Spring Cleaning 101: 3 Tips for Cleaning Your Home

Spring is right around the corner, and for you that means – you guessed it – spring cleaning. It’s not something everyone looks forward to, but hopefully you will! With that in mind, how can you make the experience go as smooth as possible? Check out these tips:

Get Help and Reward Your Helpers
Probably not too many people in your family look forward to spring cleaning. Don’t put it all on yourself as it is easier on you if you get some help. You will get a better response out of everyone in your household, though, if you reward their help. Have them come up with suggestions. Would they like to go downtown for an afternoon? Is a night staying in, ordering out pizza and watching movies more fun? Make a decision as a family, and you will have much more eager helpers who want to do a good job.

Tricks of the Trade
Thanks to Martha Stewart for these. You are going to have to use several different cleaners, carry a pair of gloves and a duster. That is a lot of supplies that could get lost. Use a carryall apron with multiple pockets so you can take everything with you and keep it organized conveniently in one spot.

Do you use cleaning powder? Peel just half of the seal off, allowing you to control the flow of the powder with greater ease.

Need to get tarnish off of your silverware? If it’s sterling or plated, put it in an aluminum pan. Sprinkle one half to one cup of baking soda on top. Boil water and pour enough to cover the utensils. Once you notice the tarnish disappear, then take the silverware out and buff with a cotton cloth.

Don’t Forget Your Sliding Door Tracks
Use an old, dry toothbrush to loosen all debris present in the tracks. Once loose, remove debris with a vacuum. Finally, run a wet sponge over the top to pick up anything that remains (thanks to Better Homes and Gardens for this tip).

Remember to make the experience as joyful and painless as possible. After all, it’s almost spring!

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