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The job everyone hates to do, but loves when it's accomplished!
- Grab all dirty clothing and put it in a hamper.Don't worry about anything except the dirty clothes. Don't interrupt your clothes gathering mission by throwing away trash or putting away bottles of shampoo. Only worry about the dirty clothing. Don't bother trying to turn socks right side out or unfold pant legs. Just throw it all in the hamper or basket.
- Grab all trash and put in the trash can. Again focus only on the trash.
- Dust down the ceiling and corners. Consider if the walls in your home need to be washed. Make sure your walls have the type of paint that can be washed...if not...dust them down at least. Dust and clean all wall art. Be careful when cleaning framed art and photographs. Never spray cleaner or water onto the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead light wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.
- Dust the vents and fans. Dust the outside of vents and fans. You may need to use a gentle cleanser mixed with water and a cleaning cloth. Take down light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
- Take down draperies, curtains, blinds, etc, to wash or have cleaned according to the directions. Dust down any blinds and other window treatments. Dust down and wash windowsills and corners. Wash the inside and outsides of windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.
- Scrub the shower and tub. Don't forget fixtures. Launder or clean your shower curtain and replace the shower curtain liner. Clean shower doors. Dissolve soap scum buildup with cleaner or natural cleaners. Do not use lemons and vinegar or other acidic cleansers on tile.
- Scrub down the toilet. Don't forget the handle, crevices on the outside, and underneath.
- Wash the inside and outside of medicine cabinets, linen cabinets, etc. and organize the drawers and cabinets.
- Wash down the sink and fixtures. Don't forget to thoroughly clean your mirrors. Since your spring cleaning, use cotton swabs to scrub in tight spots on your sink.
- Shake out bathroom rugs. Launder them and hang to dry.
- Sweep and mop the floor.One of the best ways to get a floor REALLY clean is to use a rag or towel while on your hands and knees. If this is not an option try going barefoot and scooting a large towel around the floor with your feet. It provides more contact and pressure with the floor. Press gently, and be careful and slow. Even though this is the last step, the floor is not the best place to rest.
- Empty and wash out the trash can. Lining the trash can will save time when it needs to be emptied, and help keep it cleaner longer. You can buy small commercial trash sacks, or use leftover grocery sacks and help recycle.
I love when my house is totally clean. That is why I love spring cleaning. I don't necessarily love to do it...but love how it feels when it is done. So we are starting with the hardest room to spring clean...the kitchen. I may even do this a few nights in a row instead of doing it all in one day. You decide what works best for you.
Tomorrow's post...we will tackle the bathroom...oh yeah...it's time! :-)
- Begin with a 15 minute kitchen clean up. This will clear out the clutter and dirty dishes, and give you room to do the actual spring clean up. Don't worry about cleaning the floors in the 15 minute clean up. We will do this later.
- Dust down the ceiling and corners of the walls. Determine if the walls need washed in dirty spots. Spot wash, remembering air vents, doorknobs, doors, switch plates. Walls will likely need to be washed more often in this room than in others. You may not have noticed that the hand mixer or blender sloshed goop all over the wall. Take your spring cleaning time now to clean the grease, grime, and spilled food from your walls.
- Dust and clean all art and photographs along the wall. Be careful when cleaning framed art and photographs. Never spray cleanser or water onto the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead lightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.
- Dust and clean the ceiling fan. You may need to use a gentle cleanser like Murphy's Oil Soap. Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
- Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer's directions. Vacuum and clean windowsills and corners. Wash the insides and outsides of the windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.
- Apply oven cleaner to the oven and clean the refrigerator. Leave the windows in the kitchen open to avoid the overpowering smell. Don't forget to vacuum the coils of your UNPLUGGED refrigerator. This is a great time to sweep and mop underneath it too if you can find some help to move it. Be careful of scratching your floor.
- While the oven cleaner works, begin sorting through the freezer and refrigerator. Throw out any expired food, mostly empty containers, and items that you bought and never used. Put the stuff to keep on the counter. Take out the refrigerator shelves and drawers. Wash them down, being careful with glass shelves. Wipe down the entire inside of the refrigerator and freezer before replacing shelves and food. Wipe down and clean out the oven according to the directions on the oven cleaner.
- Take the knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers off the stove. Follow your stove/oven owner’s manual for information on proper cleaning methods for your model. (The one you carefully filed, when you bought the stove, just for an occasion like this.) Some stovetops lift up to allow easy access to spills and crumbs. Wipe down the entire stove.
