Spring cleaning tips
Spring cleaning has been part of our culture for many years. We open the windows smell the fresh air and want to make our house as clean as the world after a spring rain. What better thing to do on a rainy spring day than to clean the home.
Wash the windows.
The most important thing to do in the spring is to let in the sunshine. Open the drapes and blinds and deep clean the windows. This is the time of year to get the tooth brush out and clean the tracks and sills. Then clean the windows inside and out. I have created my own special recipe for cleaning windows. Put one gallon of water in a bucket with one cup of ammonia and a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Then wash the windows with a large sponge and dry with newspaper. The windows will come out streak free and the light will fill your home.
Clean the refrigerator.
You will want to have space for all the strawberries June will bring and the fruits and vegetables that will follow as summer progresses. This is the perfect time to clean out the refrigerator. Selectively purchase the items from the grocery that you will need to weed out the items that have collected in your refrigerator over the winter. This will make it so the following weekend the items left in the refrigerator will fit in a cooler while you are cleaning it out. Unplug the refrigerator; it will be easier to clean when it is warm. Then fill a sink full of water and dish detergent. Take out all of the drawers and racks. Most refrigerators have a grill at the bottom that snaps into place; remove the grill. Take a wet sponge and wipe down all surfaces. Use a toothbrush in crevices. With your vacuum attachments, vacuum out the coils under the refrigerator as well as you can. Vacuuming the coils will allow more air flow and make your refrigerator run more efficiently. Move the refrigerator and wash down the sides and the front. The door gaskets are easiest to clean with a brush. If you have a stainless steel refrigerator use a stainless polish following the manufacturer’s instructions. Then clean the racks and drawers. Once you have the refrigerator put back together you can put the food from the cooler back into it. Remember that it will take at least eight hours for the refrigerator to reach temperature again.
Dusting can be a daunting task. There are all the Tchotchekes that you collect though out life, the pottery that your kids create in art class that you cannot part with and books. These things need to be removed from the shelves to a safe place of rest. Then the shelves need to be wiped down with the appropriate cleaning product for the material. This is a good time to reevaluate the value of each item to you and the space it inhabits. You may want to redesign the space by placing things differently or donating items to a charity. A fun task is to rearrange books by color. Stand some books vertically and others horizontally.
With the cleaning done you are ready for the summer cook outs and events that always follow this spring time ritual.
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