Stuck Inside? Try These Smart Spring-Cleaning Hacks!
With many people around the world stuck indoors, never has “home” been more important. Here are our top DIY hacks, from germ-free surfaces to clean closets!
Spring cleaning hacks:
Clean and dust windows
If it’s been years since you’ve cleaned your windows both inside and out, now is the perfect time to take them on. Starting from the inside, thoroughly dust blinds with a vacuum or cloth or pop curtains in the dryer. After you’ve dusted, clean windows with a microfiber cloth and cleaner. To tackle outdoor windows, pick a cloudy day - if it’s too bright, the sun will dry up the cleaner before you can get to it, leaving streaks.
Steam clean your microwave
While microwaves are notoriously tricky to clean, there is an easy hack that involves minimal work. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine one cup of water with citrus slices, essential oils or a few tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar. Place the bowl inside the microwave and turn it on high power for several minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, then remove the bowl and wipe the inside clean with a sponge. And while you’re at it, go ahead and stick your sponge in the microwave for two minutes to disinfect it!
Get rid of coffee mug stains
If you’ve washed your coffee mug a million times and it still looks dirty, we have a simple hack for that. To get rid of coffee and tea stains, simply mix one-part baking soda and two parts water. Let the mugs soak overnight, then rub with a sponge and rinse.
This catchall drawer is begging to be organized! First, clean it out and toss out anything you don’t need, like old receipts or pens that don’t work. Once the drawer is empty, wipe it down with a multipurpose cleaner. Then, choose an organizer based on the size of your drawer. Search online for an organizer that best fits your items and watch as your “junk” drawer transforms into a one-stop-shop for all of life’s necessities.
If your bookshelf/library is calling out for some help, take some time to reorganize. You can alphabetize, coordinate by color, or sort by size or subject. Whatever method you choose, an organized bookshelf will be pleasing to the eye and make reading a book that much easier.
Organizing a closet may seem daunting, but with a few simple hacks, you can turn your disorganized mess into a streamlined success. Before organizing, designate a giveaway bag and get rid of any worn out or ill-fitting items. Hang scarves, hats, and bags on the doors to free up space and invest in either a vertical shoe rack or one that fits nicely in your closet. If you’re someone with tons of jewelry, hang up your items on a pegboard. Color coding is a great tip for a visually pleasing closet. Start with your most-used items and work from there.
Wash reusable bags
After a few trips to the grocery store, your reusable bags need a thorough wash. Stick them in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes and let them air dry.
Stick the kids’ toys in the dishwasher
Kids’ toys are a magnet for germs. For an easy cleaning hack, stick rubber or plastic toys in the dishwasher! Make sure to choose a quick cycle (skip the heated dry) and sit back and relax as those toys get squeaky clean.
Wipe down high-traffic surfaces
This one’s a no-brainer. Wipe all high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles, TV remotes, your phone, and light switches with an alcohol wipe (look for sprays or wipes that promise to kill 99.9 percent of germs). Do this daily to keep surfaces germ-free. If you don’t have wipes, soapy water will do.
Let us remind you that spring cleaning can have beneficial effects on your mental and physical health. Cleaning reduces stress and anxiety and helps keep your immune system healthy. So, go ahead and clean to your heart’s desire!
Do you have any genius cleaning hacks? Let us know in the comments below!