Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

 

If spring is in the air, don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are some great tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves!

 

Non-Toxic Oven Cleaning Hack

Hate cleaning your oven? You will love this trick.  All it takes is these four items that you probably already have.

 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  •      Dawn Dish Soap- 3-4 drops
  •      4 T of Baking Soda
  •      5 T of Vinegar
  •      Juice of a lime or lemon

 

  1.  When you are mixing vinegar with the baking powder, go slow unless you want another thing to clean. Add the rest and mix it all up into a paste.
  2. Slather on the paste into the oven - window & everything.
  3. Let the paste do it's magic.
  4. Using a sponge, scrub some of the deep scorches/messes exist
  5. Using a kitchen washcloth, wipe out until all cleanser is gone.

 


Window Tracks

Here's another tip and another list of things you likely have around your home: 

  • Baking Soda     
  • White vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Old rag
  • Old toothbrush
  • Butter knife
  1. Sprinkle some baking soda over the dirty tracks. Just enough to cover them is fine. Use a little more in the dirtiest corners.
  2. Pour some white vinegar over the baking soda. You don’t need to drown it, just a little will work its magic. Then let it sit for a few minutes–about 10 minutes is perfect.
  3. Grab that old toothbrush and use it to scrub at the corners and the grossest areas. Move the dirty gunk to the center where you can use a paper towel or two to pick it up and toss it away.
  4. Wet the rag and use it to wipe up the rest of the dirt and any remaining stains left in the window tracks. It shouldn’t be much! If needed, use the butter knife to help work the rag into the corners. 

    Dishwasher Duty

  5. Pull the bottom rack out and examine the drain area and make sure there are no hard objects in there that can plug the drain, cause damage to the pump or scratch dishes.
  6. Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. The vinegar will help to wash away the loose grease, sanitize, and help remove any odors.
  7. Use the hot water setting on the dishwasher and run it through a cycle. The dishwasher should be empty except for that cup of vinegar you put in there.
  8. After that wash cycle finishes, go ahead and sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through a shorter cycle using the hot water setting. The baking soda will help further deodorize your dishwasher as well as help removing any stains left behind.

(If you have problems with mold and mildew, add ½-1 cup bleach in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle!)

 


Beautiful Blinds Hack 

Cleaning window blinds is usually overlooked and when done, it probably doesn't get done well. The trick to getting both sides is pretty easy.

Grab an old sock and a vinegar and water solution. Spray on the sock and wipe. Use a dryer sheet to get the top & bottom, it also slows dust from settling on the surface. For a deep clean, take the blinds off the window and place in the bathtub

 

 


Spotless Stove Top

(This is for glass top stoves)

  1. You’ll need baking soda, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide and something to scrub the stove top with. 
  2. Put soap on top of the stove
  3. Add baking soda over the soap
  4. Add the hydrogen peroxide
  5. Start scrubbing - don't use anything that could harm the cook top! A brush works great. 
  6. Scrub the mixture and loosen up anything on the stove top, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it clean. Make sure to dry so it doesn't leave any streaks.

.............Have a gas stove?

All that you have to do is remove the stove burners and place each in a small ziplock bag. Add in ammonia to cover the burner and let it soak overnight. After just 24 hours, effortlessly, the stove burners are shiny and clean.

You can do the same to the stove top. Apply ammonia on the burnt areas and leave it to act overnight. The next day, just clean it with a wet sponge.


Perfect Pillows

It's suggested you wash your pillows twice a year.  

  1. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda into your washing machine as well as t

    he regular detergent you use. Run the pillows through a washing cycle.
  2. When that's done, put two tennis balls into socks and just add them into the dryer with your pillows so they fluff up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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