It’s that time again, almost. The frost is melting all over The United States, at least in part. (Sorry Canadian friends, you probably have some time left). Soon enough flowers will be blooming, birds will be chirping, and allergies will be hitting you in the face. Alas, you can fight back, at least moderately, by tackling some deep home cleaning and a little air filtration before things take a turn for the worst.
15 Things you Should Deep Clean This Spring.
A little sweat and a few hours of lost weekend time can help battle the Spring Sniffles. By dusting heavily, and cleaning those commonly-overlooked areas, you can rest in peace while the rest of your neighbors are begging for an invitation to your “Spring Time Bash – no allergies allowed” parties.
Many people dust, but by using the proper attachments to your vacuum, those pesky particles will be kept out-of-sight and out-of-nose for good. Here’s a list of places to tackle.1
- Behind your Food Machine: the coils on your icebox build up dust, dander, and pollen. Suck these babies clean with your soft-bristle vacuum attachment.
- Kitchen Cabinets: How long has it been since you’ve looked up there? Ever cleaned up there? yikes… This place is a playground for things that make you go achooo!
- Windows: You clean the inside of your windows, but when was the last time you cleaned the outside? Wash them on a cloudy day to ensure the sun doesn’t dry out the cleanser.
- Your Dishwasher: Sure, your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but every once in awhile, it wants to be cleaned too! Run an empty cycle with cleanser and you’re all done.
- Your Refrigerator: Yes, this means the outside and inside. Pull every single shelf out for a thorough deep cleaning.
- Make Your Fans Your Biggest Fans: Use your soft bristle brush again for this job. Don’t wait until your fans look like a gray, un-cuddly Wookiee. Just a few minutes every month will stop these gun-slinging allergy machines from holding your family hostage. (seriously, think of the children)
- In and Behind Your Oven: If you ever start to smell something burning when you turn on your oven, it might be time to give it a deep clean. First, chip off loose pieces from your range, then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, then whisk away the grime with a sponge. After the inside is clean, pull your oven away from the wall and clean behind it. Crumbs always find a way back there.
- Carpet: Of course, it is good to practice to vacuum your floors once a week, spring is a good time for a deeper treatment. Try sprinkling baking soda on your carpet, let sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum it up. Ahh, the smell of spring!
- I’m Dreaming of a Dusty Mattress: If you spend plenty of time in your bed (9 out of 10 doctors recommend sleep) you need to keep that puppy clean. Vacuum your mattress and your pillows. Over time, everything you come in contact with outside your bed will end up inside your bed. Do yourself a favor and get it out of there.
- Closet Organization: Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.
- Your Washing Machine: Do your clothes smell after you wash them? Don’t wash your clothes in a smelly machine. Instead, disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.
- Your Broom: Dust bunnies have a way of hanging around. To get rid of these annoying cling-ons, swish your broom around in warm, soapy water. Another option, use your vacuum tools to suck those bunnies away!
- Area Rugs: Be sure to not over clean your area rugs as it could cause more wear and tear. Have your area rugs cleaned every 4-5 years.
- Dryer Vent and Hose: Not only does this cut down on the dust and particles floating around in your casa, but your dryer will function faster, save more energy, and you’ll be kicking a potential fire hazard out before desert. (Which is commonly considered to be impolite, but it’s dust and it doesn’t have feelings)
- Patio Furniture: Yay! It’s time to sit outside, relax with a glass of wine. But, before you sit down, you might want to wipe down the tables and chairs. Use a mixture of warm water and dish detergent to wash off the dust and dirt.
When you’re tackling these allergy-friendly zones, make sure you’re using the proper equipment a Hazmat suit and a flamethrower. Or if you don’t have those, a good vacuum can suffice. Make sure your filters are clean as a whistle and you should be set to get your home allergy free with little expense to your personal well-being.
Replacing your filters are an important part of your air conditioner. You want the air inside your home to stay fresh and allergy free. So make sure you’re not pumping filthy air into your home when you’re cleaning your carpets too. Check your filters every couple of months, wash them if they’re washable, or Buy New Vacuum Filters if your filters need to be replaced.