Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

When it comes to spring cleaning, you don’t have to buy a bunch of specialty products to get your house shipshape. With a few simple ingredients (that you probably already have around the house) you can pretty much clean anything. Here are five of my favorite cleaning hacks:

{ONE} Lemons

Lemons are the epitome of clean. Why else would so many cleaning products smell like them? I say, why not use the real deal?

Did you know you can clean the yucky insides of your microwave with just a lemon and bowl of water cooked for 3 min?

Lemons are also great for cleaning stainless steel faucets in your bathrooms and kitchen. Cut a lemon in half and rub the stains away. Like magic, I tell you.

{TWO} Vinegar

Vinegar is a miracle worker when it comes to cleaning. There are even books (yes, plural) written about it.

Baking soda ranks up there, as well. Many times they go hand-in-hand. Like when it comes to unclogging a drain. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup baking soda, then 1 cup of vinegar.

Another dynamic way to use this duo is on carpet stains. Soak the carpet with vinegar and then sprinkle with baking soda. Wait a few minutes. Wipe with a wet cloth and vacuum any remaining residue.

Here are some of my go-to uses for stand alone vinegar:

  • Run it through your coffee pot or Keurig to remove mineral buildup. It makes a big difference in the flavor of your coffee. Be sure to run a batch of fresh water through after the vinegar.
  • Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with vinegar ice cubes. Make them by freezing full-strength white distilled vinegar in an ice cube tray. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water.
  • To remove grime, mildew, and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.
  • Remove that nasty film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases and bottles by filling them with vinegar and letting them sit for a few hours. You can add a little rice and shake to loosen the stubborn stains.

{THREE} Condiment Bottle

This is a random tip, but helpful none-the-less. Remove the lid from a condiment bottle and attach it to the end of your vacuum with a piece of tape. Now you can clean out the tiniest of spaces that taunt you with their dirtiness, such as computer keyboards and those evil crevices in your car that no hand could ever reach through.

{FOUR} Oil

This might sound counterproductive, but you can remove oily, greasy buildup on your stove hood and stovetop with more oil. Put a couple of drops of vegetable oil (or any other kind of cooking oil) onto a paper towel and rub it across the greasy mess until it’s clean. It leaves a nice shiny surface, and I promise it’s clean!

{FIVE} Dryer Sheets

These are great for cleaning your blinds and baseboards. Once you wipe them down, the anti-static properties of the dryer sheet will keep airborne dirt from sticking to wherever you just wiped. This means you don’t have to clean them as often.

What other common household items do you use for cleaning? Share your favorite hack!