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Your Spring Cleaning Guide is Here!

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a quite a week, hasn’t it? A lot of us received a ton of snow over the past few days, and let me tell you…it was no fun trying to dig our car out on Tuesday morning. Seriously, it was like going on a scavenger hunt just to find a windshield wiper.

Hopefully this is winter’s last bite, and we can soon say hello to warmer temperatures, sunny skies, and spring cleaning!

We’ve already started gathering our supplies, and while in the process of making a checklist, we thought we’d let you in on what we do to get ready for spring. So sit back, grab your coffee, and let us show you how to do spring cleaning right!

Be Prepared

This is where the magic starts. It’s time to stock up on all the things you’re going to need to clean your place from top to bottom. Trash bags, paper towels, rags, sponges, cleaners, and anything else you think you might need to get the job done. Put them all in one place, or in a cleaning caddy that you can carry from room to room. Either way, make sure they’re somewhere accessible and within arm’s reach.

Also, make a playlist of some of your favorite songs to clean to while you’re at it. Cleaning is just that much more fun when you can jam to some tunes while shaking your booty all around the house.

Finally, grab some of your favorite scented candles to spread throughout your home, because not only will it help to eliminate some of those odors while cleaning, but there’s just something soothing about the nice fresh scent of a candle that warms the heart, right?

The Plan

Okay, so we like to do our spring cleaning over the course of several days. Usually a week. That might seem like a lot of cleaning, and it is, but when you divide things up by day it doesn’t feel as daunting compared to trying to tackle everything in a single day and burning yourself out. So grab a day planner, a calendar, or a good ol’ fashioned notepad and let’s get to work, shall we?

Day 1

We like to start off by washing all the things! Curtains, shower curtains, bedding, pillows, quilts, throws, everything! Toss it all in the wash, and take this opportunity to flip your mattresses, as well as empty out all the trash bins around the house before sanitizing them.

Day 2

The kitchen. Yes, we devote an entire day to the kitchen, because over the course of a long, hard winter this is the place that gets the most dirt build up. We like to get deep down in there and take everything out of the cabinets and give them a good clean, and then organize them as we put everything back.

From there it’s on to the fridge, emptying and cleaning it inside and out. Then the oven, inside and out, followed by the microwave, counter tops, sink, and garbage.

Day 3

With the kitchen out of the way, it’s time to move on to the rest of the house. Windows, doors, walls, baseboards, banisters, mirrors, and anything else with a glass surface. Leave no stoned unturned. Get the bedrooms, the bathroom, the foyer, everywhere. Here we also take the time to dust all the electronics, and not just on the surface. Pull them from their home and dust underneath and behind them, as well.

Day 4

This day is for vacuuming, mopping, and a bit more washing. Vacuum rugs, carpets, couches, chairs, as well as wash any rugs that you can such as the ones you might have in the bathroom. From there you can toss couch covers in the washing machine, and move on to mopping the kitchen and bathroom floors.

Day 5

We’re almost done! Today it’s time to polish and shine the furniture, as well as clean the toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers. While you’re in the bathroom, it’s also a good idea to go through your medicine cabinets, take everything out, clean them, and organize everything as you put it back. Toss all the stuff you don’t need/use, or is expired, making a note to restock on anything essential.

Day 6

Whew! The heard part is over, and now we get into some final miscellaneous tasks. Change the batteries in your smoke detector, change the filters in your furnace, replace any burned out lightbulbs, and take a walk around your entire house to check for anything you might have missed, such as tossing out old newspapers and magazines that are lying around.

That’s it, you’re done cleaning! On the seventh day you can rest, take in a movie, read a book, or do whatever your little heart desires.

Now, we realize that it isn’t always possible to go at it hard for six days straight because people work and have families, but the key to any good spring cleaning is to have a plan. Even if you break things down over the course of two weeks, or get the kids involved to help you out, as long as you can tackle all those chores in a reasonable amount of time, you’ll have your home looking fresh and clean in no time!

How to Clean Your Hairbrush

Congratulations! You made it through the week, and now we’re just hours away from the weekend. We hope you have something fun and exciting planned, and if not, there’s no shame in lounging around in your sweatpants binging Gilmore Girls on Netflix while eating a tub of Cherry Garcia. Not that we’ve ever done anything like that.

We prefer cookie dough.

And Gossip Girl.

Hater’s gonna hate, right?

One thing we are going to do this weekend that we’ve been putting off for a while is clean our hairbrushes. I know, I know, who cleans their hairbrushes, right? Well, if you want healthier hair then you should totally keep those brushes clean, otherwise all that hair that’s stuck in your brush is going to re-deposit that dust and oil back into your hair right after you’ve washed it. Ew, right?

Luckily this process takes no time at all, and you’ll be back on that couch lounging until your heart’s content.

Step One: Remove all that Hair

First, grab something you can use to tease all that hair out away from the base. A chopstick, pen, ice pick…whatever does the job. If you’re using a flat brush, it’s as easy as getting it up enough to pull it out with your hand and tossing it in the trash.

For those round brushes that have the hair wrapped all the way around them, it’s a little trickier, but still manageable. Tease the hair up as much as you can, then cut all the way through it with a pair of scissors. This will separate the hair, allowing you to yank it free easier, and quicker, than if you were to try and unravel it all.

