SUMMER CLEANING TIPS
Summer weather is here, the children are almost out of school for the season, and everybody’s favorite time has arrived: SUMMER!
Summer is great for get-togethers, BBQs, sporting events, playing outside, watching fireworks, campfires, family vacations, and dirt. If your family is like mine and practically lives outdoors during the summer months, it probably does not take too long for your home to become dirty as well.
Below are 12 tips to help keep your summer cleaning under control.
1. Clean early in the morning before it becomes too hot. Here in northern Michigan, we have summers that range from hot and humid to cool and wet. During our hot seasons, it is nearly impossible to be effective with housecleaning because of the humidity. My children and I try to aim to get our clean as early as possible so that we may enjoy the day more and avoid the heat.
2. Keep shoes outside or at least have a heavy-duty mat to wipes shoes off on to prevent dirt from entering the home.
3. Washing bedding and then hanging it to dry in the sun is a great way to bring the fragrance of summer into the house.
4. Best natural insect repellent: citronella. Burn a candle, place cotton balls with the oil on it, and spray a mixture of citronella with rubbing alcohol, water, and witch hazel on oneself or around the home to prevent insects.
5. Keep the trash emptied. Smells are intensified during the hotter months.
6. Cook outside on the grill or over a fire as much as possible. It will keep your kitchen cooler and less dirty.
7. Deny the temptation to let your home go because it is summer. Dirt, bugs, and messes galore are easy to stay on top of rather than allow to multiply.
8. Keep patio furniture wiped down which makes it more promising to sit outdoors as a family or with guests. Keep a handy dandy mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle for natural cleaning that works on most surfaces: windows, deck stains, door handles, car interiors, and deck furniture, also.
9. Clean microfiber chairs or couches with a rubbing alcohol mixture. Spray rubbing alcohol directly to couch or stain and wipe with a clean sponge or cleaning rag. Alcohol evaporates faster than water, so it does not leave stains behind. However, if you are worried about stains, create a solution of one part dishwashing liquid to two parts hydrogen peroxide–spray, rub in, let stand and wash. 10. Deodorize garbage bins with baking soda. Try sprinkling baking soda at the bottom of the garbage bin to keep odors away–especially if you have the bins in a hot garage or porch. If you use trash bags? Wad up old newspaper and put in the bottom of the bag–this will not only help absorb odor but will keep the bag from leaking due to discarded liquid products.
10. Very few of your summer guests will ever notice dust on top of your refrigerator, but they will see the items strewn about the living room. So make clutter control a part of your summer cleaning routine.
And if you have only a few minutes before guests arrive, opt to tidy instead of clean. Get the kids to help with summer chores.
11. Spot control in the kitchen. Avoid scrubbing. Spray the stubborn spot or stain on the stove or countertop with vinegar or a multipurpose cleaner, allow to soak for a few minutes, and then come back to wipe up. Easy peasy.
12. Use glass cleaner and a cleaning rag to make faucets and the sink shine.
What is your favorite cleaning tip or hack that makes your life easier?