Start fresh this spring with a deep cleaning of your home. Here are some of my spring cleaning tips and tricks.
Cleaning Tips for Home: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning
Collect cleaning supplies in a bucket for easy access
Keeping all your cleaning supplies in one spot makes the spring cleaning process a breeze. Grab a bucket, and put in your favorite cleaning supplies, a few rags, and a pair of gloves. Put everything back in the bucket when you’re finished for the next cleaning session.
Not sure what cleaning supplies you’ll need? After 20 years of cleaning, and 5 kids, my cleaning supply list is short and green. Top on my list is the Shaklee Clean Basic H2. Not only is it a frugal power house cleaner, Basic H2 is safe for my kids to use.
Switch bed linens
One of my favorite spring cleaning activities is pulling out the lighter-weight sheets for summer. I do this on a warm spring day when I can hang them on the line to air out before putting them on the beds.
Wash all winter linens before storing. The ideal storage spot is in the room where the sheets are being used. An under the bed storage container keeps sheets accessible yet out of the way. Another option is storing all the current season linens in a central location or near the laundry area. I store the out of season linens in plastic storage containers in our attic.
Maximize your sheet storage: How to fold a fitted sheet.
Steam clean carpets
Carpet cleaning starts with limiting the amount of dirt that gets into your carpets. In my home, the kids take off their shoes by the back door and use socks or bare feet inside. During the winter and muddy times, I lay a rag towel by the back door to prevent road salt, snow, and mud from getting tracked onto my carpets.
With 7 of us in our home, I vacuum regularly. During the school year, twice a week vacuuming is usually fine. During the summer when all the kids are home, I vacuum every other day. Always do multiple passes in different directions to lift up the carpet fibers and thus, get to all the dirt.
When I steam clean the carpets, I vacuum right before steam cleaning. This reduces the amount of dirt in the carpet fibers. Make sure you have an easy to use vacuum that completely traps the dirt in the vacuum.
Steam clean your carpets on a warm spring day when no one is home. Open the windows to let in the warm air. I also turn on the ceiling fans to maximize air flow over the damp carpet.
Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
When you turn the clocks forward in the spring or back in the fall, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. According to the US Fire Administration, three out of five home fire deaths results from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Basic smoke detectors cost under $10, and new batteries run under $5.
You should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home. Also, in every bedroom and in the hallway outside of each sleeping area. All smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on walls.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide coming tomorrow!
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