Well spring has officially sprung here in Texas and oh how we love our Bluebonnets and sunshine!

It’s also the time of year that we dust of the cobwebs, clean out the gutters and prepare to spend a little time making our homes ready for the season. Here are just a few of my favorite shortcuts and tricks that make prepping for the season a little less costly and a little easier.

  1. White cleaning vinegar is always my go to cleaner and can be found at your local home improvement store. I use it on shower doors, plumbing fixtures, sinks, windows, mirrors and anything else plagued with hard water stains or streaks. For windows, take a spray bottle and fill with 1/3 vinegar, 2/3 water and  1/3 rubbing alcohol as a drying agent.  Use newspaper instead of paper towels to dry windows and mirrors. White cleaning vinegar and an onion will help prep that grill for the season.  Heat up your grill and spray the vinegar on the grates to loosen residue, then scrub firmly with half an onion. The acid in the onion will take off any leftover residue.  White cleaning vinegar also works great to spray down your boats and jet ski after a day on the lake.  Just spray and wipe
  2. Baking Soda is great for cleaning your sinks, especially stainless steel. Dissolve stuck on grease or brighten up dingy laundry without the use of bleach.  Nothing is better at getting rid of bad smells than baking soda. Throw a little baking soda and vinegar into your garbage disposal to freshen it up. From your kids gym shoes to freshening the fridge or the garbage pail baking soda is a great “go to” for neutralizing odors!
  3. Lemons are great for all kinds of cleaning and freshening.  Grind 1/2 of one up in the garbage disposal after cleaning for an extra fresh scent.  take the other half and squeeze it into 1/2 a cup of water, throwing the rind into the mixture.  Microwave for 3 minutes and let stand for about 5 minutes without opening the door.  the steam will loosen the grime and make wiping out the microwave a breeze.

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more helpful tips to spend less time and money preparing for Spring and more time enjoying it!!

Now go check out those bluebonnets!