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Spring has sprung!Posted Monday, April 5, 2010, at 9:56 AM
The bonnet of my car was covered in yellow fuzz this morning and I was sneezing like a mad woman.
Spring has come upon us. I am happy about it and the rituals that come with spring.. Easter..spring celebrations and spring cleaning.
I don't have a coal stove or wood stove anymore, but spring cleaning for me is a ritual I rather enjoy.
Take all the curtains down, clean them and the windows, sills and sashes.
I use windex and old newspapers, but you can also use white vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
2 cups rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl)
1/2 cup ammonia
1 tsp dish detergent (liquid)
top with water until you have 1 gallon of window cleaner
I love Murphy's Oil soap for the wood window casings. It is not harsh and does a good job cleaning.
I vacuum all the ceilings and walls getting rid of any webs or dust bunnies that collect with the ceiling fans blowing.
I usually work ceiling to floor, right to left so I do not forget anything.
We are going to be installing laminate flooring in our home after we jack up the house so I know a good cleaning will be needed after that job.
When I scrub the kitchen cabinets I use a small amount of sudsy ammonia to cut any grease or dirt build up.
WD-40 works excellant on the back of the stove when grease splatters and it will cut the old grease and make the appliance shine.
WD-40 is also great for stainless steel appliances too.
Polident tablets work great in toilets to help bust away stains.
If you like a all natural soap, Dr. Bronners All One castile soap in Peppermint is wonderful for cleaning just about anything and spraying on your garden to keep pests away. I use it to bath the dog..(he is not thrilled) but it helps with the flea problems and make the dog smell better.
Baking soda makes a good scrub for stainless steel sinks and porcelain tubs. Of course you can use good ol' comet too.
A natural flea catcher is a pan of soapy water sitting under a nightlight at night. In the morning just dump the old flea-caught water out and refill. Works with moths and spiders too.
When you are vacuuming don't forget your vents and under the fridge and the condenser coils. It will make your fridge run so much more efficiant.
Vacuum or air-blast your computer on the inside of the case. If there is too much dust the processor will overheat and shut the computer down.
One of the rooms in the house I really like to keep sanitized is the bath. I spray the sink and toilet down after my shower and wipe them off with papertowels. It keeps the bath fresh, then once a week i will sanitize it. I use Scrubbing Bubbles Mega shower cleaner, spray it, and then work on the rest of the bath, while it is soaking.
Then, I take a microfiber cloth and scrub it down. After wards I can rinse the cloth out and use it to polish the fixtures.
I change my furnace filter each month on a certain date, (or close to it.) to keep the dust and allergins down in the house.
A microfiber cloth, wetted and wrung out well makes a excellant duster and then you can go over your furniture with polish or oil. I have old funiture so I use Kotten Kleanser natural beeswax polish, do not use this product on laminated or pressboard "fake" furniture.
When cleaning your electronics, spray your cloth then wipe
the electronics down.
Once a month, check the filter in your automatic dishwasher, it may be clogged. If yours is a self contained system like mine, use a small jar of vinegar and pour it in a empty dishwasher and then run on quick cycle. It will clean it good and keep it smelling fresh.
You can also use a mixture of vinegar and water in your coffee pot to clean it out well.
Being in housecleaning business I have learned quite a few "tricks." Do you have any spring cleaning rituals or tips. Let me know, meanwhile I'm off to the store for Zyrtec and Kleenex
Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
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