Spring Cleaning Made Easy

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    Spring Cleaning…the dreaded words we hate to hear when there’s so much sunshine outside!  Who wants to clean when you would rather be outside playing in the garden or with the kiddos?   These spring cleaning tips from HGTV are super easy and will leave your home fresh without breaking your back.

    Your kitchen is a great place to start.  The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.

    Taking care of your stainless steel.  For bright and clean appliances, try using a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week.  Don’t use too much or it will make the surface greasy.  Wipe away with a lint free cloth.  Try to stay away from using cleaners with bleach – these cleaners will dry out the surface and cause it to lose its luster.  Also, steer clear of SoftScrub or ScotchBrite pads, they will scratch the finish of the stainless steel.

     Do your sink fixtures look a little dingy, in need of some TLC?  The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.

    Clean window screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.  Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.

    If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately for a fresh, wrinkle free look.

    Don’t forget your fans.  Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish.  Wipe off the excess and lightly buff for clean blades and healthy air.

    Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don’t need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.  If  they still have a little funk, take them to a local dry cleaners.

    There you have it folks – 7 easy cleaning tricks that will get you outside quicker, and those pesky dusty bunnies in the wind.

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    Read more at http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips

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