With daylight savings behind us and the first day of spring quickly approaching, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some great spring cleaning hacks that we’ve found for you.
1) Multiple bathrooms to clean? Put buckets of products in each one. That way you don’t have to keep going back and forth from room to room. [Tip Courtesy of cleaning specialist Laura Wittmann]
2) Paper towels not cutting it especially on glass? Start using newspaper! Newspaper penetrates the oil rather than smearing it. [Tip Courtesy of cleaning guru Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan]
3) Dishwashers aren’t just for dishes. Dishwashers are perfect for washing everything from sponges to plastic toys to pet dishes to plastic hairbrushes. Better than handwashing every single item in your house, right?
4) Dusting building up on your those blinds? Wrap two microfiber towels around a pair of tongs, then wipe across each slat. [ Tip Courtesy of One Crazy House]
5) Marks all over your pretty painted walls? Take a dry microfiber towel and start rubbing. You’ll be surprised out how quickly they disappear. For more detailed surfaces like knobs and molding, use a surface cleaner with a smaller microfiber towel. For tougher stains, try using a Magic Eraser [Tip Courtesy of cleaning guru Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan]
6) Pet hair piling up on your couch? If you don’t have a lint roller handy, put on a rubber dishwashing glove. Rub it rapidly [on the upholstery]—it builds up an electrical charge and the hair will stick to it. Then throw the glove away when you’re done! [Tip Courtesy of president of Cleaning Specialist of America, Todd Saunders]
7) When was the last time you changed your filter? It is recommended that you change your home’s air filters/furnace filters every 3 months. When the first day of a new season is the perfect time to change your filters.
8) Dirty ceiling fan? One thing people usually don’t think to clean is their ceiling fan. Dust can pile up easily, but because they are hard to reach is a big reason they are often forgotten about. Here’s a trick: Use a pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan. Slip the pillowcase on best you can using a broom, pull off and voila! [Tip inspired by Passion for savings]
9) Hard water spots dulling your stainless steel faucet’s shine? Try cleaning them with lemon! Cut a lemon in half and start rubbing faucets in your kitchen and bathroom to watch rust and hard water spots disappear!
10) Showered head looking pretty shabby? Detachable shower heads are difficult to clean because they can’t be taken off and cleaned in detail or thrown in the dishwasher. But did you know that you can clean them overnight by soaking them in vinegar? Simply fill a sandwich baggie with vinegar and then carefully secure the bag over the showerhead so it’s fully submerged. Then use an elastic hair tie or rubber band to wrap around the top of the shower head to hold the bag. Don’t forget to remove the vinegar bag before you turn on the shower in the morning!
11) Lampshade looking dusty? Lint roll them! Even the most delicate of lampshades are easy to clean with a lint roller!