“Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months June and August.” -Jenny Han.
We understand. The summer months are meant for vacations and relaxing, and cleaning isn’t the most fun thing we want to be doing when the beach and picnics in the park are calling, but as we frolic and play in the summer heat and plan all sorts of wonderful escapades, we still can’t let our homes fall apart.
Also, in the summer months, some cleaning issues are exacerbated by heat and humidity, so to stay on top of all that we are sharing some summer cleaning tips that we promise won’t take you longer than an hour so you can get back to the sun.
1. Deodorize Your Trash and Recycling Cans
Trash cans often have an unpleasant smell that comes to the surface if not regularly cleaned. Especially in the summer months, the heat and humidity can make those unpleasant odors even more pungent.
Our number one trick to head off the odor from escaping is by wadding up a newspaper and placing it on the bottom of a trash bag. Then take some baking soda and sprinkle it into the bag on top of the newspaper.
The newspaper will help with soaking up food and liquids, and the baking soda will help ward off the smell from escaping.
2. Dust Your Blinds
During the winter months, our blinds have been down for most of the time, leading to dust accumulating on them.
We recommend taking the time to dust throughout your home. All you will need is two microfiber cloths and a vinegar solution.
Mix equal parts water and vinegar, dip one of the cloths into the mixture, and wipe down the window and blinds.
Then take the dry cloth and wipe down the area once again to remove any leftover moisture.
3. Clean Your Microwave
The summer is often spent outdoors, which means BBQs, picnics, getting together with family, etc., leading to heating leftovers in microwaves.
That said, get your microwave summer-ready with this natural cleaning method: a lemon.
First, you’ll want to place a sliced lemon into a microwave-safe bowl and add water. Next, place the bowl into the microwave and set it for three minutes.
Once it’s finished, let everything sit in there for another three minutes. Finally, wipe clean with a towel.
On a side note, if your microwave hasn’t been cleaned in a while, we recommend using another method to get some of the grime off first, and then following our recommendation.
4. Cut Down on Clutter
As the kids are off from school during the summer, this is a perfect opportunity for them to go through items and pick what they want and what they want to donate or get rid of, so you can declutter.
If they put up a fight about doing chores, make it fun. You can say that the first one to fill a box of items to donate gets a special treat.
5. Prepare Your Outdoor Space
Once all of the chores are complete, nothing feels better than going outside to relax.
Before you do that, though, we recommend wiping down the tables, chairs, and area that you plan on using this summer so that it’s ready for the next party.
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