Spring Cleaning Checklist
Start by making a checklist of
everything that you need to clean this Spring. Include projects that you
dont normally clean on a weekly or monthly basis things such as drapes,
upholstery, wiping down your baseboards, washing the windows inside and out,
washing your shower curtain and changing the liner and organizing your linen
Take inventory of your cleaning
products and the tools that you will need in order to accomplish all of the
necessary cleaning. Put the items that you will need on your shopping list.
Continue your normal cleaning
routine, but add an extra hour each week towards accomplishing just one of
these tasks on your list. Check off the items that you accomplish and
continue on to the next one.
Clear out the clutter! Make a box for
trash and a box for charitable donations and fill these with all of the
unnecessary clutter in your home. If you havent worn something in a year
its time to give it to someone who will.
Clean when it is convenient for you
and when you have enough energy. Take advantage of the times that you work
best. If you would rather break the hour into smaller increments go for
Put your spring cleaning task on your
calendar each week. It is hard to ignore scheduled tasks in glaring print.
Write your tasks in red, capitalized, or exclamation points- anything you
can to draw your eye to the one task for the week.
Make Spring Cleaning a family affair.
Your children and your spouse can be active participants in getting your
home organized just like they help to contribute to the clutter.
Cleaning the Kitchen
Deep Cleaning Appliances
Considering the money invested in them, appliances deserve a
thorough scrubbing on a regular basis. In addition to giving you the
satisfaction of knowing theyre clean inside and out, your good work can
optimize their performance and extend their lives and create a healthier
environment for you and your family.
Pour a full pot of the vinegar and
water mixture in your water reservoir and turn the coffee maker on (filter
Once the mixture has run completely
through, turn the drip coffee maker off and let it cool for 15 to 20
Pour the vinegar and water mixture
down the drain. If you are cleaning a coffee maker that hasn't been cleaned
regularly, repeat this step again with a fresh vinegar and water mixture.
Rinse the pot out thoroughly with
warm, plain water. Then, fill the water reservoir again with clean water and
turn the coffee maker on to start the rinsing process.
To make sure all of the vinegar and
water solution is completely gone repeat the rinsing process one more time
after letting the pot cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
Instead of using dishwater liquid for
cleaning the surface of the stove, consider using a damp micro-fiber cloth
instead. It has thousands of scrubbing fingers that remove the dirt, and it
doesn't smear the cooking surface.
For tougher burnt-on problems, spray
the area with water and apply some baking soda to form a paste. Wipe clean.
Remember: Baking soda is a mild abrasive that won't scratch the surface of
If your stove surface is in really bad
shape, you can use non-gel toothpaste on a soft cloth to clean the problem
areas. The abrasive action will remove the stain, and the toothpaste won't
scratch the surface.
Cleaning the Stove Hood
Pour the 1/2-cup of white vinegar and
tablespoon of borax into the bucket of warm water.
Dip the soft cloth into the solution
and ring it out.
Wash the surface of the stove hood
well and make sure to get any sticky spots that may have formed. Be sure to
clean on the inside of the hood
If you come across a sticky spot that
won't come up, dip a damp sponge into a little dry borax and work it into
the spot and wipe with the damp cloth. Once the surface is clean, wipe with
a dry, clean cloth.
Half fill a microwavable container
with water, and add a chunk of lemon (at least 1/4 of a small lemon).
Microwave on high until the water is
boiling (around 2-3 minutes).
Leave the microwave closed for at
least 5 minutes, then wipe over with a damp cloth. Any dried-on foods should
come off easily, and your microwave will smell great!
Fill the detergent cup with two ounces
of ascorbic acid.
Run the empty machine on rinse for a
few minutes, let it stand a few minutes more, and let the rinse cycle
Use heated (not energy saver) drying.
To remove mineral deposits (caused by
hard water) add a cup of vinegar to a load.
Starting from the top and working your
way down, wipe with a solution of dishwashing liquid and one gallon of warm
water. If the fridge is smelly, use baking soda instead of soap.
If you see anything that looks as
though it has become permanently affixed, place a heated bowl of vinegar in
your refrigerator for about five minutes. The steam will loosen up those
stuck-on foods and hardened spills.
Take a clean cloth and rinse
everything down with plain water. Dry it with a towel or leave it to air
Dont forget to clean the outside of
the fridge. Wipe the top and sides down, and while youre at it, grab the
vacuum and get those coils behind the refrigerator, too - pet hair likes to
live down there.
Homemade Remedy for Clogged Drains
Remove all water from the sink.
Pour one cup of baking soda down the
Follow that with one cup of table salt
Pour one half cup of white vinegar
down the drain
Allow the drain to set for ten minutes
then flush it with two quarts of boiling water.
Garbage Disposal Cleaning
To clean grease and leftover food from
your disposal and sharpen the blades at the same time, sprinkle liberally
with baking soda and pour white vinegar over until it bubbles.
Let set ten minutes. Rinse with hot
Put two or three ice cubes in the
disposal and grind. Rinse again with hot water. Now your disposal is clean
and odor free.
Natural All-Purpose Homemade Cleaner
For an all-purpose non-polluting
kitchen cleaning product, add two tablespoons baking soda to one quart of
warm water. This mixture should clean almost any surface safely and without
If some areas are more difficult,
simply use plain baking soda in place of a scouring powder, it works just as
well, does not contain any chemicals, removes any odors and is far more
economical. This mixture can also be used when washing the dishes.
Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaning
Stainless steel kitchen appliances
look best when they're clean and shiny. To clean tough stains and give them
a dazzling shine, try the same detergent you would use when washing the
dishes. One formulated to cut grease works especially well. This also works
well for general kitchen cleaning. Waterless hand soap also works great as a
polish, simply rub on, and polish - no rinsing.
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