulate. The oxygen will combat those pesky germs that build up quick. Keeping a squeegee in your shower and doing a quick wipe down of the walls and door after each shower (it only takes a few seconds, pinky swear!) will help stretch that time between deep cleanings.
7. Clean up the Air in a Jiffy
Have people coming over and just a few minutes to clean up and make it seem as though you do this regularly? We understand this, too. We hear if you leave the vacuum running in a room for about 10 minutes, it will freshen up the air and make a huge difference in a tiny amount of time.
8. De-Grime Those Burners
We saw this genius tip on inthiscrazylife-bethany.blogspot.com and it’s beyond brilliant. Put greasy, grimy, gunked up stovetop burners inside a bag and fill with ammonia. Let the bag sit overnight (preferable outside in case of leakage, because it’s less than a pleasant odor) and wipe down the burners in the morning and revel in the fact that you are a cleaning genius.
9. Clean on a Budget
If you happen to have a combination of New Year’s Resolutions that involve both cleaning more and saving money, then you probably don’t want to run out and spend $100 on cleaning supplies. Which, unfortunately, is too easy to do. A simple solution really is a solution! Using a 1:1 solution of white distilled vinegar and hot water will do things you never thought vinegar could do. And for mere pennies when compared to a single bottle of the blue stuff. Check out some awesome cleaning tips at www.vinegartips.com
10. Conquer Cast Iron
We all know how important it is to care for a cast iron skillet (don’t ever use soap!) and keep it happy and well-seasoned. To clean up a greasy (glorious) mess, scrub your pan with a soft sponge and a generous amount of coarse sea salt. The salt will remove the oil and keep your pan turning out perfectly crisp and tasty dishes for years and years to come.
Once you’ve completed these easy steps and your house is clean and organized, head over to SampleHouse and pick up a few candles or diffusers to keep your home smelling clean and cozy!