How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

With springtime upon us, now is a good time to show you how to effectively spring clean your home. This routine can be used as a guide for fall cleaning as well.

how to effectively spring clean your home

How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

If you keep up with your cleaning routine throughout the year, your spring cleaning list shouldn’t be too long.

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Here are the areas in my home I clean twice a year, unless they need to be cleaned sooner:

  • Clean the window treatments. Drapes can be taken down and dry cleaned, machine washed or vacuumed with the upholstery attachment. Check the cleaning tag to make sure you don’t damage them. Sheers can usually be washed in the machine and valances can be vacuumed.
  • Shampoo the carpets.
  • Vacuum the sofa and chairs. Don’t forget to vacuum under the cushions.
  • Clean the blinds. I like to put my hands in a sock, spray with cleaner and go to town. You will definitely need more than one sock!
  • Clean the oven.
  • Clean the windows. A great trick is to clean the inside with a squeegee going vertically and clean the outside going horizontally. This will help you see any streaks. Also, choose a cloudy day to clean the windows to avoid spots from the sun.
  • Change the batteries in the smoke and /or carbon monoxide detector.

So, there you have it! By learning how to effectively spring clean your home, you will be able to keep it clean throughout the year.

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10 Items You Should Clean More Often

I know many of us follow cleaning schedules, but I wonder if any of these items even make the list, or are cleaned regularly. This post will show you the 10 items you should clean more often.

10 Items You Should Clean More Often

10 Items You Should Clean More Often

Pillows: Pillows should be washed every 3-6 months. Check the label to see how to care for yours.

Sheets:  You’d be amazed to know that many people don’t even think about washing their sheets! However, sheets should be washed weekly to get rid of any dirt, dust or dust mites. Wash them in hot water and dry them in the dryer to kill any germs and mites.

Jeans:  Jeans can be worn 4-5 times between washings. Turn them inside out, wash with cold water and hang them to dry.

Bras: Bras should not be worn 2 days in a row because the elastic needs time to reshape. Rotating them will help them last longer. They can be worn 3-4 times before washing. Washing them in a lingerie or bra bag will keep them from getting damaged in the machine.

Washing Machine: The washing machine should be sanitized once a month with hot water and bleach. This is easiest done when you are washing your whites. You can also clean the machine by running it empty with hot water and adding 2 cups of white, distilled vinegar. Let it sit for one hour. While it’s sitting, clean the lid and around the inside of the machine with vinegar or your favorite cleaner. Don’t forget about the top and knobs. When the hour is up, run the machine for a full cycle. It should be sparkling clean, but depending on how dirty is was when you started, you may need to wipe down the inside with vinegar. *If you have a front-loading machine, put the vinegar in the detergent dispenser and follow the above instructions.

Dishwasher: The dishwasher should be cleaned once a month. Make sure all dishes are out of the dishwasher, then pour 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle on the hottest setting.

Sinks: Clean your sink daily to avoid spreading germs. Put your strainer in the dishwasher once a week.

Drains: Once a month pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. Wait a few minutes, then pour boiling water down to sanitize and clear the drain.

Computer: I like to clean my computer on a weekly basis to keep germs at bay and to help it last longer. Brush the keys with a soft paintbrush, then wipe them down with a disinfectant wipe (it’s best to do this when you turn it off and unplug it!)

Purse: Your purse should be cleaned weekly with a disinfectant wipe if it is made of vinyl; baby wipes if it is leather (be sure to test it first), and in the washing machine if it is made of cotton.

How often do you clean these items?  Will you clean these items more often?

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15 Popular Ways to Use the Magic Eraser

I have to admit, I love the Magic Eraser! I have been using it for years, and have decided to share what I know about it’s many uses. Here are 15 popular ways to use the magic eraser.

15 popular ways to use the Magic Eraser

15 Popular Ways to Use the Magic Eraser

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I want to note that I have used the store brand erasers and they work just as well as the Mr. Clean brand. The store brands also costs less. :)So, when I refer to the Magic Eraser, I am referring to the store brands as well.


Here are a few things the Magic Eraser can do:

  • Cleans the inside of your oven door
  • Removes soap scum from the shower door
  • Cleans mirrors in the bathroom so they don’t fog up
  • Removes the sticky stuff that is left behind when you take off stickers or price tags
  • Removes rust and stains on the countertop
  • Removes nail polish stains
  • Removes toilet bowl rings (cut a small piece and leave it in the toilet overnight)
  • Cleans tile and grout
  • Removes food stains inside plastic food containers
  • Removes marker and ink stains
  • Removes crayon marks from walls
  • Removes set-in stains inside glass and plastic pitchers
  • Cleans stains from gas cooktop
  • Cleans pots and pans with cooked-on stains
  • Removes stains inside dishwasher

Seriously, this thing is amazing and is capable of MUCH more. This list is only scratching the surface of what the Magic Eraser can do!

The only downside that I have noticed is that they don’t last very long. To make them last longer, I cut them into 4 pieces, and only lightly mist them with water (if you saturate them, they will shrivel up). When they get dirty, I mist a different area on the eraser and keep on cleaning.

I also use them to clean things that are giving me trouble, or are not coming off with regular cleaners.

How have you used the Magic Eraser? Let me know…I’m always up for learning new things! 😉

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