The seasonal tradition of
spring cleaning is about tidying,
refreshing and organizing your
home to better enjoy it in the months
ahead. Our time-tested tips can make
household tasks easier, more affordable
and, dare we say, highly satisfying.
1. Daunted by housework? You can
break cleaning into small tasks so it
feels manageable and rewarding—
clean one room a night or weekend, or
dust one day and wash floors another.
Simple, effective ways to tidy your home
Cleans most surfaces, mirrors, glass,
stainless steel, etc. Not recommended
on granite countertops.
• Combine 1 part white vinegar with 3
parts warm water in a squirt bottle
• Use a microfibre cloth for best
results on mirrors, glass, steel, etc.
2. Pass it on: Donating clothing and
bedding frees up space, and tattered
clothes can be recycled into new
3. Save yourself: Easy, healthy,
homemade solutions can greatly
reduce your cost of cleaning. For less
than five dollars, a simple vinegar and
water solution can clean countertops,
sinks, stainless steel, mirrors and
more. Add a drop of dish soap to
the solution to clean dust and grime
that accumulates on windowsills,
tracks and screens, as well as walls,
baseboards, doors and tiles. Borax is
an alkaline mineral salt that disinfects,
freshens and shines sinks, showers,
toilets, tubs and washing machines;
20 Mule Team is the most common
brand of borax. A paste of vinegar and
baking soda removes baked-on grease
from pots, pans, ovens and stovetops,
and shines stainless steel sinks.
4. Get fresh: Remove allergens and
freshen curtains, furniture covers,
bedding, dust skirts and more with
laundry soap, half a cup of borax and
a quarter cup of vinegar. You can also
use this gentle solution to freshen
clothing, towels and dishrags. Hanging
light-coloured laundry outside also
naturally freshens and whitens fabrics.
Odours and dust can be removed from
your mattress by sprinkling on baking
soda and vacuuming (with a brush
attachment) 30 minutes later.
— Amy Sawchenko
Simple homemade solutions can keep your home fresh and tidy this spring.
See this story on applemag.ca for
recipes to clean grime, bathrooms and