Springtime is here and it’s time to open up the shutters and prepare for the season. Heavy clothing gets stashed away as we start decluttering from the long winter. Spring Cleaning is an unfortunately realty in the lives of most Americans. But when you’re a home owner, there are a few extra things added to the list. Most every home owner knows to check the gutters and turn the sprinkler back on. However there are many important spring cleaning items you might have missed:
Air filters work behind the scenes to keep the air in our homes fresh and free from pollutants and allergens. But if you don’t replace them frequently, they can cause more harm than good. Make sure to change out your filters once every 2-3 months. Even more frequently if you add other factors such as pets or pollen. For forgetful home owners, there are even delivery services that will automatically ship you a new filter to your doorstep.
Pillows and Comforter
Sheets and Pillowcases are (hopefully) something that you wash every few weeks. But once a year it’s a good call to clean your comforters and pillows as well. Many larger washing machines can handle a queen-sized comforter, so throw them right in the spin cycle. If you do happen to have a small washer or a giant comforter take it to your local dry cleaner. (Just make sure to read the manufacturer’s label first!)
Hopefully you clean your dishes all the time. But when was the last time you thought to clean the dishwasher itself? To make sure that you get the most out of your appliance, experts suggest cleaning it once a month. Don’t worry, it’s easy. First, you’ll want to move any leftover food that may linger at the bottom. Then run the washer using a specialty cleaner like Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner pack, once a month.
Throughout the year, lots of grime can build up on your cabinets. Make sure to give them a scrub this spring using a cabinet cleaner. Focus especially on high buildup areas around oven vents, sinks, and exhaust hoods.
These days, nothing looks cleaner than a trendy kitchen with all stainless appliances. But this aesthetic is lost when your appliances start to resemble a broken-down car. Make sure your stainless is sparkling by using a specialty cleaner. For best results use sparingly and clean once a week!
The good news is, you don’t have to mop your wooden floors weekly. In fact, that might even ruin the floors. While this is a great temporary excuse for some lazy homeowners, you will need to take a few steps to maintain your hardwood. There are several cleaning options such as wet-cleaning that when done once every few months, can drastically extend a floors lifespan. with a specialty. Make sure to use a specialty cleaner and some of these other great methods to make sure your floors are gleaming.
Reseal your countertops
If you have granite countertops, they were likely sealed right after installation. Typically, you only need to reseal your granite once every 5-7 years. Find out if your counters need replacing with this easy DIY at-home-test. Even after counters are sealed, make sure to wipe up spills as quickly as possible to prevent stains.
Don’t wash your clothes in a smelly machine. Instead, disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.
If your garbage starts to smell, you can simply drop in a cut up lemon, with some salt, and a few ice cubes. The ice cubes and salt will clean away any residue, while the lemon will deodorize. You can also try Dispose Care (Amazon.com), which is specifically designed to make your disposal as fresh as the day you bought it.
Your Shower Liner
Mildew and mold can slowly build up throughout the year on your shower liner. If your liner is getting grimy, you can simply throw it in the washing machine. Add a few towels to the wash to help scrub the liner clean.