If the weather is getting warmer, and the birds are singing, it must be spring!
And if it’s spring, it’s time for spring cleaning.
Here at The Overwhelmed Homemaker, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning tips and tricks.
Because, although we love a clean home, we kind of hate doing it, right?
So I’m here to give you some tips that will keep your cleaning time down to a minimum so you can get out there and enjoy that beautiful weather!
Tips and Tricks for Cleaning
Of course I have some tips and tricks to making cleaning easier!
But before I get to the actual cleaning tips, let me just give you a few cautions first.
- Don’t overdo it! There’s no need to clean so much that you’re exhausted or so sore you can’t move the next day. The dirt will still be there the next day and the one after that, so pace yourself.
- If you’ve got a lot to do, or you’re just overwhelmed by the whole house, start with the kitchen and get it clean. We’re not talking rearranging cupboards here; just getting surfaces clean. Next go for the bathroom, and finally, dust, sweep, and air out the bedrooms.
- Do as much or as little as you want or can. It’s your house! When I was just a toddler, my mom taught me to wrap a rag around my little index finger so I could get in real close to clean the corners of the floor. We’re not doing that here! Ain’t nobody got time for that!
OK, so on to my tips and tricks!
- Remember to start at the top. I always clean the stovetop before the microwave mounted above it, and then all the gunk from the microwave lands on my clean cooktop. Don’t be me. Start at the top. So dust before you sweep, and clear cobwebs before you dust.
- Microfiber cloths are awesome! The ones you get (you know) from the home party are really good, but the ones you buy in the store work well too. I think you can tell just by feel which ones do the best job. Some of mine feel almost like towels and they don’t do as nice a job.
- Microfiber cloths are all I use for dusting. I have very little furniture with a polished surface – most of my wood furniture is more rustic – but still, I use the microfibers for all of them. They grab onto the dust and don’t let go! And remember to fold and refold them and use the front and back. You’ve got lots of surface area there to use.
- Give your cleaners time to work. This is the biggest mistake I see people making. Regardless of whether you’re using store bought or homemade cleaners, apply them and then wait. At least a couple of minutes. Let the cleaner do it’s work so you’re doing less.
- Get a cheap toothbrush and some paint brushes (or makeup brushes – you want small ones) at the dollar store and put them in your cleaning kit. They’re great for getting into little places and cleaning or dusting. Q-tips work too!
- I know this seems nit picky, but get out your vacuum one day and put the tiny little nozzle on it. Use it to clean out the tracks on your sliding doors and windows. I know you’ve got more important things that need to be cleaned, but this will help your doors and windows work better and save you some money in the long run.
- Any time you can clean a little the rest of the year will save you time when it comes to seasonal cleaning. As a bonus, here’s a shower spray recipe from The Make Your Own Zone:
- 1/2 cup each of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap (I always use blue Dawn)
- 1 tablespoon of rinse aid – like for your dishwasher
- Enough water for 32 oz – if you use a spray bottle that holds 32 oz, just top it off
You can visit The Make Your Own Zone for full information. I can’t wait to try this!
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