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10 More Not-So-Average Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted on March 11, 2015 in Seasonal Home Tips

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Around this time last year, our roof cleaning Delaware company wrote a blog titled “10 Not-So-Average Spring Cleaning Tips.” Since the weather looks like it may finally stay on the warmer side, we know some of you are going to be tackling some spring cleaning soon. If you decided to try some of our previous tips, you may be interested in 10 more to make your cleaning fast and easy:

1. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.

Fabric lampshades can collect a lot of dust, and the easiest way to get rid of it isn’t with your vacuum cleaner – it’s with a lint roller. Simply roll the lint roller over the outside and inside of your lampshade.

2. Move your furniture with towels.

If you have furniture that sits on hard wood or tiled floors, instead of dragging it along the floor and potentially scuffing it, fold up clean towels and put them underneath the furniture’s feet. Then, slide them freely.

3. Use dust shades to keep your books clean.

Do the books on your bookshelf constantly get dusty? Keep them clean by hanging a strip of linen length-wise from the top of each shelf. Be sure that the bottom of the strip covers the tops of your books and they’ll have their very own dust shade.

4. Clean microfiber with rubbing alcohol.

Microfiber (especially light-colored microfiber) shows every drip and drop. Clean your couch, blanket, shades, or any other piece of microfiber by pouring some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Saturate the stain and use a white (to avoid color transfer) sponge to scrub the area. Once it’s dry, use a white bristle brush to re-fluff the fabric.

5. Steam-clean your microwave.

Place a bowl or measuring cup filled with a mixture of one cup distilled vinegar and one cup hot water in your microwave. Turn your microwave on for 7-1o minutes, then wipe down the inside with a wet rag.

6. Get your pillows back to white.

Over time, pillows tend to get yellow. Bring them back to life by combining one cup of laundry detergent, one cup of powdered dishwashing detergent, one cup of bleach, and 1/2 cup of borax in your washing machine. Start a hot cycle and when the ingredients dissolve, throw in your pillows and watch the yellow disappear.

7. Use ketchup to clean silver.

The vinegar and tomato acid in ketchup can be used to clean your silver. Simply let your silver soak in a bowl of ketchup (or if it’s detailed, scrub it with ketchup and a toothbrush) for a few minutes. Then, rinse off and dry thoroughly.

8. Clean your bathtub with a dish wand.

Many of us love using a wand wand to wash our dishes – it’s so simple! Well, you can take advantage of that same simplicity when it comes to your bathtub. Fill a dish wand with a mixture of half-dish soap, half-distilled vinegar. Then, scrub your bathtub clean and rinse.

9. Use vanilla to make your fridge smell fresh.

If your fridge is full of various food odors, dip a paper towel in some vanilla extract, then wipe down your fridge’s interior walls. It’ll eliminate odors and leave it smelling fresh.

10. Remove metal pot stains with rhubarb.

If you have a pot with burnt stains in the bottom, place some rhubarb stalks (how many depends on what size pot you have) and water in the pot and bring it to a boil. Boil for a few minutes, then let the contents cool. After you dump out the stalks and water, the stains should be gone.

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