We all know that deep cleaning can often get expensive. However, if you make your own cleaning supplies with stuff you already have available at home, you can save a few greenbacks. Check out what you need to do to spring clean your home.
Declutter and Dust
If your home is messy, the first thing you should do is declutter. Take the time to put away all things that are in the wrong place and get rid of anything you don’t use or need. Be sure to dispose of out-of- season clothes and garments you don’t wear anymore.
- Remember when decluttering, it makes sense to start at one corner or focus on one room at a time. It will save time.
- Another strategy you can follow is to work from top to bottom. It’s up to you.
- Finally make sure to get rid of all unwanted stuff by determining if you are keeping, tossing or donating items immediately while decluttering.
Now, the first step of your spring cleaning routine would be to dust everywhere with dusting spray. It is vital to start dusting the upper shelves and tops of cabinets, then slowly work your way down. Nothing should be omitted. Dust cabinets, desks, tables, shelving, stairs, knickknacks, window and door frames, lamps, etc.
Dusting Spray Formula
1 part vinegar to 1 part water
Essential Oil (Thieves, Lemon and Grapefruit are my favorites)
Mix equal parts of both liquids fill a spray bottle and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake the bottle well and begin your journey around the house. Spray and wipe down.
The reason you want to dust first and vacuum second is that all the dust will fall to the floor while you are wiping down your shelves and cabinets. If you do the vacuuming first, you will just have to do it all over again after dusting. So, spare yourself the work. And since you will be doing a deep cleaning, it is important to include a few items you never thought about cleaning throughout the year; for example, draperies and furniture. It might be a wise idea to vacuum all curtains and furniture using a special vacuum attachment. You’ll want to spray down all the curtains with a furniture spray to freshen them up after you finish vacuuming. You know what, if you can, remove the curtains and give them a good wash.
When you finish this step, be sure to vacuum the baseboards, carpets and floors too. (Remember: you want to work from the top to the bottom; so you do the curtains first and the floors second.)
Remember just like in every other room you will want to work from the top down. For your cooking appliances, you need to use some white vinegar and baking soda. Combine some baking soda and water. Stir to form a paste and apply it onto the oven top. Let it sit and scrub. For better results, preheat the oven. If that doesn’t do the trick, spray some vinegar over the paste and let sit. Then clean as you normally would.
To clean your bathroom counters, prepare a solution using 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of liquid soap and 2 cups of baking soda. Combine in a spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Shake well before use. Spray on tiles and tubs. Scrub and rinse.
To clean the toilet, sprinkle about 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of borax into the toilet bowl. Then pour a cup of white vinegar. Let it work for a while. Clean as you normally would and flush the toilet. If you need a heavy-duty cleaner for all those stains and marks, try mixing 1 cup of kosher salt, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of baking soda into a bowl. Apply to the offending area and let sit. Wipe down and rinse.
Don’t Forget the Floors
As a last step, you are going to mop all the floors. For stone floors, use some water and regular dish soap. Rinse well. For wood floors, try not to use much water. You want your mop to be slightly wet. Also, it’s recommended to wipe dry the floor with a towel. Try making your own citrus cleaner. Mind you that the cleaner takes a few weeks to prepare so you need to start early if you want to have the cleaner at hand for the deep cleaning routine. Put a few citrus peels in an airtight glass jar and add white vinegar. Let it sit for a couple of weeks. When the time is up, take out the peels, making sure to strain them into the jar. The mixture is ready to use. If you want, dilute it with water. Dampen a mop with the solution and mop the floors.
So, you can spring clean your home using frugal cleaning supplies and by creating frugal cleaners. How do you frugally clean your home? What are your favorite homemade cleaners?
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