When winter is upon us, most people want to hibernate and snuggle under a blanket, but as the weather warms up, its seems that people do too. Spring is the time to spruce everything up with some cleaning. But why stop at just wiping down walls and scrubbing floors when there is so much more that can be done. Here are the top 10 spring cleaning tips for your home.
- Clean your entire refrigerator
Spring cleaning typically involves going through everything in the fridge, throwing out spoiled food and old condiments, and then wiping down all the shelves. But in order to clean the entire refrigerator, it needs to be pulled forward so you can get to the back of it as well. The condenser coil is located in the back and should be cleaned so it does not become clogged with dust. This could cause your refrigerator to overheat. Take a vacuum with a long handle and vacuum all of the dust from the back side of the fridge. Then finish by vacuuming or sweeping the floor where the fridge usually sits.
- Keep your pipes clean
A good way to ensure your pipes last for many years, is to keep them clean. The best time to do this is when you are doing your spring cleaning. A great way to clean your drains is to use vinegar. You will pour half a bottle of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then flush the drain with hot water. The acid in the vinegar will dissolve any clogs that are forming. In order to deodorize your pipes, you can pour one cup of baking soda into the drain, allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then flush with hot water.
- Clean your air ducts
It is important to keep the air ducts in your home clean so the air can move through freely. You can remove the air duct cover and then use a vacuum in order to get as far as the hose will reach. If you want to thoroughly clean your air ducts, you will want to hire a professional.
- Clean your heater
Before you clean your heater, you will want to turn the power off to it. Then remove the cover of the furnace and use a vacuum with a hose and crevice tool in order to vacuum any dust and dirt that is inside, but you need to be careful not to bump or break any of the parts on the inside.
- Wash out garbage cans
In order to ensure that your garbage cans are clean, use a hose with a sprayer. The sprayer on the hose will have the power to clean anything that may be stuck in your garbage can. Then use a disinfectant cleaner and scrub the inside with a brush. When done scrubbing, rinse the can out with water and allow time to thoroughly dry.
- Cobwebs outside the home
You will want check all the corners, eaves, and crannies of the outside of your home for cobwebs. Then taking a broom or vacuum, take down all the webs you find.
- Clean the garage
Spring cleaning is not just for inside the house, but is a good thing to do in the garage as well. It makes it look neat and has less dirt around that can be tracked back into the house. The floors should be swept, surfaces dusted, and cobwebs taken down.
- Clean the front porch area
The first place that people see when they come to your home is the front door. In order to make all of these things look their best, they should be swept, the light should be cleaned, front door washed, and windows wiped down.
- Clean up the grill
Once spring comes, the grilling season begins. Before you start up the grill for the first time, it is best to clean it up and get it ready. This can easily be done by heating up the grill and using a grill brush to scrape off anything that is on the grates.
- Wash out the gutters
Your gutters are an area that will collect a great amount of dirt, sticks, leaves, and other types of debris. While doing your spring cleaning, the gutters should be something to focus on as well. You can start by getting up to the gutters and taking out as much of the larger debris as possible. Then use the garden hose and a sprayer in order to wash the remaining dirt and debris out.
Spring cleaning is a great time to spruce up your home. These top tips will help get your home clean.