10 Things to Clean this Weekend to Prep Your House for Fall

Fall is unofficially here folks whether you like it or not! Most people are ready for a reprieve from the heat but with this time comes the knowing of what lies ahead: back to school and the HOLIDAYS! This time of the year is fun and family-filled, but also extremely busy. During the summer, we tend to be more relaxed about everything: kids schedules, eating, daily routines, and yes, often our cleaning. So by the end of the summer our houses look… well… worn. Are you the same way? If you said YES, then have no fear! We are here to help with ten things you should clean this weekend to give your house a jump start on getting fresh and clean just in time to decorate.

There are some really great natural cleaners on the market, but the wonderful thing about these cleaning tips is that they only use ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen- so now there’s really no excuse to get busy and get cleaning! These tips center around your kitchen and bath since these are the areas that get the most used and abused.

Kitchen


  • Clean your garbage disposal– Throw some lemon slices, ice and salt and run your disposal. This will help freshen up the smell and rid your disposal of bacteria. Follow up with some baking soda and vinegar.
  • Clean your dishwasher– Begin by placing a dishwasher safe cup full of vinegar on the top rack and running your washer for a full cycle on hot. Afterwards, make a paste of baking soda and clean the doors and bottom. Lastly sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom and run it again with hot water. This will help rid your dishwasher of germs and make it fresher.
  • Clean out your refrigerator- Take everything out and check expiration dates, throwing out any old leftovers as well. Clean your shelves and drawers with soap and water and finish with wiping down with a 1 T baking soda to 3 cups of water solution to help sanitize.
  • Clean your stove burners– Place each stove top burner in a large sealing ziplock baggie with 1/4 cup of ammonia and let soak overnight. Using rubber gloves, remove them the next day and clean them with soap and water to remove years of dirt and grime. Yes, ammonia is quite a strong liquid, but it’s really the perfect substance for this job. Be sure to open some windows and vent out the house when you are doing this.

Kitchen and Bath


  • Clean your drains– Sprinkle some baking soda on the drains and pour some vinegar in them. Cover the drain with a hot towel for 5 minutes and then chase with some boiling water. Do this for all your drains!
  • Sanitize your sinks– Clean your sinks with soap and water and then spray them with some white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and let dry to rid your sinks of nasty germs and bacteria naturally.

Bathroom


  • Clean your shower head– Fill up a bag with white vinegar and attach to your shower head with some rubber bands so the head is completely submerged. Let soak overnight and run some hot water through the next day. This will help remove some hard water build up and make your shower head run better!
  • Wash your plastic shower liner– Did you know you could WASH your nasty plastic shower liner?!? It really works! Run it on delicate with a few old towels and then hang back up to dry.
  • Disinfect your toilets– Sprinkle some baking soda in the bowl and pour in a cup of white vinegar. Let sit for a bit and then scrub with a toilet brush. Sprinkle some baking soda around the bottom as well to help get rid of  that famous “boy” smell and then wipe the sides down and then spray with some hydrogen peroxide and let dry to disinfect.
  • Tub time– Use a slice of lemon and rub on stainless steel drains to remove hard water stains. Clean the tub out with some baking soda and vinegar to make a paste. Scrub the tub and let sit for a bit then rinse with some hot water and spray with some hydrogen peroxide and let dry.

By doing these 10 things this week you will help rid your house of yucky smells and germs by using materials you probably already have in your house. Once your house is sparkly and clean then you will be ready to put up all of those pretty fall decorations and soon the Christmas ones too!

Looking for more ways to clean naturally? Here are some additional articles you may be interested in!
Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils
Using Baking Soda on Tough Jobs


Photo Credits: Our Three PeasSteve Larkin (CC) modifiedLiving Rooms London (CC) modified

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Michelle

Michelle; full time mama, part time blogger, wife extraordinaire. This busy mama to three “peas” is a lover of all things running, crafting and baking. A New England native and current desert dweller, she is the brains and wit behind the blog Our Three Peas, where she writes about the hilarious reality that is motherhood. She strives to live a green and natural life and swears that most motherhood-related dramas can be solved by having a nice glass of wine at the end of the evening.

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