Spring Cleaning Tips

The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, but after a long winter, our homes may need some freshening up. Here are some tips for bringing new life to some common items around your house.

Cleaning Blinds

Try cleaning vinyl shades with dryer sheets. This removes surface dirt and reduces static cling, so dust won't collect as fast. For wooden blinds, vacuum with the soft-brush attachment and use oil soap to spot-clean.

Making Crystal Sparkle

For a streak-free shine, fill a spray bottle with a solution of one part rubbing alcohol to three parts water. Spray crystal and wipe it dry with a clean white cotton cloth. Use a cotton swab to reach crevices.

Dusting Collectibles

For detailed figurines and other knickknacks, a feather duster doesn't do the trick. Try using a paintbrush with long bristles to sweep dust from surface details.

Polishing Wood

Make furniture gleam by using a foam pad to apply furniture polish, then buff with a lint-free material like a cotton baby diaper or T-shirt.

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