16 genius spring-cleaning hacks

Spring cleaning exists to make you miserable. Give these a try make it a little less awful.

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  • Do you dread spring cleaning? You're not alone - most people do. Some people skip it altogether (even when it's desperately needed). Try some of these hacks to make your cleaning experience easier and faster:

  • 1. Lint-roller your lamp shades

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  • Bye-bye dust.

  • 2. Deodorize your mattress with baking soda

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    Posted by Grandmother's Kitchen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  • Sprinkle one box of baking soda on the top of your mattress. Let it sit for at least an hour. Then slowly vacuum the mattress. Your mattress will look and smell wonderful.

  • 3. Use vinegar in your washing machine

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  • Run an empty, hot cycle with a cup of vinegar or a dishwasher detergent tablet to remove mildew and add shine.

  • 4. Clean children's toys in dishwasher

  • Little Things You've Probably Forgotten You Need To Clean * Toss your kids’ Legos in the washing machine (enclosed in a mesh bag). * You can clean other plastic toys in the dishwasher.

    Posted by European Cleaning 4 U on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
  • Your dishwasher isn't just for dishes! Get rid of the germs on those slobbery toys.

  • 5. Rubber gloves or squeegee to remove pet hair

  • Window Squeegee Removes Dog Hair From Carpet.

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  • Don't have animals? Try it on your bathroom rug and see how much you shed.

  • 6. Clean oven racks in the tub with a dryer sheet

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  • Put your oven racks in your bathroom tub with a couple drops of dish soap, a few dryer sheets and hot water. Soak for several hours and everything will wipe away with no effort.

  • 7. High chair cleanup

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  • Use a 3-1 water to white vinegar ratio in a spray bottle. Spray, let it sit for a couple minutes and the hard, sticky mess will wipe right off. This is a natural and safe disinfectant you can use on eating surfaces and keep stored in a spray bottle for future use.

  • 8. Sweep ceiling corners and dome light fixtures clean

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  • Attach a microfiber cloth on the end of a towel with a large rubber band. Wipe cobwebs and dust away in hard to reach places. This works for the tight spaces between the fridge and wall too.

  • 9. Put a lazy susan in the fridge

  • Place a lazy susan in the fridge it make things easier to get .

    Posted by Arneaud & OBannon, Professional Organizers on Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Spring cleaning includes going through the fridge. After wiping all of the shelves and throwing away expired condiments and food, put a lazy susan on a shelf to help keep things organized and easy to get to.

  • 10. Using a dustpan to fill a mop bucket

  • Tuesday Tip: Use a clean dustpan to fill a bucket that won’t fit in the sink.

    Posted by The Time Fairy UK on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
  • Never wrestle a bucket in and out of a sink again.

  • 11. Use coke to clean your toilet

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  • As gross as it looks, the coke will eat away any unpleasant stains.

  • 12. Fold and store clothes vertically

  • Having trouble with storage? Fold and stack vertically, not horizontally.

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  • Sort through all of your clothes. Donate the ones you don't wear anymore. Refold the rest and store vertically instead of horizontally to keep them folded for easy access.

  • 13. Baseboards with dryer sheet

  • Use a dryer sheet to dust your baseboards. It helps repel dirt for a while and gets them cleaner than using the vacuum.

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  • Dryer sheets collect the dirt and provide a layer that repels dirt and hair from sticking in the future.

  • 14. Windowsills with water and white vinegar

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  • Spray a little water and vinegar in your windowsills. Let it sit for 15 minutes and every ounce of grease and dirt will wipe right up with a rag, paper towels and Q-tips.

  • 15. Fight oil with oil

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  • Remove greasy buildup on your steel appliances, stovetop and hood with a couple drops of mineral or olive oil on a paper towel. Rub across the greasy mess. The oil wipes away the gunk, leaves the surface shiny and helps make cleanup in the future easier - with no harsh chemicals.

  • 16. Clean windows on a cloudy day

  • Tip of the day.... Clean windows on a cloudy day. If too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry and leave streaks.

    Posted by Three Little Birds on Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Sunlight dries cleaners and water quickly leaving your windows streaked.

  • Now that you have some tips, get cleaning! Remember to spread it out. It doesn't have to be done all at once. It also helps if you work from top to bottom in your house. Good luck and happy spring cleaning.

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Kristina Tieken is a staff writer for FamilyShare, public relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and family.

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