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Great Tips for Spring Cleaning

Get ready…Get set….Spring Clean!

Spring weather is quickly approaching and if you're like me, spring weather means spring cleaning!  Because the kitchen is the busiest place in my house, I usually start my cleaning there.  Here are some helpful tips that I use to make my kitchen shine!

To clean the microwave, heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for about 45 seconds, then wipe.  Stains will be easier to remove and old food odors are neutralized.

Half a lemon stored in your fridge will help control and eliminate unpleasant smells.

Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.  If you have a garbage disposal unit, throw in some lemon peel from time to time while it's working in order to keep it smelling fresh.

Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse.  Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining germs plus neutralize odors.

A teaspoon of lemon juice added to your dishwashing detergent can help boost grease cutting power.

For a great oven cleaner, combine 1.2 liters of warm water, 2 teaspoons borax, and 2 tablespoons of castile soap.  Spray on solution, wait 20 minutes, wipe with a cloth and rinse with clean water.

For an all-purpose cleaner, combine 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, 1/2 teaspoon castile soap, and 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle.  Shake and spray!

To remove rust, sprinkle a little salt on the rust.  Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is well soaked.  Let the mixture set for two to three hours.  Use the leftover rind to scrub the residue.

To make a cleanser that is great for countertops, mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water.  

To clean your floors, mix 1 gallon of water with 1/8 cup of liquid dish soap, and 1/8 cup of white vinegar and damp mop.

For a good window cleaner, mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar with one galloon of cool water.  Wipe with a newspaper to avoid streaks.

Sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of garbage bags will help to control odors as you add trash.

To give your dishwasher a good clean, run it through a cycle and use baking soda instead of detergent.

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge for cleaning out the fridge without scratching it.

Clean stainless steel sinks with a paste of baking soda and vinegar.  Don't let the foaming scare you – it works great!

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