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Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Easter weekend is upon us, which means spring is officially here! (Though to be fair, the weather here in Upstate South Carolina has been very spring-like for a few weeks now.)

As a Keller Williams realtor, I’m obviously a top advocate for home ownership, but I’ll also be the first to admit that some aspects of it are hard work—like spring cleaning! Fortunately, I’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to help you get the job done faster, so you can get back to loving your home.

Credit: The Home Depot

Credit: The Home Depot

First, make a plan. What are you going to tackle first, second, and last?

Think about the items you don’t clean on a regular basis, like appliances.

Dishwasher: In an empty machine, place one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack and run a cycle. Then, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the washer and run it again. Together, the vinegar and soda will leave your machine ready to tackle your next load of dirty dishes.

Iron: To get the buildup off the plate of your iron, put a white piece of paper on the ironing board and sprinkle salt over it generously. Heat your iron to the cotton setting (no steam) and iron over the salt. There’s no scrubbing needed!

Credit: The Home Depot

Credit: The Home Depot

Refrigerator: It’s recommended that refrigerator coils be cleaned once a year to keep the appliance running well. Unplug the machine first, then use a brush attachment on your vacuum to get off the dust that builds up on the coils. Don’t forget to plug the refrigerator back in when you’re done!

Other areas to give a little TLC in the spring are upholstery and drapes.

Furniture & carpet: You’d be surprised at how much dirt, oil and germs rub off on your carpet and furniture. To do a thorough job, consider renting a carpet and upholstery cleaner, if you don’t have one yourself. Move furniture out of the way before started on carpet, and open windows and run fans to speed up the drying process.

Credit: www.kudolife.com

Credit: www.kudolife.com

Drapes: A quick way to refresh drapes is to remove the hooks and run them in the dryer on the air-fluff cycle with a wet towel for 15 minutes. This draws off the dust. Make sure to hang them back immediately to avoid wrinkles.

Bedding: Even if comforters, blankets and pillows don’t need to be washed, consider hanging them outside for a day to be aired out. It’s amazing what a little breeze and sunshine will do to making things feel new!

Unfortunately, other things do require a little more time and elbow grease, like the inside of your refrigerator, cabinets and baseboards. But after it’s done and your home has never looked better, you’ll know it’s worth it!

Sources: http://blog.homedepot.com/spring-cleaning-tips-10-tricks/, http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips, http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/spring-cleaning-tips/

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