Spring Cleaning

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I get super pumped about spring cleaning. Like if you hear some sort of maniacal joyous scream this weekend, that's just my spring cleaning war cry. I decided to start this weekend because I noticed my carpet was smelling a little musty and I wanted to die. I hate carpet, but alas, my house is 90% carpet. Here are some spring cleaning tips I gathered.

  • Freshen your garbage disposal - Run hot water, drop lemon peels down the hatch, and turn on the switch. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit rinds work too.

  • If your Tupperware smells like food - Soak plastic containers in warm water and baking soda overnight.

  • Freshen carpet - Sprinkle liberally with baking soda, then vacuum up a few hours later.

  • Make your stainless steel sink nice and shiny - Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.

  • Clean the microwave - Wipe out any excess crumbs, and fill a microwave-safe bowl with about 2 cups of water. Put a fresh cut lemon half into the bowl after squeezing some of the juice in as well. Microwave until the water is boiling. Let it sit for a few minutes to let the steam penetrate the interior, remove and wipe down the interior with a damp cloth.

  • Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products - This brand has been praised around the blog world forever, but I finally got around to trying it. (A good trick if you don't want to buy expensive cleaning products - get your mom to buy them for you.) The Geranium scented counter wipes have completely changed my life.
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  1. i too get pumped about spring cleaning, and luckily we have hardwood floors so i don't have to worry about stanky carpet. i have a bottle of mrs. meyer's shower spray (i really want to try geranium-scented anything but can't find anything but lemon verbena!), but i bought some 7th generation lemon/thyme shower spray this time around. even though it's a strong smell it smells clean without giving me a chemical headache. very fresh.

    also, i REALLY wish we had a garbage disposal because our sink tends to get nasty too.

  2. i love all the method brand cleaning products at target! they smell super pretty!

    also, you should check out martha stewart's housekeeping handbook. it has tips on cleaning everything and gives you a handy checklist about how often things should be cleaned. it makes so weirdly excited!

  3. Oh how I love spring cleaning, well cleaning in general. Very good tips indeed. I used my Geranium Mrs. Meyers wipes just this morn which started my day off correctly.

    My new favorite tip: If your towels have that sour smell that they get from laying in wet clumps, just put 1-2 cups of vinegar in your wash and no more smell! Yeah I love clean towels.