Practical Spring Cleaning Hacks!

The Clean Team has awesome Spring Cleaning hacks that will blow your mind and make any space sparkle!

Let us start off with the kitchen because this is definitely a cleaning hack all should try to tackle any thick layer of yuck that hangs out in the little cracks and crevices that always need that extra amount of attention that we do not get to every week. Spring cleaning is perfect to whip out the Clorox wipes. Even with stainless a couple of times a week will not hurt. Trust us, you will love to see your shiny dishwasher again!!

Next we are going to talk about how successfully deep clean a fridge. The fridge can be a pain to thoroughly clean. It is one of them drawn out task for most to empty out and tackle all of those tight spaces. So, here is a simple solution. Take an old clean rag soak it in Dawn dish soap with approximately 1 tbsp. of baking soda and 1 tbsp. and ½ for 5 minute then wring out a bit. After you do this empty out your refrigerator mindfully and organize everything before placing back into your fridge. Meanwhile, be sure to wipe down top to bottom the shelves and drawers! If you have to take them out to give them a quick scrub then do so by removing them and placing into either your bath tub or a large container they will fit in soak for 3-5 minutes with the same ingredients then scrub down and rinse. I know you are thinking what about drying time? Well, that only takes a few clean rags to soak up any left over water after rinsing and letting sit for 1-2 minutes.

We all have our own ways of how we clean a glass stove top. Well, your glass stove will be longing for this hack that works wonders! It is always strange to see water to leave a gross mess on the stove top, right? Well, you can simple wipe down with a Clorox wipe and then follow through with a second wipe down with a dry paper towel and/or microfiber cloth after spray a small amount of Windex. If heavy on the grease and grimes we recommend using the big and batter “Stove Top Foam Cleaner” you can find in any local department store (e.g., Walmart, Lowes, the Dollar Store, etc.) in the cleaning supplies section. With using this substance, you will have to let sit for at least 5-10 minutes then wipes clean with a dry paper towel and/or microfiber cloth similar to our other option here.

Now how about if you have a granite countertop? Well, we have clients that redo their kitchens and switch from having a standard average counter to nice fancy granite counter tops. The Clean Teams are the profession cleaners that come prepared and ready to adapt for anything. Thus for, we can teach you how to restore your granite counter tops without damaging them and/or a ugly residue being left for everyone to point out or fester about in their minds. First, clean off your counter tops completely. This way nothing will be in the way between you and them. Get a bucket or bowl whatever you must fill and use to clean with in the moment. Fill it with hot water, Dawn dish soap and/or an alternative dish soap that is adequate for sanitation (we just find Dawn works the best), 3-4 tbsp. of your basic 70% isopropyl alcohol (i.e., rubbing alcohol) and lastly 1 tbsp. of baking soda. If you have a spray bottle it is also an option to fill it with this mixture instead of using a bucket and/or bucket like tool. Spray mixture or soak sponge-cloth into the substance onto the granite, allow it to sit to disinfect for 3-5 minutes, and the rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth. Never repeated NEVER use bleach or any ammonia-based cleaners. This is where everything can go completely wrong! Now, Lysol wipes are also an option to clean for the most part any countertop.

Cooking can get straight up messy and most of our ovens need a good scrubbing. Yes, for some of us we have that self-cleaning thing, but how clean does it get the oven? There is nothing like a good scrubbing doing it on our own, right? Well, we this hack will give you great relief. Cleaning your over with baking soda and vinegar is simple as 1-2-3! First, sprinkle baking soda over any stain. After Spritz with a water, or 3-1 water to vinegar solution. Let the cleaning mixture sit 15-20 minutes, after the oven has cooled and then wipe the baking soda and vinegar solution up which will take away any dissolved food.

We never realize just how dirty our cabinets are until the time is taken to clean them.  Here’s a small tip.  Just clean them once a week. Take our advice and use this hack to get the job done without removing your cabinets finish.  You will be glad you did. Mix a cup of vinegar and a cool cup of water. This cleaning solution is great for your everyday cleaning of wooden cabinets. It won’t destroy the wood or take off the finish. If you are opposed to cleaning with vinegar, you can use a non-heavy soap solution instead.

Do you ever go to clean your floors and realize CRAP you ran out of floor cleaning? To add on top of it, you do not have any back up floor cleaner either. Here is your simple back up! We use traditional floor cleaner often however we do enjoy using our own homemade floor cleaner as well.  It’s clean, convenient, and not as expensive. The best part about this homemade cleaner is that you know exactly what is in it.  You can also include essential oil if you have handled too. So, here is the tradition homemade cleaner commonly used:

  1. 2 cups warm water.
  2. 1/2 cup vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol.
  4. 1/8 tsp dish soap (without bleach, oils or moisturizers)
  5. 5-10 drops of essential oil or lemon/lime juice (optional)

Have you ever opened your microwave and it appeared to look like a murder scene? Well, we have when cleaning clients home microwaves. It can be quite humorous at times. It is true, the microwaves suffer the most from splatters and is the first thing that should be thoroughly cleaned on a weekly basis. The easiest and most effective way to clean a microwave is to place a large microwave safe bowl with approximately 1-2 cups of water and 1-2 sliced lemons into the microwave for 3-5 minutes. After wiping clean with a sponge and/or microfiber cloth. The truth here is that cleaning your microwave is that it should be done if not every week but often throughout the year.

The Clean Team has all of the knowledge when it comes to awesome cleaning hacks due to cleaning our client’s homes excessively and sometimes having to come up with our own ways to maximize cleaning supplies on sight. As we would like to give them all away some we like to hold onto and discuss with clients who seek further advice and hacks on cleaning their homes. To inquire for our expertise and/or low-cost cleaning services give us a call today at (607) 220-3578.