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Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. It’s almost time to get your cleaning supplies out of the cabinet and scrub all the spots you've likely neglected for the past year. Here’s some tips how to how to attack them like a pro:

  1. Your Dishwasher 

    To ensure this heavy-duty cleaning appliance gets all the tomato sauce stains off your dinner plates, you have to clean it too.

    Here is a DIY option: Step 1: Clear the drain - Remove the bottom dish rack. Inspect the dishwasher drain, removing any gunk or food caught there. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.
    Step 2: Put vinegar in dishwasher - Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty odors, too.

    Step 3: Baking soda rinse - Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short, hot water cycle. The dishwasher will be fresh-smelling and have a brightened, stain-free interior.

  2. Your Countertops
    The first step to preventing granite stains: Seal your countertops as soon as they're installed. You'll know they're sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface. To maintain, have them sealed again a year later and make sure you wipe up accidental spills as soon as they happen.

  3. Your Cabinets
    Over time, build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets, especially if you don't run the exhaust hood over your range while you cook to keep grease from settling. To remove, use a specialty cabinet cleaner to cut through the dirt and leave wood moisturized.

  4. Your Stainless Steel

    What's the point of having stainless steel in your kitchen if it's not bright and clean? To make your surface sparkle again use a specialty stainless steel spray once or twice a week. Make sure you don't put on too much or you might leave the surface grimy.

  5. Your Windows

    1.Instead of just wiping down the inside, make sure you clean the outside as well.

    Homemade Window Cleaner:

    •1 water

    •1-part white vinegar

    •3 drops dishwashing liquid (see Tips below)

    •Empty spray bottle

    •Squeegee, microfiber cloth, or newspapers

    Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to mix.

    2. Fold a few sheets of newspaper together like a washcloth, or use a microfiber cloth.

    3. Spray the glass then wipe.

    4. When cleaning framed photos, spray the cloth rather than the glass.

     

    TIPS

    • NOTE that the dish-washing liquid shouldn’t contain moisturizers or “oxygenating action” — you want a straight liquid dish soap like Dawn Original or even Ivory.

    • When cleaning windows, wipe left-to-right on the inside, and top-to-bottom on the outside. That way you can tell which side a smudge is on.

    • It’s best to clean windows on an overcast, dry day. Trying to clean them while the sun is hitting them, or while they’re still hot from being exposed to the sun, will lead to streaks no matter what window cleaner you use.

  6. Your floors

    Even though you might think you should mop your wooden floors every week, this chore could ruin them. Instead, you should only wet-clean them once every one to two months with a simply solution of vinegar and water spray and spot-clean as needed.

  7. Your Refrigerator

    This means the outside and inside. Pull out all of your fridge's interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can't be removed on the inside with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place

  8. Your Bedding 

    Your pillows and comforter should be thrown into your washing machine (just reach the manufacturer's label first!) two to three times per year.

  9. Your Washing Machine

    Don't wash your clothes in a smelly machine. Instead, disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.

  10. Your Silver

    Use a toothbrush and a foam silver cleaner on your silver because it's not too abrasive and it's water-soluble. Also never put your silver in the dishwasher and store it in anti-tarnish cloth bag when you're not using it.

  11. Your Oven

    If you ever start to smell something burning when you turn on your oven, it might be time to give it a deep clean. Many ovens now have a self-cleaning function that you can just run and it will clean itself.

  12. Your Carpet 

    Less-trafficked areas of your carpet only have to be cleaned once or twice a year, and every 18 months for a bedroom. For higher-traffic areas, the most often you'd need to bring in professionals would be three or four times a year, although once you see that your carpet's dirty, you probably should have it cleaned for health reasons.

  13. Your Tiled Surfaces

    Homemade tile cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture, but for tough stains, call in the pros.

  14. Your Area Rugs 

    You should clean them every four or five years. Over cleaning contributes to wear and tear. But you can treat stains at home with club soda.

  15. Your Closet 

    Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.

  16. Your Broom 

    To get rid of these annoying cling-ons, swish your broom around in warm, soapy water as needed. You can also zap it with the nozzle on your vacuum, just make sure you clean out the attachment afterwards.

  17. Your Painted Walls

    Maintenance is crucial to keeping a crisp paint job looking fresh. Spot cleaning your walls with a cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn't work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap (the milder the better). If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you're using. Then make sure you rinse the wall afterward with plain water.

  18. Your Mattress

    The perfect time to pay attention to what's under your bedding? When your sheets and comforter are being washed it’s a good time to clean your mattress:

  1. Vacuum it - Your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment is the best tool for mattress cleaning. Start at the top of the mattress and work your way down in overlapping, narrow paths. Vacuum the sides the same way.

  2. Deodorize with baking soda. - Sprinkle your mattress well with baking soda and gently rub it in with a scrub brush, so it gets into the fabric where the stink lives. Let the baking soda sit for 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

  3. Repeat vacuuming - By scrubbing the baking soda into your mattress, you’ve helped it bond with moisture and body oils in the top layers of material. Vacuuming it a second time pulls that moisture out, along with the cause of the odors.

  1. Your Bookshelves

    Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets.Line books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.

  2. Your Patio Furniture 

    Before outdoor season begins, wipe down your chairs (minus the cushions) and tables with a mixture of warm water and a squirt of Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap. Then hose off the solution with water from your garden hose and let air dry before enjoying.


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