Tips for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
A spring cleaning checklist can help you keep a tidier home. It can also save you money.
Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
You may not think of cleaning as a cost saving activity, but it can be. Your appliances see a lot of action over their lifetime, and maintaining them efficiently, including cleaning them regularly, saves energy. If you want to save on your energy bills and extend the life of your appliances, have a service clean them regularly or invest the time and effort to do it yourself. The likely candidates below should be maintained every couple of months:
Clean your refrigerator. The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. A full refrigerator works more efficiently than an empty one, and one with clean condenser coils has to cycle on and off less frequently, saving you money and extending the life of the compressor. Vacuum the vent below the doors (or wherever it’s located on your model) and get the vacuum under the fridge to remove accumulated dust. If the condenser coils are on the back of your model, pull the refrigerator out and give it a thorough vacuuming and dusting.
Clean your oven. Your stove and oven work the most efficiently when they’re clean. The reflecting dishes under the elements on an electric stove actually reflect heat back up at the pan, requiring less energy use. It’s similar with your oven. Food particles on the sides, top and bottom of the oven make it harder for the heat to distribute equally throughout the interior. This wastes energy and results in cold spots (and hot spots) that can make some dishes, like cheesecakes and casseroles, cook unevenly.
Clean your sinks and drains thoroughly. You won’t save energy by keeping your sinks and drains clean, but you will help reduce bacterial growth. Your sinks are prime breeding grounds for germs. They’re moist and warm. By many accounts, your sinks can rival your toilet in the potential quantity and variety of bacteria. Since they look clean, it’s easy to think they are clean. When you’re giving your home’s surfaces a thorough scrubbing, don’t forget to add cleaning your sinks. Use bleach, and be sure to sanitize and scour your drains with a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar.
Your spring cleaning checklist can get long and detailed. You don’t have to tackle it alone, though. A maid service in your community can come in quarterly or even just once to help you whip your home into shape and get it ready for the summer season. The rates may surprise you too.