Step Two: Make Your Cleaning Solution

For this step take a bowl and fill it halfway with warm water, then add a teaspoon of shampoo, followed by a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix it all around and you’ll be good to go.

Bonus Tip: If you’re cleaning multiple brushes at once, you can forget about the bowl and just fill your sink up with warm water, add the shampoo and baking soda, stir, then drop all your brushes in.

Step Three: Get to Scrubbing

Take an old toothbrush and hold the hairbrush over the bowl. Get the toothbrush wet with your cleaning solution, and start scrubbing all around the pad and bristles of your trusty brush, making sure to get every nook and cranny possible. Rinse the toothbrush as needed while you’re cleaning, and when you’ve finished run the hairbrush under some warm water to get rid of any excess cleaning solution before you set it off to the side.

A note about wooden brushes: these are more delicate, so you’re going to need to make sure you shake your toothbrush a few times before you start scrubbing. This way you’re not soaking the wood in water, shortening the life of the hairbrush. When rinsing it clean of any excess solution, try as best you can to only rinse the bristles. If you get some water on the wood itself, don’t panic. Just give it a shake, and then set it off to the side.

Step Four: Dry

This is the easy part. Set up a clean towel and lay your brushes on it to air dry. If you’re in a big hurry and you’ve just washed your only brush and now have nothing to comb your hair with, you can use your hair dryer to speed up the process, but the preferred method is definitely letting them air dry for a couple of hours.

Pretty easy, right? This isn’t just for brushes, either. You can use this process to clean regular old combs, as well.

Ideally you want to clean your hairbrushes once a month to prevent oil and dirt build-up, but we realize that it sometimes has a tendency to slip our minds. If you can’t get to it once a month, then at least remember to clean them every time you get a haircut, and if you’re one of those people who only gets their haircut once a year, then try to clean those brushes once every three months, okay?

Your hair will thank you, and so will your stylist, because nobody likes greasy hair.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have some Gossip Girl to binge.

Have a clean weekend everyone, and we’ll talk to you again on Monday!

How to Get Rid of Nasty Tupperware Odors

Happy Monday, everyone! What’s so happy about it, you ask? Well, the sun is shining (kind of), we’re 18 days away from the first day of spring, and we had a nice, productive weekend where we got lots, and lots, of cleaning done!

What can we say? We’re kind of a bunch of clean freaks around here.

One task we tackled was cleaning out the fridge. Ugh, talk about a pain in the butt. There were expired salad dressings, some sort of lunchmeat that looked like it was growing an arm, and plastic tupperware containers that had something that used to be food in them.

We tossed it all, smelled the tupperware, and held our noses. Talk about a righteous stench! Plastic containers are known for holding on to those rank odors long after whatever was in them is gone. But we have a few tricks up our sleeves, and thankfully the stink didn’t last long.

What’s our secret? We’re glad you asked, because here are five ways you can get rid of tupperware tang, restoring your containers so you can use them again and again.

1. Wash ‘Em

Duh! Of course you wash them, right? Well, here’s a trick: after washing those containers out with soap and water, and giving them a good rinse, pour some dishwashing liquid into the bottom and let it soak into the plastic for a little while. An hour should be sufficient, and at about the 30 minute mark, you can fill the container the rest of the way with hot water, continuing to let it soak. This will get rid of odors that aren’t too pungent.

2. Douse Them in Vinegar

For stronger odors that tend to linger, fill your tupperware containers halfway with white vinegar, and the other half with water. Let them soak for as long as 24 hours to really let that vinegar do the work. It will cleanse those containers of grease, and odors, and afterwards you can wash and rinse them with regular soap and water like you normally would.

3. Baking Soda Does the Trick

We love baking soda for a variety of reasons, but this has to be in our top 3 for favorite uses. Put four or five teaspoons of baking soda into your smelly container, pop the lid on, and shake it all around for a good two minutes. This will allow the baking soda to absorb any foul odors inside, making them disappear. If you notice the odor still lingering, repeat the process, only this time throw in a teaspoon of water to release the cleaning power of baking soda!

4. Bake Them

No, we don’t mean bake them in the oven. That would just be silly, and leave you with a whole other mess to clean that we won’t get into. By bake them, we mean place those smelly old tupperware containers outside in the sun for a day. You’ll want to wash them with soap and water first, and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t start to melt, but this is a great method for getting rid of odors that people normally don’t think of.

5. Read All About It

Do you ever wonder why old newspapers smell so bad? This is because they’re great at absorbing various odors. So with that in mind, crumple up some pages of your old newspapers and place them inside your washed and dried tupperware containers. Put the lid on, and let them sit for 24 hours so that newspaper really has a chance to absorb all that grease and stench. When you’re done, take out the newspaper and give it another good wash with soap and water, and voila! No more stink.

Pretty simple, right? Depending on how long your food has been sitting in those containers you might have to combine a couple of these methods to really get rid of those odors, but give it a little time and you’ll eventually find the one that works right for you.

But if you really want to keep the stench at bay, the trick is to not let them go too long with leftovers in them. Eat that food while it’s still fresh, or toss it out after a day or two. Trust us, after cleaning out the fridge this weekend, we’re never going to let our containers get that nasty again.

Oh, who are we kidding. Of course we will.

Hey, at least we know how to clean them, and now you do too!

Have a great week, everyone. We’ll talk to you again on Friday.

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