Springing Cleaning Tips and Tricks!

The days are longer and warmer, the trees and flowers are blooming, and you look around your home in a new light. Yep, it’s that time…spring cleaning. At Village Communities, with condos for sale in Columbus, OH, we get it. We’ve compiled a list of things you might need to clean, or maybe you already have. If so, good for you! The rest of us might need some help.

Refrigerator:
Wipe down the shelves and check dates on items to see what needs to be used or pitched. Clean the door, seals, and front, too. Combine salt and soda water to clean tough spots inside the refrigerator.

Window screens:
Use your sweeper with a hose attachment to sweep away dirt and pollen. Or use a small piece of carpeting; it acts as a brush to get rid of dirt.

Windows:
Use an outdoor window cleaner, use soapy water and a lint free rag, or use a bucket of hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar to wash the outsides of your windows. Then dry with another cloth.  Clean off windowsills and window frames inside and out. Don’t forget to clean the inside of windows with a window cleaner or your favorite DIY cleaner.

Curtains and drapes:
Take them outside and shake! Then put them in the dryer and run on the air-fluff cycle with a wet towel (which will attract the dust) for 10-15 minutes. Hang back up immediately.

Ceiling fans:
Clean them with a damp cloth, a ceiling fan brush, or a cloth with furniture polish. We’ve even seen an idea to put a pillowcase over each blade and gently pull it off. The dirt gets trapped inside the pillowcase. Remember to switch the blade direction to rotate counter clockwise so air blows down for summer.

Doors and walls:
Wipe off marks and dirt with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or a damp cloth.

Baseboards and wall vents:
Use a hand sweeper and sweep up dust and dirt. You could also use a damp cloth to wipe them off.

Mattress:
Wash all bedding; turn the mattress if needed, and sprinkle baking soda all over it, working in into the mattress a bit. Let the baking soda sit for a couple hours and then sweep it up. You could even mix a few drops of essential oils into the baking soda before spreading it. The baking soda absorbs dirt, odors, and moisture.

Stainless Steel Appliances:
Use a stainless steel cleaner or search for a DIY that appeals to you. One we found is to mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 quart of hot water. Using a microfiber cloth, rub the solution onto marks in small sections, going with the grain. Rinse with hot water and dry with a clean cloth.

Reusable grocery bags:
Turn them inside out and run them through the washing machine. Then air dry or use the low setting on the dryer.

Dirty sink and shower drains:
To help clean them, mix ½ c baking soda and ¼ cup table salt. Pour it down the drain and then pour in 1 cup of very hot vinegar. It will create foams and bubbles, like a homemade volcano! Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run hot water down the drain for 15-30 seconds.

Microwave:
Heat some vinegar, water, and lemon slices in a bowl in your microwave for 5 minutes. Then wipe down the inside of your microwave for a sparkling clean finish.

Dishwasher:
To clean and refresh it, put a cup of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack and run a cycle. Then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of washer and run it again on a short cycle. This should clean out food particles and help it smell fresh.

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Pick a couple jobs to do each day, put on some great music, and get busy! Here’s hoping your home is sparkling clean. We’ve got amazing spring ready new condos for sale to show you, so come by soon!