Yet another winter is coming to an end. Chilly weather is on its last legs, soon to give way to the most coveted time of the year. Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means. That’s right – it’s time to break out those brooms and dusters and stockpile on rags and sponges. Because now is the perfect time to start organizing spring cleaning. Still, as much as people enjoy the spring, the “cleaning” part is not what thrills them. No worries – here are some unusual spring cleaning hacks that will make this task a bit easier. Not to mention – a bit cheaper, too.
Declutter before cleaning to make your life easier
Decluttering before cleaning is always a fantastic idea. Still, it’s not enough to just move things out of the way. In fact, that is counter-productive. All you do this way is losing time, as you move belongings from one place to another. Instead, it would be best if you moved the non-essentials out of the house altogether.
The absolute best thing you can do is get a short-term storage unit. You should avoid damaging your belongings, so make sure to pack them well, and you’ll know they are safe and sound. This will allow you to function without obstructions and get more work done in less time. So, a win-win situation, whichever way you look at it.
These unusual spring cleaning hacks are an excellent alternative to make your home shiny
Conventional cleaning methods are proven and do the job. The same goes for standard cleaning supplies. Still, some alternatives do wonders. Try out some of the following during your spring cleaning.
Old newspapers will let you clean your windows like a pro. They soak the oils from glass surfaces, leaving them impeccable. Not only will you get them crystal clean – you will prevent those pesky streaks for longer.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Are you getting furious over mirror streaks? No need! Humble Microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol will clean them and keep your mirror streak-free for a while.
Hint: Works on other glass surfaces, too!
Limescale can be quite a pain to clean. Unless you have some white vinegar and lemon at hand, that is.
- Mix lemon juice and vinegar;
- Soak rags or paper towels with the mixture;
- Wrap them around the limescaled area;
- Let it sit for half an hour;
- Sponge away.
This is one of the most useful of unusual spring cleaning hacks, as it works well on faucets, bathtubs, and showerheads.
Tip # 1: You can use the same mixture for your cooking utensils, such as pots, kettles, and pans:
- Pour the mixture in;
- Fill the rest with water;
- Let it sit for an hour.
- Throw away the water;
- Pour clean water and boil it;
- Rinse again and enjoy your shiny-as-new dishes.
Tip # 2: Both ingredients can work well independently, albeit slower.
So, if you don’t have lemons, vinegar alone will do the trick, and vice versa.
Rescue the coffee table
Cup circles on tables are such an eye-sore. They ruin the looks and make cleaning wooden furniture a pain. Luckily, petroleum gel can get them out quite reliably. Rub it in, let it sit for a few hours, and wipe it away. Easy as that.
Orange peel for stainless steel
Your favorite fruit can be a fantastic polishing agent. And an entirely eco-friendly one, at that. So, next time you have a savory bite of an orange, don’t throw away the peels. Instead, use them to polish your stainless steel items and make them shiny and fragrant.
Rolling-in the debris
And dust too! Lint roller is amazingly versatile when it comes to cleaning. So, break that puppy out, and let it roll all over your sofas, pillows, and other fabric-based things in your home. It even works wondrously on drapes!
Ironing the carpet?
Bear with us for a moment here. We don’t mean literally “iron the carpet.” But, if there’s a stain on it? Then, yes, we do mean it.
- Sprinkle some white vinegar on the stain;
- Cover the stain with a towel;
- Set your iron to max steam release and iron away.
After a minute or two, the stain will migrate from the carpet to your towel. And then, all you need to do is wash the towel. Steam cleaning made easy! And cheap!
Breaking the mold
While we’re on the topic of eye-sores, grime buildup in the bathroom can be a prime example. Baking soda to the rescue! Mix one part of white vinegar and two parts of baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply on grouting and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Wipe away and enjoy the fresh look of your bathroom.
Extra tip: Do you want to prevent mold buildup on your grouts for longer? Take a candle, and rub the wax in. It will prevent grime from sticking, and cleaning will be much easier. You just need to wipe them away every once in a blue moon.
Refresh the fridge
The paste we mentioned above does wonders against odors as well. And it’s perfect for refreshing your fridge. Just rub it in, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe away.
Alternative: If you want a “lazy” solution to remove odors from the fridge, it’s even easier. Just take a cup or a smaller bowl, fill it with baking soda, and let it sit overnight. When you wake up, the smell will be gone.
Gunk buildup in kitchens is a common issue. But combating it is easier than you think. Just soak the rag with white vinegar, and cover gunked areas. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes and scrub with a sponge.
Alternative: Squeezed lemon juice also works.
This may be one of the most unusual spring cleaning hacks on our list.
A favorite drink of the masses perfectly doubles up as a cleaning product. Pour Coca-Cola in your toilet bowl generously, and let it sit for a few hours. A swift scrub and a quick flush, and your toilet will be shiny as new.
Hint: You can use this trick for any porcelain item.
Baking soda stink remover
If you’re tired of keeping your running shoes on the porch, you can welcome them back into your house after this trick. Fill them up with baking soda, and let them chill for a day. Just shake them off the next day, and you’re good to go.
Cleaning the microwave can be quite daunting. So, do it the easy way! One cup of white vinegar, 5 minutes in the microwave, a quick scoop, and your microwave will be squeaky clean.
Instead of awakening the mountain climber within, use a rag or a towel on a stick to reach those pesky cobwebs dwelling in the ceiling corners. Quick and easy, without risking your neck in the process.
Use these unusual spring cleaning hacks and save time, energy, and money
As you can see, some of these unusual spring cleaning hacks can be quite versatile. Not to mention – a true lifesaver when you’re in a pinch. So be sure to include them in your arsenal of tricks. You’ll take care of that spring cleaning like a pro, and at a fraction of a price.