The winter holidays have come and gone and we are well into the new year. March marks the arrival of spring, though the weather doesn’t always cooperate! I know we haven’t all kept the old-school spring cleaning in our home repertoires, but I know when the warm breezes arrive and scents of spring are in the air, I am compelled to get things cleaner than usual.
I manage to squeeze in weekly vacuuming and dusting, but I rarely have time to do some of the other tasks that help a home sparkle. Things like wiping down doors and door knobs, dusting baseboards, and other surfaces and wiping down picture frames. Sure, you could also take down and launder your drapes and blinds, deep clean your carpets, wash all your windows and screens, and flip all the mattresses in your house, but I like to keep my spring cleaning realistic and attainable.
For spring cleaning, I like to focus on simple and effective methods for getting to woodwork, moldings and mantels, sticky doorknobs, fireplace, windowsills, and the other spots that could use a spring spruce up.
So here are my three tips for inspiration to clean a bit deeper.
Dawn Dish Soap
1. Dawn Dish soap: Added to medium to hot water in a stainless steel bucket. Just about a teaspoon will do in a small bucket filled 2/3rds of the way. You only need enough dish soap to break down the soil. Use a microfiber cloth and if needed, a scrub sponge. This is my go-to wipe down solution. Even on my leather sofa and chairs. This gentle solution works and my furniture has survived the bottles and sippy cups and chocolate milk spills of little ones.
2. Puracy spray: This is an all surface cleaner and it advertises to do so much more. Having just learned about Puracy, I am a new convert. It is streak free. I have been using it on all my stainless steel appliances and kitchen counter surfaces at night. I am ready to give it a go on the windows, as the mirror in our powder room is gleaming.
Puracy is biodegradable and plant based with a hint of green tea tree and lime. The ingredients are natural, non-toxic, & hypoallergenic. This is made in the USA. YAY!
3. Microfiber cloths: I don’t really like how they feel, but they work so well, I will deal with the touch factor. If you haven’t tried them yet, do. And get these tried and true ones by vibra wipe. The imitation ones just aren’t worth it. Try them yourself and you will be a convert. They work.
Dig in deep now on your home, apartment or bedroom. Warm summer weather will be here soon, and I for one do not wish to be cleaning on the inside, when the sunny days are calling.