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21 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks


Have you completed your spring cleaning?
If not I'm here to help with these 21 amazing tips and tricks to make your spring cleaning routine go as smooth as possible.



Fill a dish wand with half vinegar and half dawn dish soap. Keep the wand in your shower. Before taking a shower, scrub the walls with the wand then rinse off.
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To clean fan blades, toss a pillowcase over the blade then slowly pull off. All of the dust and dirt will stay contained inside the pillowcase.
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Clean your burners without scrubbing. Place in a sealed ziploc bag with a 1/4 cup of ammonia . Leave overnight then wipe clean with a sponge.
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Spend less time shining your facuets, sinks, and tiles by polishing them with turtle wax . The wax acts as a protective barrier preventing water and soap buildup.
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Mix a few drops of essential oil with one cup baking soda. Sprinkle on your mattress and let sit for one hour before vacuuming. The baking soda will absorb any dirt, moisture and odors while the essential oil will leave the mattress smelling fresh.
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Make your own citrus vinegar cleaner. Place citrus peels in a jar and cover with vinegar and let the solution sit for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, strain and dilute 1:1 with water.
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Use a lemon to remove hard water stains from your faucet.



Make your sink shine by mixing borax with lemon juice to make a paste. Rub it on, then rinse it and wipe clean. 


Use a rubber glove to pick up pet hair.


Fill ice cub trays with vinegar then drop a lemon slice into each one. Drop a couple cubes in your garbage disposal with some water to clean it.


Use a binder clip to air dry your sponges and keep them smelling fresh longer.
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 Clean your pans with tea tree oil.
Use a q-tip to cleat tight spaces in your window tracks then wipe with a clean paper towel.
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Clean stuborn stains by spraying with a water and vinegar solution and then use an iron to lift the stain.
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Pour vinegar and water into a bowl and heat it in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam will help loosen any grime for easy clean up.
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 After cleaning your vents, apply a layer of wax to them to help repel dust.
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 Clean the glass on your fire place by dipping a wet paper towel in the ashes then wipe your glass with it.
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Clean cabinets by mixing 1 part vegetable oil with 2 parts baking soda then scrubbing with a toothbrush.
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Make your floors look new again. Spay on a mixture of 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia (or lemon juice) and 1/4 cup vinegar. Let sit for an hour then scrub off.
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Remove rust spots from your kitchen knives by soaking them in lemon juice .
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Sprinkle baby powder on shirt underarms and collars to help prevent sweat spots.
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59 comments:

  1. You mean there's an end to Spring cleaning?! I feel like I've been Spring cleaning every single day. :P Thanks so much for the tips! This will help out a LOT. :)

    I'm especially loving the wax on faucets idea, and the baking powder & essential oil to re-freshen mattresses.

    - Esther
    http://estherkimcotton.com

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    1. If you use peppermint or lavender it repels bed bugs & dust mites too

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    2. Hi Esther,
      Hope it's just a typo, but wanted to point out that you use Baking SODA, not powder on your mattresses!
      Thanks @dawna for the tip on peppermint or lavender!

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    3. Soda.. not powder... don't want to grow muffins in your mattresses! :-)

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    4. Make sure you never vacuum up baking soda if you have a Dyson! It burns out the motor and voids the Warranty...found out the hard way D;

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    5. I have a Dyson and I've been using baking soda on our floors and mattresses for years (It's great for pet odors so I use it on the floors at least once a month if not more). The Dyson we have now is 6 years old and still running like a champ. The newer models may be different and if it voids the warranty then maybe it's best not to try it. However, I've never had any problems with it.

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  2. I like you're tips! They're easy to follow and I'm sure I'll have fun cleaning my home while challenging myself to stay green. Many renters at Northville apartments or elsewhere would definitely appreciate this post. Thanks!

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  3. I love spring cleaning!! I've finished a lot of mine, but I can think of a few things to do with these tips! thanks!



    Sarah
    www.FelixFunhouse.etsy.com
    www.WillowAndSparrow.etsy.com

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  4. If you have rust on your knives throw them out!

