When should you spring clean?
The official start of spring is in March, but you don’t have to wait for that to get into the spring cleaning mindset. Any time is a good time to look at a few deep cleaning projects.
We’re talking about more than simple dusting and vacuuming, which you should be doing on the regular. We’re talking about some of those larger, ickier tasks that don’t usually get the attention they deserve.
If it’s been a while since you’ve done a deep dive on some of these tasks, we have some tips to help. Let’s get started!
How to clean out kitchen cupboards and pantry
Tackle the pantry first. Remove all the items so you can vacuum and wipe down the shelves with a general product like Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-Purpose Cleaner. Make sure you look for any spills or leaks that might have gone unnoticed.
Before returning anything, decide what is going where so your items will be nicely sorted and easy to find. Consider investing in a few organizational tools, such as tiered shelves or lazy susans to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Toss anything beyond its prime, like rumpled tea bags, stale chips or any canned food past its expiration date. Any nonperishable items that are still good but you know you’ll never eat? Donate to the local food bank.
Move onto cupboards and drawers with dishes and utensils and use the same strategy. Don’t forget to have a box ready for donations for specialty items you haven’t used in ages. (Do you really need that large apple-peeling contraption?)
How to clean the tracks of sliding doors and windows
This dirty job brings you down to the nitty gritty. The narrow tracks at the bottom of sliding doors and windows are where dirt, pet hair and even mold can congregate. It’s not something you want to see every time you open them to let in the fresh air.
To prepare, you’ll want to grab a cleaner that kills bacteria or is designed to tackle mold, like Pursue™ Disinfectant Cleaner. Use a vacuum attachment to pick up any loose items, then apply your cleaner. Scrub the track with the small brush and wipe clean with a cloth or paper towel.
How to clean a ceiling fan
These breeze-makers can spread dust around your room if they are not cleaned occasionally. To start, you’ll need a sturdy stepladder and an old, damp pillowcase.
When you’re safely able to reach the fan blades, open the pillowcase and put it over one blade at a time. Wipe the blade as you pull the pillowcase slowly toward you. Once most of the dust is captured in the case, you can use a spray cleaner and cloth to quickly finish the job.
Shake the dirty pillowcase outside, then toss it in the laundry.
How to wash your walls
This can be a sprawling task, depending on the size of your home. To prepare, grab a long-handled duster, soft sponge or cloth and that same trusty stepladder. Start by running the duster over all the walls to remove any spider webs, etc. Fill a pail half-full with warm water and add a gentle cleanser like dish soap or Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-Purpose Cleaner and start wiping down the walls. Once you wash a section, wipe it with a damp cloth and let it dry.
How to clean out your closets
Many people put off this job until they absolutely can’t cram another hanger into their closet. Before you begin, set out two bags. One is for donations—items that are still good but you no longer wear. The other is for trash—items that are ripped or broken and can’t be turned into cleaning rags.
Remove all items from your closet or drawers, vacuum out the space and wipe it down with a damp cloth.
Assess each item you removed to determine if it’s staying or going into one of the bags. If it has sentimental value but you won’t wear it, put it in a keepsake bin stored elsewhere to free up space. (Read more tips for weeding out clothing and other items here.)
Products for spring cleaning
These spring cleaning jobs might loom large on your list, but a little planning and having the right supplies on hand can make tough jobs a lot easier to accomplish.
The Amway Home™ cleaning collection has several products to help you. Check them out at the links below or by talking to an Amway Independent Business Owner. And find more cleaning tips at Amway Connections.
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