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7 Super Spring Cleaning Tips for New Homes

February 28, 2017 5:12 am

Springtime is here, and with it comes beautiful flowers, picnics in the park, dinners on the porches of new homes, and the return of sunny days. It’s also a great time to make sure your home gets a thorough cleaning. Even for happy homeowners who just moved into their quick delivery home, there is usually some cleanup work to do. Springtime is the best time to get it done. Here are a few tricks that you can use to help speed up your spring cleaning tasks:

Clear Out the Clutter

Your first step to any cleaning task is to get rid of any unneeded clutter. It doesn’t take long for even new houses to accumulate a lot of extra belongings, especially if you have children. Clearing away the clutter clears the space so you can actually do the cleaning work. Less clutter will also make you feel better about cleaning the remainder of your home.

To help you get rid of clutter, you can make piles of items as you take them down to clean. Make three piles: Keep, Store, and Lose. The lose pile should be picked over for opportunities to donate before sending if off to the landfill. It’s quick and easy to evaluate each item in your room as you prepare to clean. You can make a separate pile for paperwork like mail, newspapers or magazines to go through later. If you have trouble putting things into the lose pile, try scheduling a donation pickup before you start cleaning. Schedule the pick-up for a couple weeks after you start. This will give you the motivation to add items you no longer need into the lose pile and help clear the clutter.

Take Cleaning Room By Room

Trying to tackle your cleaning chores all at once can make spring cleaning seem like a daunting task. If you take cleaning one room at a time, it will seem a lot easier. It’s always a good idea to space out your cleaning tasks. This helps you to stay focused on each room.

Don’t Forget Your Fridge

The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your kitchen. It’s also the target of spills, various odors, and overcrowding. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to give your fridge a little TLC.

First, remove all the food, and get rid of anything that is past its prime.  You can use 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1 quart of hot water to clean the inside. Clean caked-on residue by re-hydrating the area with a paste of baking soda and water. You can also add a tray or small container of fresh coffee grounds, activated charcoal, or even unscented cat litter to help eliminate smells. Don’t forget to clean the doors, too.

Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal

Most new homes come with a garbage disposal in their kitchen sink. Make sure you don’t neglect it during your spring cleaning tasks. Your garbage disposal is very easy to clean. All you need is a lemon, salt, and a few ice cubes. Simply cut up the lemon and put it into the disposal, then add the salt and ice. Run your garbage disposal to do the rest.  As a bonus, the lemon will leave the sink with a fresh citrus smell.

Toss Expired Toiletries

Spring cleaning is a great time to go through the items in your medicine cabinets and get rid of any products that are past their expiration date. Keeping products like medicine, topical ointments, and medical creams beyond their expiration date is generally not a good idea. Medicines tend to lose their efficacy and stability after the original expiration date. In worst cases, outdated preservatives in some medicines, like liquid eye drops, may allow bacterial growth in the solution.

Do not simply flush the expired medicine down the toilet. Doing so may contribute to contaminating the local water system. Instead, check with your local pharmacy or physician’s office to see if they have medication disposal receptacles. This is the proper way to dispose of chemicals like medicines.

Washing More Than Dishes in the Dishwasher

New homes have up to date appliances, and your dishwasher is bound to get your dishes really clean. You can use your dishwasher to clean a lot more than dishes, however. Anything that is dishwasher safe, like glass vases, stove hood filters, fan blades and filters, is a good candidate for a wash cycle in the appliance. Once you’re done cleaning everything else, don’t forget to give your dishwasher a good cleaning too.

Make Some Extra Space With a Tension Rod

If you have too many cleaning products than you can fit in your cabinets, try this space-saving trick. Add a tension rod to the upper area of your cabinet. Hang cleaning supplies like spray bottles and rags on the rod, while larger, heavier bottles occupy the lower area. You can find inexpensive tension rods at your local hardware store. They’re a great way to add extra space to new homes.

If you’re looking for new homes in eastern Pennsylvania or northern Delaware, contact Chetty Builders to find out more about quick move in homes, and future housing developments in the area.

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