Cleaning happens year-around, even daily, but there’s nothing quite like the freshness of spring cleaning. You’re probably looking forward to finally packing up the winter goods and welcoming more fun and sun into your home.
With the changing seasons comes the duty of spring cleaning and decluttering. Home & Texture joined Clorox® to watch Tik Tok’s “Queens of Clean,” Vanesa Amaro and Diane Amos (The Pine-Sol® Lady), for their tips to help families with the daunting duty of deep cleaning.
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The Cleaning Pros Best Tips
We asked these cleaning pros for some tips that families can use to get their homes ready for spring.
What are the most common areas in the home that most people tend to ignore?
Diane Amos: “I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again! Something people never really think about is behind the door – it is like a hidden city of little knickknacks. Maybe you’ve placed things behind there that you forgot about, so, it is good to remember to clean that area. Another place is light fixtures. If someone’s sitting on your couch and you turn on a lamp, I promise you it is going to illuminate every little piece of dust that is on your table or in your lampshade right away. So, cleaning your light fixtures and around those lamp areas is a very good tip, and don’t forget those side tables – keep them nice and clean as well.”
Vanesa Amaro: “For me, it’s making sure that we’re cleaning what we’re not seeing. It’s human nature to ignore cleaning what we don’t see – out of sight out of mind! If we don’t see it, we’re not going to clean it. So, think about those things that you’re not seeing in your house on a daily basis. Like the top of your chandelier or maybe the top of your light fixtures, the top of your mirrors, or anything that’s hidden behind or under things such as the couch and vacuum under it. Move that stove and don’t forget to clean the sides of it. It’s good to keep in mind that you might not be seeing it so you might not be cleaning it.”
How To Prepare To Clean Your Home
How do you organize your home before you clean?
Diane Amos: “Start by making a list of what you want to do in each room. Remember that you don’t have to do it all in one day. Assign tasks to the people that are going to help you. Or if you’re doing it by yourself, give yourself tasks that are not going to wear you out in one day. Gather your cleaning products in one area or get yourself a caddy with a handle that can go around with you into each room. Separately, if I know I want to sweep I will take the broom out and put it in the hallway or put all my rags and sponges on the counter at one time so when I get to that room, I’m not looking for my tools – they’re already there!”
Vanesa Amaro: “I like to declutter my house before cleaning to eliminate distractions. For example, opening a drawer and stumbling upon old photos. Next thing you know you’re going down memory lane looking at old pictures. Two hours later you still hadn’t cleaned. Designate a separate day for decluttering and organizing your house as cleaning a less cluttered house is way easier than cleaning a house with double the mess.”
With those great tips, we let the experts pick the top cleaning products that will get the job done.Jump to Products
Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wipes
Disinfecting wipes are a must when it comes to cleaning. They work well for quick messes and deep cleaning alike. Unlike other wipes, these are scented with a fresh, delicate fragrance that is non-toxic to users. You'll want to keep these wipes in your regular cleaning rotation after you give your home a deep clean because they are good at fighting nasty germs, including Covid-19. Every pack includes 75 sheets, and with the scent of pacific breeze and coconut, cleaning won't feel like such a chore anymore!
Clorox Clean-Up® + Bleach
You are going to need this all-purpose bleach cleaner for those nooks and crannies. It not only eliminates dirt but it disinfects as well. With the ability to be used indoors and outdoors, you can clean as well as deodorize. Clean your tub, sinks and large appliances as well as outdoor items like your grill. This cleaner also comes in a Smart Tube technology spray bottle that allows you to use all of the product to the very last drop. Dirt, grease, grime and filth won't stand a chance with this cleaner.
Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner
Sometimes it's easier to stick with what you know works well. Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner has been a staple in homes across the globe for generations, so there's no point in stopping now. "I love the Original Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner. It has so many uses," Diane Amos a.k.a The Pine-Sol Lady confirmed. It's hard to deny how powerful and resourceful this classic cleaner is. It's great for just about anything you need to clean in your home. It's even effective on wood and tile floors and won't ruin nonporous surfaces. Your home will be clean and smelling like fresh lemons.
Clorox Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner
If you want an all-purpose cleaner without bleach but with the same amount of cleaning power, Clorox Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner is the preferred option. This bleach-free cleaner disinfects and eliminates germs and soap scum. It eliminates all odor-causing bacteria that are in danger of spreading for up to 48 hours. With a classic lemon scent, you will enjoy the lingering citrus smell your home will have after cleaning. It also has a detailed trigger that will come in handy when doing your deep cleaning in those hard-to-reach places. Having a bleach-free, all-purpose cleaner is a great alternative for families who might have pets or small children in the home.
Clorox Plus Tilex® Mold & Mildew Remover
It's one thing to clean the mildew and it's another thing to stop mildew from occurring in and around your home. This Clorox Plus Tilex® Mold & Mildew Remover promises to kill common bacteria that are usually found on fiberglass, ceramic tiles, and shower curtains. On top of that, this mildew remover requires no scrubbing which is great for your hands and back. All you need to do is spray and wipe to ensure your area is clean. The best part is that this mildew remover won't leave any nasty or dusty streaks on any of the surfaces you clean. Your home will thank you, especially your bathroom.
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