If you’ve been around the blog at all, you know that I try to clean as naturally as possible in my home. With twins under the age of 2, natural cleaning products are especially important to me, since these girls can get into ANYTHING pretty quickly. VERY quickly, actually.
But every once in a while, one of my natural cleaning concoctions just doesn’t cut it. Case in point:
This is the automatic ice/water dispenser on our refrigerator.
Now, we just TODAY celebrated our one-year anniversary of moving into this house. And I have now been trying to clean this up for an entire year! I gave it a lot of special attention just now during my Spring Cleaning checklist, and I STILL wasn’t happy with it!
The hard water here is to blame, and a water softener IS on our list of improvements, but for right now, this is what I had to work with. And my natural ideas just weren’t cutting it at all.
So when Kasie from CLR contacted me and asked if I was interested in review a couple of their products, I figured, why not! So she sent me over the original CLR concentrate, and the CLR Bath & Kitchen Foaming Action Cleaner.
Spring is well underway and everyone’s enjoying the chirping of the birds, the warm spring breeze, and the sunlight finally breaking through the clouds. But with the lure of the nature so strong, many homeowners have been putting off their spring cleaning routine. After all, the spring is not all sunshine and rainbows, and people suffering from allergies know that best.
Spring is a season of change, and what better time to get your home fresh and clean than right now! Spring cleaning is a thorough process involving everything from reorganizing your closets, scrubbing your toilet, washing the carpets and drapes to cleaning every nook and cranny you may have forgotten about during the winter.
Okay. Time for some honesty. We’ve been in our current house for an entire year next month…and I haven’t cleaned the windows. None of them. Not even once. **SIGH**
Window cleaning is a task that most of us avoid (hi there, hello!) but it is also one that, if left neglected, becomes more difficult to manage over time. (Oh yeah. It’s gonna be fun, eh?) It isn’t an easy or convenient task but, in my experience, most people have a tendency to make the process more labor-intensive than it needs to be. Here is an easy 3-step process that will keep your windows looking bright and clean and you will only need to do it twice a year on average!
This is a good first step, especially for larger windows. Swab the surface with a mostly-water mixture with a few drops per gallon of any common dish soap. You don’t want the solution to be too sudsy, but you do want it to be soapy enough to break up the dirt that has settled on the panes over time. Strip applicators allow you to cover a large area at one time and they also absorb a majority of the soap. This will be important later on.
One of the things I’m SO looking forward to as the girls grow up is teaching them how to clean. Not so I have my own live-in housekeepers or anything like that! But I’m kind of interested to see if they have inherited any of my clean freak tendencies! After all, spring is already here, and with it comes a long tradition called spring cleaning. Just like this season, spring cleaning is meant to turn over a new leaf in your home and give it a fresh start as we await the summer.
So, one day when spring comes around all of our family members will get a role in cleaning our home. But for some, spring cleaning can be a just plain tiresome task and one certain folks might not be well-equipped to handle.
So this year, perhaps you should consider hiring a professional cleaning service to handle spring cleaning. Yes, I know, spring cleaning is a perfect way for your family to bond. But the truth is there are so many more activities your family could be enjoying together if you leave cleaning to the pros.
Hey, I won’t lie. I’ve hired cleaning services several times before. I tend to do it when the house starts to get out of my control and I don’t see how I can ever catch up. I do it for my sanity, I suppose.
Hiring a maid service was once thought as a luxury reserved for the elite. But nowadays there are a lot of affordable and reliable cleaning services that could handle your spring cleaning chores much more quickly and easily than you ever could.
Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #177! Our theme today is Spring Cleaning Tips & Ideas because, guess what? It’s National Cleaning Week!!!
I won’t lie, and you can laugh all you want – I don’t care : I. LOVE. CLEANING. And I love when things are CLEAN. And I love planning to clean, and making things clean, and smelling clean things…I could go on for a while! So I was super excited to compile a few helps so YOU can love cleaning right along with me! #SpringCleaningTips #NationalCleaningWeek #HomeMattersParty
Spring Cleaning Tips and Ideas + HM #177
When I think about my cleaning process, there’s a clear progression for me. Get inside my brain for just a second…