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21 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Spring cleaning is one of those chores that no one enjoys yet, it needs to be done. Today I'm sharing 21 spring cleaning tips & tricks to keep your home in top shape year round. 




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1. Fill a dish wand with half vinegar and half dawn dish soap. Keep the wand in your shower. Before taking a shower, scrub the walls with the wand then rinse off. Source
2. To clean fan blades, toss a pillowcase over the blade then slowly pull off. All of the dust and dirt will stay contained inside the pillowcase. Source

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3. Clean your burners without scrubbing. Place in a sealed ziploc bag with a 1/4 cup of ammonia. Leave overnight then wipe clean with a sponge. Source


4. Spend less time shining your faucets, sinks, and tiles by polishing them with turtle wax. The wax acts as a protective barrier preventing water and soap buildup. Source


5. Mix a few drops of essential oil with one cup baking soda. Sprinkle on your mattress and let sit for one hour before vacuuming. The baking soda will absorb any dirt, moisture and odors while the essential oil will leave the mattress smelling fresh. Source


6. Make your own citrus vinegar cleaner. Place citrus peels in a jar and cover with vinegar and let the solution sit for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, strain and dilute 1:1 with water. Source

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7. Use a vinegar to remove hard water stains from your faucet. Source

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8. Make your sink shine by mixing borax with lemon juice to make a paste. Rub it on, then rinse it and wipe clean. Source


9. Use a rubber glove to pick up pet hair. No source found

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10. Fill ice cub trays with vinegar then drop a lemon slice into each one. Drop a couple cubes in your garbage disposal with some water to clean it. Source

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11. Use a binder clip to air dry your sponges and keep them smelling fresh longer. source not found


 12. Clean your pans with tea tree oil. Source


13. Use a q-tip to clean tight spaces in your window tracks then wipe with a clean paper towel. Source


14. Clean stubborn stains by spraying with a water and vinegar solution and then use an iron to lift the stain. Source

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15. Pour vinegar and water into a bowl and heat it in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam will help loosen any grime for easy clean up. Source


16. After cleaning your vents, apply a layer of wax to them to help repel dust. Source


17. Clean the glass on your fire place by dipping a wet paper towel in the ashes then wipe your glass with it. Source


18. Clean cabinets by mixing 1 part vegetable oil with 2 parts baking soda then scrubbing with a toothbrush. Source

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19. Make your floors look new again. Spay on a mixture of 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia (or lemon juice) and 1/4 cup vinegar. Let sit for an hour then scrub off. Source

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20. Remove rust spots from your kitchen knives by soaking them in lemon juice. No source found


21. Sprinkle baby powder on shirt underarms and collars to help prevent sweat spots. No source found

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Editors note: This post originally published in May 2013. Updated March 2018

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24 comments:

  1. ?? Is the dish soap with vinegar for tile in the shower or for the glass door or both? Thanks for the great info!

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  2. I have a question : I used essential oils in my Jacuzzi tub which left small stains in the bottom of the tub. I have tried many different ways to remove them but so far no luck does anyone know what would work?

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    1. Those magic erasers are amazing. Did you try the magic eraser and if so did it work?

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    2. thick paste of baking soda and water--not too wet or the baking soda won't scrub

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    3. Don't ever use Magic Erasers! I made the mistake (impulse shopping) of buying them and used it to take finger marks off doors, cupboards etc. They have formaldehyde and takes paint off. I wish I had known, I have to re-paint everything. I will never use them ever again. Baking soda is definitely the way to go!

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    4. Brenda, which "flavors" & brand of essential oils did you use in your tub? I do that too but haven't noticed any stains yet? I always add eos to Epsom salt first before dropping it into the water to help disperse it which keeps it from floating on top.

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    5. Pauline, what flavors and brand of essential oils do you use? I have not not that happen in my tub before, but I use Epsom salts & drop the eos into that first & then into the water so it disperses.

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  3. So glad to have some of my tricks validated. My family thinks I'm trying to fool them! I have really hard water so have to use a stronger car cleaner/scratch remover/polish but the idea is the same. Be careful not to scrub too hard or without a soft cloth when using lemon, borax, or baking soda; they're very abrasive themselves. One tip to add: Spring cleaning brings windows to mind immediately. Acetone (from the hardware store not your nail kit) gets rid of residue, even from other cleaners, as well as hard water and it leaves a brilliant, streak-free shine!

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  4. With a dirt backyard and two dogs, my house gets pretty dusty. When I clean my baseboards and window sills, I use canned air (like you buy for computer keyboards) to get into tight areas, such as corners. :)

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  5. The only thing i have found that works on my underarm stains is Oxyclean powder in with the whites. 1 scoop every load with 1/2 cup of bleach. Try that too.

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    1. I think the point was to stay away from toxic cleaners

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    2. That's all that works for me too and I've tried everything!

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  6. Any suggestions about how to clean the caulking used in my shower? It used to be bright and white, but it is now dark. I have tried many cleaning products which have not helped. The caulking is only 4-5 years old. Please also send your reply to me at kathyestel@gmail.com. Thanks so much!!!

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    1. I used to have that problem-easiest solution I found was to just peel it off and put on fresh!

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    2. I use tilex for mold and mildew by Chlorex and use a toothbrush...not natural but it works!

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  7. Can you use baking soda and essential oil on a memory foam mattress? Or is it only good for conventional boxsprings?

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  8. I discovered that the Rust Stains on my Cutlery and any other Stainless Steel products, were coming from dishwasher detergents that have Lemon in them. When I stopped using dishwasher detergent with Lemon, voilĂ , No More Rust Stains :) and all my friends agree with this too!!!

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  9. Have you imagined how useful can be cotton ear buds. Well they can wipe off dirt where normal cloth cant not reach.
    The cotton makes them eco friendly. Therefore can be used anywhere. I hope this helps

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  10. Well these are very effective and helpful tips. Thanks for sharing this.

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  11. Use a fan cleaning brush and the dust falls to the ground, just vacuum it up.

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  12. Lemon and Baking soda is a very helpful things for many purposes, thanks for sharing the tips.

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