Spring is the season of new beginnings, making it the ideal time to tidy up your home and start fresh! Read on for tips to keep your home organized and clean, sustainably.
Think of vinegar and baking soda as your cleaning secret weapons. They’re non-toxic, inexpensive, likely already stocked in your pantry, and extremely effective at getting rid of mold, scum, and mildew.
See below for a few ways to clean with vinegar:
Use a sponge and vinegar to get rid of mold and scum build-up in kitchen sinks and bathrooms
Combine vinegar and water to clean windows and grout
Boil a mixture of vinegar and water to clean your microwave. As soon as steam forms, you can easily wipe the residue.
Check out ways to clean with baking soda here:
Dirty pots and pans can be cleaned with baking soda - just pour some on top and scrub it with a sponge or scrubber
Stick a box of baking soda, which has odor-absorbing properties, in your fridge to keep your fridge smelling fresh
If you’re dealing with a dirty stovetop or another grimy surface, pour baking soda on top. Let it sit few a couple of minutes before scrubbing it off
Using a broom, make an effort to dust away ceiling and floor corners, and all other surfaces. A vacuum can be very handy with this, as well.
Be mindful to move chairs and tables as dust tends to accumulate in those spaces. And be sure to lift knick-knacks, decor pieces, and table settings, which are also dust-prone zones.
Use Lemons + Salt
The citric acid in lemons makes them great cleaning agents for polishing and keeping your stainless steel products shiny.
Here’s one way to use lemons as cleaning tools: cut the lemon in half, put salt on the fleshy part of the fruit and use the lemon as a sponge to polish the metal.
As you sort through your things, if you notice something perfectly nice that you never wear or use, consider donating it. On the other hand, old stretched out socks make for great cleaning gloves!
However, if something is completely worn out or broken, dispose of it responsibly.
Whether or not you prefer to clean by task or by room, we made this list to help you double-check you’re hitting all the areas in your home -- even those easy-to-miss ones!