The annual ritual of spring cleaning is a way to wash away the winter blues and welcome the beauty of a fresh new season. For some, cleaning is not on their “hot list” of things to do, so we’ve made it easy by offering some tips on what to focus on first. We have also included some suggestions of things you should frequently replace in your bathroom. (You won’t believe how frequently some items need to be replaced.)
Since every room in your home may be needing some TLC, we’ve outlined some basic cleaning suggestions that can be applied to any room. The earlier you start, the sooner you’ll free up the time to enjoy the season.
- Deep clean rugs: If you have synthetic carpeting or rugs that have waterproof backings, you can use a rotary shampoo machine, followed by a hot-water extraction machine to get the job done yourself (if you have those machines). It is recommended to have Oriental rugs or rugs without a backing professionally cleaned.
- Freshen up upholstered furniture: Seat cushions from couches and chairs can collect dust throughout the year. You can easily remove the dust by gently hitting them outside and then using a vacuum with the proper attachments to clean under the cushions. It’s also the perfect time to check for any stains. Just be sure to read the care labels before attempting to clean them.
- Walls and ceilings: Cobwebs, dust and grime can build up on the walls and ceilings and leave an unsightly and unhealthy environment. Cleaning them is easy by vacuuming the surfaces with the proper vacuum attachment (soft brush with long handle). You can even go one step further and wipe down the walls with a damp cloth. If you notice grime or grease on the kitchen walls, for example, you can simply use a solvent-free degreaser. (Just be sure to test a small area first to ensure it won’t damage the surface.)
- Get the dust bunnies: Dust collects on virtually everything, so now is the time to dust those neglected spaces in your home and refresh your rooms. Here are some suggested spaces to tackle:
- Ceiling fans: You’ll be amazed by the amount of dust that collects on top of the blades.
- Window sills and casings: With the warmer weather on the way, be sure your sills and casings are free of dust and dirt before opening the windows.
- Book shelves: Remove everything from your book shelves so you can get to hard to reach corners and dust off any knick-knacks. And don’t forget to pamper any leather-bound books by wiping them with a clean, soft cloth.
- Clean the screens: Window screens can be cleaned easily by scrubbing them with a solution of warm water and a mild detergent. Just be sure to rinse them thoroughly before putting them back up.
- Window treatments: Curtains, drapes and blinds trap and hide dust very well. Check the labels on your drapes and curtains for care instructions – many are machine washable. Wooden blinds can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Metal and vinyl blinds can be cleaned beautifully with a solution of warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid.
- Clean the BBQ grill: It’s never too early to get the grill ready for your first backyard BBQ.
- Power wash the outside of your house: Dirt and grime from the fall and winter can collect on your home, especially on lighter colored homes with vinyl siding. You can buy power washing liquid from your local hardware store and connect it to your hose for a deeper clean.
When is it Time to Replace Your Commonly Used Bathroom Items?
We use them every day, but some of your bathroom items should be replaced more frequently than you’d think. Here’s a list of some commonly used ones and how to know when their time is up.
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or even earlier if you notice the bristles are becoming frayed. (Don’t brush your teeth too hard, as this will cause the bristles to fray faster.)
Razors should be replaced after five-to-seven shaves. This may seem too often, but razors harbor bacteria between the blades and can begin to rust. (Not to mention the blades become dull and can tug at your skin.)
We tend to use our makeup sponges until they disintegrate in our hands, not realizing they’re full of harmful bacteria and might be causing unwanted skin problems. Makeup sponges should be washed every night and replaced after a month.
Natural loofahs should be replaced every three-to-four weeks, since bacteria can grow in them and lead to skin irritations and infections. Plastic loofahs should be replaced every two months.
Shower Curtain Liner
You should wash your shower curtain liner every three months or when you start to see or smell mildew. If the stains or smell do not go away after washing it, then it’s time to replace it.
Mascara and Eye Liner
We all have our favorite mascaras, but don’t keep them for more than three months, since bacteria can grow and may lead to an eye infection. Liquid and gel eye liners should be replaced after three-to-six months and eye pencils after one year.
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