Spring is finally here, and whether you’re planning a major cleaning blitz or a few targeted purges, it’s a great time to freshen up your home. Aside from decluttering and organizing, there are a few easy spring-cleaning tips you can use to really give your home a boost.

Spring is the perfect time of year to freshen up your home. Getting rid of dust and allergens will improve your health, and it’s also a great way to tackle those messy projects that have been on your to-do list for months (or years!). Here are some great tips for getting your home ready for the hot summer months.

  • Remove the water stains with the use of lemon

Water stains on your faucet can be unattractive, and after a while, they can even begin to look permanent. To remove them, all you need is a lemon. You may wonder why this works to remove water stains when lemon juice is usually used to clean dishes. The secret is that lemon has a mild acid that helps to remove water stains.

  • Beat shower head buildup with the use of vinegar

You know the buildup that forms on your shower head over time: a white, crumbly substance that’s hard to wash out and that you could probably never identify if you saw it under a microscope. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, just take a look at your shower head right now. Despite what you may think that buildup is not soap scum but calcium and lime deposits, and a simple vinegar soak can dissolve it. However, it’s important to use vinegar that’s 5% acidity, not the stuff you’d use for salad dressing.

  • Clean your dirty windows with a newspaper

It’s easy to forget that newspaper is an incredibly useful product to have around the house – especially if you have dirty windows and mirrors. It’s cheap and easy to find, and it’s an easy way to eliminate the need to buy specialty cleaning supplies.

The first step is to grab a fresh newspaper and tear out a few sheets. Once you’ve removed the pages, roll the paper tightly into a tube and use it to rub the windows clean or the mirrors.

The newspaper will remove excess dirt and grime from your windows, leaving them bright and shiny. The same is true for mirrors. A newspaper will leave them streak-free, although it’s a good idea to use cloth.

  • Put a wet dryer on the ceramic stovetop to remove the burn-out residue

To clean your ceramic stovetop, use a wet dryer sheet to remove burnt-on residue from casserole dishes. Just lay the dryer sheet on the stove for 30 minutes to let the alcohol in the dryer sheet evaporate. Then, wipe away any remaining residue with a clean cloth. Note: this method can also be used to remove burnt-on residue from other ceramics, such as bathroom tiles.

  • Clean toasters with the use of cream of tartar

The kitchen is a common gathering spot in most homes, which makes the appliances in this space a frequent victim of spills, splatters, and even improper use. One such appliance that may need a bit of special attention is the toaster. Whether it be out-of-the-box residue or the remains of a bagel, this appliance is rarely cleaned and even more rarely cleaned well. Fortunately, there is a great solution to this problem: cream of tartar.

  • Unpack your spring clothes

If you’re anything like me, your closet is overflowing with stacks of clothing that you don’t have anywhere to hang, leaving you wondering where your favorite shirt went. To free up space in your closet, simplify your life and prevent odors from spreading by unpacking your spring/summer clothes. Unpacking your clothes is easy: lay each garment flat on the floor, and stack like items vertically. Laundry detergent and dryer sheets can leave traces of themselves in the fibers of your clothing, so wash all your clothing prior to stacking. Organizing your closet this way will also make it easy to get dressed in the morning.

The summer is upon us, and we all know what that means: more time spent outdoors enjoying the sun and fun. But as temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your home is prepared for the summertime heat. By checking and maintaining your home’s air conditioning system, you can keep your home cool and comfortable and avoid the discomfort and even illness that can accompany hot weather.