What is Pet Friendly Cleaning?
Spring Cleaning Head Start Checklist
It may only be February but we’re already starting to see some warm weather so why not open the windows, let in some air, and get a head start?
Many people set aside a weekend at the beginning of each season to clean anything and everything. If you aren’t ready to take on the whole project, here are 5 ways you can make sure you’ll have everything in place to hit the ground running without having to commit too much time or energy.
1. Identify Problem Areas and Establish Priorities
Is there a smell in your kitchen that you haven’t been able to locate? A layer of grime under the radiator you keep forgetting is there? Take a stroll around with a pad and paper and write down 5 things that you definitely don’t want to forget.
2. Evaluate Your Tools
Test Your Vacuum
- Check your broom for grime and dust caught in the bristles
- Check your dust pan for cracks
- Check your sponges for mold and strange smells
- If you use a system like Swiffer or Bona, see if you need any replacement products
3. Clean and Organize Your Supply Cabinet
Pull everything out and throw away any empty or very old containers. Wipe down the surfaces and replace the usable products in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and easily accessible. Making this space visually pleasing will make you more likely to reach for these products when the time comes!
4. Refresh Your Supplies
If you had to throw away old products, or noticed you didn’t have something, put it on your shopping list. Get it now so you don’t have to worry about it later. Here are some basics to keep in stock that make great DIY cleaning solutions:
- Baking Soda- Many DIY Cleaning products use baking soda as a base. It can do a lot more than sit in your fridge absorbing odors!
- White Vinegar
- Lemon Juice – Lemon is a natural disinfectant. Using lemon juice and baking soda or lemon juice and vinegar as a natural cleaner is a well known trick but here’s another way to use lemons while cleaning in the kitchen:
- Cooking would be so much more pleasant were it not for the many dishes it creates. Say you’re making crispy pan fried pork chops with caramelized onions, a side of stir fried veggies and pasta with a lemon butter garlic sauce. Save your lemon halves! You can cut down on pans and trips back and forth to the sink just by sprinkling some course salt on any stuck-on residue and rubbing the area with a lemon. Wipe away any unwanted loose debris with a wet cloth and you’ll find that pan is good to go for another part of the dish. This works on other surfaces as well when you’re trying to avoid using soap and would rather not incorporate vinegar. We do recommend wiping down the area with a clean, wet cloth to avoid any stickiness.
- Tea Tree Oil
- Dish soap- Even if you use a dishwasher, dish soap can be diluted to clean windows and other glass surfaces and can also be used to clean fabric that cannot go in the wash (like a mattress or decorative pillow)
5. Flush Your Drains
It’s hard to clean a tub or sink properly when the drain is stopped up. Even if you haven’t noticed a major problem it never hurts to get a basic product like Drano and let it work it’s magic.