A lot of people shudder at the thought of spring cleaning. It seems like such a daunting task, but one which needs to be done to usher in the new season. If you can’t stand spring cleaning, you can always hire a maid from a maid service. Here’s a handy article which explains the benefits of hiring a maid.
However, if you are set to do things on your own and you don’t want to rely on anyone else, there are still ways you can simplify your spring cleaning and make the whole process a lot smoother and easier.
Clean Your Appliances with Vinegar and Water
Your cooking appliances, like your microwave, tend to get grimy over the months and years of use and they need the occasional cleaning. However, seeing how it is constantly heated and cooled, the inside of your microwave tends to have those hard-to-remove stains which feel like they would require an industrial grade detergent to remove.
And sure, you can use brute force and solve that problem with a strong detergent. However, remember that your food goes into that oven. Choosing between a dirty microwave and a strong, possibly toxic detergent seems unfair. Still, it can be far simpler than that if you use a simple trick. Take a microwave ready bowl and fill it with a solution of water and vinegar. Simply turn on the oven and wait for the solution to evaporate. It will make all the stains easy to remove in a matter of minutes. And you won’t even have to use a sponge or a brush, a paper towel or a cloth will suffice.
Water Stains Don’t Like Vinegar Either
Speaking of vinegar, it seems to be a miracle worker. Water stains are limestone deposits from your tap water. They can develop anywhere where there is water. However, they are the most annoying on your taps in the kitchen and in the bathroom, as well as any ceramic surfaces in those two rooms. However, limestone has one weakness – acids. And while most acids in the cleaning products are fairly abrasive and potent, vinegar is fairly mild but strong enough to do the job well.
You can clean all your taps and the shower head by tying a small plastic bag onto the tap and filling it with vinegar. Just leave it for a few hours to react and the results will impress you. For similar results, spray all other surfaces as well. You can do that in the evening and leave it overnight to react properly. Just don’t forget to ventilate, as the smell of vinegar is strong and unpleasant to most people.
Give Your Carpets Some Deep Spring Cleaning
A staggering amount of dirt and other debris can build up inside your carpets over time. If you have allergy issues, deep cleaning is a must for you. It removes all of the dirt and can even restore some of the colors lost over time.
If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t have that capability, you can rent one, or hire a professional cleaning service for that task.
Your Bed Sets Deserve a New Chance, Too
If your bed set seems a little worn and has developed a noticeable odor which regular washing doesn’t seem to be able to remove, you can try one more thing before you decide to throw it away. Sink them into a solution of water, vinegar and sodium bicarbonate, AKA baking soda. The combination of these two common house chemicals is a potent and nature-friendly cleaning agent which can help you with a whole lot more, like your oven and musty-smelling clothes.
Even though this is only a part of your spring cleaning, having simple and non-abrasive cleaning options is certainly a good thing.