Open your windows and let the breeze in. Spring is here. Now is the perfect time to start your spring-cleaning, and what perfect place to start than with your counters and cabinets? These spots have taken a beating with the holidays and the rush of the school year. For the long months of winter all you’ve been able to do is bundle up to stay warm. Now is time to kick off your bunny slippers and put on your cleaning clothes (if that’s your thing). Here are some tips to help you get your home sparkling again.
- Wipe down the inside and outside of your cabinets
If you keep anything in cabinets, you know how disorganized they can become. Toss anything expired or that you know you’ll never use again (like that one obscure ingredient your aunt needed for the Thanksgiving dish nobody liked). Wipe down the inside and outside of each cabinet and drawer with soapy warm water. If you use cabinet liners, now is a good time to replace them. After that, put reorganize your things so that they’re easier to find.
- Don’t use acidic cleaner on your granite
Remove any clutter from your countertops. If you have granite countertops, be careful what cleaner you use. Since granite, stone and marble are porous materials, you have to be a bit more careful while cleaning them. Vinegar and other multi-surface cleaners are often too acidic and will eat away at your countertop. Instead, wipe down your countertops with soapy warm water. You can also wipe them with diluted isopropyl alcohol to disinfect and shine.
- Sanitize your sink (and remove drainage smells)
Polish your faucet with vinegar to remove water marks. Then, make a paste with baking soda to scrub into any rust or stains. Finally, fill your sink with warm water and bleach. Let the diluted bleach sit soak for a few minutes to disinfect. Let the mixture drain (this will also disinfect and remove any smells from your drain), and wipe out your sink.
- Clean the aerator of your faucet
Most faucet heads in both kitchens and bathrooms have an aerator attached. The purpose of an aerator is to add oxygen to your water and enhance the water-flow efficiency, which in turn saves water and energy costs. However, the aerator is prone to hard water deposits and calcium build-up, which can affect both the flow and taste of your water. You may unscrew the aerator to clear out any build-up and unclog the system. Soak your faucet head in CLR or whatever descaling cleaner you prefer (white vinegar will also work) and gently scrub away any impurities. Thoroughly rinse the faucet head before re-attaching.