Spring Cleaning with The Accidental Housewife

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
By Sara Moore
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It’s that time of year again– yes, we’re talking about Spring cleaning! Julie Edelman a.k.a. The Accidental Housewife tells us how we can get clean and organized in six easy steps.

SAY HI-LO TO DUST
Start from the highest places where dust has gathered such as ceiling fans and high lights.
Move on down to blinds, then walls and to the baseboards.
Finish by disturbing those dust bunnies who have taken up permanent residence under your couch!
Use microfiber cloths and mops with extendable handles. These are great at attracting dust, whether dry or complimented with water or store-bought products.

SEE YOUR WAY CLEAR
Grab a microfiber window cleaner and/or squeegee with a mix of 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water to clean windows for just pennies.
You can also use yesterday’s newspaper to dry, which is lint free and very eco-friendly.

SMITE THE MITE
Sneezing, coughing, got itchy eyes? Then you’ve been sleeping with the doo from dust mites. When you change out your quilts for the lighter blankets, bedspreads and linens, make sure to wash them along with your mattress pads and pillow covers in a high, high heated cycle (of course check care labels first!).
After laundering, store the winter items in air tight bags to keep those mighty mites out of there.

SUCK IT UP
Vacuum the floors and carpets after you have finished dusting and cleaning.
Be sure to vacuum both sides of mattresses and your bed’s baseboards to suck up those nasty mites and their doo!

CHECK, CHUCK ‘N CLEAN
Go through all your bathroom and kitchen drawers, cabinets, counters and fridge.
Chuck anything that smells, has changed color, or just takes up space because you haven’t used it.
Check expiration dates too.
Then wash these storage areas and surfaces with disinfecting wipes or a mix of vinegar and water to sanitize.

COME OUT OF THE CLOSET
Get rid of any shirts, pants, skirts, or suits that somehow shrunk in size over the winter.
Use old shopping bags and label one STORE, TOSS and GIVEAWAY.
Leave the bags in your closet year round so you can organize and edit on a whim anytime.
After you wash or dry clean items like sweaters and other winter stuff, store them in seal proof bags to avoid moth holes.


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