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Major House Cleaning - How To Do It Right

Updated on July 4, 2014

Thank God I don't have this many windows to clean :-)

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It's Time for Some Major House Cleaning! Are You Ready?

Spring is about to arrive and hopefully stay for a while. Therefore it's time for major cleaning! Here are some practical tips and tricks that will help you clean the whole house.

Cleaning Windows:

Dirty windows? Not a problem! Just use squeegees - it is much faster and more effective than cloth or paper. You will find squeegees in several different sizes and the ability to extend the handle, so you can reach all hard to reach spaces.

First dip a sponge in a bucket of warm water and detergent. Soak the window, then wipe off the dirt. Dampen your squeegee and starting from the top corner, lead it to the lower part of the window, then wipe it with a sponge. Dry windowsills with a dry cloth.

Just remember to choose a nice, sunny day for this task!


Dusting Bulbs:

Remove a bulb, wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth (avoid wetting the metal part). Bulbs located in chandeliers: clean them with a wool duster.


Cleaning Blinds:

Wooden blinds need to be wiped once or twice a year, by using a sponge with a few drops of a wooden surface cleaning product.

Aluminum blinds can be cleaned outside: place them on an old, large blanket, on a sloping surface. Start scrubbing with water and anti-corrosion agents. Use a garden hose to rinse, then dry blinds with a towel to prevent corrosion.

Refreshing Garbage Disposal:

Toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal. It will break and scrub off accumulated grease and gunk . All you need to do is throw jn a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. You can also toss some lemon peels to freshen up.

It will get a bit noisy, you may want to take your pets out for a few minutes, so they don't get scared.

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Protecting Wooden Floors:

To protect your wooden floors from scratches, use adhesive discs for the bottoms of your furniture. Check, if they are worn or soiled, and replace them, since accumulated dust can also damage the floor.

You can find adhesive discs in any store with products for home, they are thick and soft, and come in a variety of diameters.


Cleaning a Refrigerator:

This activity usually is quite difficult, time consuming and daunting, let's try to make it a bit easier:


  • The first step is to immediately wipe stains, as they occur, to avoid any discoloration of the surface.


  • Make tossing out of rotten produce a part of your weekly tidying up routine,


  • Every few months, wash the interior of the refrigerator with two teaspoons of baking soda dissolved in a liter of warm water.


  • Using the above solution, clean removable shelves and drawers. Make sure to allow glass shelves to reach room temperature beforehand. It will prevent them from breaking during washing with warm water.


  • Use an old toothbrush to clean nooks and crannies.


  • Twice a year vacuuming the condenser to protect it from overheating.


  • Smelly fridge? No problem! Simply place used coffee grounds in a small container on one of the shelves. Replace them every few weeks. Easy and free!



Getting Soap Scum of The Bathtub:

Save dryer sheets after doing laundry. Collect a few of them and then use them to scrub your tub. They will actually attract the soap scum, and make your tub super shiny.

Dryer sheets also work well on the toilet!

Changing Batteries:

If you have smoke detectors, be sure to replace the batteries every six months. Use the day of daylight savings time change as a reminder, so it will be unlikely that you forget.


Yard Sale:

I am sure you have plenty of things that you never use and you don't need them anymore. We all do. How about making some extra money (hello vacation!) and cleaning up at the same time? I am thinking: Heck YES!

Exact Cleaning Rugs and Carpets:

For synthetic surface rent or buy vacuum carpet cleaner, which cleans the fibers and removes traces of dirt with hot water and soap. Open the windows to allow air flow, allowing carpets to dry. In case of wool carpets and rugs, that are precious and fragile, take them to a professional cleaner.


Cleaning Curtains:

To thoroughly clean curtains, use a steam vacuum cleaner, or take them to the dry cleaners. If you substitute heavy curtains to light ones during the warmer period, don't forget to remove impurities before you store them.

Happy Cleaning!!!


© 2013 Agnes

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    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      6 years ago

      Thanks rajan jolly! This is the time of the year when we supposed to get to work and do some major cleaning, after the lazy winter :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Some useful tips here though we have a regular cleaning schedule of various things.

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      6 years ago

      I try to keep up with my cleaning, so major spring cleaning isn't really needed.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Spring cleaning is often the hardest your suggestions sound most helpful.

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      7 years ago

      Dear Colin, I am trying to find time to write more... I am working on one hub right now, but I think it may take me a while. Everything is well with me and my family, thank you for warm wishes and hugs! I hope you are feeling way better too = but your poetry couldn't get any better, dear Colin!

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      Good morning Aga - it was so good to hear from you just now and you really made my day.

      I just woke up and I am having my first cup of coffee with some nice Mozart piano and both cats Tiffy and Gabriel have just been fed.

      We had summer like weather a week ago but now it seems to have gone back to fall once again and even as I write the heat has just come on.

      I am still writing up a storm at the Hub here as you can see but I had some serious mental and physical health issues and took a 2 week break here. I hope sincerely all is well with you and your family my dear friend and please keep in touch. Sending you 3 big Canadian hugs from C and T and G

      at lake erie time 10;49am

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      7 years ago

      Dear Colin, I hate to hear you had health problems! I hope you are feeling better, and that those two weeks away did you some good. I send you my sincere, best wishes and warm hugs!

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      Hello my dear Aga - yes I have missed you but I am glad that you are busy with your life too. Thank you for making my day with your nice comment and yes I have been away too for about 2 weeks because of mental and physical health issues and it still isn't over yet but life must go on as you know and we all have to make the best of it in our own way.

      Sending warm wishes and good thoughts to you at lake erie time 4:54pm from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      7 years ago

      janetwrites, thanks for visiting! I hope this helps :-)

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      Janet Giessl 

      7 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing these tips. I still have to do spring cleaning. So I may try them out.

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, dear Colin! I know how hard it is sometimes to get to that spring cleaning :-). Happy Easter to you as well, and to your cuties: Tiffy and Gabriel!

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      Well Aga I am a typical man/bachelor because I am still doing spring cleaning from last year , lol, but this is a great hub subject for me to bookmark and get cracking for this spring and finally catch up - ah the life of a single man without a woman's touch, lol.

      I am also taking this opportunity my dear friend to send you sincere Happy Easter wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 11: 07am

    • Monis Mas profile imageAUTHOR

      Agnes 

      7 years ago

      I usually try to stay on top of my cleaning, so I don't have to do the typical "spring cleaning" :-). Thanks for reading, Bill - have a great Sunday as well!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We have been doing this for the past two weekends and we are almost done. I went through you list and I think we've covered everything. :) Have a wonderful Sunday!

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