Clean water makes us feel better. That's why a lot of us own a Brita Water Filter. Just pour the water in and let the filter do the work! I have noticed, however, that without proper cleaning and care the Brita can get pretty disgusting! Do not forget that if it isn't clean, the water you are putting in may just not be very clean either! You never know what bacteria or dirt can be in the filter after weeks of just sitting there. To make sure your filter is nice and clean, take it apart and give it a good scrubbing with mild soap and hot water (yep that is all it needs!). You can also soak the pitcher and lid in vinegar or wipe it down with a vinegar/water mixture to get the pitcher extra clean. You can simply wash it with the rest of your dishes. I suggest washing the pitcher out at least once every two weeks to make sure the water you are drinking is indeed clean! Also make sure to change out your filters once every two months. In fact, you can go HERE and sign up for a reminder e-mail from Brita to change your filter PLUS a $2.00 coupon off your next filter.
I am one of those strange people that have never minded cleaning the bathroom. Weird huh? Perhaps it is due to the fact that both of my bathrooms are small or because I love the feeling of a nice clean bathroom, but either way I love spring cleaning the bathroom. My house has two small full bathrooms. I always start with the one off of our bedroom because it tends to take a little longer. Below are the steps to take when spring cleaning your bathroom. Please remember that spring cleaning does not happen over night! Take one week to do each room so that it doesn’t become an overwhelming task. In the end you’ll feel like you have a brand new house!
• Pour a small amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap into a bucket and fill the bucket 1/4 to 1/2 full with water. Have rubber gloves and a nice rag ready to use.
• If you have medicine cabinets/shelves begin with those. I was a little surprised at how many expired medicines were in our cabinet. Make sure to carefully dispose of the medicine. Take a moment to read the Food and Drug Administration's suggestions for medication disposal.
• Take out the items off of each shelf and wipe down all sides of the shelf your Murphy’s Oil Soap mixture. Wipe dry with a clean cloth and organize any items you will be keeping in the cabinet.
• My bathroom does not have a linen closet in it, however, yours might. Take time to go through the linen closet shelves. Wipe them down and purge unnecessary items (have you noticed I LOVE saying that?).
• Wipe out all lights and fans in the bathroom.
• This is also a great time to clean out any toothbrush holders, etc. I soak mine in vinegar for about 1/2 an hour and then wash with soap and water.
• For all of you that have a cabinets/drawers underneath or beside your sink make sure and clean these out and wipe them down. Put all items back in their place.
• It is time to attack the shower/bath. You may want to use another bucket with hot water for this area. Empty the area of any small items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, or toys.Magic eraser now makes a new product specifically for wiping down your shower or bath area! If you want to go the extra mile, use your normal bathtub cleaner such as Scrubber Bubbles or non-toxic Seventh Generation Tile Cleaner. Then take your magic eraser and give it one good extra scrub. If you have extra tough spots, Lime Away also works really well.
• If you haven’t changed your shower curtain liner in while and it is looking a little grim it just might be time to replace it with a fresh one!
• This is also a great time to replace all scrub brushes, loofas, or any other bath items.
• Next scrub that toilet like never before with your normal toilet bowl cleaner. Then scrub all other areas of the toilet, including the hard to get part on the floor. I feel like yuck nasty hair decides to collect in those hard to reach areas. I’m convinced its just to gross me out every time I clean the bathroom!! YUCK!
• Wipe down your bathroom sink area with your favorite bathroom cleaner. Magic Eraser works great here too!
• Wipe down all mirrors with your favorite glass cleaner or your own homemade glass cleaner.
• Wipe down the walls and trim from top to bottom with your Murphy's Oil Soap mixture.
• Sweep the bathroom floor. Empty your bucket and refill with some mild soap and hot water. Scrub the bathroom floor with a nice clean rag.
• Has your bathroom really ever been THIS clean? Sit down and drink a huge glass of lemonade.
One of our readers, Kathleen, shared a great tip about how she cleans her microwave and I wanted to make sure you saw this great tip! I LOVE this!!
Put a good squirt of lemon juice in a mug, and fill it about half way with water. Microwave this for about a minute or so, and then let it sit, with the door still shut, for a couple more minutes. Then open it up and wipe down the walls and top (the moisture from the liquid in the mug coats the whole inside, so all you have to do is wipe it all down). No chemicals, and it's lemony clean!
I recently posted about my spring cleaning adventures in the kitchen. It was very successful, thanks to my mom. My wonderful mother decided that we could get one more room done while she was in town. Therefore, we moved on to the living room. Once again, I looked at the room and wasn’t quite sure where to start, but mom got to work right away. Thankfully, after the kitchen, this room seemed like a breeze! We were able to get it done during one afternoon. What a relief! I’ve listed the steps below that we took as we cleaned the living room (sorry no fun pics this time!) Always remember to take it one step at a time and it will eventually be sparkling clean!
• Fill a bucket with a small amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap and then fill about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way with water. Get some nice rubber gloves and a rag.
• Take down all drapery and put them in the washing machine if machine washable.
• Move any lightweight pieces of furniture away from the walls, and remove all wall hangings.
• Choose which wall you’d like to start wiping down. We chose a corner and then worked around the room in a counterclockwise fashion. Begin wiping down the wall starting at the top and working your way down. Wipe all electrical outlets, light switches, and trim as well.
• Murphy’s Oil soap is great for anything made of wood. Therefore, take all items of shelves, coffee tables, bookshelves, media centers, etc. and wipe them down. Then wipe dry with a soft cloth. Wipe down all other items before putting them back in their place.
• Remove the cushions and pillows from your couch (chairs, futons, and whatever else you lounge around on) and vacuum. I have a really nice hand held Dirt Devil that we used to vacuum the larger surfaces. We then used my Eureka vacuum attachments to get in the cracks and corners of the couch. Vacuum the cushions and pillows and replace them. We found a few interesting items in the couch including my husband’s stylus pen for his ipad. OOPS!! You just never know what you might find.
• Use your favorite glass cleaner or this great homemade version to clean the inside and outside of the windows (unless its raining. We definitely did not venture outside), patio doors, mirrors, picture frames, etc. We noticed that the inside bottom of the windows were very dirty. Take a second to wipe it down with a wet cloth.
• My living room is carpeted. Therefore, we vacuumed the room including underneath the couches and chairs and any other easy to move furniture.
• Hang your nice clean drapery and enjoy the shine.
I've mentioned before that my mother has taught me a lot about the ins and outs of cleaning. That being said, when I realized I was staying home the entire week of spring break I asked her if she would help me spring clean 1 or 2 of the rooms in my house. Honestly, I had never done a very good job because I didn't know where to start and what to do in each room. I looked at the whole house and it all seemed so completely overwhelming. Mom agreed to help me (yay!), which also meant we got to spend a wonderful four days with her and dad.
So where did we start? We felt like it was easiest to begin with the room in the house that takes the most time. For both of us that room was the kitchen. There are more things to move, wipe down, clean above, clean under, etc than other rooms. It may be a different room for you, but no matter what room it might be if you leave it until last it just might never get cleaned! I, for one, am very glad that my kitchen is done (and that my mama was there to help with it)!
Ok, so you've picked the room. Now what? I'm going to give you a few tips on what we did. I'm going to stick with the kitchen for now with more posts to come later on other rooms of the house. Mom and I took 2 afternoon to do the kitchen. We worked on the cuboard side first and then did the kitchen table side the next day. It didn't seem like such huge task when we broke it down like this. Here it goes...