March signals the end of winter and the start of spring making it a great time to take stock of your rental home and whip it back into shape. If you are looking for some advice to reinvigorate your home by removing (or at the very least decreasing) the clutter and investing in your health by giving it – in its entirety – a thorough cleaning, here are a few insanely simple cleaning tips to help get you started on your spring cleaning journey.
#1: Take Inventory and Declutter
Carry out an inventory of what you really need in your life. As you come across items, whether long lost items or seldom used items, ask yourself if said item serves a useful purpose to your life. If the answer is yes, then put it in its proper place, but if the answer is no (which will often be the case) then it should be donated, tossed or sold. Seriously you will thank us later.
#2: Window Cleaning Like a Boss
One of the most gratifying of all spring cleaning chores is getting your windows so clean that the sunshine just pours in and warms both your home and your heart as the weather heats up. Start on the exterior side of your windows and work your way in – it’ll prove the easiest. We recommend using a glass cleaner that has been infused with a nice clean scent.
#3: Clean/Replace Clogged Air Filters
If your air filters aren’t removing dust due to the fact that they are clogged, it’s no large leap of the imagination to determine that all that dirt and debris is landing on your furnishings, thus making dusting seem like it’s a daily chore. You should replace clogged air filters every three months. We recommend using high quality HEPA air filters to see the best results.
#4: Purge and Sanitize the Refrigerator
Pull the trash can over to the fridge and toss out any lingering leftovers (you should never keep leftovers beyond three days), spoiled or expired food and open bottles of condiments that you haven’t used in some time. Proceed to remove all the glass shelves and plastic bins in order to give them and your entire fridge a good old fashioned cleaning.
#5: De-Germ Sponges
According to recent studies conducted by the University of Arizona, your kitchen sponge could be harboring up to 10 million bacteria per square inch, making it 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Soaking a sponge in a mixture of 3/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water for 5 minutes has proven effective at removing 99.9 percent of these bacteria strains.