Since it is now officially spring, it must be time to get started on all that spring-cleaning that needs to get done. With that in mind, here are some of our tips for making sure your cleaning is as effective as it can be.
If you have a bunch of mismatched socks that you are planning to throw out as part of your spring-cleaning to do list, you might want to wait. It turns out that cotton is actually a great material when it comes to being able to pick up particles of dust. This means that any lonely socks you have still kicking around in the bottom of your sock drawer can easily be repurposed into dusting mitts.
Even garbage cans need to be cleaned. In order to avoid trying to awkwardly climb inside your home’s trash bin to clean it you should try laying it on its side and squirt some soap inside then spray it down well with a hose and turn it upside down to dry out.
Don’t forget that if you don’t clean the materials you are using to do your spring-cleaning, nothing is really getting cleaned. In order to avoid spreading the same dust bunnies, dirt, and stray hairs all over your house be sure to give your broom and dustpan a good cleaning when you finish using them. You can do this by washing your dustpan with warm soapy water and using the nozzle attachment on your vacuum cleaner to go over the bristles of your broom.
One household appliance that is commonly overlooked when it comes to cleaning is ironically, the dishwasher. If your dishwasher is not clean, it can start to lose its effectiveness, give off an odor and begin growing mold. An easy cleaning hack is to fill a cup with vinegar and another cup with baking soda. Then place them right side up on the top rack and run the dishwasher on a normal cycle with only the cups inside.
A habit that pretty much every person falls into that makes cleaning and getting organized much more difficult than it really needs to be is the creation of a “junk drawer”. It is worse if every single drawer is being used as just a place to throw things you cannot be bothered to find a proper place for. Thankfully there is a very easy solution to this clutter. Just label your drawers. Whether you use a labeler or a marker and some stickers, as long as you can make the labels and stick to what they say you will have conquered one of the worst issues with organization.
Hopefully these hacks can help you and your friends as you get started on your spring-cleaning projects!
Story By: Carlee Jo Blumenthal
Photo By: The Creative Exchange on Unsplash