Spring is right around the corner and many people take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days to clean up around the house! We have some unconventional, cleaning life-hacks for you to try!
- The most effective cleaning method is to pick a starting point of the room and work clockwise until you get back to where you started. Also you should always start high and work your way down, doing the floor last. This method ensures that the floor doesn’t get dirty again after you clean it, as you are cleaning other parts of the room.
- Plastic shower curtain lines get moldy fast! Throw it in the washer with a few towels, which will help scrub it clean, then hang it back up to dry.
- Keep your oven clean all the time by lining the bottom with a nonstick oven liner. It can be wiped off with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher and reused.
- Did you know that there are different brooms for different tasks? For indoors, choose one with finer bristles to pick up smaller dirt particles. For outdoors, go for stronger, stiffer bristles, which work better to clear porous surfaces.
- To save money and the environment, use microfiber cloths to clean rather than paper towels. They are inexpensive and reusable!
- Use a clutter box. Every house needs one. Use a cute lidded storage container to stash lost game pieces, stray screws and buttons, and similar small items. Once a week clean out the box and put everything in its place.
- The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
- Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
Spring-cleaning can be an excellent way to discover and identify any pest or wildlife problems that may be going on undetected in your home. Here are a few areas to check and things to look for:
- Any type of droppings in dark enclosed spaces, such as cabinets, pantries, closets, attics and crawl spaces can be a sign of roaches, mice and/or wildlife.
- If you see anything that resembles a nest, it is probably a nest. Mice, rats and squirrels make nests out of, not just items found in nature such as pine straw and leaves, but also household items such as paper, insulation and fabric pieces.
- When cleaning out your kitchen cabinets and pantry be sure to look for and clean up any food spills as they can attract ants, roaches and other pests.
- If you notice any splintering or rotting wood you may want to get a termite inspection to make sure they are not the culprits.
- When in the attic check for entry points and wood that looks chewed up, as it could be a sign of a wildlife issue.