- Wipe down and clean the toaster, blender, and other small appliances. Wipe down and clean the microwave. If the spills in the microwave are fossilized, try bring a water-filled glass cup to boiling in the microwave. The steam should help loosen the gunk. If the microwave smells, boil lemon juice. Unplug all appliances first. Don't forget the turntable.
- Clean out kitchen cabinets. Reline if needed. Remove mismatched lids and bowls. Take out anything that isn't being used on a regular basis. Reorganize and wash down the insides and outsides of cabinets.
- Run the dishwasher empty. Try adding vinegar or baking soda to the empty dishwasher before running it. If your dishwasher has a food trap in the bottom, clean it out. Wash down the outside of the dishwasher.
- Wash down the countertops in your kitchen. Don't forget backsplashes. How you clean your countertops depends heavily on what type of material they are made from.
- Wash down and clean out drawers. Organize your flatware. This is a great time to install drawer dividers to better organize your kitchen drawers.
- Wash down the sink. If you have a garbage disposal now is the time to pour baking soda with warm water and/or a lemon peel down the disposal to freshen the drain. Put ice cubes through the disposal to sharpen the blades.
- Sweep and mop the floor. Don't forget baseboards. One of the best ways to get a floor REALLY clean is to use a rag or towel while on your hands and knees. If this is not an option try going barefoot and scooting a large towel around the floor with your feet. It provides more contact and pressure with the floor. Press gently, and be careful and slow. Even though this is the last step, the floor is not the best place to rest.
What You Need
- Gather all of your supplies together first thing. Trying to sort through the pantry cabinet for your oven cleaner might make you frustrated enough to declutter the cabinet. It's easy to forget what your initial goal was.
- Reward yourself by ordering in for dinner tonight. Forbid anyone to touch your spotless kitchen at least until breakfast the next morning. Any longer is probably cruel, but they can handle it overnight.
- Listen to music, an audio book, or a foreign language tape. The time will pass a lot more quickly if you have an enjoyable atmosphere. This is a great time to commandeer the stereo for what you want to listen to. If anyone objects, offer to let them have a turn with the stereo and the spring cleaning.
- Dust mop (preferably with a long handle)
- Cleaning cloths
- Small bucket with handle
- Vacuum with attachment
- All-purpose cleanser, dishsoap, or mild cleanser of choice
- Oven Cleaner
- Shelf or cabinet liner and drawer dividers
- Broom and mop or towel
When I started this website, I wanted to be able to give you a variety of information. I wanted to speak words (type words) that would be helpful to you. I have seen the site grow from just a few taking a look everyday to close to 4,000 checking it out. This has happened in in a little over a month and a half. I am so thankful for each of you and your continued support. I made this video yesterday (only took 60 takes LOL) - it is not perfect...but does show a little bit of my heart for this site. It will be on the home page so that those that come and visit and have no idea who I am, can "hear" the voice behind the typing. (southern drawl or SE MO hick accent...however you see it LOL).
1. Drink plenty of water. Pee often and vigorously.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2011.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And, while you walk, smile.
11. Don't compare your life to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over-do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past, so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
- Clean a Coffee Maker. Get rid of stains and mineral deposits by filling the reservoir with 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water and brewing. Repeat every 3 weeks.
- Prevent Colors from Running. To keep new clothes and towels from losing color, soak them in 1 part vinegar, 1 part cold water for 15 minutes before washing.
- Kill Grass and Weeds. Pour vinegar on upshots between bricks and flagstones. The acidic component kills young weeds in one dousing.
- Freshen Wilted Vegetables. Perk up soggy leafy vegetables by soaking them in 2 cups cold water mixed with 2 Tbsp vinegar for 10 minutes. Rinse, dry and serve.
- Avoid Moldy Cheese. Soak a cloth in vinegar, wrap it around hard cheese and seal in an airtight container or ziptop bag. Done! The vinegar prevents mold spores.
- Make Changing Mat. Tear open the seams of a gallon-size bag and lay flat for an emergency diaper-changing area.
- Pack Accessories. Organize by category (jewelry, scarves, hosiery) so they're easier to find in your suitcase.
- Knead Dough. Use two quart-size bags as gloves to avoid getting your hands sticky. You can also also use a bag to store extra dough.
- Create a Temporary Funnel. Improvise a funnel for anything from shampoo to children's beads and glitter.
- Clean a Showerhead. Pour a little white vinegar in a bag, rubberband it to the showerhead and soak for a half-hour.
