Spring cleaning in 2021 will be different, according to PR Image Factory Shutterstock.We all got a head start on cleaning – or rather disinfecting – our homes this year due to coronavirus concerns.
You may be considering cleaning more frequently, cleaning more thoroughly, and cleaning items you may have overlooked last year (ahem).and the previous year)
Let’s revisit this springtime ritual in preparation for summer staycations and healthy social distance.The following are some common household items that we overlook when spring cleaning, as well as simple ways to clean them.
Head of the shower
You probably clean your showerhead’s surface on a regular basis.However, the interior requires attention as well.Mineral deposits can clog those tiny nozzles over time, turning your once-powerful showerhead into a dribbling letdown.
Here’s how to deep-clean your showerhead without removing it, according to Good Housekeeping.
- Pour one-half cup white vinegar into a small plastic bag, along with one-half cup water.
- Immerse the showerhead in the bag and use a twist tie to secure the bag to the showerhead.
- After an hour of soaking, remove the bag.
- To flush out any remaining deposits, run the shower for a minute or two.
And while we’re on the subject of vinegar, did you know it’s one of the most versatile and affordable products on the planet? Seriously, vinegar can be used in every room of your house.
Don’t steam your clothes iron if the bottom looks like the bottom of an old skillet.
The accumulation of burnt fabric softener, melted starch, and scorched clothing fibers causes the bottom (or plate) of an iron to develop a tacky film over time.
Good Housekeeping recommends dampening a microfiber cloth in baking soda and gently scouring the plates surface to keep your trusty iron in good working order (and protect your clothing from accidental staining).Wipe away the sticky deposit with a damp cloth once it has loosened.
As you’ll learn in Never Buy These 7 Overpriced Cleaning Products, baking soda is just one of many common household items that can help you save money on cleaning.
Curtain and liner for the shower
When your shower liner is covered in soap scum and mildew, it’s difficult to feel clean in the shower.Cleaning this part of the bathroom is thankfully simple.
Today reports thatTossing a shower curtain and liner in the washing machine is the best way to clean them.Wash them in warm water with a half cup of baking soda and detergent.
Add two large bath towels to the load for extra scrubbing power.Pour one-half cup of distilled white vinegar into the rinse cycle to combat mildew and hard water stains.
Before the spin cycle starts, remove the plastic shower liners and hang them to dry.
7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom in Minutes has more bathroom cleaning hacks.
There is no vacuum.
Bagless vacuums require unrestricted airflow to function properly.Clean your vacuum’s canister and filter on a regular basis to keep things sucking as they should.
Canisters can be washed in the sink with warm soapy water, according to Merry Maids’ handy guide on how to clean a vacuum.To begin, unplug the appliance and remove the vacuum cleaner’s canister, wiping it inside and out with a dry microfiber cloth.After rinsing away all suds in the sink, let the canister dry completely before reattaching it.
The filter’s upkeep is a little more difficult.To determine whether your vacuum’s filter is disposable or washable, consult the manufacturer’s instructions.If you have a washable filter, tap it against a hard surface over a trash can to remove dust and debris.Allow it to air dry completely overnight after rinsing it thoroughly with water (soap is typically not recommended).
True, the device that keeps your lucky socks clean needs to be cleaned every now and then.
The methods for cleaning your washing machine are dependent on the type of machine you have.A standard top-load washer should be cleaned twice a year, more frequently if you live in a hard-water area, according to The Spruce.Other types are described as follows:
High-efficiency top-load and front-load washers use significantly less water than standard machines and require more frequent cleaning – usually once a month.
The Spruce recommends filling a standard top-loading washer with hot water to clean it.1 gallon of chlorine bleachDo not use any detergent.To completely remove the bleach, run the machine through the longest complete wash and rinse cycle possible, then let it rinse and drain.Fill the drum with hot water once more, adding a quart of distilled white vinegar this time.Use the longest wash and spin cycle again, and then let the machine drain and rinse.Wipe all rubber gaskets, door openings, and glass with a soft cloth after the second cycle is finished.
Recycling bins and trash cans
Trash can liners leak, and recycling bins collect a variety of debris.Do your family and your garbage collector a favor by spring cleaning all of your waste receptacles.
If you don’t have an electronic sensor lid on your trash can, take it outside and hose it down.After that, scrub it with soap and warm water before letting it air dry.Use an all-purpose cleaning product like Lysol or Pine-Sol to disinfect.
Furniture for the patio
Is your patio table looking like a Jackson Pollock painting after months of bird droppings? It’s time to get to work.
Patio furniture should be washed with eco-friendly products due to its proximity to grass and other vegetation.To keep your patio – and yard – looking great, Toms of Maine offers some practical non-toxic outdoor cleaning tips.1 cup vinegar, 1 cup Castile soap, and 2 gallons hot water can be used to clean metal and plastic furniture.Scrub everything, rinse it, and set it out to dry in the sun.
Every night, after working for eight hours, pillows collect sweat, saliva, oils, and dirt from our skin.Wash your pillows at least twice a year to keep your sweet dreams sweet.
Consumer Reports has cleaning instructions for all types of pillows.Machine-washable polyester-fill pillows (toss two together to balance the load)Use a small amount of detergent (1 tablespoon liquid laundry soap) to get the job done.Tumble dry on a low heat setting.
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