Spring has officially sprung in Central Ohio and you may have the urge to start spring cleaning. It’s a good idea to do a thorough cleansing of your home a few times a year to hit all the areas that may be overlooked during routine cleanings. That doesn’t mean you need to spend hours cleaning though - we’ve put together some spring-cleaning time-saving tips so you can spend your time enjoying the weather instead of inside scrubbing.

1. Clean the microwave by putting a glass of distilled white vinegar in a microwave-safe glass and heat for 1 minute. The vinegar will act as a natural deodorizer, and the steam will help loosen grime stuck inside the microwave. Wipe it out, and you’ll have a fresh, clean smelling microwave.

2. The dishwasher can get pretty icky from daily use. It’s a good idea to clean it on an empty load from time to time. Place a cup of distilled white vinegar on the top rack and run through a normal wash cycle. You’ll have a better smelling and cleaner dishwasher ready for the next load.   

3. While you have the vinegar out, fill a durable plastic bag with it and tie it over your shower heads, letting them soak overnight. You’ll be amazed at how much better your morning shower will be.

4. Sink, shower, and bath drains can benefit from good cleaning whether they are used frequently or not used much at all. Clean them by putting ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of salt in the drain, then pour 1 cup of heated vinegar into the pipe. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water for 30 seconds. This will help clear out dirt and grime and freshen them up.

5. Faucets are often dimmed by water spots and hard water deposits. Rub faucets with half a lemon to remove water stains and lime deposits. Bonus, the lemon scent will leave your whole bathroom smelling lemony fresh!

6. Spring is a great time to clean all of your linens and reorganize cabinets and closets. A great trick for keeping bed sheets neatly together is to place them inside their matching pillowcase. No looking around for matching sets and no haphazardly folded sheets falling off your shelves!

7. Cleaning blinds is often the least favorite chore. You can make it go quickly by dusting them with an old sock. Place your hand inside like it’s a glove and wipe down each slat. Add soap and water to get them extra clean.

8. Clear winter germs out of the kids’ playroom by cleaning their toys. You can sanitize small plastic toys by running them on a gentle cycle in the dishwasher. Be sure to put them on the top rack in a mesh bag or dishwasher safe basket to keep them from falling to the bottom. This trick is perfect for plastic blocks, bath toys, and many action figures. To prevent toddler meltdowns, we suggest doing this while the kids are not around.

9. Baseboards collect all kinds of dust and hair. Clean them by wiping them with dryer sheets. Not only will they be clean and fresh smelling, but the static fighting residue left behind will prevent dust and hair from coming back for days.

10. Save time where you can, but don’t cut corners when cleaning out and around your dryer. Take time to vacuum the lint trap, behind, under, and around the dryer. Use a toothbrush to clean the fuzz stuck on the inside of the lint trap. Collections of dryer lint and hair are a significant fire hazard. Keep your home safe by keeping this area clean!

There’s something therapeutic about having a freshly cleaned home too, and spring is the perfect time to get the house in tip-top shape.  Who has time these days to spend countless hours cleaning though? Use these hacks to hit some key areas and spend less time cleaning and more time relaxing in your beautiful home.