Now that the weather is showing signs of spring we begin to feel the connections to fresh beginnings. Many of us feel the common urges to start planning new gardening ideas so we visit our gardening centers and get excited seeing all the potential bloom in our own yards.
Many of you are thinking about that purging process from last month’s blog which leads to SPRING CLEANING!
One of the best cleaning projects is getting the windows ready to open to the outdoors! You know – those spring days when it has just rained and the pollen is too wet to come inside. Beware though, of what is actually lurking in your outer window sills and track areas… dead bugs, dust particles and old pollen along with mold! This makes for a disgustingly non-healthy situation.
Here is Maid in America’s all-natural, EASY cleaning solution to prepare those windows for bringing in the outdoors…
- Gather your materials. All you need is a hair dryer, extension cord, cleaning sponge, large bowl of soapy warm (almost hot) water, another rinsing bowl of water, baking soda, spray bottle with white vinegar, and an old toothbrush.
- Start with one room at a time on a pretty day. Crank up your music and open all the windows in that room. With one window at a time simply loosen the screen.
- Take your hair dryer (attached to extension cord if needed) and blow out as much loose gunk as possible.
- Sprinkle baking soda along entire window sill then saturate with vinegar spray. The kids really like doing this part because they see it begin to foam. TIP: put your baking soda in an old Parmesan cheese container with the sprinkle lid to avoid globs pouring out of the box.
- After soaking 5 minutes, take your toothbrush to corners and tracks. Wash out with soapy water and sponge, then rinse out with the other bowl of water. It may be helpful to have a bowl/container with a good pouring spout to make rinsing easier and mess-free. Carry around a mop bucket and dip one of your measuring cups the size of 2 cups to scoop out clean rinsing water and gently pour over the window sill. Or… you may have a different method.
- Snap screens back on latches.
- REPEAT, then welcome the new beginnings of spring indoors and enjoy listening to the birds.
One extra step you may want to add after the sills have dried is to sprinkle baking soda along the track. Bugs aren’t fond of it AND it continues to absorb odors to help keep your breeze fresh!
If you are real bug-a-phobe, you can spray a water mixture of peppermint essential oil along the window sills. The spiders especially hate that smell!
What is YOUR favorite spring cleaning project? Share in the comments with your best tip!