Hints & HELP!
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article will appear in the April
18, 2004 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
is in the air and it is time to freshen up the home. In
addition to the general spring house cleaning there are
some things one can do to cure house-itosis.
The Soap and Detergent Association suggests the following
freshen the bedroom try these suggestions.
Launder comforters, sheets, blankets, and pillows. Read
and follow care label instructions.
Sunny windows. For sunshine-ready windows, clean
them with an all-purpose glass cleaner. Launder or dry
clean the window treatments. Or, you can give them a
good vacuuming. Then apply a fabric refresher to remove
odors. First, test the product on an inconspicuous spot
to make sure its safe for the fabric.
Shiny furniture. Trap the dirt with furniture
wipes that are pre-moistened with polish or cleansing
Fine floors. Vacuum carpets. Use a carpet deodorizer
to remove odors. Clean hard-surface flooring with dry,
disposable floor wipes or use an all-in-one mopping
of spring. Bring the scent of spring into the bedroom.
Choose cleaning products with soothing fragrances. Add
scented candles to the bedrooms decor.
tips for a "home sweet home".
Ditch the dirt. Forgot
about the bag of dirty clothes in the corner? Get rid
of dirt and odors by laundering the clothes using your
Freshen beds. To add freshness to your bedding,
place scented dryer sheets into unsealed envelopes.
Then, fold them into the sheets before storage.
Refresh it! Use fabric refreshers to neutralize
odors in upholstery, curtains and carpets (after vacuuming).
Toss and clean. Throw
away old food and ice in your refrigerator and freezer.
Along with spills, they can cause odors. Clean your
refrigerator and freezer regularly using a non-abrasive,
all purpose cleaner.
Zap mold and mildew. Use
a cleaner specially formulated to remove mold and mildew
in the bathroom. Follow the label directions.
For sweet-smelling toilets and trash bins, clean them
with a scented, all-purpose cleaner. Choose from lemon,
orange, eucalyptus, rosemary and more.
How sweet it is!
Use scented candles, air fresheners or potpourri in
rooms attracting the most odors, such as kitchens and
air also helps to give the home a refreshed feel and smell.
Enjoy spring and freshen up your home.
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