Spring Cleaning: 25 Tips and Tricks

Spring cleaning may not be music to your ears, but there are plenty of ways to make it quick and painless. Use an old pillowcase to clean off the layers of dust on your ceiling fan without spreading dust throughout the room. Save an apple peel to use for removing stains on your aluminum pots and pans. The best part is that you don’t have to run to the grocery store to buy a bunch of supplies, since most of the cleaning products you’ll probably already have at home. Get motivated to get clean with these Spring Cleaning: 25 Tips and Tricks…

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  • Give Your Pots a Salt Scrub 1 of 25
    Give Your Pots a Salt Scrub
    A simple salt scrub is all you need to clean your cast iron and carbon steel cookware.
    Find out more at LIfe Hacker.
  • Dust-Free Vents 2 of 25
    Dust-Free Vents
    Waxing your vents will save you a lot of time and trouble.
    Find out more at Ask Anna.
  • Chalk Dehumidifier 3 of 25
    Chalk Dehumidifier
    Keep clothes clean and free from moisture by hanging a bundle of chalk inside.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Getting Rid of Water Stains 4 of 25
    Getting Rid of Water Stains
    Remove annoying water stains on wood with a hair dryer.
    Check it out at Homemade Mamas.
  • Clean Your Blinds 5 of 25
    Clean Your Blinds
    A spray cleaner and power washer can really come in handy for giving your blinds a professionally clean look.
    Find out more at French Knots.
  • Cleaning Soap Scum 6 of 25
    Cleaning Soap Scum
    Combining baking soda and hot water is one of the many ways to clean soap scum off shower walls.
    Find out more at Tip Nut.
  • Dryer Sheets for Baseboards 7 of 25
    Dryer Sheets for Baseboards
    Dryer sheets come in handy for cleaning away dust on baseboards and keeping it away.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • Shower Heads in Dishwasher 8 of 25
    Shower Heads in Dishwasher
    Simply place shower heads and faucet handles on the top rack of the dishwasher and run it on the pots and pans cycle.
    Find out more products you can use in the dishwasher at Woman's Day.
  • Cleaning Your Mattress 9 of 25
    Cleaning Your Mattress
    A mixture of baking soda and lavender oil is all you need to clean your mattress.
    Find out more at Make it Do.
  • Citrus Peels to Clean Your Oven 10 of 25
    Citrus Peels to Clean Your Oven
    Place citrus peels and water in a pan in your oven at 350F for 25 minutes. After it has cooled start scrubbing away.
    Find out more at Homemakers Challenge.
  • Pillowcase Fan Cleaner 11 of 25
    Pillowcase Fan Cleaner
    Place a pillowcase on the blades of a ceiling fan and wipe away letting all the dust fall inside.
    Find out more at Simply Stated.
  • Car Wax for Sinks 12 of 25
    Car Wax for Sinks
    Using a car wax as sink polish will leave it looking shiny and help prevent soap scum from building up.
    Check it out at Real Simple.
  • Toothpaste for Cleaner Carpets 13 of 25
    Toothpaste for Cleaner Carpets
    Dab a bit of toothpaste on the carpet and rub it in to remove stains.
    Find out more at Seven7h House on the Left.
  • Avoid Stinky Smells with Newspaper 14 of 25
    Avoid Stinky Smells with Newspaper
    Line your veggie cabinet with newspaper to get rid of odor.
    Find out more at Real Simple.
  • Lint Roller for Purse Cleaning 15 of 25
    Lint Roller for Purse Cleaning
    Run a lint roller inside your purse for a quick and easy clean.
    Spotted at Real Simple.
  • Pumice Stone on Porcelain 16 of 25
    Pumice Stone on Porcelain
    Gently rub a pumice stone against hard water stains in your tub.
    Find out more at Oprah.
  • Detergent for the Grill 17 of 25
    Detergent for the Grill
    Soak the grill in a mixture of dishwasher detergent and warm water for a clean finish.
    Check it out at Tipnut.
  • Cleaning Your Oven 18 of 25
    Cleaning Your Oven
    Don't be too scared, baking soda and soapy water can do the trick.
    Find out more at Behind the Studio.
  • Sparkling Clean Shower Curtain 19 of 25
    Sparkling Clean Shower Curtain
    Toss your shower curtain lining in the wash with 1 cup of vinegar and watch it come out sparkling clean.
    Spotted at The Prudent Pantry.
  • No More Carpet Dents 20 of 25
    No More Carpet Dents
    Place ice cubes on carpet dents to get rid of them.
    Spotted at Fluff.
  • Remove Icky Tupperware Stains 21 of 25
    Remove Icky Tupperware Stains
    Soak tupperware in baking soda to get rid of stains.
    Find out more at Ask Anna.
  • Use an Iron on Hardwood 22 of 25
    Use an Iron on Hardwood
    Remove scratches and dents with an iron.
    Find out more at Life Hacker.
  • Stinky Washing Machine? 23 of 25
    Stinky Washing Machine?
    Find out how a combination of vinegar and bleach can make your washing machine stench free.
    Check it out at One Good Thing.
  • Apple Peels for Aluminum Pans 24 of 25
    Apple Peels for Aluminum Pans
    The acid in apple peels can help remove stains and make the aluminum look as good as new.
    Find out more at Lifehacker.
  • Easy Clean Microwave 25 of 25
    Easy Clean Microwave
    Place a wet sponge in the microwave to create steam, which helps with removing residue.
    Spotted at Lifehacker.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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