Tips on tackling the Spring Clean
We are feeling a bit inspired by Albert Einstein and have put together some tips on Spring Cleaning with the kids. Hope you find our article useful, if you have any tips you would like to share, please feel free to comment.
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein
Place large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar inside. Turn the microwave on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy, then let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe out the inside and outside with a cloth or sponge
If you think that nasty mark is permanent, you're wrong. Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. Want an extra cleaning oomph? Sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.
You probably wipe down your fridge's interior shelving on the regular already, but don't forget about the rest. Pop out the door shelves and bins, and wash in warm, soapy water to get rid of food bacteria and spillage.
First, start with clothes. This is fun to do with your child as you can decide together what no longer fits and if your child would like to give to a younger relative or to charity. Sorting clothes will help with wardrobe and drawer space and also with the floordrobe, favourite for teens! Next, a bin bag for broken toys or bits of rubbish in the room. Take it in turns to pick up and fill the bag. If your child has a dresser in their room, declutter and dust. Leave under the bed till last as you main need floor space to move the bed, depends what is under there! Lastly, vacuum and sit back and enjoy the tidy room with your child.
To freshen drains (not unclog them) and help keep them free-flowing, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by 1 cup heated vinegar. It will foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15 minutes — longer does not work any better. Follow by running hot tap water for at least 15 to 30 seconds. This is especially good for seldom-used drains, like in a guest bathroom.
After all of those cosy winter reading sessions, your library (and likely your kid's too!) is in need of a cleanup. Take a few minutes to organize your coffee table books, bedside novels, or favourite magazines. And don't forget to dust!
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to pay attention to the thing under the sheets. Press firmly with your vacuum's upholstery and crevice tools to clean the top and sides. After cleaning, rinse with a damp cloth, bolt dry, and sanitise with a disinfectant spray. Steam from a garment steamer or iron will also kill dust mites near the surface. Vacuum afterwards.
Bad news: Your mobile phone probably harbours more germs than your toilet seat. That's why you should give it a once over with an alcohol wipe to zap germs, as well as other electronics, like your TV remote and computer mouse.
Take everything out, toss trash, and organise items by category. Sort smaller items, like lipsticks, into little pouches or purse organizers, before you put them back inside. And wipe it down the exterior with a disinfectant wipe while you're at it.
Source: Good Housekeeping
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