Spring has finally arrived. As the flowers bloom and the temperatures rise, it’s the perfect time for new beginnings and fresh starts. One way to get a fresh start is to deep clean your house. While tackling the whole house may seem daunting, we’ve got a few ways to help those more intense tasks go smoother.
1. Dust fan blades with a pillowcase
Use a sturdy stool or ladder to get up to your fan blades. Take an old pillowcase and put the fan blade inside. Slowly wipe the blade off with the inside of the pillowcase to catch all the dust!
2. Clean your stove/oven with ammonia
The fumes from ammonia can help loosen cooked on food and grime. Put a small amount of ammonia in a sealed bag with your stove grates and leave overnight. Check out this guide for more ways to clean your stove with ammonia. Never mix ammonia with other strong cleaning agents, such as bleach or oven cleaners.
ProTip: Wax your stovetop for a polished look that will keep future spills from sticking.
3. Clean your dishwasher with CLR
Clear your dishwasher of all dishes and remove vents/filters to clean out the gunk that has accumulated. Next, clear the water spouts of any leftover soap or food. Run the empty dishwasher with a 1/2 cup of CLR. This blog recommends running the dishwasher again to make sure that all chemical residue is removed.
4. Clean your microwave with vinegar
You don’t have to scrub endlessly to clean out the inside of your microwave. Take 1 cup of water add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to it. Microwave on high for five minutes. The steam will help clear loosen all the caked on food. Once the five minutes are up, wipe out with a cloth.
5. Steam your mattresses to kill dust mites
To help reduce dust mites and allergens, use your Jiffy X-Series Commercial Bed Bugs & Dust Mites Steamer to steam your mattresses and other bedding. The steam from a Jiffy Steamer X-Series can kill up to 100% of dust mites on contact. Eliminating dust mites eliminates potential triggers of allergies and asthma attacks. Hot steam safely penetrates the surface of bedding, furniture cushions, stuffed animals, carpeting and most other places where dust mites lurk, killing the mites on contact.
6. Steam your grout and tile
Your grout and tile can look as good as new again after using the power of steam. The J-2000B Cleaning Steamer uses a specialty brush steam head attachment to scrub out tough, ground-in dirt and stains. Plus, the steam kills bacteria on contact without using chemicals.
7. Wash blinds with water/vinegar solution
If your duster just isn’t getting your blinds clean, use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to help get rid of dirt.
Pro Tip: Instead of using a rag, use an old sock to wipe off the blinds. Plus, you can use the other sock to dry them off!
8. Hose off your vent covers
Cleaning vent covers while they are on the wall never seems to get rid off all the dust. Instead, take them off and outside. Use a hose to spray them off, so that you really get them clean!
9. Wash your windows with a vinegar solution
After cleaning your blinds, you’ll want to make sure your windows are spotless, too. HouseLogic recommends an eco-friendly cleaning solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon eco-friendly dish detergent and 2 cups water. Put the solution in a spray bottle.
10. Dust and debug light fixtures
Don’t forget to clean out light fixtures! This will help brighten up your home as you get rid of the dust that light is being filtered through. Make sure to wait until the light fixture has cooled off before wiping out.
If you’re ready to deep clean your house, be sure to get the right tools for the job. It’ll make deep cleaning much easier!