As the weather improves, many people take on the task of deep cleaning their homes, an exercise known as “spring cleaning”. Even if you have a cleaning service come a couple times a month to clean bathrooms, vacuum, and tidy up, there’s still more that can be done.
Over time, build-up can collect on kitchen cabinets, especially if the range’s exhaust hood isn’t used to keep grease from settling during cooking. Use a special “cabinet cream” to clean off dirt and grime, and to moisturize your wood cabinetry.
Your refrigerator should be cleaned inside and out. Remove the interior shelves and clean them with soapy water, then clean the interior walls with a sponge. If possible, pull the refrigerator away from the wall to clean behind it, and clean the floor underneath. If you don’t have a cabinet overhead, clean the top of the fridge. If you have a pantry, organize it and discard any expired food items.
Washing machines can smell funky if they’re not cleaned occasionally. Disinfect your machine with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh. Run the machine with hot water, then add the vinegar and baking soda, and let it sit for an hour. Restart the washer, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.
Take down drapes and run them through an air-fluff cycle in your dryer with a damp towel, which will attract dust, for 20 minutes. Re-hang drapes immediately. Wipe window blinds with a damp cloth. Dust thoroughly by removing everything off shelves, tables, and dressers; remember to dust ceiling fan blades, baseboards, and above kitchen cabinets.
Hard-water scale and mildew can be removed from showerheads, faucets, and drains by soaking them in white vinegar. If they aren’t removable, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, immerse the item, and tape the bag shut to soak. For more information, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69