Spring Cleaning in a Thrifty Way!

Spring Cleaning in a Thrifty Way!

It’s time to toss off the blankets, shake off the dust, and throw open those windows – SPRING IS HERE!! And with Spring comes the spring cleaning tradition. Spring cleaning, though, doesn’t have to be an arduous chore that you dread. Oh no! Spring cleaning can in fact be fun and DOESN’T have to take all day!

Save time with your spring cleaning fun by…

Not Multitasking

For many people, the thought of spring cleaning sounds daunting. Because it seems like so much to handle, many people prefer to take the position of a frantic person who tackles the entire house at once. Truthfully, this is a very hard feat to accomplish. As you begin the task of spring cleaning, it’s best to make a list and figure out what tasks you’ll need to accomplish and in what order. Then, take it one room at a time.

Take It By Room

Some people take the method of doing one step for each room in the house. For example, some people might think it’s wise to dust the entire house at one time and vacuum the entire house at one time. When it comes to spring cleaning, it’s best to take it room by room. When you focus on one room and complete it, it’ll give you more motivation to continue on the other rooms. Once you focus, it’s also easier to get the job done in a shorter period of time. It’s also good to take the size of your home into consideration.

Use All-Purpose Items

Using all-purpose items will help you focus on covering more area at a quicker pace. And when I say “all-purpose”, I don’t mean you have to go the chemical route! There are many DIY ideas to make spring cleaning easier. Personally, I mix a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar:water with the juice from half a lemon and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and go to town. Just make sure you spot test your surfaces first!

There are many uses for vinegar, but my favorite is definitely the way you can clean with it.

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Be realistic about the time you’ll need to clean

Take an honest look at each of the rooms in your home. Consider the decluttering benefits and then the deep cleaning process. Once you factor all of those things in, create a timeline. If you really want to save time and still get your home clean, you might have to do it all in increments. Those dust bunnies aren’t going to go without a fight!
Your home didn’t become cluttered and messy overnight. Please keep this in mind as you progress through your cleaning adventure and don’t let the length of the process deter you from getting it done! Things piled up in your home during the fall and winter months, it happens to the best of us. It may take a few weeks during the spring season to get everything as clean as you’d really like it to be. Take a look at your schedule and carve out some time to really focus on one room at a time, even if it means only getting one room done every few days! If you just spend twenty minutes each day for seven days, you can fully deep clean at least one room in your house.

Open the windows

When the temperature drops during the cooler months, it makes sense to seal the windows (or use bubblewrap!) When you seal the windows, the heat stays in the home and keeps the cold air from seeping through. During the warmer months, it’s time for fresh air. Your home needs a good amount of circulation on a daily basis. Get into the habit of opening the windows for 15 minutes a day. Not only will this practice allow proper air circulation to happen, it’ll also make the home seem fresher and cleaner without much work.

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Declutter

In a lot of cases, people have more things than they really need. If you were to get rid of all of the things you really don’t use, your home might end up spic and span. A thorough decluttering job can make a major difference. Before you start to dust, mop and sweep — declutter.

Once you declutter each room, you’ll find that you don’t have to spend as much time with the cleaning process. You can give things away to the local thrift store or donate items to charities. You could even get the kids to help declutter!

You could host a garage sale and sell your old, unused items, You might even want to give items away to family members and friends. Otherwise, dump the things you don’t use and give your home some breathing room.

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Get the family involved

Many hands make work light. When you have a few people working on one job, things will get done faster. If you have a few children, don’t shy away from getting them involved in some way. They could do something as simple as pulling out the toys they no longer play with.

If your spouse has a ton of clothes, ask them to go through the pile and get clear about what they don’t need anymore. If you live by yourself, consider asking a friend to come over and help you for a the afternoon. Not only will this method help you save time, it’ll also help you save energy. Besides, spring cleaning might be a cool time to create new memories with those you’re cleaning with!

The annual ritual of spring cleaning might feel arduous and long. However, by using these tips, you’ll position yourself to really enjoy the fruit of your labor. Once you start a project, do your best to complete. Your home will be healthier and more beautiful place to live when you clean it well.

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Spring Cleaning the Thrifty Way!

