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Leah Petras

Remedies For Overlooked Spots Around the House

Sometimes there’s age-old advice in a familiar phrase. Spring cleaning lends an opportunity to air out the stress and cloudy feelings winter stuffs inside of our homes. Aside from the minor glitches of blizzards and freezing rain, sunny weather and spring breezes are making headway. Inviting nature and air into the house can bring de-stressing benefits and clear our minds.

The Spruce-Up

Bedrooms

Take good care of the place you spend eight hours a day. A few things I do to show respect is rotate my mattress every now and then, wash any bedding and pillowcases in hot water, and declutter the drawers and closets.

Goodwill donations and hand-me-downs really make for a fun weekend of mini road trips. Use any Sunday breaks you might have to sift through every room and drawer for a good sorting. Make piles of “Keep,” “Toss” and “Donate” throughout the house to commit to the disposal. The usual suspects I include for being tossed or donated should include any gadget, clothing and canned food I haven’t touched in a year.

Kitchens

Another popular spot for build-up is the fridge. Go through any food storage and wipe the shelves of expired or freezer-burned grub. Then take a warm, soapy sponge and buff up the inside like it’s a Cadillac.

Time for the sink. Once I get those dirty dishes out the way, I sprinkle baking soda onto a sponge and remove growing bacteria. Doing this frequently will help the buildup of odors.

Bathrooms, The Final Frontier

Yes, I like to save the best for last. Beyond the toilet and bathtub scrub-down, don’t forget the mold. Mold can grow on shower tiles and in the grout around them. I often find bleach to be useful for killing mold in grout and fading away mold stains, but it may also require some good toothbrush scrubbing to get the job done. Clean the shower doors too, or just toss the curtain in the washing machine.

Second, look up. Get on the step stool and remove the fan vent covers. Wash them in hot, soapy water and dry them with a clean, lint-free cloth. Wipe the fan blades with a dry cloth or a vacuum dust brush.

Ease-up Allergies

A hot, spring breeze means pollen and mold, which also means seasonal allergies. Keep these cleaning tricks in mind to save yourself from the headaches:

  • Vacuum once or twice a week with a HEPA filter.
  • Use a damp cloth and mop when cleaning. They'll trap allergens instead of knocking them into the air.
  • Don't shampoo carpets. The leftover moisture could cause mold growth or increase dust mites.
  • Wash sheets weekly in hot water to kill off any dust mites.
  • Clean outside entryways. Sweep or vacuum. The cleaner your path or patio is, the less likely someone is to track dust or pollen into your house.

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