Spring Clean Your New Home
Without Taking Out a Second Mortgage to Clean It
Cleaning your new home should be easy, right? After all, the previous owners took care to remove their gunk and grime…or, not. What they left behind could become front and center the moment you walk through the door. Cleaning your new home is a big undertaking, but one that is necessary. It doesn’t have to be expensive if you prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips to get you started without bringing in a hazmat team.
Take care with the air
Microscopic particles fill the air in your new home or apartment. You don’t want to be breathing that into your lungs. Things like pet hair, skin cells, and bacteria, lingering cigarette smoke, mold, mildew! The quickest way to purge this conglomeration of gross is to open the windows. This is free and can be effective. Let the home air out while you go about the rest of your cleaning routine. Make sure to change the HVAC filter, and invest in an air purifier before you close the windows. Check your local Lowe’s. Don’t forget to look online for Lowe’s coupons and deals before you head out. You can save tons as you build up your fresh-air arsenal.
Scour the surfaces
The kitchen and bathrooms need special attention. You handle food preparation and hygiene in these spaces . Before you move your kitchen cookware and bath bubbles in, kick the germs out. Use a mixture of vinegar and citric acid (or vinegar and baking soda) for the counters and tub. These are excellent at deodorizing drains, too. Care.com also recommends scrubbing the toilet, which is much easier with a toilet brush. For this first cleaning, head to the Dollar Tree and get a cheap one; you’ll likely want to toss it when you’re done.
Don’t forget the floors
Carpet is one of the worst materials for holding on to unwanted odors. Since you’ve already got baking soda on hand, sprinkle some on the carpets! Let it sit while you clean the rest of the house. Baking soda is the primary ingredient in most pricey carpet deodorizers anyway. Consider that baking soda is a safer alternative than store-bought carpet refresher. It has no added chemicals. Use a high-quality vacuum when it’s time to finish the floors. Don’t forget to use your hose and attachments to clear dust from the baseboards and corners. Sweep and mop hard surfaces, and grab the baking soda and vinegar again to clean the seams of the grout.
Welcoming windows and doors
Most experts agree that you should use a squeegee to clean windows. There is a cheaper alternative if you’re on a threadbare budget. Newspaper is non-abrasive and available.
You can find free papers at the entrance to about every large retail store. Use the hose on its highest setting to wash away spiderwebs and dirt for exterior windows. If the doors still look dull and dreary, grab a bucket, sponge, and some dish soap.
Cleaning is a chore, but it doesn’t have to eat away at the funds you’ve set aside to furnish your new home. Baking soda, vinegar, and other natural cleaners are effective. They have many uses, so you aren’t wasting money on specialized formulas that sit in the cabinet for months on end. Make your cleaning list, check it twice, and make your new house clean, cozy, and nice. It will be the best gift you give yourself all year.