'Tis the season to open the windows and let the winter dust fly out. It's that time of year to make our homes sparkle. The chi (energy) needs to flow freely, and cannot if it is blocked.
Call it Feng Shui, the Marie Kondo method, or whatever you want to call it. When the weather warms up, most of us get the urge to remove the junk and dust we've accumulated during the cold months and give our home an overall deep clean.
Cleaning does not come easy for everyone. It's a task that can seem overwhelming for some, especially when looking at all you need to clean. But, have no fear – we have some hacks to make your cleaning stress disappear.
You will be amazed by how easy cleaning really can be. Read on to see some hacks you'll want to incorporate into your weekly or monthly cleaning sessions.
Going chemical free is a popular trend. And for good reason.
via: ShutterstockWhy buy glass cleaner loaded with chemicals when you can make your own! According to HuffPost, just "mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 quart of water and a squeeze of lemon (for that crisp, citrusy scent). Spray and wipe."
Give that microwave an easy clean.
via: ShutterstockFill up a bowl with white vinegar, place inside the microwave and run it for 5 minutes. When done, simply wipe away grease and grime with a paper towel or dishcloth.
The easiest way to deodorize your carpet doesn't cost much at all.
via: ShutterstockSprinkle a little white powder – baking soda that is. Let it sit for a good hour and then vacuum away. This is the best natural deodorizer that kills pesky pet odor.
Ceiling fans always get corroded with dust.
via: ShutterstockAnd they don't have to be a hassle to dust. "Slip a clean pillowcase over each blade and slide it off to pick up dust."
If you use dryer sheets, do not throw them out once they have been used in your dryer.
via: ShutterstockBecause they have another purpose. The fabric sheet comes in hand to clean a dirty toilet bowl (yuck) but can also be used to buff mirrors and bathroom fixtures.
The one thing many forget to freshen up is the garbage disposal.
via: ShutterstockAnd this thing takes a beating. Freshen it up with some lemon! Just cut a few pieces up, drop it down the sink and turn on, and let the smell emulate.
Clean your floors on your hands and knees for a deep clean.
via: ShutterstockGet a rag, some detergent and get down and dirty. If you have grout or some hard pieces of food stuck on the floor, an old toothbrush should do the trick.
Baking soda is also good for your clothes.
via: ShutterstockOne cup of baking soda in your washer will brighten those clothes right up. And if you want to clean the washer tub, pour some vinegar in the tray where the detergent usually goes, and run on hot.
Stainless steel appliances can look dirty often, even more so if you have young children constantly touching them.
via: Shutterstock"To give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol!"
Shower scum is no fun for anyone to clean.
via: ShutterstockFill a dish wand with equal parts vinegar and dish soap – preferably Dawn. That stuff is amazing! And go to town.
Baking soda is also good for furniture.
via: ShutterstockYou can use it as a deodorizer on the carpet, but also on your fabric furniture. First vacuum the sofa, then sprinkle on the soda. Let it sit for 20 minutes and vacuum off.
If you have any grease stains...
via: Shutterstock"Just mix four parts rubbing alcohol with one part salt, and then rub the mixture into the stain. Let the surface dry and vacuum up any remaining salt, if necessary."
Lint rollers just don't pick up lint from your clothing, ya know.
via: ShutterstockSince I have young kids who snack often, I have used this hack many times. Simply roll a lint roller on the ground or sofa to remove any crumbs. It saves time and the hassle from constantly vacuuming.
If your kids come home with muddy shoes, which is likely this time of year, this is the hack for you.
via: ShutterstockAn old toothbrush and some toothpaste will make those sneakers like new. You might want to first clean off any major mud with a rag first.
Kids love slime and glitter. Parents do not. I repeat, parents do not.
via: ShutterstockIf your child has decided to throw a glitter party, you'll need to clean that mess up. And the solution is something you probably have lying around the house, especially if you have young kids. Play-doh! Just roll some play-doh into a ball and roll over the glitter. And wallah!
Kids are notorious for spilling their drinks. And you may resort to sippy cups for life.
via: ShutterstockIf you do have a spilled juice mess to clean, "blot with one teaspoon dishwashing liquid (like Ivory) in one cup warm water."
Many ovens are called "self-cleaning."
via: ShutterstockIn reality, they do not clean themselves. You can do the self-clean mode which heats it up and then you wipe with a wet rag. Another trick: take the knobs, drip drain, and grates and run them thru the dishwasher.
And speaking of the dishwasher, this appliance also needs cleaning once in a while, too.
via: ShutterstockTake a bowl and fill with vinegar and place on the top rack. Run the dishwasher thru on the hot cycle to give it a nice clean.
Another cleaning aid that helps enormously is the Magic Eraser.
via: ShutterstockThis is like, the best invention ever. You can use a Magic Eraser on damn near everything. Sinks, tubs, toilets, anything where grim builds up easily. It's magic!
The Magic Eraser can also remove stains from walls.
via: ShutterstockAnd if you have kids, chances are, crayons have ended up on the wall at some point. Get the Magic Eraser and keep your sanity in check.
How often do you use the vacuum attachments that came with your vacuum cleaner?
via: ShutterstockThere is a reason those attachments are on there. I use mine to clean blinds and heat vents because dust always builds up. They are also good to use on stairs.
Do you have a really burnt pan that needs a little elbow grease?
via: ShutterstockDon't throw it away. Instead, "fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, take it off the stove and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds so it can cool and then wipe the mixture out of the pan."
Kitchen sponges can also be reused.
via: ShutterstockYour kitchen sponge has a dirty job. Get rid of the bacteria lurking on the sponge by throwing it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Let it cool off before you pick it up again.
Have you ever wondered how many germs are on your remote control?
via: ShutterstockI know that I have. Use some hand sanitizer on a towel and wipe those germs away.
Let your wood shine beautifully again.
via: Shutterstock"Use a few drops of apple cider vinegar (which pulls the dirt out of wood) mixed with ¼ cup olive oil (which conditions the wood)."
If you have any grease stains, this solution should help.
via: ShutterstockApply equal parts of water and cornstarch to the spot. Leave on overnight and (fingers crossed), should be gone by the morning.
This next hack is going to blow your mind. Make sure you have some ketchup on hand.
via: Shutterstock"Squeeze a dollop of ketchup onto a cloth and rub it onto your pots and pans to remove tarnish." Yeah, it's really that easy.
An old toothbrush can come in handy for anything that needs a scrub.
via: ShutterstockLike your coffee grinder. When was the last time you cleaned that sucker out?
This one is a little scary. If you like to drink Coca-Cola, then this hack is easy for you.
via: ShutterstockSimply pour a can in the toilet and clean with a toilet brush. Flush and see how this cola can brighten your throne.
There you have it. I told you these hacks would make cleaning a breeze.
via: ShutterstockNow all you need is the time and energy to put these hacks into motion. Happy cleaning!