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Spring Cleaning – Kitchen and Bathrooms Edition

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Spring Cleaning

Kitchen and Bathrooms Edition

Is a deep clean of your home on the never ending “To Do” list this spring? Spring cleaning kitchens and bathrooms usually require extra attention, and thus can be overwhelming to figure out just where to start. None the less, make sure you hit these often neglected spaces for a complete spring cleaning routine.

Starting in the Kitchen

When spring cleaning the kitchen, don’t neglect the pantry or cabinets. Some food will demand your immediate attention as it has spoiled and/or expired, and others items (like dry goods) may be on the decline and need to be discarded as well.

  • Keep in mind that baking ingredients such as spices have expiration dates and lose their strength gradually while sitting on the shelf. Do not neglect to check these items and throw away (and replace) them as needed.
  • While you’re at it, give your refrigerator and freezer a once over and clear out the doors and bins where old condiments and questionable food may be lurking. When was the last time you used Tartar Sauce…or had a Dill Pickle from that jar hiding in the back?

Move On to the Bathrooms

Even though most bathrooms have relatively little storage space, there is more than likely a mixture of outdated items (just like the situation found in the kitchen) that need to be tossed out. Expired and no longer needed items such as medications, cosmetics and cleaners could be dangerous – despite simply taking up valuable space in an area that is usually a little cramped.

  • Start by checking for expired medicines and discontinued prescriptions. If you do not take them anymore or notice they have passed their expiration date, properly dispose of them. If you have to ask yourself “what did I use that medicine for?” it’s probably time to get rid of it.
  • While many cleaners may not have a marked expiration date, most cleaners worth using lose their potency over time. If you’ve had a cleaning product for several years, throw it away and replace it with a new, full-strength version. You’ll be glad you did next time you reach for that cleaner.
  • Each cosmetic item has a life span and keeping it beyond that time frame can lead to bacteria buildup. For example, eye shadows and powders can last for two years, but mascara should be replaced every three months.

Giving some time to these often overlooked areas will lead to a well rounded clean home this spring. What are your thoughts? Should anything be added to the above list? Please feel free to comment below…we’d love to hear from you!

Special thanks to Home Depot for the bathroom and kitchen images used in this article.