Olivia Harvey
March 02, 2018 10:16 am
Warner Bros. Television

Though some of us may still be bundled in sweaters, spring is actually just around the corner. And once we’re able to open our windows to air out our stuffy homes, a good spring cleaning will be necessary. If you’re looking to make the process as painless as possible, check out these 7 spring cleaning hacks that will save you time and money, and help breathe new life into your home.

Spring cleaning can actually be a therapeutic process. According to a 2015 Psychology Today article, the act of decluttering, organizing, and cleaning has been associated with “improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity.”

Paired with sunshine and warmer temperatures, a good spring clean will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

The spring cleaning tips below come from a collection of house cleaners linked to Thumbtack, the online service that helps homeowners find the right pros for the task at hand. Not only will these hacks help you achieve a cleaner home, but most of them use all-natural ingredients to get the job done. In other words, those chemical cleaners won’t dampen the fresh air flowing through your open windows.

Let’s dive into the hacks so you can get ahead on your spring cleaning.

1Use lemon to clean your microwave.

To eliminate odors and loosen stuck-on food bits, cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl of water. Place the squeezed lemon halves in the bowl and heat in your microwave for five minutes. Not only will the lemon leave behind a fresh citrus scent, but the steam from the lemon water will soften any hardened splatter.

2Uncooked rice can make your glassware sparkle.

If you need to clean a piece of glassware with a narrow neck, The Sisters Home Service, Thumbtack house cleaners, suggests using a mixture of water, soap, vinegar, and rice. The water, soap, and vinegar act as cleaning agents while the uncooked rice acts as a scrubber. Swirling or shaking the mixture in the piece of glassware will remove stuck-on debris and bring the piece back to life.

3Organic coconut oil spray can clean stainless steel.

“There are recipes to make your own coconut oil spray online,” said The Sisters Home Service, “or you can purchase a bottle of pre-made coconut oil spray.” When used with a high-quality paper towel or microfiber cloth, a small bit of coconut oil spray can instantly remove smudges from your stainless steel appliances.

This coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s ($7.87) will definitely do the trick.

4Easily get rid of bathroom mildew with cotton balls.

Dip cotton balls in bleach and place them in the corners of your bathtub (you know — where all that icky black stuff hangs out). Let them sit while you clean the rest of your bathroom and then remove. The mildew should have disappeared.

5Microwave your sponges to remove bacteria — but know that this doesn’t always work.

You can rinse your sponges with clean water at the end of the day and nuke them in the microwave for three minutes to get rid of weaker bacteria strains. The Sisters Home Services told us,

It’s always a good idea to frequently change out your sponges, rather than risk the spread of harmful bacteria.

6Use coffee grounds to eliminate odor.

You may have heard of putting baking soda in your fridge to get rid of food odors. Interestingly enough, coffee grounds can have the same effect. Place either new or used coffee grounds in a small bowl inside your fridge and replace them every 2 months to keep things smelling fresh (and slightly caffeinated).

7Ditch the lint roller for a rubber glove.

Clean up pet hair easily by donning a rubber dishwashing glove. Wipe your gloved hand over hairy surfaces to remove evidence of any couch potato pets.

Thanks so much to Thumbtack’s cleaning experts for helping us get our place in tip-top shape. We’re now absolutely ready for the spring season.