Spring Cleaning Tips From The Realty Group Team

Spring is here and now is the perfect time to clean and declutter your home! With all the things that need to be cleaned around the home, it can be easy to forget some areas. However, the most forgotten areas tend to be the most used. The Realty Group Team has compiled this list to help you minimize the stress of spring cleaning.

Here are 10 of the most forgotten places to Spring Clean:

1. Cabinets

Over time, dust and grease collect on your kitchen cabinets, so it’s important to deep clean them at least twice a year.

To clean – Use a mixture of mild dish soap and water, as chemical cleaners are too harsh on paint and wood finishes. Empty out your cabinets and clean the inside and outside.

2. Windows

Over time, glass becomes dull from oxidation, minerals, rain, and paint. Cleaning them allows more natural light to come through.

To clean – Use glass cleaner of equal parts vinegar and water and scrub off any marks with a cloth. Then use a microfiber cloth or a squeegee to dry the glass.

Pictured Above: Look at the difference between a clean and dirty window! If you can’t see clearly through the glass, it’s time to clean your windows!

3. Washing Machine      

Are your clothes not coming out of the washer as clean as they should be? Chances are, you need to clean it. Over time, soap, fabric softener, and chemicals build up in the humid areas of your washer, where bacteria thrives.

To clean – If you don’t have a cleaning cycle for your washing machine, you can put 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into an empty wash cycle. Next, dilute the vinegar with water and use a toothbrush to scrub out any excess buildup.

4. Dishwasher

Dishwashers get clogged with hard water, food debris, and soap scum from cleaning so many dirty dishes. To ensure your dishes are properly cleaned and sanitized, be sure to clean your dishwasher regularly.

To clean – Put 1 cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl and place in the middle of the top rack. Set the dishwasher to run on a hot cycle and the vinegar will break down any grime.

5. Trash Cans

Trash cans eventually absorb the odors of the garbage put in them. If you don’t clean them periodically, your house will start to smell.

To clean – Luckily, it’s not hard to clean trash cans. For both indoor and outdoor cans, spray the inside and outside of the cans with a hose and scrub with soap and a disinfectant to get rid of any odors. You can also use baking soda to absorb some of the smell. Be sure to rinse and dry them off before putting them back in your home.

6. Door Frames and Baseboards

The nooks and crannies of door frames and baseboards make perfect homes for dust and debris. Because they’re usually out of site, it can be easy to forget about them.

To clean – First, get rid of any dust with a microfiber cloth. Then, use a damp cloth to clean off any leftover debris. Use a magic eraser for any scuffs or stains.

7. Coffee Machines

Coffee grounds can clog and machines, causing them to leak or stop working all together.

To clean – Mix equal parts white vinegar and water and run through your machine. Then, run your machine with just water to get rid of any left over vinegar. You can also use a descaling cleaner, if you have one on hand.

8. Ceiling Fans

When you run your ceiling fan, the blades trap dust and other particles from the air. If the dust isn’t wiped off, it can clog the motor, and make your fan less effective. If the fan is still used while dirty, the dust will be spread around the room and can cause allergies.

To clean – Use a pillow case to capture dust from each fan blade. Then, use a moist cloth or paper towel to remove any caked on dust and repeat with a dry cloth.

Pictured Above: Use this ceiling fan trick to easily remove dust from your fan blades!

9. Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are perfect places for soap scum, mildew, and dirt to collect.

To clean – Consider replacing your shower liner, if you have one. Throw your shower curtain in a load of towels and add baking soda and laundry detergent to clean and disinfect.

Pictured Above: Does your shower curtain look like this? Mold, dirt, and mildew are harmful to your health. Clean/replace your shower curtains regularly!

10. Mattress

 Regularly cleaning your mattress can remove mold, dust, and dirt and will help improve  your quality of sleep.

To clean – Remove and wash all your bed linens, vacuum the mattress, remove any stains with an enzyme cleaner, then sprinkle the mattress with baking soda. Leave the baking soda on for as long as you can, then vacuum it up, then flip the mattress and repeat the whole process.

Ring in the new season with a clean home! If you’re looking for a new home to spring clean, please reach out to Teresa Grant by call/text at (434) 546-3202.

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