Home Remedies for Spring Cleaning

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home remedies for spring cleaning

 

Sunny skies, chirping birds and longer days are just some of the indicators that say it’s time to rejuvenate and organize for the warmer seasons. This thorough cleaning of a house or room typically takes place during the spring season, but can happen any time of the year. You may clear out your closets, dust the curtains, and repaint the outside of your house. Lucky for you – there are plenty of ways to cut costs and easily accomplish these kinds of tasks with home remedies for spring cleaning.

Typical Spring Cleaning Activities

Spring cleaning can take place inside and outside of the home, but generally focuses on addressing the indoors. Typical activities for spring cleaning that you may want to complete include the following tasks:

• Dusting: To keep furnishings and other parts of your house looking fresh and clean, dusting is a popular spring cleaning activity. The house also becomes better for breathing and people with allergies.

• Deodorize: From a clogged drain to rooms with mildew, there are plenty of variables that play a role in the way your home smells.

• Trash Removal: In the course of a year, trash and waste builds up pretty quickly. Old newspapers, boxes, and mail are common offenders. During spring cleaning, you may purge the items that are unused and only add clutter to the home.

• Surface Cleaning: Every surface in a home needs a little tender loving care. Countertops become grimy and sticky. Spills inside and outside of the oven are sometimes overlooked. The smudges on your wooden furniture need attention.

• Floors: From the crumbs in the corner of the floor to scuffs on your hardwoods, the daily wear and tear of your floors can really take its toll.

• Storage and Organization: Keeping your home tidy means finding ways to organize and store items that are easy for you to find.

Spring Cleaning Home Remedies

When it comes to cleaning the home, you will find that some of the simplest products, such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice, offer a wealth of low-cost solutions. Nearly every home is equipped with these items. When you’re ready to refresh your living space, consider the following home remedies for spring cleaning:

a) Baking Soda as a Deodorizer:

Add baking soda to the bottom of the garbage can before replacing your plastic liner to lessen the intensity of trash odor. A box of baking soda in a refrigerator can cut down on food odors that can affect the fresh taste and scent of other items.

b) Baking Soda and the Sink:

Leave an open box of baking soda under the kitchen sink to eliminate the smells that can develop. Sprinkle baking soda in a drain to get rid of unpleasant food odors that can accumulate in a garbage disposal.

c) Baking Soda and Microwaves:

Combine four tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of warm water to create a solution for washing down the inside of the microwave oven. Another way to clean food stains and remove odors in a microwave is to add a microwave-safe cup of water with a few tablespoons of baking soda. Boil the solution in the microwave for a few minutes. Use a paper towel or dishrag to wipe down the inside of the microwave.

d) Vinegar for the Bathroom:

A diluted vinegar solution works wonders for cleaning the tub, sink, and countertops of your bathroom by eating away soap scum and hard water stains. Use pure vinegar to treat your toilet bowl and get rid of rings. Try mopping down your bathroom floor with a vinegar/water solution.

e) Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol:

Add one cup of rubbing alcohol, one cup of water, and one tablespoon of vinegar to a spray bottle. Use for cleaning glass and mirrors. The spray will also give hard tiles, chrome, and other surfaces a nice shine.

f) Vinegar for the Kitchen:

You can effectively clean the stovetop, appliances, countertops, and floor of your kitchen with vinegar.

g) Vinegar for the Dishwasher:

To promote a spot-free rinse cycle in your dishwasher, add 1 to 1 ½ cups of white vinegar to the rinse compartment of an automatic dishwasher.

h) Vinegar and Glassware:

Add sparkle to your glassware and crystal by rubbing with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar.

i) Vinegar for the Laundry Room:

Vinegar not only acts as a natural fabric softener, but is also a real lifesaver for people with sensitive skin. Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of using a commercial product [2].

j) Lemon Juice and Olive Oil:

To create a homemade furniture polish for hardwood items, mix one cup of olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice.

k) Lemon Juice and Vinegar:

Mix lemon juice and vinegar to create a cleaning solution that effectively removes food stains in the kitchen and makes fixtures sparkle in the bathroom. Lemon juice also adds antibacterial and antiseptic properties to homemade cleaning solutions.

l) Lemons for Copper:

