Start spring cleaning early this year with these six chores | Way of life


Start your spring cleaning early with these tips and tricks.

Spring cleaning is right around the corner and can seem daunting. Here are six ways to spruce up your home for the change of season.

Deodorize carpets

The cause of many bad smells in the house could be stale carpets. With winter comes dirty shoes that accumulate in grime that gets stuck in carpets. Deodorizing carpets isn’t as difficult as it sounds and only requires a few household items.

First, take baking soda or perfume carpet sprinkle it and pour it on your rugs and carpets. Let it sit for a few hours while running errands or outside the house. Then vacuum as usual. This will leave the house cooler and ready for the good weather (and cleaner shoes!).

Special tip: Be sure to keep pets and children away from carpets while the baking soda or carpet powder sits.

Clean the oven

To give your kitchen a fresh start, get rid of those dark stains and buildup in your oven.

If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, this is an easy way to get the process started! Be sure to remove all pans, racks, and anything used to catch spills, as this feature raises the temperature much higher than usual. Lock your oven door, then prepare to wait. This feature may take several hours. Once the oven has cooled enough to unlock the door, sweep up any remaining ash and use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the interior.

If your oven does not have a self-cleaning function, you can use a homemade cleaner. Slowly stir warm water into ½ cup baking soda until it forms a paste that can be spread inside the oven. Apply the mixture with a new, clean brush. Combine water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the inside of your oven. The vinegar will make the dough foam. Spray the thicker foam on stubborn stains. Let the foam sit for 12 hours, then wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge.

Clean the inside of the door with an all-purpose cleaner or store-bought oven cleaner. Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. You can also clean your oven racks with hot water, washing up liquid and a sponge. Clean the outside of the door with warm soapy water.

Clean the fridge

It’s time to wipe up the mud and stains that occupy the refrigerator. All you need is hot water, dish soap, and paper towels to put this task on your checklist.

First, remove all food from your fridge and set it aside. Take the drawers out and scrub them well in the sink with warm water and dish soap. While the drawers are drying, get some paper towels and soapy water to wipe out all the crevices in the fridge.

Before putting any food back in the fridge, wipe down condiment bottles and other containers to make sure the fridge stays as clean as possible.

Another trick to make the refrigerator smell better is to wipe it down with vinegar or leave a small cup of coffee grounds to neutralize odors.

Wash the windows

Let your home shine with a refresh for your windows.

Rinse exterior windows with a hose, then fill a bucket with cool water and a few drops of dish soap. Wash with soapy water and a towel. Rinse with a hose. Dry with a squeegee. For stubborn stains, spray a mixture of vinegar and water. Remove mosquito nets and rinse with water. Spray a mixture of vinegar and water for stubborn stains.

To clean interior windows, start by sweeping up dirt. Then, wash the windows with a store-bought window spray and a soft microfiber towel.

To keep the windows as clean as possible, take the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner and vacuum the dust from the screens.

Empty your pipes

While this may be the most disgusting part of spring cleaning, it’s important to clean all drains in the house for health and maintenance benefits. You will need white vinegar, baking soda and hot water.

First, flush about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by another half cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain for a few minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain to flush out the mixture.

It will surely eliminate odors and germs in shower drains, kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks.

If the drain contains additional debris, purchase a plastic drain snake hardware store. After pouring the concoction down the drain and rinsing it with hot water, wiggle the drain snake around until you can get the dirt out.

Donate unused clothes

Free up space in your closet or dresser by reviewing old, unused items. If you haven’t worn something in the past year, consider donating it to someone in need.

There is a Goodwill at Ames located at 3718 Lincoln Way for donations and a Salvation Army at 630 Lincoln Way.


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