As temperatures warm and the grass begins to turn green, it’s clear to see that spring has sprung. With the season’s longer days and extended sunlight, cleaning is a great, productive way to spend those extra hours. This year, before you grab your gloves and mop, consider some of the environmentally friendly “life hacks” below.
Degrease your oven: Soy sauce is a great way to tackle grease that’s accumulated on your oven hood, tea kettle and backsplash. Be sure to rinse any areas you’ve already doused with soy sauce to remove any sodium-laden residue on your stove.
Remove lime scale buildup: Combine two tablespoons of salt and a teaspoon of vinegar to get rid of lime scale buildup from the outside of your kettle. Fill your kettle with vinegar and let it sit overnight to thoroughly clean the inside.
Disinfect your cutting board: Cut a lemon in half, top it with salt, and scrub your kitchen cutting boards. The acidic mixture will help kill bacteria. Rinse off your cutting board with water once you’ve thoroughly scrubbed. This tactic works best with plastic cutting boards.
Polish wood furniture: Pour one teaspoon of olive oil and a quarter cup of lemon juice into an empty jam jar. Put the lid back on and shake. Find an old stray sock to dust with and you’ve got the perfect wood cleaner!
Clean your microwave: Remove caked-on, crusty food from your microwave with a lemon, a microwave-safe bowl and a dry towel. Pour a half cup of water into the bowl, slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. Set the bowl inside the microwave and turn the microwave on high power for three minutes, boiling the liquid. Let the boiling water stand for five minutes; the steam trapped inside will help loosen the hardened gunk. After five minutes, wipe the microwave clean.
By following some of these simple spring cleaning hacks, you can not only “go green” during your cleaning this year, but you can also ensure your home is as clean as possible. Be sure to call Dalworth during your spring cleaning this year to get the best deals on professional carpet cleaning.