Spring is here. Really. We know there are still the occasional blasts of snow and temperatures plummet from one day to the next, but we promise that Spring always wins. And that calls for some Spring Cleaning!
Whether you want to banish dirt and germs from your home or just want a breathe of fresh air in your house, now is the perfect time to tackle a little spring cleaning. Don’t feel like you have to reach for harsh chemicals to do all of the initial cleaning jobs though. There are plenty of options for cleaning products in your pantry already.
- Baking soda, vinegar, soap and water.
You don’t really need much more for cleaning. And while cleaning is just one step to keep your home germ-free, it is an important one. Once cleaning has been done, follow that up with disinfection to kill any remaining germs.
“Coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product when used according to the label directions. Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectants that are likely to be effective for use against COVID-19.”
Death to Germs! Oh, whoa… How did it come to this? No matter. We must carry on…
So, where do you start? To the kitchen!
Time to Tackle Cleaning the Kitchen
- To clean; squeeze half a lemon into a bowl with 1 cup water and microwave for 3 minutes. Alternately, use 2 tbsp of vinegar and water. Wipe with a clean cloth.
- To deodorize turn to baking soda; cook 2 tbsp baking soda and 1 cup water for 3 minutes
- Grab the vinegar again. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water. Spritz and wipe with a soft, clean cloth.
- Soak a cloth in vinegar once more and give your doorknobs a swipe.
- Cutting boards should be cleaned after every use to prevent the growth of bacteria. Rinse your cutting board immediately after use. To disinfect, pour hydrogen peroxide on the board, then wipe off with a clean sponge. Remove stains by rubbing baking soda over the stain with a cut lemon. A spritz of vinegar neutralizes any lingering smells and acts as a disinfectant too!
- Worried about germs in your sink? You should be! Clean a dirty sink with a paste of baking soda, then rinse it with a satisfying splash of vinegar. Watch it bubble and fizz, and disinfect your stainless steel like a pro.
Note: Although vinegar has disinfectant properties, it is not effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Okay, so how are you doing? There are plenty of other areas to clean in the kitchen, but these areas can always use your attention. Don’t forget wiping down your baseboards, washing seating cushions if you have them, tossing old sponges, and doing a deep clean on any lighting fixtures/chandeliers you might have. If you are discouraged by the overall shape of your kitchen as you go, feel free to drop Revival Home Renovations a note. We would love to help with any of your renovation needs!