When you think Model, you think CLEAN.  When you think Spring, you think CLEAN.  Here are tips to make daily cleaning easier, more effective and less time-consuming, taken from various web sites.

KITCHEN

Circle It:  Begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease. But first, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you’ve worked your way around, they’ll be easier to clean.

Sanitize:  Your kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use disinfectant. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.

Dishwasher: Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria,   Dishes will be safe and sanitized.

Oven: Keep the heart of your kitchen clean by lining the bottom with a nonstick ovenliner. It can be wiped with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher, and reused over and over.

Disposal: To get rid of odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue.

Pitch the Paper:  Use microfiber cloths instead. When wet, they sanitize and clean floors, counters, glass and tile, and eliminate the need for many other cleaning products. They’re reusable (machine-wash, hang to dry) and long-lasting.

Clean While You Eat:  Fill your sink with hot soapy water as you start dinner. Place used dishes and pans in the filled sink so they’ll be soaking while you eat.  Wipe up any spills immediately—don’t give sauces, oils or spices a chance to sit around.

Zap the Sponge:   Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s shredded and smelly, replace it.  Or just get rid of it and use a washcloth instead!

 

BATHROOM

Shower Door:  Rub a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month so water beads up and rolls off. Or, try Rain-X twice a year.

Shower Curtain:  Throw your dirty, mildew shower curtain liner in the wash with a few towels, which will help scrub it clean, then hang it back up to dry.

Toilet:  Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber and is non-toxic, in case Fido takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush.

Drains:  To keep drains free of hair and clogs by use a drain cleaner to make sure potential clogs are gone, and pour boiling water down drains once a week to keep problem-free. Get rid of stray hairs on the floor by sweeping them up with a damp wad of toilet paper every morning.

 

SWEEP

Cleaning should always be done top to bottom, so that crumbs or dust that fall to the floor while you’re working get picked up last. And believe it or not, there’s a right way to sweep.

Broom:  For indoors, choose one with finer bristles to pick up smaller dirt particles. For outdoors, go for stronger, stiffer bristles, which work better to clear porous surfaces.

Sweep:  Sweep from the outside in so that you don’t miss any spots, and move the dirt to the center of the room, where it will be easy to pick up.  And store brooms or mops with the handle down—it’s easier to find and protects the bristles.

 

LAUNDRY

Static:  Throw two new tennis balls in your dryer to get rid of static electricity, soften fabrics and eliminate the need for dryer sheets.

Cold Water:  Most everything can be washed in cold water to reduce heating bills. But use the hottest water possible for sheets, towels and underwear.  Put underwear in the dryer immediately to stop bacteria growth while they sit damp in the washer

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Time It:  If you actually time how long it takes to do certain chores, you won’t mind them as much. Believe it or not, most chores only take 10 minutes.

Go Corner to Corner: When you’re vacuuming, begin in the farthest corner and work toward the door, using slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence.

Velcro Away Clutter: Label the bottom of each electronic game controller (Xbox, for example), and then Velcro it to the console. You’ll never search for them again.

Mats:  Use entrance mats, outside and inside your home.  Stop dirt and moisture at the door so it doesn’t get tracked in all over the house.  It’s easier to stop it and remove it at the door than to sweep, mop, wipe, vacuum, scrub….

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