Spring Cleaning

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For many of us, spring cleaning this year is more of a marathon less of a sprint.

In years past, the rush to hurry-up-and-get-it-done loomed over us like an April rain cloud.

Now, in the midst of social-distancing and stay-at-home orders, this yearly task has become a welcomed distraction and excuse to finally clean all your home’s nooks and crannies.

Below are some tips to help you make the most of your spring cleaning, including some items you might not have thought to clean and a DIY cleaning solution.

Clean your garbage cans and recycling bin.

Spring cleaning is the time to deep-clean items, and your trash receptacles could probably use a little love. Empty all the garbage cans in your home and bring them outside (kitchen trash cans tend to me the messiest). Spray them down with a hose, remove scuffs or marks with a Magic Eraser and leave to air dry in the sun.

For your outdoor recycling bin and commercial garbage can, put on some rubber gloves and a face mask and give those containers a good scrub. Ensure that the containers are empty, then hose the inside and outside of the containers. If you really want to clean out gunk and junk, try using a pressure washer.

Next, make a cleaning solution. Mix 2 cups of vinegar for every 4 liters of water. Let the solution soak for 30 minutes. Using a scrub brush, clean the inside and outside of your containers. Once you’ve finished scrubbing thoroughly rinse the container and set in the sun to dry.

Once dry, wipe down the lid of the can with a disinfecting spray.

Rethink your choice of cleaners.

Toxic chemicals aren’t the only choice when it comes to cleaners. In fact, you can make a variety of homemade cleaners using ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Try making this easy all-purpose cleaner that can be used on everything except glass:

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 5-10 drops peppermint, lemon or orange essential oil
  • 1 squirt natural dish soap

Pour all ingredients into a 16-ounce spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto the surface and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

For additional cleaner recipes, click here.

Consider your cleaning supplies.

Instead of using disposable cleaning wipes, mop pads or paper towels, consider using sustainable cleaning supplies that be washed and reused.

A great example is microfiber cloths, which can replace paper towels. Not to mention, microfiber cloths are super absorbent, lint-free and can be thrown in the washing machine.

Another idea is a steam mop with reusable cleaning pads. Steam mops don’t need chemical cleaners, just water, and the cleaning pads are machine washable.

Keep your kitchen sponges in tip-top shape by throwing them in your dishwasher to clean. The high heat kills germs and washing your sponges extends their life.