We have all heard the term ‘spring cleaning’, and many of us take advantage of it when the weather begins to warm up. However, have you ever considered “spring cleaning” for the winter? With the cold winds blowing and the snow falling, many of us find ourselves at home more often then we are in the warmer months. Therefore, preparation will only make you cozier in your warm home. Here are some tips on spring cleaning for the winter.
Do not just wash, but disinfect all trash bins
Considering the fact that we spend the entire winter with these germ inviting bins, it is never a bad idea to clean and disinfect them inside and out. If you are someone who looks after the environment, it is 100% eco-friendly to take your cans outside, hose them out, and use a mix of hydrogen peroxide and water at a 50/50 ratio. Now, allow the cans to sit for an hour, scrub them, and put them in the sun to eliminate bacteria.
Wash and disinfect toilet brush holders
This is something that goes overlooked way too often—and not just in the winter. Cleaning and disinfecting your toilet brushes and their holders is imperative to prevent bacteria growth. Take your holder and brush outside and spray them thoroughly with your garden hose. Again, to remain environmentally friendly, try 2-3 cups of friendly washing soda crystals or a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar. Allow the brush and holder to sit in the solution for a few hours, then allow them to dry in the sun.
Clean the tops of doors, trim, and any art
When you think of horizontal surfaces that need to be cleaned, we often think of countertops and the like. However, there are other horizontal surfaces that could use a good cleaning before winter hits. Go around your house and wipe interior doors, baseboards, wall plates, artwork, mirrors, kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, etc. Wiping these can rid your house of cobwebs and dust.
Vacuum underneath furniture
You would be amazed at how much stuff finds its way under your furniture. From dust bunnies to food crumbs, the sky is really the limit. To be sure you are rid of it all, flip your furniture, vacuum the bottoms of the couches/chairs, then get rid of any dirt, dust, and crumbs from the floor beneath your furniture. You will surely rest at ease knowing there is nothing hiding under your couch.
Clean the exterior of your windows
It is estimated that dirt on your windows can reduce the amount of daylight you are receiving by 20%. This can be problematic as the winter brings grey skies and less sunlight. By cleaning your windows with a non-toxic solution of dish detergent, white vinegar, and water, you can brighten up your home in just a few easy steps.
Chasing away those winter blues
The winter brings grey skies and cool winds that can sometimes cause depression. In order to combat some of this seasonal sadness, it is a great idea to clean your home before winter hits. This guide ought to get you started, although, I am sure you will find more things to keep you busy around the home.