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It's the perfect time to make your home spotless again. Use these tips for a proper deep clean.

Spring is finally here! And as nature starts fresh in spring, it's also a great time to give your home a deep cleaning and keep it well organized. Our REALTORS® suggest kicking off your spring cleaning with these tips:

  • Streamline your cleaning supplies. 
    You don't need a specialized cleaner to make your home fresh and clean. Buy a good all-purpose cleaner and some microfiber cloths, which will cover most of your cleaning, and you can buy others only as needed. You can also make your own homemade cleaner by combining ¾ cup water, ¾ cup rubbing alcohol, 5 to 10 drops of essential oil, and 1 squirt of dish soap. This can be used on appliances, sinks, and quartz, granite, and marble counters.

  • Break your cleaning time into manageable chunks. 
    It can be tough — not to mention exhausting — to schedule hours of spring cleaning time in a day. But by utilizing just 10 minutes here and there during the day, you can squeeze in some more tasks. For example, use the time to clean light switch plates and doorknobs with a damp microfiber cloth, or use a microfiber mop to clean dust and debris away from baseboards.
  • Clean your fridge on the outside and inside.  
    Go through your fridge's contents and toss anything that's expired. Remove all the shelves and drawers from the interior and wash them using warm, soapy water. Wipe down the fridge's interior surfaces that can't be removed before replacing the shelves and drawers, and finally, wipe down its exterior.
  • Don't wash your clothes in a dirty machine. 
    Dirt, grime, and even mold can accumulate in your washing machine over time. To clean it, run your machine using hot water and add distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour before restarting your machine, letting the water and cleaning mixture drain, and wiping the exterior dry.

  • Clean windows the right way.
    On an overcast day, raise your blinds or shades or pull draperies to the side and wash your windows using glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Put blinds, shades, or draperies back in place, cleaning them with a duster and vacuuming shades and draperies.
  • Get rid of your microwave's gunk. 
    Microwaves pick up splatters and spills that you may not pay much attention to on a daily basis. To clean yours quickly, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Put the bowl inside the microwave and turn it on high until the mixture boils and steams up the window. Let it cool for five minutes before removing and wiping the microwave inside and out with a sponge.
  • Declutter your junk drawer.  
    A junk drawer becomes a messy catch-all, so empty out its contents, trash anything you don't need, and look at other items to see whether they belong somewhere else. Use a vacuum cleaner nozzle to clean out the drawer's crumbs and other grime and put down a nonslip liner. Put everything back sorted in attractive plates, bowls, and other small containers in a logical, organized way.
  • Purge your kitchen cabinets.
    Go through your kitchen contents and discard old condiments, spices, and canned goods. Organize items so the ones that expire first are in the front and utilize storage aids like lazy Susans and riser shelves to maximize your space and ensure easy access to everything.  

Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® if you're interested in Midland homes for sale. Our agents would love to help you find a home that's in your price range and has what you're looking for.

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