Did you know that Spring Cleaning has happend for centuries? Some say the origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. In North America and northern Europe, the custom found an especial practical value due to those regions’ continental and wet climates. During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March/April was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house.
To help easy some of the pain we have found some fun and creative cleaning tips to help you along and maybe help you get a little more organzied,too.
Here are our top 5 tips & tricks:
1. Smart Dishwashing Tip
Dishwashing gloves protect hands from dishwater, but when you raise your forearms, the sudsy liquid rolls back over the gloves and soaks your elbows and sleeves. Martha Stewart’s simple solution: Fold over the bottom few inches of the gloves to make a cuff for each. Any water that pools there will return to the sink.
2. Easy Ceiling Fan Clean-Up
We love this trick from REAL SIMPLE, for dusting off the blades of a grimy ceiling fan without getting a face full of dust. Simply slide each blade, one at a time, into a pillowcase and wipe off the blade with the inside of the pillowcase. All the dust, dirt, and debris will stay inside. Then simply shake out the case outside and throw it in the laundry.
3. Easy Salt Scrub
We just love Martha Stewart, especially this super easy tip for cleaning cast iron skillets: Scrub it with coarse salt and a soft sponge. The salt, a natural abrasive, absorbs oil and lifts away bits of food while preserving the pan’s seasoning. Rinse away salt and wipe dry.
4. Under Sink Organization
Jen at A Thousand Words came up with this awesome idea of adding a small tension rod under her sink for easy storage and organization of all her spray bottles. she also shows you some other organization tips for all that under-the-sink-clutter!
5. Toy Scooper
We just loved this idea from REAL SIMPLE. What a fun way to get the kids involved in cleaning up! Recruiting the kids to clean up can sometimes be the biggest chore of all. How cute would it be to personalize a dust pan for each child? You could easily write their name with a permanent marker and even add some stickers for decoration.
With all these tips on Spring Cleaning we too are cleaning things up around here. So in honor of our Spring Cleaning we would like you to enjoy this great offer of 25% off our entire store!