- Protect Pans. Put a sheet between cast iron pans when stacking them. The thin coat of wax prevents rust.
- Store Candles. Roll colored candles in sheets of wax paper and twist ends to seal. They won't get nicked or scuffed when they are placed in drawers.
- Shine a faucet. Rub chrome fixtures after cleaning to prevent water spots and finger smudges.
- Clean a Handheld Can Opener. Run a piece of wax paper through the gears; it loosens dirt and coats them so they can run smoothly.
- Unstick Pages. Insert paper between wet pages of a book. When they dry, they'll be good as new.
- Remove Stains. Mark a ring-around-the-collar stains heavily with chalk before washing. The dust helps absorb the oils, making the stain easier to clean.
- Stop Tarnish. Wrap chalk in cheesecloth and store with silverware. It absorbs moisture and helps prevent tarnishing.
- Steady a Screwdriver. Rub chalk over the handle of a screwdriver to prevent slipping.
- Keep Ants Out. If ants are trotting into your house, draw chalk lines around their entry points. Many chalks contain calcium carbonate, which ants don't like.
- Hide Cracks. Cover hairline clacks in walls until you're ready to paint by rubbing over them with a matching color.
- Protect Your Pet. If your cat's or dog's paw pads are cracked and dry, rub a little petroleum jelly on them to soothe the discomfort.
- Wipe Away Water Marks. Dab with petroleum jelly and let sit for 24 hours. Wipe off the excess and and polish furniture as usual.
- Loosen Up Outdoor Lightbulbs. Dirt and dust can cause outdoor bulbs to stick. Rub a little petroleum jelly on the threads of the bulb before you screw it in and it won't stick in the future.
- Sideline A Squirrel. Coat the pole of a bird feeder - squirrels won't be able to get at the food.
- Neaten Your Nail Job. Dab it on the skin around the nails before polishing. If you make a mistake, the polish will easily wipe away.
- Veggie Wash. Remove dirt from greens like spinach, arugula and kale by swirling them in a bowl of salt water.
- Keep Windows Frost-Free. Rub the inside of the windows with a sponge dipped in salt water, and frost won't collect.
- Banish Bubbles. Get rid excess suds when hand washing garments in the sink or doing the dishes by sprinkling them with a pinch of salt.
- Clean A Greasy Pan. Shaking a little of salt on the pan before washing absorbs most of the grease.
- Fix A Sticky Iron. To remove gunk spots, sprinkle a little on a piece of brown paper and run the hot iron over it. Repeat if necessary.
- Remove Water Marks From Wood Surfaces. Make water marks disappear by making a paste of salt and cooking oil. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a sponge; let sit for a few minutes. Wipe with a soft cloth and polish as usual.
- Clean Mirrors, Windows, and Wine Glasses. Put your hand inside like a mitt and wipe. Filters are lint-free and leave no streaks.
- Catch Drips and Crumbles. Have kids use for cookies and other messy foods. Pop ice cream sticks through the hole in the bottom.
- Line Flowerpots. Put a filter inside the pot to stop soil from leaking through the drainage holes on the bottom.
- Protect Your China. Keep your best dishes chip and scratch-free by putting one between each piece when stacking.
- Save The Wine After You've Broken the Cork. If you pour the wine through a filter, you'll catch the pieces of cork.
- Raise Your Centerpiece. Don't loose it behind the roast! Turn four small cups upside down to elevate it (push them together to hide them)
- Make A String of Lanterns. Have kids decorate plastic cups. Then take a strand of lights and pop each light through the bottom of the cup.
- Save Yourself Dishwashing. Put out a permanent marker and have guests write their name on the cup to keep track of it.
- Set Jell-O Fast. Follow the speed-set instructions on the box, pour into small paper cups and refrigerate. It'll be ready in 20 minutes.
- Make A Sifter. Poke holes in a cup bottom to sprinkle powdered sugar on desserts. Just toss it when you're done
- Deodorize Shoes. Tuck a dryer sheet into smelly sneakers or shoes. (gym bags and suitcases too.) overnight to eliminate odors.
- Clean stuck on gunk. Put a fresh sheet in a pan with baked on food and fill with water. Let sit for a few hours and the food will easily wipe away.
- Freshen up the shower. Rub shower doors and walls with a wet sheet to remove mineral deposits and soap scum.
- Ease sewing. Run a threaded needle through a sheet before sewing: it helps keep thread from tangling.
- Tame Hair. Calm static electricity and Einstein-esque flyaways by quickly running a dryer sheet over unruly hair.
