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Tips for spring-cleaning

Welcome the warmer weather with a good cleaning of your home. Here's a guide. Home and Garden Television

Kitchen

Clean inside the refrigerator: The best cleaner is a combination of abrasive salt and bubbly soda water.

Faucet: If there's a lime buildup around the faucet, lay down paper towels over the fixture and soak with vinegar, letting it set for one hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.

Appliance surfaces: To clean chrome, glass or stainless steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water.

Ovens: Set your oven to self-clean. Be sure to wipe up major spills before setting it to self-clean. Thoroughly clean the microwave.

Pantry: Organize the pantry and throw out any expired foods.

Bathrooms

Vinyl shower curtain: Throw the shower curtain in the washing machine with a few towels, a cup of white vinegar and your detergent, then air dry.

Shower, faucet: To remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn't removable, position a plastic bag filled with vinegar over it and tape it shut.

Bedrooms

Bed: Turn mattress. Launder bedding and pillows. If you change bedding for the season, air out the spring blankets before putting them on the bed. Store winter bedding after having it cleaned.

Clothes: Switch out cool-weather clothing for warm-weather clothes. Be sure to wash or dry-clean winter clothing before storing.

Home office

Get important papers in order: Store any files from last year that need to be saved.

Closets

Vacuum inside closets and watch for signs of insects: Be sure that the closet or designated area is also clean and free of anything that bugs might find delicious. Dust, other insects, crumbs of food and beverage stains are all attractive to pests.

Outside

Sweep porch and deck, as well as around doors and windows to get rid of cobwebs and debris.

Wash outdoor furniture: Mild dishwashing detergent should work for most materials, but check your care labels to be sure.

Other areas

Dust your home thoroughly: Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers to dust. Also dust places you've been neglecting, such as ceiling fans, above kitchen cabinets, and baseboards and doorways.

Wash out trash cans: Spray them with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, scrub with a handled brush and rinse. Leave them upside down to dry.

Clean upholstered furniture: Vacuum pillows, as well as under cushions. Look for stains, and clean according to the care label.

Tips for spring-cleaning 04/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:19am]

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