Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Cleaning

I would like to apologize for the lack of posts recently. We are currently in the middle of spring cleaning and clean-out at the house and are trying to decide if we are resigning our lease. Please stick with us during this time, Sew- thrifty will be better than ever after the not-so-drastic-renovations.

To hold you over, here are some of my favorite tricks for spring cleaning.


  1. To freshen up some spring bedding, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to your washing machine before the wash cycle. 
    1. If you can, only dry your sheets halfway and then dry them in the back yard or hang from the second story balcony, like I do :). 
    2. Before storing winter down comforters, hang them out in the sun and lightly (VERY LIGHTLY) spritz with a solution of 50-50 water and lemon juice. The lemon juice and sun combination will help freshen them up storage.
  2. Instead of using paper towels for polishing your wood cabinets and tables, use old socks. They hold your wood polish/cleaner of choice better and they are less expensive than paper. 
    1. Use old newspaper to clean windows with vinegar because it is lint free and will reduce streaking. This also works with your favorite glass cleaner.
  3. If you have carpeting
    1. Sprinkle baking soda on before bed and vacuum up in the morning to eliminate musty winter odors, this also works on greasy stains
  4. Clean soap scum off of shower doors with a used "bounce" sheet.
  5. Stainless steel appliances clean with just an old cloth and some olive oil. Scrubbing is necessary, go with the grain.
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