Spring is here, so it’s time for a spring clean. A deep clean refreshes your home ready for the new season and can help you get your home looking clean and organized. Here are some of the best tips for spring cleaning to get your home looking beautiful and sparkling clean
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- Remove water stains with lemon. If your faucets are stained with, you can get them sparkling again by rubbing half a lemon over any water stains. Citric acid can remove marks left by hard water.
- Clean the microwave with lemon juice and rinds. Squeeze the juice from a lemon into a cup of water, and then add the rinds. Microwave this mixture for three minutes and let it sit in the microwave for five minutes before you open the door. The trapped steam will help to loosen any baked-on grime, so you can wipe the inside of the microwave clean much more easily.
- Use white vinegar on your showerhead. Mineral deposits can build up in your showerhead over time, leading to reduced water pressure and flow. Vinegar can dissolve these deposits. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and fit over the showerhead with an elastic band. Leave it overnight. In the morning, take the bag off and run the shower to get rid of the vinegar.
- Clean the sink with baking soda. A stainless steel sink can be cleaned by wetting the sink, sprinkling with baking soda, and then scrubbing with a sponge. For a more heavy-duty scrub, add salt too.
- Clean windows and mirrors with newspaper. Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap in a spray bottle. Spray this onto the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free clean. The ink is a mild abrasive. If your windows need a deeper clean, call a professional, like Labor Panes.
- Clean the grill with an onion. If the grill isn’t ready for the return of warm weather, you can get it clean with an onion. Heat the grill, and spray the grates with white vinegar to loosen the residue. Scrub firmly with half an onion. The acids in the onion shift the last of the cooked on dirt.
- Clean screens with coffee filters. If your TV screen or computer monitor is covered in dust and fingerprints, a coffee filter is gentle enough to rub them away without any damage. Just be careful not to press too hard.
- Clean stainless steel with cream of tartar. Mix 1tsp of cream of tartar with enough water to make a milky paste. Rub the paste over stainless steel appliances, like the toaster or the kettle, and then wipe it off to get them shiny again.
- Get pet hair out of the rug. The rubber edge of a window squeegee is perfect for getting pet hair out of the rug. Grip the squeegee firmly, and clean up the excess hair as you go. Vacuum the rug afterward to pick up any remaining hair.