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    1. If you throw them out send them to me.
      Po box 555 Fishersville
      Virginia 22939

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    2. dont get the rust on your knifes to start with is the best cleaning solution

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  5. I didn't know that lemon can be used as a cleaner this many times! It's so amazing! These are the things that I hate cleaning most of time because they're hard to clean. But with your tips and tricks, scrubbing time is cut in half, and you're just using homemade cleaners for this. I'll definitely keep notes about the every tip and trick that you posted. This is awesome! Guy Houchins

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  6. Should you find one, apply it as a light mist to the entire mattress, opening seams, tufts, and folds so the chemical penetrates these hiding places. Allow it to dry completely before using. Never sleep directly on a treated mattress without bed linen and do not treat mattresses of infants or ill people.

    Upholstery Cleaning Brisbane | Upholstery Cleaning Brisbane

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  7. It is really important to keep our house clean, especially the ceiling fan since it circulates the air inside the house. Therefore, if it's dusty, the dust will also spread around the house which can cause sickness and diseases. Thank you for sharing these cleaning tips with us!
    Brooklyn Fan & Blower Sales Company

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  8. Really Great post and Tips! Home cleaning is really very important and sometime you may not get time to clean your home. So its good to hire a team of cleaners once in a month that helps you in cleaning ever corner of your home and let you worry free from house cleaning.


    Domestic House Cleaning Perth

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    1. I would love to have someone come clean my house once a month. Are you volunteering??

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  9. The sink looks really clean and shiny. I haven't used borax before and although I use lemon juice, I can't get the same results as yours. I should try the tip of using borax as well and hopefully my sink will look like new.
    Anyclean

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  10. I have not tried timing myself while cleaning and In my view when you make a list and
    schedule for cleaning then we can do cleaning very easily and can save money

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  11. Awesome cleaning tips.. This is very useful post for home cleaners.. I often hire Bond Cleaning Brisbane and End Of Lease Cleaners Brisbane to clean my home.. But your way is better

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  12. Great ideas! I really like the idea of using the pillowcase to clean ceiling fan blades. That is pretty creative! Have you tried homemade laundry detergent? My family really likes this recipe, we've completely stopped buying laundry detergent.

    Ingredients
    1 Cup of Washing Soda
    1 Cup of Borax
    1 Bar of Castile Soap, grated

    Instructions
    Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container (non-metal)
    Use approximately 1 tablespoon per load of laundry.

    Tips:
    Instead of grating the castile soap by hand, cut it into chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 30 second increments, watching closely. When it starts to “swell” and all the corners are rounded and melty looking, remove from microwave and let cool to room temperature. The texture changes and you can now just crumble it up. OR, throw it in your food processor!

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    1. I use the food processor to great and then combine all the ingredients. I set a timer for 10 min. and then started getting stuff out, the timer went off just before I was finished cleaning the processor.

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  13. I am really glad to see that you are using so many tools for cleaning homes. Your post is really help full for Grime2shine. Thanks for your post.

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  14. These are very valuable tips to get out the stain accumulated dust. rug cleaning perth

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  15. Nice information regarding putting burners in a sealed ziploc bag with the ammonia, going to try that. I think the oven cleaning service I use oven cleaning sheffield do this as they make them look like new.

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    1. I think it is funny all the business names that get dropped in lol

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  16. ?? Is the dish soap with vinegar for tile in the shower or for the glass door or both? Thanks for the great info!

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  17. I have a question : I used essential oils in my Jacuzzi tub which left small stains in the bottom of the tub. I have tried many different ways to remove them but so far no luck does anyone know what would work?

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    1. Those magic erasers are amazing. Did you try the magic eraser and if so did it work?

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    2. thick paste of baking soda and water--not too wet or the baking soda won't scrub

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    3. Don't ever use Magic Erasers! I made the mistake (impulse shopping) of buying them and used it to take finger marks off doors, cupboards etc. They have formaldehyde and takes paint off. I wish I had known, I have to re-paint everything. I will never use them ever again. Baking soda is definitely the way to go!

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    4. Brenda, which "flavors" & brand of essential oils did you use in your tub? I do that too but haven't noticed any stains yet? I always add eos to Epsom salt first before dropping it into the water to help disperse it which keeps it from floating on top.

