Are you looking to give your home a good scrub down this summer, but aren’t quite sure where to begin?
When many of us think about doing a deep clean to our homes, we think of spring cleaning. But, summer is also a great time to give your home some extra love.7 Tips on Cleaning Your House for the Summer! #tips #cleaning Click To Tweet
What do you need to do?
Check out this guide to discover the top tips for cleaning your house this summer.
1. Deodorize Your Trash Cans
We all know that trash cans tend to carry unpleasant smells if they’re not cleaned out regularly. But, trash cans can be especially smelly during summer months thanks to the heat.
The best way to combat this issue is to sprinkle baking soda into your trash cans in order to deodorize them. If you use trash bags, then you can wad up old newspapers, sprinkle baking soda on them, and then place the newspapers in the bottom of the bag.
Not only will this help the odor, but it’ll also prevent the bag from leaking if you discard any liquid products.
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters is another very important thing to do before the heat of summer strikes.
In addition to giving your gutters a good clean, you also want to make sure all of your downspouts are pointing away from your home. This is an especially important thing to do if you live in an area that receives a lot of summer thunderstorms, as downspouts pointing in the wrong direction could cause flooding to your home.
3. Clean Your Blinds
Thanks to the increase in sunlight, you’ve probably noticed that dust has been accumulating on your blinds.
We recommend going around your home and giving your blinds a good dusting. If you don’t have a duster or dust spray on hand, no worries, as you can remove dust with a pair of socks, water, and vinegar.
All you need to do is mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, place a sock over your hand, and then dip the sock in the mixture and run it over your blinds. You can then use the other sock to remove dampness from the blinds.
4. Use a Lemon to Clean Your Microwave
With summer comes outdoor picnics, barbecues, and Tupperware parties. All of these food-related get-togethers usually translates to us heating up more leftovers in the microwave.
To get your microwave summer-ready, we recommend cleaning it with a lemon. All you need to do is place a sliced lemon in a bowl of water and then heat it in your microwave for three minutes.
Then, allow the bowl to sit in the microwave for another three minutes. Then, wipe the inside clean.
You can also use vinegar to deodorize your microwave. To do this, just place a bowl filled with white vinegar in your microwave and keep it shut for one hour.
5. Flip and Clean Your Mattress
If it’s been a while since you’ve flipped and cleaned your mattress, now is the time to do it. You should be doing this twice per year, as it’ll help remove dust mites, dirt, dead skin, and other debris.
Take all the bedding off of your mattress and then vacuum the top surface. Then, flip your mattress over and do the same thing on the other side. We suggest leaving your mattress in this flipped position for 6 months so you’re not overusing once side of it.
6. Prep Your Outdoor Space
Just as you’d prep your living room before having dinner guests over, so too do you want to prep your outdoor space before you throw a backyard summer party.
We suggest wiping down your patio furniture, planters, grill, and other areas that have been collecting dust over the past several months. If your patio furniture needs a more thorough cleaning, you can also wipe it down with some warm water and gentle soap.
Some pillows and cushions can even be thrown in the wash, just make sure to read the washing directions provided on the tag.
7. Cut Down on Clutter
If you have children, they’re probably going to be spending more time at home thanks to school being out.
We all know that more children almost always equals more clutter. So before summer is in full swing, we recommend spending some time decluttering your children’s rooms and play spaces.
If your children are old enough, assign them to the task of decluttering their toys and clothes. Also, keep in mind that summer is prime garage sale time, so don’t just throw this stuff away.
If you don’t plan on hosting a garage sale, you can donate your gently used items to Goodwill or another charitable organization. When cutting down on clutter, it can help to make more tech-savvy solutions.
For example, you can use an iPad instead of installing a second monitor to save space. You can check out Apple Sidecar to learn how you can use your iPad as a second monitor.
8. Freshen Up Your Bathroom With Essential Oils
With more houseguests and kids at home, your bathroom likely gets some extra use during the summer months.
To keep your bathroom fresh, make use of some of your favorite essential oils. All you need to do is add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the inside of a toilet paper roll. Then, every time someone uses the roll, the smell will be released into the air.
9. Clean Your Driveway
Summer is also a great time for cleaning your driveway and boosting the curb appeal of your home.
Depending on the type of driveway you have, you may want to rent a pressure washer to give it a deep clean. Otherwise, a bristled broom and soapy water can do the trick.
If you also want to clean the surfaces of your decks and patios, make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations before using a pressure washer.
Cleaning Your House: Are You Ready for Summer Cleaning?
Now that you have these top tips for cleaning your house this summer, it’s time to put them into action. Before you know it, your home will be summer-ready thanks to your deep clean!
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