Winter is upon us. That doesn’t mean the cleaning doesn’t stop. Here are a few winter cleaning tips to get you through those cold months.
1. Disinfect Garbage Cans
You’re going to be stuck inside with these things all winter. These germ infested cans that hold your waste are a cesspool of disease. Before it freezes outside, take out your waste baskets and give them a thorough scrub.
For an environmentally friendly cleanser, use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar mixed with equal parts water. It’s important to note NOT to mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar however. That is a deadly combination for which no one wants to be responsible. Mixed with water though, these ingredients are a strong antibacterial that will not harm the environment.
Take an extra moment and clean your toilet brushes with this cleanser as well.
2. Get the Windows Done
Now is the perfect time to get all the summer muck and grime off your windows. While you’re busy with the deep cleaning, consider having a window cleaning company out to do your windows. They will be able to get the hard to reach windows. And, let’s face it, no one likes cleaning windows themselves. Best to leave it to the professionals.
Most of the time, a window cleaning company will be more than happy to go after your gutters as well. Some even offer Christmas lights services. It’s worth a look into all the different things they can do for you.
3. Flip the Furniture
Especially if you have pets. Turn your couch and chairs upside down and vacuum up all that fur, dust, and whatever else gets caught up there during the year. Be careful not to press too hard on the dust covers though. You don’t want to punch a hole in them.
4. Pull out the Fridge
Your refrigerator needs a little love and attention right about now. Go on and pull it out to reveal all the wonderful goodies that have been hiding back there. Then go ahead and clean it up. Make sure you clean around the condenser coils too. This will help to keep your fridge running efficiently and ultimately save you money.
5. Clean Ceiling Fan Blades and Switch their Direction
After wipe all the dust off the top of your ceiling fans, push the direction button so they can turn the opposite way. You can keep the air in your house flowing, while not blowing cold air onto you. With the blades moving the other way, they generate warm, or at least tepid, air. And you won’t have stale air that so often comes with the winter months.
6. Change Furnace Filters
Not only does this prevent weird smells when you first turn on your heat, but it also prevents fires from occurring. You wouldn’t think it, but dust can cause fire. You probably want to avoid that. A clean filter will also keep your furnace from working overtime and it will save you money in the long run.