Clean Your Home All Winter Long
You’re about to shut yourself inside for the coming cold months, and winter can be a good time for cleaning. You don’t want to spend that time with all the dust and dirt that has accumulated during the hot, dusty, open-window days of summer. Below are some ideas for keeping your home clean all winter.
- First, create an area near frequently-used entryways where shoes and boots can be stored when people come inside. Put down a wide, shallow tray that people can leave their snowy shoes and boots. This will help keep the unwanted snow and mud and slush off floors and carpets.
- Give your house a thorough vacuuming. Be sure to vacuum areas that are normally skipped, such as closet floors and the top of kitchen cabinets. Flip over furniture and vacuum the dust from the bottom. Move the stove and refrigerator out enough so you can vacuum behind them.
- Clean hard-to-reach areas, such as the tops of doors, kitchen cabinets, and wall-hung framed pictures. If the stove and refrigerator can be moved out far enough, clean the floor underneath them. You’ll be surprised at the amount of dust and grime that accumulates there.
- Clean glass surfaces, such as the insides of windows and mirrors. Vinegar and water works great and doesn’t leave a streaky residue. Vinegar and water also works well for other surfaces that aren’t routinely cleaned, such as ceiling fan blades and vinyl window blinds.
- Wash and disinfect items such as toothbrush holders, wastebaskets, bathroom cups, and toilet brush holders.
Keeping your home clean during winter will make spring cleaning a breeze, if it’s even needed at all!