- Hgtv Family Of Sites | Cleaning Guide | Tue, Mar 4, 2014 2:19 PM EST | CommentsWinter is undeniably one of my favorite seasons, but I've checked out early this year. In an attempt to coax spring into coming early, I've started the long and grueling process of cleaning my house.
Whether it's deep cleaning or just tidying up, there are a few ways to go the extra mile and keep your home sparkling. During my spree, I uncovered dirty items around my home that I didn't even realize were in need of my care. I cannot confirm or deny that I spent 30 minutes vacuuming a loveseat.
Get a head start on your spring cleaning with these deep cleaning tips from HGTV.com's blog, Design Happens.
1. The upholstery. Vacuum couches, chairs, love seats, rugs and mattresses, then spot clean with a rag and warm water. Depending on the fabric, curtains and slipcovers can be tossed in the washing machine.
2. The walls. If you have kids or pets, this might be a no-brainer -- those handprints (or pawprints!) add up. Wipe off any loose dust with a soft cloth, then gently scrub off any dirt wi...Read More »
- All You Magazine | Cleaning Guide | Tue, Mar 4, 2014 10:57 AM EST | Comments
Clean Smarter, Not Harder
Crush your chores without breaking a sweat! Pinpoint your preferred approach, then use these tips to tidy up your entire home in record time.
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Everyone has a basic tidy-up "personality" that affects the way they get things done (or don't!). After you identify your style, learn how to turbocharge your cleaning tasks, maximizing your strengths and using some easy work-arounds to rectify your weaknesses.
If you are a multitasker...You're a sprinter, blitzing your way through the house, picking up clutter with one hand, steering the vacuum with the other, while that foaming cleanser is loosening soap scum in the shower. Meanshile, you're using your MP3 player to learn Spanish. In your zeal to do it all, you often run out of time--meaning that some chores are left unfinished, and you have to start them over again. To clean smarter:...Read More »
• Divide and conquer. Make two lists: hands-on tasks (clear clutter, dust, vacuum, mop) and hands-off tasks (do laundry, ru
- Good Housekeeping | Cleaning Guide | Thu, Mar 6, 2014 11:58 AM EST | Comments
If the snow has melted, your yard is ready for a refresh.
Sure, you typically focus your spring cleaning on the inside of the house, but getting your yard ready for the new season should also be on your list. Here are several tips to streamline your outdoor spring cleaning.
1. Survey the damage, post-melt.
Once the last of the snow is gone, survey your lawn for any bare areas or dead spots of grass. Heavy traffic and pet messes can keep the grass from growing back. You can help by sprinkling some soil over the area and adding grass and fertilizer. Be sure to keep the dirt moist until the seeds sprout into grass.
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As you scan your yard, remove any fallen branches and twigs. If your lawn is covered with leaves, there's no way around pulling out the rake. Before collecting the leaves, be sure the ground is completely dry -- raking over wet grass can tear it from the roots, leaving you with even more bare patches. Don't send the leaves, branches, and twigs to the garbage, t
- Popsugar Smart Living | Cleaning Guide | Thu, Feb 20, 2014 4:24 PM EST | CommentsSource: 8 Common Cleaning Spots You're Missing
POPSUGAR Smart Living
When you're doing a little bit of dusting and cleaning up this weekend, remember to do a thorough job. We often clean surfaces and things that are visible, but we forget about the hidden nooks and crannies in our homes. Here are some spots you may want to tackle today:
- Under your cushions. While you're vacuuming your floor, suck some of the grime out from beneath your sofa cushions.
- Behind and underneath big pieces of furniture. Move heavy furniture and vacuum the dust collecting behind or underneath your bed, sofa, or other bulky pieces in your home.
- Under your fridge. People often forget to clean under the fridge, so this weekend, try to roll your fridge from its usual spot and clean the floor beneath it.
- Behind your toilet. When you're cleaning your toilet, remember to reach for the back and clean away!
- Your remote control. Just grab a disinfectant wipe and quickly swipe your germy remote.
- Telephone buttons. We use phones all the time,
- All You Magazine | Cleaning Guide | Tue, Feb 25, 2014 9:49 AM EST | Comments
DIY Cleaning Solutions
Add a twist to your cleaning routine with this multipurpose citrus fruit - the lemon. The acid in lemons has antiseptic properties and a fresh scent, making it a natural solution for your household chores. Save money by using this citrus fruit to replace costly cleaning products.
• Kill microwave smells. Fill a heat-resistant bowl with water and half a lemon and zap for five minutes.
• Bust dust particles. Mix 10 drops lemon oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and a few drops olive oil in a spray bottle. Spray onto surfaces; wipe with a cotton flannel cloth.
• Attack a stain. Add ½ cup lemon juice to a load of white laundry, then let dry in the sun.
• Polish wood. If it's varnished: Add a few drops of lemon to ½ cup warm water. Spray onto a slightly damp cotton cloth and wipe furniture. If it's unvarnished: Mix 2 teaspoons each of olive oil and lemon juice. Apply to a soft cotton cloth. Use wide strokes to distribute evenly.
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