Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home. Yes it may have been cold and snowy yesterday, but we are only 6 days away from the start of spring. A great time to start a little spring cleaning in your home.
Wash Your Windows
Clean the residue left behind by winter storms by tackling the job while the weather is still cool to prevent streaking. Start indoors before installing your screens, then finish the job outside on a dry day.
Clean the Deck
Clean the deck to remove grime, pollen, fungus, and mildew. Scrub the surface with a deck cleanser or this homemade cleaning formula: Add 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent to a gallon of hot water, and add 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach to kill moss or mildew.
Check shrubs and trees for winter damage and prune accordingly. Remove deadwood or broken branches. Replant any shrubs that have heaved out of the soil during a freeze-thaw cycle, before the roots dry out.
Prep Your Pool
If you have a swimming pool, ensure that cleaning equipment is in good shape and your water-testing kit is complete. Stock up on chemicals. If you lowered the water level in the fall, fill the pool now.
Fertilize Your Lawn
A high-nitrogen fertilizer should be applied twice a year, once in spring and again later in fall. If a weed killer is needed, try an organic brand.
Organize Cupboards and the Refrigerator
Clean out cupboards and the fridge, discarding canned goods and other items that are past their expiration dates. This is a perfect time to conquer clutter in kitchen cabinets, too!
Unpack Your Hoses
Bring your garden hoses out of storage. Check for cracks and leaks and examine the rubber or plastic washers at the connectors as well.
If you haven’t already, be sure to change the batteries in all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
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