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7 Things You Absolutely Need to Clean This Spring.

Get ready to have your home feel as good as new

Spring is the season of fresh starts and renewal, which is likely why we want to tidy up and scrub our way to a spotless home. From the more minor, forgettable chores to the big tasks that take up half a day, here are the 9 areas and items you should clean this spring.  

1. Reusable bags  

We love reducing our plastic footprint, but cloth and polyester grocery bags get dragged around and covered in all types of food and gunk. Check the label for wash instructions and throw bags in the laundry machine or wipe with a soapy sponge on both the inside and outside. Hang to dry.

2. Fridge  

Whether it’s clumsy milk spills or long-forgotten containers filled with old leftovers, it’s easy for the refrigerator to become a mess.  Start the cleaning process by removing all the food and placing it in a cooler to keep it safe. Throw out any expired items and remove any shelves or drawers to wash separately with hot soapy water. Read our full article here on how to clean the freezer and fridge.    

3. Oven  

Even self-cleaning ovens require a scrub. After using the function to release leftover grime, remove the racks to wipe down the bottom of the appliance. Try a solution of baking powder and warm water.   

4. Trash cans  

Despite our best efforts (and plastic liners), food scraps and waste can get stuck on the inside of bins. Weather permitting, take your trash can outside and use a garden hose to rinse it out. Sprinkle the interior with baking powder and scour with a bristle brush or sponge before rinsing and air-drying.   

5. Water bottles   

Thrown into our gym bags and backpacks, water bottles also should be washed thoroughly, including the lid. Fill half the bottle with vinegar and the other with cool water. Let the mixture sit overnight and rinse out the next day. Scrub the lid with dish soap.   

6. Replace worn-out cleaning supplies  

Sponges, scrubbing brushes, mops, or other tools that are falling apart should be tossed. Products like mop heads and rags collect bacteria, so you should rinse and air-dry regularly to increase longevity.

7. Windows and Blinds  

Use a duster to remove all that grime and dust that builds up on your drapes and blinds to spruce them up. While you’re at it, get rid of those pesky smudges and dirt on your glass windows with a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth to give them a fresh look.  

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