Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

It's that dreaded time of year again – with the arrival of spring and warmer weather comes the pressure to clean the house from top to bottom. Here are some tips to make this year's spring cleaning quick and painless:
    • De-clutter, then clean: To tackle bigger projects, such as cleaning out closets, work on getting rid of the clutter before the cleaning begins. Sort clothes, linens and other items into three separate piles: Keep, toss and donate. Then work on vacuuming, dusting, and other deep cleaning, before putting the contents back in.
    • Sweat the big stuff: Part of spring cleaning is getting to all the tasks you don't do on a regular basis. During the winter, dust settles behind furniture and increases allergens in the air. Take the time to move large furniture and appliances, such as couches, the refrigerator and bookshelves, away from the walls and vacuum and mop behind them.
    • Freshen bedding: Refresh the most used part of the bedroom – your bed. Rotate the mattress, wash the mattress pad in hot water to kill dust mites, wash your pillows (check washing instructions first) and dust the headboard and footboard. Open the windows and air out the room and bed before putting the sheets back on.
    • Deodorize kitchen appliances: A box of baking soda can go a long way in helping remove odors from your kitchen appliances. Place two or three tablespoons of baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher, and let it sit overnight. When you next run your dishwasher, the odors will wash away. For refrigerator and freezer odors, place an opened box of baking soda on the back rack and change every other month. Want more baking soda tips? Use a mixture of water and baking soda and a soft rag to remove light stains from appliance doors and shelves.
    • Light up your home: As a final touch to all the hard work you did, accent your home's best features with lighting. GE Reveal® CFL bulbs instantly give rooms a clean look by filtering out dull, yellow colors and bringing out more lively colors while conserving energy and saving on expenses. Use lighting to spotlight your favorite parts of a room and draw attention away from less tidy areas.
By taking spring cleaning one step at a time, you can transform your home easily and painlessly.

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