Spring has officially sprung, and it’s time for a little spring cleaning! The term “spring cleaning” actually has roots in Persian or Jewish ceremonies in which homes would be deep cleaned either just before the Persian New Year or before Passover in the Jewish tradition. It also became a staple in eighteenth-century America because early spring was the perfect time to open all of the doors and windows to get all of the dust and dirt out of homes—it was warm enough to leave the home open, but bugs weren’t yet a problem. So open up your windows and start dusting! Don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of ten things you should add to your spring cleaning list.
Many ovens have a self-cleaning function that can help get rid of burnt-on spills. If your oven doesn’t have this function (or you don’t want to deal with the smell), baking soda and vinegar will do the trick. Mix ½ a cup of baking soda with a couple tablespoons of water until you have a thick paste. Spread this paste on all over your oven, then let it sit overnight. Wipe it down and spray some vinegar in a spray bottle anywhere there’s baking soda that won’t come off. This will fix a bit, then you can wipe it down again.