Spring cleaning has existed since ancient Jewish times when during the week after Passover, observant Jews did a thorough cleaning to rid the house of anything containing yeast, which was forbidden during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Early Christians continued the tradition during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. In recent times, cleaning is done in the Spring in celebration of the end of winter when we can throw open our windows as we wash them and sweep away the dust of winter doldrums.
Everyone knows spring cleaning requires sweeping, vacuuming, washing walls and windows. Here are some extra jobs made extra easy with tried and true hacks collected from across the internet.
Clean the inside of your microwave by putting a microwave safe bowl with two cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil in the microwave. Turn it on for five minutes, leave it sit a few minutes and then just wipe it clean with a damp towel.
Clean anything stainless steel with a mix of one tablespoon of cream of tartar and enough water to make a milky solution. Rub the solution onto what you are cleaning and wipe away. It clears away dirt and buildup and leaves the metal sparkling clean.
Clean your garbage disposal by throwing a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes into the disposal and run it until the drain is clear.
Clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda. Put a cup of vinegar on the top shelf of the dishwasher and run it on the hottest cycle. Then sprinkle a cupful of baking soda on the bottom and run it through a short but complete cycle using the hottest water.
Organize your refrigerator with a Lazy Susan or two. Visit your favorite housewares store and choose a Lazy Susan that fits your most cluttered refrigerator or pantry shelves. Save money by eliminating those forgotten left overs and prevent spills from containers that constantly get knocked over.
Organize your cleaning supplies by installing tension rods in your cabinets and hanging all of your spray bottles. It double your storage area and makes finding your cleaning supplies quick and easy. No more emptying the cabinet to find what you need.
Save money and dust with fabric softener sheets instead of those expensive dusting cloths. Don’t forget to dust from top to bottom to avoid having to dust some areas twice.
Use coffee filters to clean television and computer screens, as well as, windows and other glass surfaces. They don’t leave lint, yet absorb like crazy.
If you have an unfortunate accident while painting near carpet, don’t panic. Grab a butter knife and nail polish remover to remove the paint. Your carpets will look great again.
Once the chores are done, go out and enjoy your time in the sun before you are driven back inside to escape the heat.