March is the time for spring cleaning, although some people wait until the official beginning of spring in April. I like to get a head start on spring cleaning so that it does not creep up on me, so I start in mid-March. While spring cleaning can look daunting, it does not have to be. Trust me on this, because I am a notoriously crummy housekeeper who can only function in a clean house. I thrive on shortcuts and efficiency tricks; pay heed to the following advice and your spring cleaning will be both effective and tolerable.
1. Buy a cheap stick vacuum, and other pre-spring-cleaning shopping tips: A $30 Dirt Devil stick vacuum is one of the best purchases you can make. I know this because buying one changed my life, and I am not exaggerating. Owning a lightweight vacuum cleaner with a long cord (another tip: buy an extra long extension cord so that you can vacuum in more than one room while plugged in to one outlet) makes vacuuming super easy. The Dirt Devil stick vacuum is an agile little vacuum. It can slide under furniture with ease, and it's light enough that you can attach the crevice cleaner and actually hold it upside down to suck the dust out of the corners of your ceiling. Dirt Devil did not pay me to write this; I am telling you my honest experience.
Make a shopping list before you start spring cleaning. These are the cleaning products that you will need: If you are inclined to make your own ecological DIY cleaning products, more power to you. During most of the year, I use ecological and DIY cleaning products. For spring cleaning, I pull out the big guns. I suppose that if you are chemically sensitive, then the vinegar and water solution will have to do. If you are not, then make your life easy and open up the windows and use some heavy duty cleaning agents. You'll need a strong all-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle, like Fantastik. You'll also need some oven cleaner, a dusting spray like Pledge, and a glass cleaner. Buy at least two bottles of the all purpose cleaner, as you will be using it to clean your tile floors as well.
Here is a list of the cleaning equipment that you will need for spring cleaning: A big stack of small dish cloths (at least 12, and I am talking about the cheap cotton dish cloths that you can buy in 4-packs at discount stores, the ones that are a bit rough to the touch and have no fluff to them), a big stack of dish towels (actual towels), newspaper or coffee filters for cleaning glass, a vacuum cleaner (see above), a broom with stiff bristles, a mop with a fresh mop head, a bucket, and a strong scrub pad and paper towels for cleaning the oven. Invest in a fresh pair of rubber gloves, as well. Don't bother with anything newfangled; I promise that this is all you need.
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