After winter has come and gone, many homeowners may feel the effects of the season through the condition of their homes. With a number of months with minimal movement, can come a sense of “stuffiness” throughout a home. Post-winter can be the perfect time to give your home a much-deserved cleaning and reorganization to rid it of any dust or grime that may have accumulated throughout the winter months. As with any deep clean, it is important to be thorough and use natural products wherever possible because they are better for your overall health and well-being.
Test out these simple hacks for yourself during this year’s big spring clean!
1) Before vacuuming, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over your carpeting and let it briefly sit before you start up the vacuum. The baking soda will release trapped odors and give your carpet a better, more complete clean.
2) Create your own natural cleaners for windows and other sensitive surfaces by mixing ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards. Combining equal parts distilled vinegar and warm water makes the perfect solution for glass. Go in with a soft cloth and watch your windows go from grubby to streak-free in no time.
3) Air out your curtains, blankets, and other linens by laying them outside on a dry, sunny day. The sun and fresh air will assist in removing any must or other strong odors that may be trapped in them from being tucked away. Tossing them in the dryer on low can also be effective but uses much more electricity.
4) Combine lemon juice and salt for an effective metal cleaner that works on various surfaces. Take a pinch of salt and sprinkle it on the affected area. Cut a lemon in half, rub it over the salty area, and watch your metal gain its shine back. This method works to clean both copper and brass as well as remove any pesky mildew.
With these tips and tricks, you should be on your way to a healthier and happier home for the spring season. Happy cleaning!