Spring is in the air. And as you prepare for the arrival of warmer weather and singing birds, you might plan a spring break vacation, start saving your money to buy spring attire, and you might be getting ready to spring clean your house.
Spring cleaning is an annual ritual in many households, but while you might have the basics down, here are seven cleaning hacks you need to know for this year.
1. Pull out the Blow Dryer
Who hasn't put a cold drink on a wood surface only to deal with seemingly permanent water stains a little later? Water can be the death of wood furniture, and you may think painting or re-staining a surface is the only way to remove a water ring. But if you blow dry the stain for a couple of minutes, the water ring may slowly disappear to the point where it's barely noticeable.
2. Steam Away Ugly Carpet Indentation
As part of spring cleaning, you might rearrange furniture in your house. Unfortunately, moving furniture can leave indentations in the carpet that can remain for weeks. If you have a steamer, steam these sections of the carpet and then brush the moist areas or use your fingers to separate the carpet.
3. Use Lemon
Many household cleaning products are harsh and can trigger allergy symptoms. If you're cleaning hard water stains, rust or stainless steel, cut a lemon in half and then rub it on these surfaces to remove dirt and grime. It also leaves an impressive shine.
4. Use a Shower Rod
If you can never keep household cleaners organized under your kitchen or bathroom sink, purchase a small adjustable shower rod and position it in cabinets. This is the perfect trick for hanging spray bottles.
5. Clean the Microwave in under Five Minutes
Microwaves get heavy use and inside food stains are impossible to lift. Depending on the condition of your microwave, you may feel it's easier to toss and replace. But there's an easy way to clean a microwave. In a bowl, add 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Place the bowl in the microwave for five minutes on high. Once the timer rings, simply wipe the inside of the microwave and remove stains with little effort.
6. Perfect the Coffee Maker
If you brew coffee one or two times a day, your coffee pot may have tough stains that won't go away with soap and water. Add a little bit of water and vinegar to your coffee maker and allow it to run a cycle. The vinegar will remove hards stains and your coffee pot will look brand new.
7. Buy Some Dryer Sheets
Cleaning baseboards are a pain in the back - literally. Not only is it tedious work, bending over does a number on your neck and legs. After cleaning your baseboards to remove dirt and dust, wipe them one final time with a dryer sheet. This simple trick helps repel dust on your baseboards -- and many other surfaces -- so you don't have to clean these surfaces as often.
Freshening up your home does't have to be a chore. If you're ready for spring and ready to give your house a good spring cleaning, these hacks can help you get off to a good start.