Spring Cleaning Tips

The warm weather we are having has been great! That must mean thatspring is just around the corner – time to start thinking about spring cleaning. I love a sparkling clean and organized house, but who likes the process to get there? I’m going to share a few of my favorite tips when it comes to spring cleaning — Gabby style!

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Invest in a steam mop. It only requires water to clean and does an amazing job on tile and linoleum floors. No harsh chemicals too!

Vinegar is great for cleaning and inexpensive. I mix one part vinegar to six parts water in a spray bottle and spray my shower down after each use to help with water deposit build up. (Never use vinegar on marble or granite tiles.

For indoor window cleaning mix 1/3 of a spray bottle with vinegar and one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and the rest of the spray bottle with warm water. Wipe with crumpled newspapers to remove any film. If you just can’t stand the thought of getting newspaper print on your hands, then you can use a clean towel to wipe the windows. For my annual outdoor window cleaning I like to use a window cleaning kit with a telescopic handle and a squeegee.

Microfiber cleaning cloths are great for cleaning mirrors, glass table tops and appliances. They can be used over and over again.

Baking soda is great forpolishing of silver. Simply line a dish with crumpled foil and sprinkle baking soda on your silver pieces and then pour boiling water over the silver. Let it sit for a while and you will have sparkling clean silver.Be sure that the crumpled foil touches the silver that is being cleaned.

A little dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water is great for general cleaning of baseboards, windowsills and more.

Magic eraser sponges are magical for removing scuff marks on walls, baseboards and cleaning light switch plates, etc.

Honestly, it’s not a fun job, but doing a little bit each day helps the process go by fast. And nothing makes me happier than a sparkling clean home!

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