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Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

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Freshen up your home this spring

Spring is the perfect time of year to get rid of a winter’s worth of dust and grime. While cleaning is never the most glamorous task, it helps bring freshness into your home as well as create a healthy environment for you and your family. The following tips will help you start the season off right.

 

Step 1

 

Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high points to low.

 

·         Dust falls downward so you want to clean from top to bottom of any room.

 

·         Vacuum everything, from the floor behind and under the bed, to carpets, lampshades, mattresses and couch cushions.

 

Step 2

Dirt and dust always seem to accumulate on kitchen, bathroom and linen closet shelves.

 

 

·         Empty shelves and wipe out dust and crumbs from those hard-to-reach corners.

 

 

·         Clean the surface thoroughly and line each shelf before putting away dishes, silverware and towels. 

 

 

·         If you already use a non-adhesive shelf liner, wash it in your washing machine in cold water before putting it back on your shelves. (Try Duck® brand Smooth Top® Easy Liner, which is machine washable, non-adhesive and easy to install.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Take the time to deep clean your tub and shower. 

 

·         It’s easy for mold and mildew to build up in these constantly steamy environments. 

 

·         Remove shampoo and conditioner bottles, as well as soap and any other bath products.

 

·         Wear gloves and use a good detergent and scrubber to remove all of the buildup and grime. 

 

Step 4

While you are in the bathroom, clean your toilet as well. 

 

 

 

·         Use a deep cleaning toilet bowl cleaner and a bowl brush that incorporates a rim brush for cleaning in all the hard-to-reach and unseen places. (Try the Duck® brand Double-Scrubber® bowl brush.)

 

 

 

·         Remember to replace toilet bowl brushes every 6 months. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5

After a winter’s worth of dirt and grime, your home’s windows are due for a good cleaning. 

 

·         Clean like the pros, using a window cleaning solution and some crinkled-up newspaper. Besides being easy to find, newspaper is also affordable. 

 

Step 6

Now that the air outside is losing its chill, let your freezer do the same.

 

 

·         Defrost the freezer and give it a good cleaning. 

 

 

·         Get rid of old foods and expired condiments, and use a cleaning solution to thoroughly disinfect the inside of the fridge. 

 

 

·         Don’t forget to clean the outside too. Many dirty hands have opened the refrigerator during the long, cold months of winter.  

 

 

 

 

 

By taking the time to do a thorough spring-cleaning, all the newness of springtime can be felt throughout the house.

 

 

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