Freshen the living room
istock/YinYang Use a lint roller to remove dust from living room lampshades, says Novak. Spring cleaning is a great time to hit commonly missed spots—a dry or damp Q-Tip can get in the crevices of a remote control, and a microfiber cloth should take fingerprints off a light switch. Use a vinegar solution to wipe down a gunky baseboard, then follow with a dryer sheet once it’s dry. “It has a nice scent but is also dust-repelling, so dog hair and other dust won’t settle as quickly on your baseboard,” says Novak. Avoid getting on your hands and knees by attaching the dryer sheet to a Swiffer Sweeper or similar tool. Check out these secrets your housecleaner knows about you!
Clean the living room furniture
istock/Serdiukov Dab a bit of coconut oil on a microfiber cloth, then rub down wood furniture. “All of my wood comes out beautifully, and it is much less expensive than any special wood polisher you’d buy,” says Novak. To clean the couch, remove all the cushions so you can vacuum between the crevices. Keep those tight spaces cleaner in the future by tucking a sheet between the cushions. “Going forward, you would just need to ball that up and shake it out vs. having to vacuum all those crevices,” says Novak.
Head to the dining room
istock/svetikd If you light candles in your dining room, wipe down the walls with equal parts warm water and white vinegar to get rid of any soot buildup. Next, as you clean the table and chairs, make sure to scrub the underside of the seats. “People have food on their hands and pull their chairs in, but we never think to clean under there,” says Novak. Stick candles with wax buildup in the freezer to make the excess easier to chip off, and pull out a spring-themed tablecloth or place mats instead of putting back your winter linens (which should have gone in the laundry earlier). Try these 11 brilliant cleaning hacks that cut your time in half!