- Car deodorizer. Put a sheet under one of the front seats for a fresh smell in your vehicle.
- Get rid of winter clothing static. Put a small amount on your hands and rub them over your your clothing or pantyhose.
- Polish shoes. In a pinch, a little of lotion buffed with a cloth salves the leather and makes shoes shine.
- Moisturize under your gloves. Store a tube of it near your gloves, and smooth some onto your hands everytime you pull them on.
- Get rid of fuzz. Spread a little over fingertips (not directly on hair) and scrunch your fingers through the frizz. A great ladies room trip
- Shave. Has that can of foam sputtered out? Grab a bottle of lotion as a stand-in. Bonus...you legs stay moisturized afterward.
- Remove crayon marks or wax spills. Blow dry the stain on high heat until the wax melts, then wipe it up with a sponge.
- "Iron" out plastic tablecloth or shower curtain. Hot air on plastic releases pesky wrinkles. Be sure to hold 12 inches away.
- Set frosting or icing. Want your cake or cookies to look perfect? Cool air helps harden icing; hot air brightens a dull glaze.
- Unstick a photo. Blow warm air on the back of the photo album page while working the photo on the other side free.
- Dust hard to reach places. Point a dryer set on cool at those shelves and corners, and blow the dust right off.
- Slide rubber gloves off and on. Sprinkle inside of gloves before you put them on
- Freshen your feet. shake a bit into every sock to absorb moisture And help prevent blisters.
- Get cooking grease off a wall. Put on a clothe and rub spot until the mark is gone
- Squelch a squeaky floor. Sprinkle a litlte between the boards to quiet it down
- Detangle a knot. Rub some into stubborn knots in shoelaces, string, chain necklaces, etc. Works like magic.
For the next few posts on the Great Idea Series, I will be posting some cool tips for everyday uses of ordinary items that you already have in your home. When you read these, and you know some other uses for these items...be sure to leave a comment and let us all know what they are. (as a side note...please encourage your friends to check out the site and join it) If you have just been coming and reading...I'm so thankful for you, and I ask that you join as well...I want this to have a real community feel to it! Enjoy the tips!
- Remove Crayon marks. Squirt a small dab of non gel toothpaste on the wall where the mark is . Rub gently with a soft cloth, then rinse with warm water.
- Deodorize hands. Can't get garlic or onion odor off your hands? Wash them with a blob of toothpaste.
- Whiten Sneakers. Clean rubber soles by rubbing scuff marks with an old tooth brush and non gel toothpaste.
- Buff a DVD. Get rid of light scratches by squeezing a little non gel toothpaste onto a cotton ball. Wipe over the DVD from the center out to the edge. Rinse with water and dry with a non abrasive, lint free cloth.
- Defog goggles. Coat the inside of swimming goggles with toothpaste, then wipe off.
- Secure a screw. Tighten loose screws on cabinets or pot handles by brushing some clear nail polish on screw threads. Insert screw and let dry before using again. (Bonus...polish also keeps them from rusting)
- Stop Tarnish. Keep costume jewelry from turning black with a coat of clear polish.
- Seal an envelope. Worried about whether the glue will hold? Brush polish on the underside of the flap.
- Mend a screen. Stop a small hole (no bigger than 1/3 inch in diameter) from getting any bigger by brushing a little clear nail polish over the spot.
- Smooth a hanger. If there are rough edges on wooden or plastic hangers that could snag clothes, don't throw the hangers out. Just brush polish over nails.
- Identify a bottle. Wrap a rubber band around a shampoo bottle and you'll be able to tell it's not conditioner, even if your eyes are filled with suds.
- Neaten thread. Keep spools of thread from unraveling by wrapping them with a rubber band.
- Hold a lid. Prevent a potluck disaster - secure the lid of a dish by stretching a band over the top.
- Grip a tool. Wrap a rubber band around the handle of a hammer or screwdriver for a firmer grip.
- Extend your pants. Hook a rubber band through the button hole and secure the other side to the button for an extra half-inch breathing room.
- Protect Your Wall. Put a small piece on the spot where you're going to hammer in a nail. This keeps paint from chipping.
- Tame Scratchy Clothes. Annoyed by a shirt label rubbing the back of your neck? Tape down the label so it lies flat.
- Save a button. If threads are becoming loose, put a small piece over them to hold the button in place.
- Unstick Plastic Wrap. Can't find the end of the roll? Lift it up with a piece touched to the edge.
- Steady a candle. Fit it snugly in the holder by wrapping a few layers around the bottom to secure it.