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Smart And Easy Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Driving in snow and ice, it's hard to believe spring is just around the bend. Start making plans now to clean out the winter dirt as the snow thaws outside. Look around your home and decide what areas need heavier cleaning. Start stocking cleaning products, buckets, mops, brooms, newspaper and microfiber cloths.

Avoid toxic cleaners, as they often have harsh solvents, leave nasty residue, are problematic for asthmatics or others with respiratory problems and are dangerous for young children. Try the alternatives given here and judge the difference for yourself. Be smart and use these easy cleaning tips to freshen up your home come spring.

Clean Green

Try cleaning green this spring for a less toxic home. It's less expensive, too. Purchase these all-purpose products to have ready:

  • baking soda to gently scrub stains
  • essential oils for smell and cleaning properties: lemon, sweet orange, peppermint, lavender, clove, cinnamon
  • distilled white vinegar for its ability to loosen dirt and grime
  • borax to disinfect

Live Neat

Part of cleaning is living clean. Use these general tips to keep home organized and minimize dirt:

  • wear socks while at home, leave shoes at the door
  • have a lost-and-found box to store stray items
  • put little things away while walking through the home
  • do a small task or two (folding laundry, putting dishes away) while your cell is on speakerphone
  • create spaces for electronic devices and school bags/books

Scrub Smart

Cleaning can be a chore. Make it easier by using these smart tips:

  • clean from top to bottom
  • sweep from the outside toward the center of an area
  • vacuum starting at the area furthest from the door working toward the door
  • hose with water after using stiff broom to sweep porches, outside doors (including garage) and doormats
  • dust and reorganize bookshelves for a new look
  • wipe mildew and mold with white vinegar
  • drop a cut-up lemon, salt and a few ice cubes in the disposal and briefly run it to remove residue and deodorize
  • buy reusable oven liner and place on bottom of clean oven for easy cleaning any time
  • use lemon oil on clean glass shower door to repel water and prevent grime buildup
  • wipe glass with ¼ cup vinegar, 1 quart water and newspaper or microfiber cloth
  • clean off spills and stains on granite counter tops fast and seal well when first installed and again a year later for better protection
  • scrub inside of toilet with borax and outside with vinegar for easier cleanup
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2/1/2016

paige smith

I really like your idea of using essential oils with baking soda so your bathroom smells fresh. I can not wait to scrub my shower with some. I will try it with the peppermint. Then everything will

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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