Spring has finally sprung, and I am so ready to get rid of all the boots and snow pants and mittens. It's time to shed the layers and soak up the warmth of the sun. I hope. We're definitely getting there at least. It hasn't yet been warm enough to open the windows in the house, but I did have my car windows and the sun roof open one day last week. So I'm optimistic.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewed hope, and a time to shed not only the layers of winter clothes, but the layers of dust and stagnant air that have accumulated in our homes over the last months. The salt stains in my entryway can definitely get lost. Spring cleaning time is here!
There's a special kind of deep cleaning that many of us crave this time of year. I think it has to do with a renewed energy that comes from longer days and warmer temperatures. Whether it's washing walls or cleaning windows, spring is when we tend to tackle these big projects. Heck, I may even clean my baseboards. Stranger things have happened. Here are a few tips to get you going.
Tackle one room at a time. I find focus is key to a feeling of success. Define one area and stick with it until it is cleaned to your liking.
Tackle the biggest job first. This may seem counter-intuitive, but if you get the biggest task out of the way first, everything else will seem easy in comparison. Plus, the really big jobs often create collateral mess of their own, and require the most energy. Get them done while you're fresh.
Work from the top down. Dust your ceiling with your Swiffer Sweeper or 360 Dusters Extender, then clean windows, work your way down your walls and baseboards, dust flat surfaces, and end with your floors.
Gather all of your supplies at the start. Be sure to have everything together before you begin. This saves you wasting time going back and forth looking for cleaners you've forgotten, or picking up fresh rags. Use a scrub bucket to carry your supplies with you as you move through the house.
My first spring cleaning task is my kitchen. I get a lot of satisfaction out of a clean kitchen, probably because I spend so much time in there. Because the kitchen walls and light fixtures get so greasy and grimy from cooking, I tend to rely on Dawn. It is perfect for cleaning the ceiling light fixture, and a little bit in a bucket of warm water strips all the grease off the bulkhead and the exhaust fan over the stove. My cupboards are white, and I find the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are the perfect solution to cleaning them of accumulated grime and spills. Following up with a quick wipe with a damp Bounty towel then removes any eraser residue.
For my floors, I am all about my Swiffer WetJet. I've been using one since they first hit the market years ago. I don't have to cart around a heavy bucket of water, and the cleaning solution does a super job getting my white tile floor sparkling. Plus, I was never satisfied with the cleanliness of my sponge mop - using a new cleaning pad each time keeps the germs at bay. The Swiffer WetJet is a quick solution for your everyday cleaning as well - it's always ready to go!
My final tip concerns the air in your home. Definitely get your windows open and let the fresh air in as soon as you can. But in the meantime you can freshen your indoor air with a spray of Febreze Air Effects. Crisp Clean, Gain Island Fresh, Hawaiian Aloha - there's a scent for every taste. Best of all, Febreze doesn't just mask odours, it eliminates them. Fresh air is the crowning touch for your freshly-spring-cleaned home.
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Dawn Ultra Original, Dawn Original, Bounty Basic, Cascade Platinum with Dawn, Febreze Air Effects, Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit, Swiffer WetJet Cleaner , Swiffer WetJet Pad.
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