I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get with spring cleaning! Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to find easier ways to get the chores done! All opinions and messes are mine alone. #ShowMeTheShine #CollectiveBias
If I could afford it, I would hire someone to clean my house every week. I really hate cleaning. I used to do a much better job keeping my house clean (in the era I call BB-before blogging), but now I feel like I spend every week just keeping my head above water. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t live in a pig sty or anything, but I just never seem to get the whole house clean all at the same time! However, every spring and fall, I get a burst of new energy and the desire to tackle some of those “odd” tasks that build up over time. So here are my top ten tools for spring cleaning that will make the chores just a little bit easier.
1. Clean window and door tracks with vinegar and a cotton swab.
Over time, dirt, grease and grime build up in those tracks. Aside from just being generally nasty, it makes it difficult to open and close the windows and sliding doors. To clean them quickly and easily, first vacuum the tracks to remove loose dirt, and then take a cotton swab soaked in white vinegar and run along the surface a few times.
2. Dust ceiling fans with an old pillowcase.
This is one of the best tips I’ve ever used from Pinterest. The messiest part of dusting a ceiling fan is dealing with the piles of dust that start raining on your head as soon as you touch them with a dusting rag. The easier solution is to take a pillow case, drape it over a fan blade and then pull it back towards you, trapping all the dust inside the case. When you’re done, just toss it in the washer!
3. Drag a rubber squeegee across the carpet and furniture to quickly pick up pet hair.
If you have a hairy pet, this isn’t something that you really do as “spring” cleaning. You should probably be doing it every day. 🙂 But it is a handy tool to have, and it also makes doing windows and glass shower doors a lot easier!
4. Wash the floors with a heavy-duty cleaner to cut grease and grime.
This DIY solution for mopping the floors is inexpensive and perfect for the kitchen floor. It’s NOT recommended for wood laminate floors (I just took the picture on my kitchen floor), but it will clean tile floors beautifully and doesn’t leave the scent of vinegar in the air after it dries.
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1 tbsp liquid dish soap
- ¼ cup washing soda
- 2 gallons tap water, very warm
5. Remove the mildew and mold in the bathroom corners with hydrogen peroxide.
To be honest, I’m not entirely certain what is growing up in the corners of my bathroom over the shower enclosure. I’m assuming it’s mildew. Even though I always run the exhaust fan and there’s a window in the bathroom, the steam and moisture buildup in there just sits on the walls and grows these lovely black patches. I used to scrub and brush at it with cleaners with little effect. Then one day I used a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle and the spots just wiped clean! I couldn’t believe I had been doing it the hard way for so long! I mixed 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup water and put it in a spray bottle. Then I sprayed down all my corners and let it sit for one hour. After an hour passed, I wiped down the walls with a wet rag.
6. Use wax paper to line the top of cabinets, making cleanup easier next time.
That dead space up above the cabinets in the kitchen or on top of the random empty niches in the house is a magnet for dust, grease and grime. After getting them clean the hard way, line them with wax paper. The paper will attract dust and grease, and in three months you can just crumple up the paper, throw it away and replace it!
7. Whiten tile grout with vinegar.
My kitchen counters are tiled. I HATE them. They look dated and they are always grimy and dirty because the grout just won’t stay clean. I have used bleach in the past to get it white again, but I know that it will just keep eating away at the grout and creating more holes for the dirt to fill. So I figured there was nothing to lose when I tried white vinegar instead. Believe it or not, it worked like a charm! You should see my before and after photos!
8. Wash and whiten pillows in the washing machine and dryer.
Yes, the washer and dryer. You can totally wash your pillows! Well, almost all pillows. Read the tag from the manufacturer to be certain. All the sweat, dead skin, grease, and drool (yes, we know YOU don’t drool- just your husband) soaks into the pillow and that’s just gross. Then over time the stains turn yellow. Ick. In this post, I give detailed step-by-step directions with photos. If you haven’t washed yours recently, add it to the To Do list!
9. Get stains off microfiber furniture.
- Spray bottle
- Rubbing alcohol
- White rag or sponge
- Stiff brush
- Either pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle, or just screw the spray pump directly onto the alcohol like I did above.
- Lightly spray over the soiled area until it’s damp to the touch
- Scrub gently with a white rag or sponge. Don’t use a colored sponge because it may bleed onto your fabric.
- Allow to dry completely (about 20 minutes) and then brush lightly
10. Clean and shine glassware with Finish®.
My glasses get so cloudy. They come out of the dishwasher looking worse than they went in. I know they are clean, but the calcium deposits from the water make them look awful. Some careful handwashing and elbow grease got them clean, but to keep it from getting this bad again, I switched to using Finish® Quantum Max™ tablets in my dishwasher. It’s got some kind of fancy, sciency formula that’s designed to help keeps glasses clean and shiny longer than the other formulas. Another trick is to turn OFF the heat dry cycle. Baking on the water droplets does not help. Just let your dishes drip dry and use a cleaner like Finish® Quantum Max™ that will rinse clean and prevent buildup!
If you want to try them out, I found the Quantum Max™ tablets at Target on the aisle with all the detergents.
You can save 5% on NEW! Max in ONE™ & Quantum Max™ Small Size 3/29-4/25 using Cartwheel. Seriously, if you shop at Target, you SHOULD be using both the Cartwheel app and the Red Card! I save enough to at least cover the tax every time I shop there. I love Target. Sincerely and honestly. 🙂
But before you spend your own money, you should enter this giveaway and maybe you’ll win a gift card as well as the prize pack! Then you can go stock up on Finish® on Target’s dime. 🙂 Winner must be 18 or older.
- Grand Prize:
- Riedel Swirl Decanter and Wine Glasses ($51.99 value)
- $100 Target Gift Card
- Prize 2:
- Libbey Bar In a Box ($39.99 value)
- $75 Target Gift Card
- Prize 3:
- Riedel Champagne Flutes ($39.99 value)
- $50 Target Gift Card
- Prize 4:
- Libbey Frosted Glass 20 Piece Dinnerware Set ($29.99 value)
- $25 Target Gift Card
I don’t drink, so if I won a set of wine glasses or champagne flutes, I would come up with some cute craft to do with them instead. But I’d really love the dinnerware set! Our glasses are almost 15 years old (except for the random ones I’ve purchased at the dollar store over the years.) Good luck, and happy spring cleaning!
PS-I shared my top tools with you, but I’m super curious- what do you like to use for the odd spring cleaning tasks that you tackle this time of year?