When the world becomes green again and temperatures start rising, it can only mean one thing: Spring. And, with the arrival of spring comes spring cleaning. Everyone knows the basic items to check off the spring cleaning to-do list: organize the garage, deep clean floors and carpets, and dust all your surfaces- but you may be missing something. Here are five essential spring cleaning items that may not be on your list (yet):
1) Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Chances are, your fridge is gross. There’s crusty milk next to the sticky ring of lemonade you had last summer. More than likely, it’s packed full of 17 half-used condiment bottles. To restore your refrigerator sanity, give it a thorough scrubbing: combine salt and soda water for a fantastic fridge cleaner. Also, check expiration dates of all those half-used bottles, and throw out anything that’s expired.
2) Vacuum Your Car’s Interior
You spend tons of time in your car- driving to and from work, taking kids to school and various kid activities, and driving around until you can all agree on somewhere to eat dinner. Your car probably takes the brunt of your on-the-go sloppiness: receipts, wrappers, crumbs and pens that fall in the Zone of No Return (that narrow crevice between your seat and the center console that not even your preschooler’s little hands can fit down into). Do yourself and your car a favor and go over every nook and cranny of your car’s interior with a vacuum. It’s a great excuse to use all those fun hose attachments.
3) Easy Microwave Cleaning
We just saw what your fridge looked like before you cleaned it. Now it’s time to tackle the microwave (and all its spaghetti sauce explosions). The easiest way to clean your microwave is to fill a measuring cup with one part water and one part vinegar, microwave it for two minutes, and simply wipe it out with a paper towel. The steam produced by the heated mixture will steam clean your microwave from the inside.
4) Dust Your Ceiling Fan Blades
Springtime allergies are bad enough. You don’t want to give yourself another reason to sneeze by ignoring your ceiling fan blades. In this case, out of sight does not mean out of mind. A super-easy way to clean those dusty blades is to get an old pillowcase, completely surround a single blade with your pillowcase and wipe it thoroughly until the dust is gone from every blade. When you’re done, just take the old pillow case outside and shake it out before washing.
5) Get Your Water Heater Serviced
With normal use, sediment builds up in your water heater. When this happens, your unit loses efficiency and uses more energy. To improve your home’s energy efficiency as well as improve the quality of your water, get your water heater inspected by a licensed professional. Michael’s Plumbing flush and fill maintenance will keep your water heater running smoothly and help you avoid unexpected issues down the road.