SPRING CLEAN HACKS
Grime Be Gone
- Start your Spring Clean Routine today
- Create a healthier home environment with natural ingredients
- Create a regular personalized cleaning routine
- Find those forgotten places in need of a clean
Are you constantly cleaning your home, but still feel like it's dirty? Well, you're not alone! There are several areas in our homes that often go unnoticed during our regular cleaning routine.
We are going to discover some of these hidden areas in your home which can be breeding grounds for dust, dirt, and grime. You might not have even realized these spots needed cleaning! All of the hidden “funk” can impact the cleanliness, smell, and overall appearance of your home and we are here to help!
From the kitchen to the garage, we'll provide you with Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks to tackle these overlooked spaces and bring a renewed sense of tidiness to your home. Let's get started on this journey of cleanliness!
Food splatters and spills can accumulate in the microwave, leading to odors and potentially harmful bacteria. Wipe down the interior and exterior of the microwave with a damp cloth and mild detergent, and clean any removable parts such as the turntable.
Even though the dishwasher is used for cleaning dishes, it still needs to be regularly cleaned. Check the bottom of the dishwasher for any debris or food particles that have accumulated, and clean the spray arms and filters.
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The coils can accumulate dust and dirt, which can impact the efficiency of the appliance. Vacuum the coils and surrounding area to keep them clean and help the refrigerator run more efficiently.
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Place a bowl filled with one cup of distilled white vinegar on the top rack and run a Heavy Cycle without detergent or dishes
If you want to add more freshness to your dishwasher after you run the vinegar cycle, (or maybe after a messy, holiday meal), sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a quick cycle.
Food particles and debris can accumulate in the garbage disposal, leading to odors and clogs. Run cold water and turn on the disposal while grinding ice cubes to help clean the blades and remove any buildup.
Range Hood Filter
The filter in your range hood can become clogged with grease and debris, reducing its effectiveness in removing smoke and odors. Remove and wash the filter according to the manufacturer's instructions.
From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life.
- Marie Kondo -
Mineral buildup can accumulate inside shower heads, which can reduce water pressure and cause the shower to spray in unexpected directions. Soak the showerhead in a vinegar solution to dissolve any mineral buildup and help restore water pressure.
Labeling your Shower Products can also keep your shower neat and tidy. Shop the Bathroom Labels to accentuate your Spring Cleaning Aesthetic.
The exhaust fan can accumulate dust and dirt, reducing its effectiveness in removing moisture and odors. Clean the fan cover and blades with a vacuum or damp cloth.
Tiles in the grout of the shower or on the floor can become discolored and moldy over time. Use a grout cleaner or mixture of baking soda and water to scrub the grout and restore its original color.
Use a toilet tank cleaner or vinegar to remove any buildup and sanitize the tank. The inside can accumulate buildup and bacteria, leading to odors.
We do not want that!
Sink and Bathtub Drains
Hair, soap scum, and other debris can accumulate inside bathroom drains, leading to slow draining or clogs. Use a plunger or drain snake to remove any buildup and keep drains running smoothly. After you brush your gorgeous hair, make sure to take any loose strands out of the sink and toss right away.
The inside of your washing machine can accumulate mold, mildew, and soap scum, which can affect the cleanliness of your clothes. Run an empty cycle with hot water and a washing machine cleaner to remove any buildup. Don’t forget to wipe down the exterior, door, and vacuum behind the washing machine!
Check the box below for some DIY washing machine cleaners. Make sure you always check with your manufacturer’s manual to make sure what is safe for your machine.
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Make sure your washing machine is empty.Run a cycle with hot water, the longest setting, and 4 cups of vinegar.Once the cycle is complete, wipe down the inside of the machine with a clean cloth to remove any remaining vinegar or residue.Finally, run another cycle with hot water to rinse the washing machine and ensure no leftover vinegar remains. If you notice your washing machine is still stinky, follow with a Baking Soda Cycle.
First run a Vinegar Cycle. (Steps written above.)When that cycle is complete, add a cup of baking soda into the drum. Run the washing machine with the hottest settings. After the cycle, leave the top open to air dry.
Select the hottest and longest cycle and pour ¾ cup of non-chlorinated bleach into the drum and run the cycle for one minute. Open the lid to let the water/bleach sit in the drum for about an hour. Then complete the cycle. When the cycle is complete, leave the lid open to air dry. Make sure you wipe the exterior and inside of the door to remove all the gunk.
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Dryer Link Trap
The lint trap in your dryer can become clogged, reducing airflow and posing a fire hazard. Clean the lint trap after every load and use a vacuum or lint brush to remove any buildup from the trap and surrounding area.
Dryer Exhaust Duct
The exhaust duct in your dryer can become clogged with lint and debris, reducing airflow and posing a fire hazard. Use a dryer vent cleaning kit to remove any buildup from the duct and improve dryer efficiency.
The sink in your laundry room can become stained and dirty over time from detergent, bleach, and other laundry products. Clean the sink with a mild cleaner or baking soda to remove any stains and improve its appearance.
Dust and debris can accumulate behind your washing machine and dryer, reducing their efficiency and posing a fire hazard. Move the appliances and use a vacuum or duster to clean behind them and improve airflow.
The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living withing that environment.
- Marie Kondo -
Garage Door Tracks
The tracks on your garage door can accumulate dust, dirt, and debris over time, leading to poor door performance and potentially damaging the door. Use a vacuum or damp cloth to remove any buildup from the tracks and lubricate them with garage door lubricant.
Here are some helpful tips to keep the garage floor squeaky clean: for removing stains from surfaces, you may want to try using dish soap or laundry detergent. Allow either solution to sit for around 45 minutes before rinsing with hot water and scrubbing the area with a stiff-bristled brush. If dealing with stubborn rust stains, white vinegar can be helpful, but multiple applications may be necessary for particularly tough stains.
To maintain a generally clean surface, non-toxic cleaning solutions can be used. Additionally, combining one cup of baking soda with a gallon of hot water can be an effective cleaning solution.
The light fixtures in your garage can accumulate dust and dirt, reducing their brightness and potentially causing a fire hazard. Remove the light fixtures and clean them with a damp cloth or vacuum.
Shelves and Cabinets
The shelves and cabinets in your garage can accumulate dust, dirt, and debris over time, leading to a cluttered and dirty appearance. Remove items from shelves and cabinets and clean them with a damp cloth or vacuum.
The floor drains in your garage can become clogged with dirt, leaves, and other debris, leading to poor drainage and potential flooding. Use a drain snake or plunger to remove any buildup and improve drainage.
Behind Stored Items
Dust and debris can accumulate behind items stored in your garage, reducing airflow and potentially attracting pests. Move stored items and use a vacuum or duster to clean behind them and improve airflow.
Now that we have discovered the areas in your home that might have unwanted smells and dirt lingering, let’s get to it! A checklist helps to feel accomplished, so be sure to set realistic goals for each day. Tackle one area at a time and you’ll soon have a fresh and grime-free home. Home and Laundry Labels paired with your favorite container will keep your products organized and your cleaning routine less stressful.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
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Maria Navarro - Savvy & Sorted
3 April 2023