Spring cleaning. It’s like a drug that messes with my head and makes me do evil things like sweat, swear and shout at people, but damn, it feels good. This is not your usual absentminded tidying up around this house. This is down and dirty scrubbing that takes over your limbs until you’re scouring crevices and pulling out germy bits with an iron will. This kind of cleaning is the only way to launch me into spring.
In winter, we are that Oh-just-keep-your-shoes-on! family, where everyone feels at home with dishes in the sink and caps off toothpaste and other signs of sloth life. But then, a month or so into spring, everything goes haywire.
It starts in the master bathroom. I walk in and that mess of products no woman could ever use in a lifetime fires some sick synapse in my brain, and the switch has been tripped. Minutes later, the trash can is full and I’m on a rampage, tossing out old creams and lipsticks like a basketball pro, swiping rags in drawers, winning the war on smudges, hairs and every offending scum that wormed its way into my world when I wasn’t looking.
Once I get started, nothing is safe. Closets get organized until clothes line up like soldiers, shoes get tossed, fridge and freezer get a makeover—and all the while, I’m on a high. Once the spring cleaning drug buzzes in my veins, I’m a goner. Or at least, the germs are, anyway.
The best part is that I’m strangely proud of this manic behaviour because when the dust has cleared, I’m the opposite of exhausted. I’m energized. I’m like Superwoman. Staring at the lack of papers, the missing jumble, the sparkling arrangement of nothingness before me, I feel as if I’ve just cycled fifty pounds off my hips—all in one productive day.
Want to try to keep up with me? You do. I’m telling you, you really, really do. So here are a few of my favourite spring cleaning tips, designed to help you master and enjoy the process. Use them to join me in the ranks of Spring Cleaning Superwomen everywhere.
6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS TO MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE SUPERWOMAN
1. HOW TO MOP THE FLOOR FAST
Arrange mopping equipment in the area where work will begin. When mopping a room, start at the farthest corner and work backward toward the door. And, be sure to keep the bucket on the unmopped portion of the floor where it cannot be tripped over.
Be sure to overlap each stroke as you mop the floor for double-duty cleaning.
Place a portable floor fan at the end of the room to dry the floor in only a few minutes, before kids or pets have time to walk on it.
2. HOW TO MAKE MIRRORS/GLASS STREAK-FREE
Did you know that you can use Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes on shiny surfaces like mirrors and glass? It’s a quick and easy way to keep all your household surfaces clean and disinfected. They’re safe on wood* and have a clear-drying formula, so they work great on shiny surfaces
Lemons, ever useful, can help to clean your microwave! Nuke a microwave-safe container with one cup of water and a few lemon wedges for three minutes, remove, then wipe away the loosened food particles.
4. HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BARBEQUE
First, if you are using a charcoal grill, be sure to empty any ash left over in the bottom from last year into a container and put it in the trash. Ash buildup can obstruct the grill’s vents and make it difficult to control the temperature.
Next, you’ll want to clean the grill grates and make sure that any rust or food residue from the last use are removed. To get your grill as clean as new, rely on a flexible, disposable cleaning pad like Clorox® ScrubSingles™ Kitchen Pads and use a little elbow grease.
5. KEEP THE TRASH UNDER WRAPS
Place a batch of extra garbage bags at the bottom of the trash can. Take out the trash, and you’ve got a replacement bag waiting for you. You can also mask odours in your trash can by placing a couple of dryer sheets—even used ones work—in the bottom of the can.
6. HOW TO KEEP FLOWERS FROM STINKING
You’re supposed to change the vase water every day, but anyone who has time for that deserves a medal, so try this trick instead. Drop ¼ teaspoon of bleach for each quart of vase water to ensure the water stays clear and free of that funky pee smell that starts to brew about a week after the flowers bloom.
Note: We were provided with Clorox essential spring cleaning products so that we could develop these spring cleaning tips for you.