Spring is a time when pollen takes over the Earth, and winter coats are packed away for another year. It’s also a time to pull on rubber gloves and begin scrubbing, dusting, washing, and polishing so your home looks sparkling clean for the upcoming warmer months. Below are some items you may not have thought of while starting your Spring Cleaning.
1. Refrigerator coils
When dust and dirt cover the coils, your refrigerator has to work harder to cool food—and that can shorten this appliance’s lifespan.
You can find your refrigerator coils either at the bottom or behind the machine. Vacuum them with a crevice or upholstery tool. Then push a duster or refrigerator coil brush (about $5) between the coils to grab the rest of the pet hair and dust that stubbornly cling to the coils; position your vacuum under the brush to catch falling debris.
2. Ceiling fans
Ceiling fan blades collect dust and allergens, which then spread throughout the room when the fan in turned on. To grab the dust, climb a ladder and wipe the blades with a microfiber or damp cloth. You can also buy curved duster attachments made especially for ceiling fans for about $10. While you’re on the ladder, flip the switch to reverse the blade direction. The blades should move clockwise and push air straight down, creating a cooling breeze and relief from warmer temps.
Cleaning scuffed and dusty baseboards may not get a lot of attention but you will notice! You can easily remove the dust and scuff marks with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or cleaning wipes. For a really deep clean, run a Q-tip over baseboard tops and ridges to remove dust collecting there.
4. Shower heads
You can remove mineral buildup from stainless-steel shower heads with a household staple: white vinegar. Fill a small plastic bag with distilled white vinegar, and attach it with a rubber band over the shower head. Let the vinegar work its magic for an hour or two until the scale dissolves; then scrub the residue away with a toothbrush. If you have a brass or bronze shower head, which are more delicate, rub away scale with a soft cloth and warm water.
5. The insides of your appliances
The appliances that clean your dishes and clothes can build residue over time. Food and soap scum build up along the bottom and sides of your dishwasher, and dirt and detergent collect in the drum and along the top of your clothes washer. Here’s how to get them clean.
Dishwasher: Pour a cup distilled white vinegar in the base of your empty dishwasher, and run a hot water cycle. To remove foul smells, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and run the machine on a second short, hot cycle.
Washing Machine: To kill any mold in your washer, add a cup of bleach to the bleach dispenser and run the empty machine through the longest, hottest cycle available. Scrub any removable parts, and use a toothbrush to clean any debris in hard to reach crevices. Open the lid, and let air dry.
Dryer: Vacuum the drum and lint screen. If you use dryer sheets, soak and scrub the screen to remove residue. Unplug the machine, remove the exhaust hose, and pull out lint you can reach with your finger, vacuum hose, or flexible dryer brush.