Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning Extravaganza

Posted on March 14, 2012 by Joe Thomas

The clocks sprung forward an hour, spring training is in full swing, and the flowers are blooming… spring is here!

Even though we didn’t have much of a winter, we can all look forward to baseball, flip-flops, and margaritas sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, it’s time to tidy up your humble abode. When’s the last time you cleaned your baseboards, window ledges, or behind furniture? Chances are, it’s been a while.

Often times during daily (or weekly) cleanings, we only clean what’s in front of us. Are you really going to move the dresser – or get down on your hands and knees to scrub the baseboards every week?

The start of a new season is an opportunistic time to give your home a thorough cleanse. Ideally, you should do a good “spring cleaning” every three months.

Put on your finest cleaning attire and show those on dust bunnies who’s boss with these five products, brought to you by comparison shopping website, Nextag.com:

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

You haven’t truly “vacuumed” until you’ve experienced the joy of using a Dyson machine. It’s the Humvee of all vacuums. Once you turn it on, nothing is safe. The Dyson sucks… but that’s a good thing in this case! Loose change, batteries, bottle caps… the Dyson devours it all!

The Dyson Animal series is particularly of interest to pet owners, as it is designed to search and capture fur and hair. If your house has a mixture of wood, tile, and carpet flooring, the Dyson All Floors series switches between hard/soft surfaces.

A good vacuum is essential for a successful spring-cleaning. Using the Dyson’s magic wand, tackle hard to reach spider webs of dust bunnies on your ceiling or behind furniture. Plus, the wand’s brush attachment is perfect for cleaning the tops of ceiling fans.

Steam Mop or Vacuum

If you’ve never steam-cleaned your floors before, the five-second rule definitely doesn’t apply to your house. Floors are disgusting. People and animals step on them with their dirty shoes, tracking in all sorts of debris – and bacteria – with them.

Vacuuming only removes the visible layers you can see and touch. There are several deeper levels of crud that collect on carpet, tile, and wood flooring. Weekly Swiffering isn’t enough. It prevents major buildup, but to truly disinfect your floors, you need a Steam Mop.

Steam Mops sanitize floors using the power of steam, without using harmful chemicals. Steam Mops work well for cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, and rooms with hard flooring. If you have carpet, you’ll need to invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaner. Carpet is the worst offender – it’s literally a magnet for bacteria and viruses to cling on.

Lysol or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

When is the last time you cleaned your doorknobs or kitchen drawer handles? Can’t remember? Remind me to use Purell next time I go to your house… did you know doorknobs are mini hubs for viruses and bacteria?

Disinfecting or “bleach” wipes are a quintessential tool for every neat freak or germiphobe like myself. While you should be using these wipes every day, or at least week, take the time to thoroughly wipe down your house.

Disinfect core transmitters, such as countertops, drawer handles, remotes… pretty much anything you come into contact with. Take it a step further my wiping down the actual shelves or individual compartments, too.

Window Cleaner

I loathe physical windows as much as I do the actual operating system. Sure, they’re pretty and let in a lot of light, but they are fingerprint and dirt magnets. And they are one of the many objects overlooked during regular cleaning activities.

If you’re at home, try and look outside from one of your windows. Chances are you see tons of fingerprints and a layer of dust.  Get yourself a bottle of Windex and have fun! Be sure to clean the inside – and outside – of the windows. If you live in a multistory house, consider hiring professionals to clean your elevated windows.

Windows and televisions have a lot in common – they give you a peak into the outside world. Take the time to clean your televisions and monitors. You can find inexpensive LED/LCD cleaning kits, in addition to LCD cleaning wipes.

Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

It amazes me how fast a shower get’s dirty, even though you’re running fresh, clean water every day. Who wants to clean a shower right after you’re all sparkled up and shiny? Thankfully, Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner attaches to the showerhead and spews cleaning solution after you take a shower.

Simply press the button, and a 15-second timer counts down, so you can press the button, get out, and close the curtain. Then, a rotating head releases the cleaning solution that covers every nook and cranny of your shower.

Granted, this isn’t going to “magically” clean your shower overnight, but after a week, your shower will be brand new. For the purposes of spring Cleaning, perhaps use the regular Scrubbing Bubbles spray before installation. Then, the automatic cleaner maintains your shower, saving you time next spring.

Become a Cleaning Machine

Hopefully these products inspire you to take charge of your household and become a cleaning machine. Cleaning is hard work, but if you stick to a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule, it won’t be so cumbersome. Consider setting reminders on your Smartphone if you’re forgetful.

The secret to a clean house is diligence and perseverance. Nobody wants to spend their free time scrubbing toilets, but it’s part of life. A clean home is a happy home.

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