Did you know about these Spring cleaning hacks? Here are some tips and tricks to get your house in tip-top condition this season.
Spring Cleaning Hacks
Clean your cutting boards with lemon and salt.
1. Cut a lemon in half
2. Sprinkle some coarse salt on the cutting board
3. Using the lemon (flat side down) scrub the board. Add a little pressure to the lemon so some the lemon juice is mixed in with the salt
4. After you’ve scrubbed the entire board, let it sit for about 5 minutes
5. Wipe off the residue. Tip: you can use a pastry scraper to easily get everything off the board
6. Lightly rinse the cutting board off with a damp sponge or cloth
Your sofa can be home to many things; dirt, coins and crumbs. This year, try cleaning your sofa with baking soda.
(Note: this is for cloth sofas)
1. Remove any large items from the sofa (coins, big crumbs, etc.)
2. Sprinkle baking soda and let it sit for about an hour. Baking soda is great for absorbing odors.
3. Use the host attachment on your vacuum cleaning to suck up all the baking soda
Cleaning the oven can be a daunting task. Many have a built in cleaning feature, but if you’re up for the task, here are some tips:
1. Scrape out any large residue left in the oven
2. Sprinkle baking soda over the areas that need some special attention
3. Add vinegar to those areas and let the mixture bubble
4. After 30 minutes, use a textured sponge to scrub away the mess
5. Use baking soda on your stove top as well to clean the elements
If you have half of a lemon left over from cleaning your cutting board, use it to shine your bathroom hardware. Clean any faucets or handles with hard water build-up by rubbing half of a lemon on them.
Nobody really wants to spend time cleaning the baseboards, but it has to be done. Take a dryer sheet and wipe it along the baseboards. It will quickly leave your baseboards dirt and dust free. Plus, the dryer sheet will help prevent too much future dust build-up because it’s a static repellent!
Over time you may see build-up on your cheese grater. You can easily clean your grater by grating a raw potato on it.
Baking soda is a Spring cleaner’s best friend. In this case, use baking soda to remove pesky coffee stains. Whether it’s a mug ring on your desk, a drip trail on your carpet, or a dribble on your favourite shirt, baking soda is your answer.
1. Baking soda’s abrasive nature will scrub your mugs clean. Sprinkle it in your mug (dry) and use a paper towel to rub the stains away.
2. Fresh carpet stains can be treated by absorbing as much of the coffee as possible. Blot the stain with a damp cloth, then spread a baking soda and water paste on the spot and let it sit. After the paste has dried, use your vacuum to remove the mixture. See detailed instructions here
3. To treat coffee rings on your desk or table, create the baking soda and waste paste (about 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water) and gently rub it on the stain.
Baked on food can often leave glass bakeware looking dirty. This Spring, use foil to get your glass dishes shining again.
1. Soak your bakeware with warm soap water
2. Instead of using a sponge, roll up a ball of aluminum foil and tackle the stains
Glitter is pretty…when it’s safely secured to an object. But when it spills, glitter can be out of control. Next time there’s a glitter spill in your home (or if you’re still trying to recover from the last one), use play-doh to pick it up. Any plasticine-like substance can be dabbed on the floor. Other adhesives such as masking tape or a lint roller will work as well, but plasticine will be best for picking the glitter out of small cracks and most surfaces.
Have you ever noticed how dusting a lamp shade can do more damage than good? This year, leave the duster behind. Use a sticky lint roller to clean your lamp shades.
Let us know about any Spring Cleaning Hacks you use.