Julie Edelman, “The Accidental Housewife”, in working with Tide, has developed a few simple tips for maintaining a cleaner home this spring, while preserving both your pocketbooks and manicures!
· Arm Yourself with Quick-Fix Cleaning Solutions
Use products around your home like vinegar and vodka to create your own cleaning solutions. A simple trick is to put vinegar in a spray bottle and clean your counters with a spritz and a wipe. If the vinegar scent irks you, you can either make it a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water or wipe with a fabric dryer sheet. You can also clean silverware with your ordinary household vodka to give it an extra shine.
· Fight the Unknown in Your Home!
Don’t forget to clean in hidden spots where dirt, germs and unwanted guests like to congregate. For example, the drip pan under your refrigerator can be the perfect breeding ground for mold. It’s also a perfect drinking fountain for roaches so make sure you clean and dry the pan often. Another big appliance you wouldn’t think to clean? The washing machine. To get rid of residue build-up and odors, you can use Tide Washing Machine Cleaner. Just tear one open and pour into your powder dispenser and it will help get rid of the smell and residue, leaving behind a fresh, clean scent.
· Shake and Bake
Baking soda is a great cleaning solution to have on hand in your house. If you have kids, then you know that their stuffed animals can be breeding grounds for bacteria and mites. You can easily get rid of them by putting their favorite stuffed animals into a plastic bag with baking soda, and shake it to help dislodge the germs and bacteria.
· De-Clutter Your Home
To help keep the positive energy flowing and shake away the winter blues, takes steps to de-clutter your home. Feng shui is all about placing things in a certain way to find harmony and balance within your surroundings and to ease the flow of chi. Throw away junk mail you keep lying around as well as magazines that are older than three months. You can also toss remotes or other gadgets you have lying around into decorative boxes with fun flower patterns for spring.
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