There’s nothing like these spring cleaning tips to give your house a fresh feeling. After a winter spent closed off inside, it’s a real treat to fling open the windows, pull back the covers, and give your indoor environment a glistening makeover!
It’s tempting to give your windows a sparkling shine when the sun is pouring through the panes, but try to resist the urge. The warm sun causes the cleaner to dry too fast, leaving behind unsightly streak marks. For added sparkle, use white vinegar in place of window cleaner, and newspapers instead of paper towels!
In fact, vinegar is a low-cost alternative that works wonders on multiple household problems. Instead of buying expensive, dangerous chemicals to unclog your drains, let vinegar do the dirty work! First, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain; next, pour ½ cup of white vinegar. After five minutes, flush the drain with hot water. It’s that simple!
A vinegar and baking soda solution also does a terrific job of deodorizing smelly washing machines. Over time moisture accumulates in the drum, creating the perfect environment for germs to multiple. To get rid of nasty odors as well as bacteria, place 50g of baking soda into the machine, pour 50ml of white vinegar into the detergent drawer, and then run a 60-degree cycle in the empty machine.
Baking soda can also be used to rid mattresses of stale scents. Simply sprinkle a generous amount over the bare mattress, let it absorb smells for 3-4 hours, then vacuum up the powder as well as any lingering odors!
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Your kitchen mop may be great at cleaning up messy spills, but the end result is a grimy, bacteria-filled mop head. To spruce up your trusty mop head, remove it from the handle and wash thoroughly with soap and warm water in the sink. After two months of dedicated floor duty, it’s time to ditch the old mop for a new one!