Spring is right around the corner! We all know what that means … spring cleaning! Whether this task is one of the highlights of your season or makes you want to run and hide in the closet (the same closet you’ve probably been avoiding cleaning since last year), here are 9 quick tips we could all use to tackle those common areas of spring cleaning this year:

01 Stinky Sink?

Every now and then, that horribly musty smell escapes from our kitchen sink. To banish this stench, use lemon rinds! Run a couple of these through the garbage disposal and follow up with cold water to fight this funk.

02 Don’t Dread the Drain

Experiencing that annoying, slow-running drain in the shower? Here’s a quick DIY concoction that will give you a nice free-flowing drain again: Mix together ¼ cup of table salt with ½ cup of baking soda. Pour your mixture down the drain and follow up with 1 cup of vinegar that’s been heated. The mixture should begin to foam and bubble. Finally, allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes and follow with hot, running water for 30 seconds.

03 Toys for your Tots

Don’t neglect the kids’ toys this season! Toys can be a breeding ground for all kinds of germs and bacteria that can be very harmful to your little ones. Which household appliance can get the job done quickly? If you guessed the dishwasher, you are correct! The dishwasher can take on more than just dishes. Throw in your kids’ plastic toys and wash on a gentle cycle without the heated drying. For stuffed animals, opt for putting these in a mesh bag or pillowcase in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.

04 Doodle Don’ts

We all know children love to show off their artistic expressions whether it’s coloring with crayons or making finger-painted rainbows. But sometimes their canvas of choice is the walls in your home (seemingly the ones that you just completed a fresh paint job on- Yikes!). To rid your walls of those Crayola masterpieces, take a damp sponge sprinkled with a little baking soda and scrub lightly.

05 Phunky Phone

Did you know that beloved piece of technology (that we can’t seem to put down for even a second most days) is possibly housing more germs than a toilet seat? Pretty gross, right? But, no need to fret! Simply swipe an alcohol pad over it one good time and you’re good to go!

06 Makeup Madness

Whether you are a makeup maven or you simply wear it every now and then to boost your look, your makeup and makeup brushes should be a part of your spring cleaning to-do list. Just like your groceries and produce, your makeup also has an expiration date. Even if the label doesn’t note the actual expiration date, you need to know that most makeup has a shelf life from around 3 months to 2 years depending on the type of product. Bacteria, coupled with the natural breakdown of the product over time, can cause harm and irritation to your skin. A good tip from organization expert and interior designer, Jeffrey Phillip, for staying on top of the expiration date is to, “use a thin-tipped permanent marker to write on the date you opened it”. To defunk those makeup brushes, simply place a few drops of shampoo in the palm of your hand, work up a good lather by swirling the bristles into the soap, rinse with warm water (bristles facing downward), shake to remove excess water, and place on a paper towel to dry!

07 Junk Drawer Drama

Got a secret stash in your home for those miscellaneous items? If you’ve found that it’s started to collect dust, crumbs, loose change, etc., start by emptying your inventory. Assess what can be tossed and/or relocated to a more efficient storage space. Utilize your vacuum’s extension wand to suck out any accumulated dust and debris. Finally, put all of your treasured items back in the way you like! Pro tip: use a non-slip drawer/shelf liner to keep your beloved items from slipping and sliding with each tug of the drawer

08 Pesky Pets

For all of those pet-parents out there who are looking for ways freshen their home, here’s a quick tip on deodorizing those soft, cushiony areas that your furry friend likes to lounge on. Try sprinkling baking soda on these surfaces, allow it to set for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up!

09 Microwave Mayhem

We’ve all experienced our microwave looking like a warzone. From spaghetti sauce splatters to those crusty chicken nuggets that exploded from your child’s Kid Cuisine that was left heating up unattended because they made you listen to ‘Baby Shark’ for the one-millionth time. We get it!  It happens! Here’s how you can make peace with the chaos that occurs in your microwave: Take a microwave-safe bowl, fill it with 1 cup of water, add several tablespoons of vinegar and a chopped up lemon, and heat this mixture on high until the microwave steams up. Allow the bowl to cool down between 5-15 minutes. After the cool-down, wipe your way to a sparkly, clean microwave!

And there you have it! We hope these quick and easy tips not only brighten your home but brighten your day as well. Happy Spring Cleaning!

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