Happy Monday 🙂 Today the temps are supposed to be very seasonable for the spring so this made me think about doing some spring maintenance.  Winter’s over—but now you can see the sticky, funky and dusty layers that built up around the house all season. Face the filth with these genius ideas from a cleaning expert, Jolie Kerr-.
How to Clean a Funky-Smelling Washing Machine
Smells develop in washing machines for a whole bunch of reasons, from the buildup of excess detergent, to trapped moisture. The solution to a smelly washing machine problem is to run a cup or two of white vinegar through an empty hot water wash cycle (this is also a good time to wash a small load of cleaning rags or a mildew-y shower curtain liner). While you can use bleach for this operation, it’s not ideal because if residue lingers, it could cause damage to dark clothing. And don’t forget to wipe the gasket out with a rag dipped in white vinegar, as mildew will prosper in that dark and dank environment.
Ceiling fans pose a problem: Their flat blades collect a ton of dirt, but wiping them clean will create a dust shower, as all that grime travels southward onto whatever is below the fan, making an even bigger mess in need of cleaning. Enter an old pillowcase, which is the correct tool for the job — coat the inside of the case with a dusting spray or all-purpose cleaner, slide the case all the way over the blade, hold the open ends tightly on the blade with your hands and pull back. The dust will be wiped off the blade and right into the case, and the area below the fan will remain dirt-free.

What to Do About Sticky Kitchen Cabinets and Walls
Over time, kitchen walls and cabinets (and the vent hood, oh God, that vent hood) develop a sticky patina caused by the grease and steam released when you cook. Regularly wiping vertical surfaces with a mild detergent will keep that film at bay, but once it forms you’ll need a more heavy duty cleaning product. Enter, ammonia. Ammonia is so great on grease, and a little bit goes a very long way. To use it, dilute a quarter cup in a gallon of water, don a pair of protective gloves, dip a rag or sponge in the solution and swab sticky surfaces, wiping them dry with a cloth or paper towel. If you’re looking for something a little less harsh than ammonia, Simple Green is a good choice. Always spot test first to make sure the cleaning solution won’t cause damage to the paint, finish or wallpaper.

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