Spring Cleaning the Thrifty Way!

Break out the rags and sponges! It’s spring cleaning time. While some people dread spring cleaning, it can be quite invigorating, especially when done with frugal products that WON’T leave your house smelling of chemicals.

By utilizing these thrifty tips, you can enjoy your freshly cleaned home without the worry of lost time and an empty wallet. In fact, your kitchen might already hold the solution to all your spring cleaning needs.

DIY Spring Cleaning Ideas

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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

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Here is a concoction that you will have to make in advance, however, it will last long after you’ve completed your spring cleaning. Put your family’s orange peels to good use by creating a simple natural cleaner. Preserve your orange peels by freezing them until you have enough to partially fill a mason jar. Once you’ve collected enough orange peels, put them into the jar. Fill the jar all the way to the top with white vinegar and let the mixture sit. After approximately two weeks has passed, separate the liquid from the peels by straining it. Add the liquid to a spray bottle, then mix in water with a ratio of 2:1. Tada! You’re ready to get spraying.

Easy DIY Carpet Cleaning

The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

The war on carpet stains can be a difficult battle to win, especially if you have children. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy solution to that issue. All you need is some baking soda, vinegar, and a washcloth. Pour a small amount of white vinegar on top of the problem area. The vinegar will soften up the carpet fibers and allow the baking soda to act as a lifting agent. Pour the baking soda over the baking soda and allow it to bubble up. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth or vacuum it after letting it dry for 30 minutes.

You can also go the DIY Carpet Deodorizer route to keep your home smelling nice all year round!

Simple Rust Removal

The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

If you have metal appliances or sinks, they may build up rust over a period of time. But don’t fret! All you need is a sheet of aluminum foil, water, and a little elbow grease. Rip the foil into small squares and dip them in water. Rub the rust right off with the foil and you’re left with a shining surface.

Fast Baseboard Cleaning

The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

Baseboards often go unnoticed, which is why they can be difficult to clean after being ignored for too long. Although your baseboards might be caked in dust, dirt, and shoe scuffs, there is a simple way to clean them fast. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers do amazing work, though they can be a bit pricey. I recommend making your own if you’ve got the time!

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Toilet Bowl Cleaner

The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

Good luck keepin’ that one clean…

 

Toilet cleaning is arguably one of the dirtiest jobs out there. There are many cleaners you can purchase at the store, however, you can get the same results with items you probably already have on hand. All you need is 1 cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. Turn off the water valve to the toilet, then give it a couple flushes to empty the water from the bowl. Pour in the baking soda, then add the vinegar.

Be sure that the vinegar covers as much of the bowl’s surface as possible. Use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl with the bubbly mixture. If you would like, you may add drops of essential oil for a fresh clean scent. An even mix of cinnamon and orange would be a great choice. After you’ve scrubbed your toilet clean, turn the water back on and flush. This mixture also acts as a great porcelain sink or bathtub cleaner.

Easy Wood Polish

The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

This is a great recipe that will leave your wood furniture or hardwood floors glowing! It is a gentle mixture consisting of olive oil, lemon, and water. Squeeze a whole lemon’s worth of juice into a jar. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water. Seal the jar, then shake well. Dip a clean cloth into your new wood polish, then polish away!

Pet Hair Removal

The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

Pet hair can be a huge pain, especially in the spring when our furry friends start shedding. To combat this hairy situation you will need just one thing, a window squeegee. A hand squeegee will work, but if you want to save yourself from getting on your hands and knees, one with a long stick it optimal. Rub the dry squeegee against the carpet or furniture in a raking motion. Simply moving it across the surface in one swift motion doesn’t allow the squeegee to pick up any hair. After a while, the pet hair will begin to clump around the rubber end of the squeegee. Remove the hair with your hands and repeat the process until you are satisfied.The best frugal living tips to spring clean your house!

Complete your spring cleaning unscathed by utilizing these 7 tips to spring cleaning made easy. These affordable and natural solutions will leave your home sparkling without any unpleasant chemical odors lingering behind.

Heh and in case you can’t tell – most of these ideas involve vinegar. There are SO many great uses for vinegar, especially when it comes to cleaning.

Gather your supplies and get started!

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