Clean pots and pans with copper bottoms with lemon juice. You can also liven up copper fixtures by cleaning with lemon juice. Simply, cut a lemon in half, dip in salt, and rub away stains.

m) Lemons for Countertops:

Remove stubborn countertop stains by leaving a small amount of lemon juice to work its magic for a couple of minutes (and not any longer because the acidic nature of the juice is strong). Scrub away the stain using baking soda and a clean cloth.

n) Lemon Juice and Salt:

To remove rust from sinks, toilets and tubs, combine lemon juice and salt to create a scrubbing agent for spring cleaning.

o) Lemons for Drains:

If you place lemon rinds in a garbage disposal, you can remove drain odors. Some people will also pour lemon juice and hot water down a drain for the same effect.

p) Lemons for Linens:

To naturally bleach white clothes and linens, soak items in a bucket filled with diluted lemon juice. Dry the fabrics in the sun and most stains are bleached away.

q) Lemon Juice and Baking Soda:

The acidic cleaning power of lemon juice mixed with baking soda makes an abrasive cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom.

r) Lemon Scrubber:

Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut side. Grip the lemon and use to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.

s) Lemon as an Air Freshener:

The scent of citrus fruit is pleasantly refreshing – making lemon juice a welcomed addition to homemade cleaners. You can also add fresh lemons to a glass container or bowl as a deodorizing centerpiece in the living room, guest bedroom, or kitchen.

t) Salt and the Kitchen:

Add water to salt to create a paste that scrubs down your oven and countertops. Gently use the salt paste to clean painted or paneled walls. Salt also helps remove food stains from pots, pans, and baking dishes. Soak cast iron pans in water with three tablespoons of salt to remove caked-on food without harming the seasoned finish.

u) Salt in the Bathroom:

Scrub down sinks, tubs, showers, tile grout, and floors of the bathroom with the abrasive action of salt.

v) Salt and Baking Soda:

Combine baking soda and salt to produce a whitening effect while scrubbing surfaces.

w) Toothpaste for the Bathroom:

Choose white (non-gel or non-whitening) toothpaste to clean tile grout in the bathroom. Add sparkle to bathroom fixtures by wiping down with toothpaste.

x) Toothpaste in the Kitchen:

Use white (non-gel or non-whitening) toothpaste for scrubbing pots, pans, baking dishes, and other cookware. Stubborn stains on kitchen countertops have also been known to respond to a scrubbing of white toothpaste.

y) Toothpaste for Walls:

Treat painted walls with stains by rubbing white toothpaste over blemishes. You can also use white toothpaste to fill in the holes left behind by nails and picture hooks.

z) Toothpaste for Furniture:

Clean furniture legs made out of metal with white toothpaste.

aa) Cornstarch:

Before vacuuming a room, sprinkle a bit of cornstarch on a carpet. Wait for 30 minutes, and then vacuum as normal [1].

bb) Cinnamon and Cloves:

To add a fragrant scent into the air, boil cinnamon and cloves on your stovetop.

cc) Newspaper:

To save your paper towels and prevent lint from gathering on your glass or mirror, use crumpled newspaper to wipe off cleaning agents.

dd) Hydrogen Peroxide:

To clean bathroom mirrors without the hassle of smearing, use hydrogen peroxide when you’ve run out of glass cleaner. You may never go back.

ee) Club Soda:

Another way to make mirrors sparkle is to use club soda when cleaning.

ff) Dryer Sheet:

Prevent electricity and lessen dust collection on blinds by wiping them down with a dryer sheet.

gg) Thyme:

Remove mold from your tiles by soaking thyme in water for a couple of days, and scrubbing down with the mixture.

hh) Car Wax:

Prevent soap scum and mildew on shower tiles by applying a coat of car wax after thoroughly cleaning the shower. The wax helps repel water, which can contribute to a buildup of mildew.

ii) Cream of Tartar:

Remove the rings in a bathroom tub or sink by making a paste out of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Allow the solution to sit for about an hour before lightly scrubbing away.

jj) Baby Oil:

Add shine to stainless steel sinks by rubbing in a few drops of baby oil. Use a soft clean cloth for the best results. Use baby oil to remove soap scum and watermarks from glass shower doors in the bathroom.

Resources

[1] Reader’s Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; pg. 144.

[2] http://www.tide.com/en-US/index.jspx

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