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    5. Pauline, what flavors and brand of essential oils do you use? I have not not that happen in my tub before, but I use Epsom salts & drop the eos into that first & then into the water so it disperses.

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  18. Thank you for such helpful tips! I'm sure many of the homeowners are already preparing for an imminent spring cleaning as early as now, particularly those who plan to use DIY-products. Using a combination orange and citrus peels is simply genius, btw. Deidra @ Minuteman

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  19. So glad to have some of my tricks validated. My family thinks I'm trying to fool them! I have really hard water so have to use a stronger car cleaner/scratch remover/polish but the idea is the same. Be careful not to scrub too hard or without a soft cloth when using lemon, borax, or baking soda; they're very abrasive themselves. One tip to add: Spring cleaning brings windows to mind immediately. Acetone (from the hardware store not your nail kit) gets rid of residue, even from other cleaners, as well as hard water and it leaves a brilliant, streak-free shine!

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    1. How do you use it? Would you please copy your reply to my email too? julieann627@gmail.com thanks so much!!

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    2. Hi Julie, I hope I understood you correctly to be asking about acetone. Denatured alcohol is also an excellent window cleaner in case the smell of acetone is bothersome. It can be a better choice actually in some applications like near floor or furniture sealants that overspray of acetone might dissolve. Spray or even damp wipe either of them onto the window and wipe off with a dry cloth right away. Use a scraper to break up tougher spots that might remain then give it another wipe. Both are solvents and dry so quickly that there are no streaks or haze. Here's to having a great view!

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  20. With a dirt backyard and two dogs, my house gets pretty dusty. When I clean my baseboards and window sills, I use canned air (like you buy for computer keyboards) to get into tight areas, such as corners. :)

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  21. The only thing i have found that works on my underarm stains is Oxyclean powder in with the whites. 1 scoop every load with 1/2 cup of bleach. Try that too.

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    1. I think the point was to stay away from toxic cleaners

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    2. That's all that works for me too and I've tried everything!

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  22. What works best to clean the white residue on granite that is left around sink faucets?

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  23. Tip #1 should have been plant a lemon tree...

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  25. Any suggestions about how to clean the caulking used in my shower? It used to be bright and white, but it is now dark. I have tried many cleaning products which have not helped. The caulking is only 4-5 years old. Please also send your reply to me at kathyestel@gmail.com. Thanks so much!!!

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    1. I used to have that problem-easiest solution I found was to just peel it off and put on fresh!

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    2. I use tilex for mold and mildew by Chlorex and use a toothbrush...not natural but it works!

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  27. Can you use baking soda and essential oil on a memory foam mattress? Or is it only good for conventional boxsprings?

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  28. Glad to see some of the ways that I'm actually doing when cleaning our house and also learned new ones. I really do recommend to do this in your home when cleaning. Thanks!

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  29. Loving your tips, I have this cleaning tip for kitchen. You can use lemon juice to clean stainless steel surfaces. It works and can remove blots easily.

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  30. Throw open the windows and breathe in fresh scents. Toss those spray air fresheners and if necessary, try some natural fresheners like baking soda.



    Regards Dennis

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  31. nice tips and enjoy you post.If you hire cleaning service be careful of any company that associates you by telephone or that advertise a cleaning price by the room.
    Cleaning Company Austin TX

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  32. These are great tips! I wish there was a tip for making cleaning your gutters easier! That is my least favorite part of spring cleaning for sure. I'm tempted to make a deal with myself that if I do a great job cleaning the rest of the house, I can hire someone else to clean my gutters. Good idea? http://www.mrgutternorva.com/Gutter-Repair-Burke-VA.html

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  33. The sink looks really clean and shiny. I haven't used borax before and although I use lemon juice, I can't get the same results as yours. I should try the tip of using borax as well and hopefully my sink will look like new.

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  34. I discovered that the Rust Stains on my Cutlery and any other Stainless Steel products, were coming from dishwasher detergents that have Lemon in them. When I stopped using dishwasher detergent with Lemon, voilĂ , No More Rust Stains :) and all my friends agree with this too!!!

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