12 Easy Christmas-Cleaning Tips
Start on the outside. One of the most gratifying spring-cleaning accomplishments is getting the windows so clean that the sunshine pours in as the weather warms up. But you can’t get perfectly clean windows just by doing the inside glass alone. The next nice spring day, enjoy some fresh air outdoors and clean the outsides of your windows with the new Windex™ Outdoor All-in-One Glass Cleaning Tool glass cleaning tool.
Savor the sweet smell of success. Once the outsides of the windows are clean, focus on getting the insides as clear as possible. Use a glass cleaner with a refreshingly clean scent, like Windex® Crystal Rain™. Not only will it give your windows a Windex® streak-free shine, your home will smell great, too.
Vacuum first. The bathroom has lots of corners and crevices that attract dust bunnies and dirt. Vacuuming before cleaning will make the cleaning process easier and faster. Use your vacuum’s crevice attachment to get into tight spaces and reach under cabinets.
Try a fresh scent for spring. After a long winter, citrus and floral scents evoke the coming of lighter, warmer weather. Try a bathroom cleaner that’s fresh smelling, like Antibacterial Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner*, available in a lemon scent. And keep the gentle, light scent going with Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil.
Focus on hard-to-reach spaces. Make a checklist and clean the areas you rarely touch: under the fridge (try a sock attached to a measuring stick for this one), the top of the oven hood, the inside of the dishwasher, baseboard and window moldings, light fixtures and underneath your countertop appliances.
Streamline your routine. With so many different surfaces, cleaning the kitchen can seem overwhelming and time-consuming. Simplify your spring cleaning by using one good multi-surface cleaner, like Windex® Multi-Surface Antibacterial, to save time and money.
Pare down the pantry. Spring is the perfect time to get rid of perishables and expired foods that have been in the pantry for too long. Check the less obvious stuff, like spices that have been around awhile or the cereal you haven’t eaten since 2003. Even canned goods don’t last forever.
Living & Dining Rooms
Clear the clutter. There’s nothing wrong with keeping some reading material near the remote, but you don’t need dozens of magazines sitting on your coffee table. Get rid of any magazines older than three months. If there are articles you’d still like to read, cut them out and put them in one bound scrapbook or folder.
Don’t forget to disinfect. You’re probably used to disinfecting and deodorizing in the kitchen and bathroom, but other high-traffic rooms and surfaces invite just as many germs. Kill odor-causing bacteria in the air and on often-touched surfaces† like work or craft countertops, telephones and doorknobs with Glade® Tough Odor Solutions Air Sanitizers.
Dust the dishes. If you’ve got a china cabinet in or near the dining room, chances are you don’t use those dishes every day. But even when the cabinet is closed, dust can still settle on surfaces. Spring cleaning is a good time to try the Pledge® Multi Surface Duster and its 360-degree cleaning angle for dusting under plates and inside cups.
Clear the drawers. Take everything out of your dresser drawers, armoire and nightstand. If you haven’t used the item in a year, donate it. If you do wear or use it regularly but it needs mending, start a “mend” pile. And if anything’s stained, use Shout® Advanced Gel to pretreat the stain before laundering. Then, refill each drawer with just one type of clothing (socks or T-shirts, etc.) so things are easy to find when you’re in a hurry.
Mind the headboard. If you have a headboard that’s less than new, it’s likely that time, dust and your heating and air-conditioning have sucked the moisture out of it. Banish the dust hiding in the crevices with the Pledge® Multi Surface Duster. Then put moisture back into the wood and add shine with Pledge® Extra Moisturizing spray. After all that, take a well-deserved nap or springtime stroll.