Time for a little spring cleaning! Here
we focus on two rooms that get the most use and abuse:
the kitchen and the living room. We've got a few tips
to give your kitchen a good scrub. My friend Judith,
a housekeeper, gives us a few general tips to keep the
rest of the house in top order.
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When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, begin
by making sure you have some essential cleaning supplies
on hand. Vinegar is an amazing, natural cleaning product
that avoids the need for nasty chemicals. However, it
will also be necessary to keep some treated steel wool
pads or cleansers for cook tops and sinks. Remember
to use rubber gloves to protect your hands.
The best direction in which to clean is from top to
bottom. So, fill up your buckets with soapy water, get
on your stepladder and start cleaning with the kitchen
shelves. Remove and clean the items, clean each shelf
and put everything back where it came from.
Give countertops and sinks a good scrub to remove stains
and food build-up. A toothbrush can come in handy for
getting at every nook and cranny. Once the cabinets
and countertops are done, it’s onto backsplash
and cook top. As you're wiping imagine it being a good
The refrigerator is one of the biggest tasks. Give
the outside a good wipe before attacking the inside.
Take everything out of the fridge giving it all a thorough
cleaning with warm, soapy water. As you return items
to the fridge check all the expiration dates, and throw
out anything that’s past its prime. Last but not
least, add a fresh box of baking soda and your refrigerator
will be spring fresh. You can't imagine the sense of
accomplishment as when your entire kitchen is spic and
And now, some tips for cleaning the living room. First
of all, items to stock up on are light bulbs, floor
wax and an electrostatically charged duster. Soft cloths
work well for ledges, mantelpieces and bookshelves.
Vinegar is a good product as is club soda for removing
stains. Baking soda mixed with water is great for removing
marks and scuffs on walls.
Start by clearing surfaces, getting rid of old newspapers,
books and magazines. If you have a glass tabletop, make
sure it’s sparkling. Once you get the surfaces
cleaned up, it will already look and feel much more
light and airy.
A quick spruce up idea is to replace oil paintings
with framed photographs for the spring and summer months.
A couple of spare vases and some pillar candles provide
a springtime fresh appeal, as do ferns placed around