It’s time to spring into action and clean your home

Amanda Bialek, LA&E Editor

1. Dishwasher Duty

A great way to sanitize is to shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe the dishwasher down with it. This helps removes tough stains and stuck-on food.

2. Disinfect the Disposal

Stink be gone! To freshen up the disposal naturally, drop in some sliced lemons, ice and salt. The lemons will deodorize while the salt and ice will take care of residue.

3. Ditch the Sponge

Did you know sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria? To disinfect yours, squeeze it out after using it and microwave it for one minute. When it starts to get smelly, throw it into the trash can.

4. Wash your Shower Curtain Liner

Mold and mildew? No need to throw away the liner. Put it in the washer along with bath towels to help scrub it clean and hang it back up to dry.

5. Tame the Toilet

Make fizzy bath bombs for your toilet. A quick recipe: 1 cup cornstarch; 1 cup citric acid; 2 cups baking soda; 1/2 cup Epsom salt; 1/2 cup sea salt; 2 tsp. water; 1/2 tsp. Borax; 1-2 tsp. essential oil; 2 tbsp. of a light oil such as jojoba or grapeseed.Visit for more details on sanitizing the toilet with do-it-yourself bath bombs.

6. Get the drains unclogged

First, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Then add in about half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for about eight minutes. Pour a cup of hot water mixed with vinegar down the drain. Cover with the plug and flush the drain out with hot water once more.

7. Pick the perfect broom

For indoor messes, be sure to use a broom with fine bristles. This will help pick up small dirt particles more efficiently. For the porch or other outdoor areas, choose a stronger broom with stiff bristles.

8. Say goodbye to dust bunnies with the proper dustpan

Purchase a dustpan with a rubber edge. Sweep dirt and dust bunnies into the pan with ease and catch every dust bunny that is lurking.

9. Address your drawers and closet

Take time to sort through the clothes in your dresser and those hanging in your closet. We often are storing clothes that are no longer worn. Purge what you do not wear anymore. Consider donating it or giving it to a friend.

10. Keep the essentials nearby

Organize a basket to keep on your nightstand. Fill it with your favorite moisturizer, chapstick, box of tissues and a book. This will remind you to take care of yourself as the season changes.

11. Use velcro to address clutter

For all the gamers out there, label your game controllers and attach them to the specific game console with velcro. You will no longer have to search high and low for the controller next time you are ready to play your favorite game.

12. Clean out the refrigerator

Throw away any old leftovers or outdated food. Combine salt and soda water to make a cleaner. Wipe down the fridge with this bubbling mixture.

13. Don’t spread the dust

Spray all the ceiling fans with furniture polish. Be sure to wipe off the excess and then lightly buff for a nice shine.

14. Use a Diffuser

Freshen up your room or home with a diffuser. Lemon and Thieves are great scents that will help eliminate any lingering odors and kill bacteria.

15. Shine the windows

Use a glass cleaner to get rid of those spots and smudges from the winter season. To ensure a great window shine, wash the windows on a cloudy day.

16. Toss your bedding in the washer

It is important to wash pillowcases and sheets on a regular basis to stay germ free. To keep your bedding smelling fresh, washing it once a month is ideal.

17. Check out what is underneath your bedding

While your bedding is washing, use the crevice tool from your vacuum on your mattress. This will remove dust and skin flakes. Spray some tea tree or lavender essential oils.