Once winter finally comes to an end (and thermostat temperatures are no longer freezing!) everyone will be itching for the start of spring cleaning. Since there is so much cleaning and tidying to do during this season to turn over winter blues to a new green leaf, be sure to do so in comfort! Stand comfy in your kitchen with your Fabio Viviani Comfort Mat by Smart Step Home — and you’ll be spring cleaning in the healthiest of ways. If you’re someone who dreads the thought of cleaning your home and kitchen, don’t worry, we’ve got your back (and feet!) covered. These are the top 5 areas of the home that get left behind most often — so add them to your spring cleaning checklist if you haven’t yet already!
1. The Dust
What goes up must come down, right? Have you ever looked at your ceiling fans? Above the door frames? Or even at the tops of your kitchen cupboards? It’s probably time to break out your duster and clean any and all areas that dust loves. Tackle hard-to-reach ceiling fans using an old pillow case — place each wing of your fan inside one at a time, then pull downwards to remove your pillow case. You’ll notice how clean your fan is by how dirty your pillow case becomes!
2. The Mattress
As you should clean your sheets and pillowcases frequently, you should also clean your mattress once in a while. On the days when you strip your bed, kill two birds with one stone: Clean your mattress too! Sprinkle baking soda over your mattress and let it sit for an hour. Next, take out your vacuum to suction the baking soda off of your mattress. This simple maneuver actually removes any and all dust mites and particles! BOOM! Your mattress is now sparkling clean!
3. The Dishwasher
Your dishwasher does a lot of the cleaning for you — but every now and then, it needs a good clean itself! All you need is a measuring cup and vinegar. Fill your measuring cup with two cups of vinegar and place it securely on the top rack of your dishwasher. Now, run the dishwasher empty of any other dishes on a short cycle, and you won’t even have to run the dry setting!
4. The Refrigerator
After an entire winter of frozen meals and quick lunches, it is probably time to put an end to the food hoarding! Start by taking everything out of your refrigerator and placing it on your counter top. Once everything is out, use a household cleaning product to wipe down every shelf, every wall, and the interior of the door. If necessary, soak the drawers in hot, soapy water to disinfect all crevices. Once the inside of your refrigerator is sparkling, you can move on to the food. Anything and everything that is past expiration THROW AWAY. Anything that has been opened over a year ago – THROW AWAY. Any leftovers you have not touched for a week – THROW AWAY. After you sort through all of your food, organize them in your fridge by condiments, produce…etc. Now, your refrigerator is disinfected, sparkly clean, organized, and stocked with edible food!
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5. The Cutting Boards
Cleaning your kitchen is one thing, but cleaning your kitchen supplies is another. Freshen up your cutting boards by getting rid of the stains and marks that have accumulated over the years. Cut a fresh lemon in half and squeeze it over either your wood or your plastic cutting board. Rub your board with what is left of your lemon and walk away for twenty minutes as the lemon soaks. Rinse your cutting board and breathe in the freshening scent of lemon as you look at your newly cleaned board!
Sounds like a long list? Fortunately, Smart Step Home will be there to take off some of the spring cleaning stress — at least off of your feet! Above everything on your spring cleaning list, remember to add ‘you’ time to the very top! Spring is only here for a short while, so enjoy while you can!