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Spring Cleaning

Spring is here in Southeastern Michigan (finally!) and there is not one Michigander who is upset about it. Let's kick this season off on a high note and spring clean! Below, we have seven everyday places within your home that you may have forgotten to clean. Where will you start?

1. Your Cabinets

Over time, build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets — especially if you don't run the exhaust hood over your range while you cook to keep grease from settling. You can use commercial cleaners, like Murphy’s Oil Soap, to clean cabinets. You can also make your own cleaners from ingredients in your kitchen that are eco-friendly, effective and affordable.

2. Your Refrigerator

This means the outside and inside. Pull out all of your fridge's interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can't be removed on the inside with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place.

3. Your Closet

Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.

4. Your Broom

Dust bunnies, be gone! To get rid of these annoying cling-ons, swish your broom around in warm, soapy water as needed. Another option? Try to zap it with the nozzle on your vacuum, just make sure you clean out the attachment afterwards.

5. Your Patio Furniture

Before outdoor season begins, wipe down your chairs (minus the cushions) and tables with a mixture of warm water and a squirt of Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap. Then hose off the solution with water from your garden hose and let air dry before enjoying.

6. Sanitize Trash Cans

It’s inevitable that sometimes icky stuff leaks out and crumbs make their way around the bag. But in the rush to get the new bag in there, cleaning it up often gets forgotten. And the can’s lid: Have you looked at it, really looked at it lately? Yuck. Sanitize with a mixture of soap and bleach (don’t forget to wear gloves!) and, if your can is stowed in a cabinet, use a vacuum attachment to suck up dust and crumbs inside the cabinet box. And wash the cabinet, too. There’s almost always yucky stuff there.

7. Disinfect Door Knobs and Light Switches

In our quest to clean the deepest crevices of our homes, many of us forget the stuff right under our fingertips all day long. Literally. Light switches, door knobs, cabinet handles, and remotes are some of the germiest places in your house. You almost can’t clean them enough.
Content from: housebeautiful.com

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