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Tips on spring cleaning

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be like it was considered in the 1960s. While keeping your house as dirt-and germ-free as possible, it doesn’t have to be an overhaul.

Vacuuming - Decades ago, you’d go through the labor-intensive task of dragging every stick of furniture off the carpet, just so the vacuum cleaner would cover every corner. All you have to do is move the bigger items, slightly, to hit those spots. Vacuum the area previously occupied by the furniture and then move it back into place.

Door Mats - Make sure to sweep and/ or beat out the front door mats to avoid getting unwanted dirt being dragged through by people’s shoes. It’s easy, quick and totally worth it.

Wood Flooring - Having a wet mop makes it easier to get up not only dust but the little things you can’t see. It ensures a clean floor plus a good scent.

Sponges - While bathrooms get a bad rap when it comes to germs, it's the kitchen that actually harbors more bacteria than any other room in the home. (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/germs-in-kitchen.) Change out your sponges regularly or use a rag to clean dishes and wash those rags regularly.

Bugs/ Insects - Bugs and insects tend to like warm, wet places to reside. That doesn’t mean you want them in your home. A great way to ensure that you don’t have any of the above is to use a bug bomber. While they come in commercial use, meaning you can buy them over the counter, it’s important to read directions properly as they can be harmful to humans. Another choice is to hire a professional to bomb the house, if you can afford it, and heed their directions.

The two-year rule - If you haven’t worn an item of clothing or used an item within two years, chances are, you won’t again. Give away unused clothing or donate unused kitchen appliances, etc. to a local charity. If you want to make some money, a yard sale or Craiglist.org are ways to getting rid of things you don’t need with more cash in your pocket.

For information where you can donate unused, clean items, visit: /www.unitedwaycalvert.org

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