Spring cleaning tips to keep your home in tiptop shape

What is it about spring that makes some of us want to open the windows and start cleaning? Maybe it’s because the house has been closed up for the past several months, or it could simply be the rebirth of all things green outside. Either way spring cleaning seems to be on the minds of many.

There’s one versatile chemical-free product that can be used to clean nearly anything – and you probably have it in your home already. White vinegar! No kidding; just mix equal parts white vinegar and water and tackle most cleaning projects in your house. Check out this list of suggested uses for you upcoming spring cleaning:

To clean a shower head, mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water and pour it into a sandwich bag. Tie the bag around the shower head and leave for two to three hours. Remove the bag and rinse the shower head.

For an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, mix one cup water, one cup white vinegar and one cup dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Spray on sinks, shower tiles and tubs then wipe with a damp cloth.

If your towels have lost their fluff, wash them with one cup of white vinegar instead of your usual laundry detergent.

To clean and deodorize your microwave, mix ½ cup water and ½ cup white vinegar in a microwave safe bowl and place it inside the microwave. Bring the water to a boil and without opening the door leave it in the microwave for two to three minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and use a damp cloth to wipe out the microwave. The encrusted stuff will wipe away easily.

Combine one cup water with one cup white vinegar in a spray bottle to clean and shine your windows and mirrors. Wipe with a crumpled newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Once you’ve cleaned nearly everything in sight, you might find your home needs more of a makeover than a clean-up. Consider a home equity loan from your neighborhood credit union.

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