5 things to clean monthly #HealthierHome

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Being proactive with your cleaning will help keep your home a healthier one, and likely save you money in the long run because your appliances don’t have to work as hard to be efficient. It also means your home will smell fresher and not get stinky. It’s finally spring and a good time to start spring cleaning- but let’s not forget these 5 things to clean monthly.  I’ve also included tips to clean these items without harsh chemicals for a healthier clean!

5 things to clean monthly

1. Washing Machine- There are products available for purchase to clean your washing machine.  Buy them.  Or, better yet, run a cycle with vinegar and call it a day.  You want to run it on a hot cycle with an extra rinse.  Be sure to clean the detergent, softener and bleach compartments when you clean the washer.  For front loaders, be sure to wipe down the rubber gasket.  This is a big part of why people’s washers start giving them stinky clothes.  Stay on top of things save yourself time and money.

We learned the hard way that you have to clean the front loading washing machines on a regular basis.  Somehow, when we first purchased ours, we missed that detail.  Oops.  Lesson learned, after all laundry and our basement smelled gross and we couldn’t figure out why!!  Vinegar.

2. Dishwasher- Again, you can buy cleaner for this, or you can simply run vinegar through a cycle.  Also be sure to clean the drain trap each month.  Build up in there can cause backup and trouble starts with that.  You want your dishwasher running efficiently so be sure to empty the trap and clean your dishwasher!!  This keeps your dishwasher from being stinky, too!
3. Dryer Vent – The foil-ish thing that the air and moisture travel with the lint through?  That totally needs to be cleaned.  Regularly.  It’s a fire hazard.  I’m assuming you clean the lint trap before or after each load goes through the dryer.

4. Ceiling Fans- I actually try to do these when I change the sheets on Saturdays, but often just don’t….and it ends up being monthly.  Any longer than that and we get a build up that is just gross, and I fear we’ll end up turning them on before cleaning them and have all that dust and build up flying all over our bedrooms.  2/3 of our kids have allergies- this is NOT something I want flying around.

When I do my ceiling fans, I either use a pillow case so the dust and stuff fall into my case and not all over the room, or I use a damp microfiber cloth.  No chemicals needed, but still effective.

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5. Filter(s) Filters for your furnace, filters for your air conditioning unit- whatever you have, change or clean them once a month.  Filters help to clean the air in your home and really, who wants to breathe in all the stuff filters work to keep OUT of our homes? (GROSS).

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  • Be organized. Have a list of what you are going to tackle when and stick to it! If I don’t do this, I’m all over the place, doing a million things but finishing nothing.

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  • My best tip is to declutter before you start cleaning.

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  • I would say to only do a little bit at a time. If you try to tackle too much at once, you will get burnt out quickly.

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  • Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again!

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  • Good music playing can help. (The tv on does not!)

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  • Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails!

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  • My best spring cleaning tip is to do it in similar sections for each room. I start with the windows in the rooms it makes the rooms look so cheerful. I then go to closets, floors and so on. It makes it go so much faster.

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  • I don’t spring clean. I heavy clean one room a month so I don’t have to.

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  • My tip is to open all the windows and put on some loud dance music. Makes everything go better.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  • Use old t-shirts to dust your house, and use a cleaning chart for each room.

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  • My tip is to make a list. Do only one thing on your list a day to keep from going on overload

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  • My tip is if you haven’t used it in over six months then donate it or get rid of it.

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  • Always put music on and dance your way clean,

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  • I say clean your house well all through out the year so you don’t have to devote a whole season to cleaning it

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  • Do a little every day

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  • pick one room at a time and don’t stop till its done

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  • My best tip is to teach your kids early and well so they can help you. :)

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  • Do a small area each day so that it doesn’t get overwhelming.

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  • Go thur all your change of season clothing and discard or donate anything you will never wear again.

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  • There is so much I want to get done it’s hard to know where to start. I often felt overwhelmed when Spring cleaning because I was jumping around so much. I realized that if I concentrate in one room at a time it goes so much smoother but also faster.

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  • Tackle one room at a time each day. This way it doesn’t get overwhelming.

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  • First thing go to each room and do a quick purge for chairty/donation

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  • dust first then vacuum

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  • My tip would be take it one room at a time. Cleaning a whole house is a big job but cutting into small parts makes it more manageable.

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  • My best spring cleaning tip is to do it a little at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself. ;)

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  • It’s time to get back to the clothesline!

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  • my best spring cleaning tip is to get behind things like furniture

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  • My tip is to clean a little everyday so you’re not overwhelmed.

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  • Clean your microwave and garbage disposal with lemon!

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  • i like to clean under the beds for spring

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  • My spring cleaning tip would be to get the edges and corners of your carpet.

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  • best cleaning tip is to get the family involved and have them help lol. other than that I keep a spray bottle under kitchen sink with a vinegar solution that I can quickly clean up a spill on counter or floor

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  • Use vinegar when cleaning windows.

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  • clean one room a day and go from top to bottom. Vinegar is also a natural disinfectant

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  • To save money, I use warm water with vinegar to wash my windows and mirrors. I dry them using newspaper. No streaks this way.

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  • Take it one room at a time. I like to clean the most cluttered part of the room and go from there.

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  • My tip is to get the whole family involved.

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  • My tip is to pick a room every day and clean it, that keeps everything from getting too messy

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  • If you are cleaning windows and have a lot of them, then space them out over a few days so you do not get burned out doing them

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  • My tip is to tackle a job every day so it doesn’t get overwhelming.

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  • I recommend doing one room at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself by thinking about everything that you have to get done. Thank you!

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  • Hi! My Spring cleaning tip is to make a list of what needs done in each room & then approach each room at a time. It can become overwhelming, but this helps me to focus better & be more efficient. Thanks!

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