Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Cleaning Tips...

I have a confession...

I keep my house relatively clean.  Well I should rephrase this.  I am good at making my house appear clean.  Basically anything that an outsider can see from my front door is clean.  But my secret is this...
I am not a deep cleaner.  If you were to look at my baseboards, fans, blinds, top and behind the fridge,  etc up close, you would see nastiness.  I guess this might stem from the fact that in the past 9 years since I have been married, my husband and I have lived in 5 different locations.  In each of those places I knew I wasn't going to live there longer than a few years.  So being lazy I just never deep cleaned.  Of course once I moved from some of those locations it got a deep cleaning. 

But in October of last year we finally bought our first house.  And this time I knew that we wouldn't be living here for a few years.  We built this house with the idea that we could live in it for the rest of our lives.  So this meant that I would have to actually deep clean it. 

Before we moved in I spent countless hours cleaning the house.  In fact on 2 different occasions I went to the house at 8pm and cleaned until 5am.  But unfortunately a few short months later and our sparkly, clean home is showing signs of being lived in:)

Tonight after cleaning up dinner I became disgusted with the baseboards that had a layer of dust on them.  The walls where my 18 month old sits had dried on food, and the fridge had a layer of dust on the top.  And out of nowhere I got that cleaning bug.  And I know that when I get the cleaning bug I need to act on it because it doesn't last forever. 

Now I realized the whole house needed a good cleaning, but I knew I wouldn't be able to do it all at once.  So I toyed around with a few ideas on how I could get my house deep cleaned in as short amount of time as possible. 

A few ideas came to mind.  First I could pick a chore, such as baseboards/blinds/cabinets, and clean them through out the house and pick one or two of those chores a day.  Or I could pick a room a week and clean that room from top to bottom.  I decided that the later would be the best option for me. 

So I am starting at one end of my house and working towards the other end.  Since some rooms are smaller than others I may do 2 rooms on some weeks.  But my goal is to have my whole house deep cleaned within a month time period. 

Along my journey I will be giving tips for the different rooms I will be cleaning.  First room on my agenda is the kitchen.  Here is my list of things to clean/do. 

---sweep and mop floors
---wipe inside, outside and tops of cabinets
---organize insides of cabinets
---clean inside and outside of all appliances
---pull fridge and oven out and clean behind them.
---wipe walls down
---clean and organize pantry
---clean and wipe down countertops and sink
---clean and wipe down baseboards

And of course before I begin this task I consulted Pinterest for any tips.  Here are a few personal favorites of mine. 

Courtesy of Apartment Therapy found here
Cleaning baseboards with dryer sheets...Genius...And I have tried this out and it works amazingly.  The dust just clings to the dryer sheet...Guess who just found a new chore for my boys to do?

Courtesy of Behind the Studio found here
Cleaning your stove top with soapy water and baking soda...Great way to get off that burned on water (tell me I am not the only one who has water overboil frequently)

Courtesy of Real Simple found here
Using baby oil to polish your faucets...Since my kitchen sink and faucet aren't too old, they aren't very dirty.  In fact my sink is my OCD thing.  It has to be wiped down every time it is used.  But I still put a very tiny amount of baby oil on a rag and wiped it in the sink and faucet.  While it didn't change the overall look it did make my sink smell delicious...I love the smell of baby oil...

Courtesy of Real Simple found here
Clean the inside of your dishwasher with lemonade kool-aid.  Again since my dishwasher is only a few months old it isn't really dirty.  I did do a packet of kool aid in my washer but didn't notice a difference.  I would be interested to see if this really cleans a dirty dishwasher.  If any of you have done this let me know. 

Courtesy of The Nest found here
Clean out your microwave by zapping 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Wipe down after zapping and not only do you have a clean microwave but a good smelling one.

I am hoping that I can keep this cleaning bug and do a nice, deep cleaning for at least one room (after the initial cleaning) every month.  Think about it...deep cleaning one room or even 2 rooms a month will keep your house clean year round.  And really there is nothing like having a clean house.  The saying is so true, "A CLEAN HOUSE IS A HAPPY HOUSE"
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13 comments:

Heidi said...

Like usual, you inspire me to do better with the whole cleaning thing! I will try a room at a time! Love Pinterest tips!

tiffunny said...

you keep your house immaculate - even when you were renting! Thanks for sharing all the fun tips though. I haven't tried any of them but now I will.

Charissa said...

Oooo! Bounce sheets. I'm trying them. I've hated every duster I've ever bought.

gubler5 said...

My Mom always used Tang in with her dishwashing soap. I'm not sure what it does, but I am assuming it can't hurt.

Hilary and Chris said...

I use tang in my dishwasher to make my glasses sparkle. Its amazing, I'm sure kool aid would do it too! I am working on a personal progress project and it's deep cleaning my whole house. I will have to try those dryer sheets for sure and get the kids involved as well! yeah! Thanks for the info, I'm actually looking forward to cleaning...

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Lovely blog! I'm a new follower!
Best,
Anne

Brigg and Dianne said...

I just found your blog, and Ithink it's great so far! I tried the kool-aid thing in my dishwasher (which is 5 years old), and it worked like it said it would, but it didn't get rid of the hard water build-up (the water is VERY hard where I live, and I cannot get a softener, since we are renting), but it did get rid of sme of the grime. I am going to start stocking up on lemonade kool-aid now.

Shiloh said...

You've got some great Pinterest tips.:) I'm not a fan of deep cleaning either. I try to keep a list of stuff that needs done, and I have a specific day that is set aside every week to try to do one thing.:)Baseboards are definitely for kids to do.

Johnson Fam said...

I haven't heard of using Koolaid in the dishwasher but I can attest to Tang working miracles. After a while your dishwasher can get very dingy and colored inside (depending on your water) and running a cycle with tang cleans the color right out. I didn't believe it until I tried it. Amazing!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

WOW!! These tips are incredible! :) I'm totally trying the dryer sheet on my baseboards. And the baby oil on faucets! Wow. Thanks for the great ideas. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Clean4you said...

The best thing about Spring cleaning is that you get to clean while flowers are starting to bloom. Making your place always clean is a great way to avoid diseases...


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Dorian, Melissa and Maggie May! said...

Great post! I am a firm believer/promoter of the lemonade koolaid packets! There is a HUGE difference in our dishes if one packet is put in (just as the picture shows). My mother stayed at our house to tend the animals while we were out of town last month, and as always, she cleaned up before she left. I could tell she didn't use a lemonade packet when i got my glass out of the dishwasher. It really makes the biggest difference.

LoveOurTennesseeWalkers! said...

Great post! I am a firm believer/promoter of the lemonade koolaid packets! There is a HUGE difference in our dishes if one packet is put in (just as the picture shows). My mother stayed at our house to tend the animals while we were out of town last month, and as always, she cleaned up before she left. I could tell she didn't use a lemonade packet when i got my glass out of the dishwasher. It really makes the biggest difference.

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