Spring cleaning is a major project for
families every year, especially if they need to work through both the interior
and the exterior of the home. There tends to be spring home maintenance that
needs to be done, and it is wise to declutter as you move through each area of
your home as well. These days, many families are focusing on eco-friendly and
chemical-free ways to clean the interior of their home, but they shouldn’t
overlook the opportunities to go this route with exterior spring cleaning, too.
Here are some tips you can follow.
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eco-friendly cleaners are important for your home’s exterior, too
As Bob Vila’s site details, families are
growing increasingly more conscious of using chemical-free and eco-friendly
cleaners inside their homes, but they do not always make the same effort with
their home’s exterior during spring cleaning. While
being aware of toxic chemicals in cleaners may not feel quite as important in
open, outdoor spaces, the chemicals from those cleaners can do damage to the
water and general environment.
Rather than use toxic cleaners to wash your
home’s exterior, you can get great results from just water and a pressure
washer. Take care, however, to go easy with wood shingles, vinyl, and masonry.
Mild soap and water should be a general go-to for most exterior finishes;
tackle the outsides of windows with vinegar mixed with water or even baby
shampoo. The pressure washer, and you may need to add a
coat of stain or wood preservative once you’ve cleaned it up.
If you’re not a fan of making your own
cleaning solutions, there are plenty of natural cleaners you can choose from at big
stores like Target. Before you start shopping, earn discounts on your purchase
by grabbing some online Target coupons — this way, you’ll be helping
to save money and the environment at the same time!
household items can come in handy during exterior spring cleaning
Today’s Homeowner recommends cleaning window screens in a kid’s wading pool that is
filled up with soapy water. After a bit of soaking, scrub them with a soft
scrub brush and rinse with a hose. You might be able to repair small holes by
flattening out the wires and covering them in clear fingernail polish, while
bigger holes may be best dealt with by getting a new piece of screen.
Many families start grilling as soon as the
spring weather hits, but chances are that the grill needs some spring cleaning
attention as well. If you want to go the eco-friendly route on tackling this
messy job, try using baking soda and a grill brush first, and make a baking
soda paste with water to tackle tough spots. You may also want to try a natural
citrus degreaser as well.
your home’s condition from top to bottom
Be sure to check your gutters during your
exterior spring cleaning to ensure that they are clear of leaves and debris,
and spend some time surveying the yard to clear out dead plants, flowers, and
weeds. You should trim any foliage that has become overgrown or detracts from
the look of the space during this process, too. The DIY Network suggests
checking the exterior of your home for any painted spots that need repair, and you should
take the time to clean and repaint those spots to ensure that the wood doesn’t
Spring cleaning can become a dirty, big job
when it comes to the exterior of your home, but some elbow grease and
determined effort can ensure that everything is in good shape and looking sharp
for the warm seasons when you are more likely to spend time outdoors. Make the
effort to utilize eco-friendly, chemical-free cleaning materials where you can
to protect your family and the environment, and don’t forget to factor in time
to declutter and tackle some spring home maintenance projects as you spruce