Spring Cleaning for Neat Freaks

Spring is here, and every magazine cover, e-newsletter, and tweet is filled to the brim with spring cleaning tips. You – being the classic type A,  neat freak – click on each and every mention and what do they tell you?

“Vacuum under furniture!”
“Wipe down the inside of your microwave!”
“Alphabetize your spice drawer!”

Please. Those are amateur spring cleaning tips. And you are no amateur. We are here to tell you, there is hope for your spring cleaning cravings — there are cleaning and organizing tips, that even we hadn’t heard of before!

  • For your linen closet: stack all your sheets together in their respective sets. Fit all the sheets of the set into one of the pillowcases. Then stack the pillowcase sets on top of each other on a shelf. Uniform and beautiful. 
  • For your fridge: Salt and soda water is the best toxin-free way to clean out your fridge. Use the mixture generously while scrubbing each shelf and then be sure to towel dry completely. 
  • For your windows and doors: Have a scrap of carpeting lying around? This is your key to cleaning window and door screens. Remove the screens and use the carpet scrap as a powerful brush. Boom clean screens.
  • For your kitchen: Freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, and feed the ice cubes to your garbage disposal to clean and deodorize. No one likes a smelly disposal. 
  • Bonus for your kitchen: Wooden cutting boards and SO hard to clean. You need them to be germ free but you don’t want to use a toxic cleaner that can sink into the pores of the board. We have the rock star, three step solution!
    • (1) Sanitize. Mix 1 tablespoon each of baking soda, salt, and water in a small bowl. Using a clean kitchen towel, scrub the mixture all over the board.  Then wipe down with a dry paper towel.  
    • (2) Reduce Odor. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the board once more. This time wipe down with a damp paper towel.
    • (3) Protect. Using a food grade mineral oil (example), rub all over the board with a dry paper towel to prevent drying and cracking.

See, what did we tell you? Great tips for your spring cleaning adventures. If you have any cleaning tricks for other neat freaks, like yourself, share the wealth and leave them in the comments below!

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