Here’s some easy tips to enliven your home for spring
April 13, 2010
There is nothing more exciting than that first warm day of spring when everyone feels enlivened and refreshed.
It’s time to bring the renewed energy inside and give your home the boost it needs after a long and tired winter.
Once you’ve set aside time to spruce up your home, make sure you have resourceful products at your disposal, like baking soda. One box has countless uses for effective, safe and economical cleaning and deodorizing all around your home.
“Using natural ingredients found in your kitchen allows you to turn your home into a clean and fresh living area,” says lifestyle expert Jill Cordes. “And be creative. Baking soda works on everything from deodorizing carpets and cleaning patio furniture, to polishing jewelry and putting the shine back into your bathroom floor. And even better yet, it is affordable, at about a dollar a box.”
Try the following tips from Cordes to have your entire home looking and smelling clean this year:
Start in the kitchen
- Grab the baking soda and sprinkle some onto a clean, damp sponge or cloth to wipe down stainless steel surfaces, like the kitchen sink, without scratching. Rinse thoroughly.
- If you wrinkle your nose in disgust every time you open the door to your microwave, it’s definitely time to deodorize. Baking soda on a damp sponge not only helps clean dried-on food, but also keeps odors at bay. Leave a box of baking soda in the microwave when it’s not in use for continued freshness.
Head to the bathroom
- Your shower curtain looks like it has seen better days, but you can give it a much-needed refresh with a quick scrub using baking soda directly on a damp brush. Rinse clean and hang the curtain to dry.
- Bathroom floors don’t have to look dingy or splotchy. If you have tile or no-wax floors, mix one-half of a cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse clean. Baking soda on a sponge also helps to remove unsightly scuffmarks.
Don’t forget the outdoors
- You shouldn’t have to drive your car around with the windows open this spring to get rid of odors. Eliminate unpleasant smells by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric seats and carpets. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum. Everyone will love taking rides in your car again.
- Bring your patio furniture out of storage and get ready to relax in the sunshine. Take a cloth and wash off all the dirt and grime that gathered during the long winter months with a solution of one-quarter of a cup of baking soda in one quart of warm water. Rinse everything down and air dry.
Using baking soda during your spring house cleaning allows you to save money with a real alternative to harsh chemicals for your furniture, kitchen surfaces and appliances.