Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to get your clean on, people! The crumbs under the couch, the cobwebs in the corner, the clutter in the closet…it all has to go. Sure, it may sound like a chore, but with a little music and the right attitude, a spring-cleaning session can be fun (plus, it’s a good way to burn off a few winter calories). The effects of a thorough clean are not just physical, but psychological, too. You’ll feel happier and be more productive in a cleaner space. So stop procrastinating and step to it!
Before you can begin, you’ve got to stock up. Here’s a cleaning supply checklist:
– Multi-purpose cleaner for different countertops
– Glass cleaner for windows (let that sun in!), glass tabletops, and mirrors (hello, beautiful!)
– Bathroom cleaner that handles mild(EW!)
– Disinfecting wipes to eliminate those winter germs still hanging around
– Paper towels, sponges, and rags
– The all-natural trifecta that’ll clean just about any surface: baking soda, vinegar, and lemon
– Rubber gloves to keep that mani fresh
Did you know your kitchen is the dirtiest room in the house? In fact, many things in your kitchen are dirtier than your toilet. One study found that a kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Gross, right? Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen clean and fresh:
1. Swap out the kitchen sponge regularly.
2. Wipe down that sink—the soapy water from washing your dishes isn’t enough.
3. Cutting boards. So. Many. Germs. Wash yours down with soap and hot water after each use.
4. Kitchen countertops are filthy. Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda with 1-quart warm water to clean tough stains.
5. Mostly forgotten about, but very necessary: knobs. The stove, cabinet, and refrigerator handles—keep ‘em clean, especially when handling raw meat.