Mix Up Your Spring Cleaning

by Swapdom

Mix Up Your Spring Cleaning

This year, use creative ways to tidy up the house, from websites to mixing your own cleaning supplies

Green buds will start peeking out on the trees soon, so it's time to shake off the winter lethargy and do some spring cleaning! Here are a few tips organized by problem area to help you get the spring cleaning done quickly so you can head outside.

Overstuffed Closets

Closets are sneaky beasts. One day, they're well curated and clean; the next, they're erupting with pants, dresses and shirts. And shockingly, people typically wear only 20 percent of all clothes they own, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Bring order to closet disarray by purging your wardrobe and swapping excess items online. Sites such as make it easier. Swapdom is free and uses a "circle swap system" to echange your items for other people's clothes or kids' gear. But if your clothes aren't quite fit for giving away, you can upcycle them by creating helpful items.

Disorganized Odds and Ends

Mason jars aren't just for home canning or for use as glasses at hipster bars; they're a great organizational tool, too. Glue or nail jar lids to the bottom of a shelf, fill the jars and then screw the jars into place to organize tiny odds and ends, or simply stack jars on their sides to create holders for pens, pencils or utensils.

Put your worn-out denim to work by cutting off pockets and attaching them to fabric stretched over an old frame to create an organizer for office tidbits, or weave together long strips of denim to create a handy denim basket, perfect for storing toys, knickknacks and more.

Overused, Undercleaned Surfaces

Instead of turning to the harsh-on-the-hands, bad-for-the-earth cleaning supplies that shout out at us from advertisements and grocery store shelves, concoct your own grime-fighting solutions. With a few natural ingredients, you can create great DIY cleaning products that cut down on dirt, soap scum and chemicals. Try mixing these:

Stain Remover

1 part Dawn dish soap
2 parts hydrogen peroxide
Optional: baking soda for scrubbing
Apply mixture to stain. Scrub in with small laundry brush for extra-stubborn stains. Let sit. Then launder as usual.

Tub and Shower Cleaner

12 ounces white vinegar
12 ounces Dawn dish soap
Heat vinegar and add dish soap. Shake and use.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Tip: Watch out for the reaction. It will bubble a lot!
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 teaspoon Castile soap
2 cups hot water

Grease Cutter

2 cups water
1/4 cup Castile soap
10 drops lavender oil

Fabric Softener

2 cups vinegar
2 cups baking soda
4 cups hot water
20 drops essential oil
Add the baking soda slowly because it will foam up. Cap and shake gently from side to side, opening the cap to allow air to escape. Repeat a few times. Add essential oil.

Laundry Detergent

2 cups grated soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
Use 2 tablespoons of mixture per 1 load of laundry.

Drain Cleaner

1. Pour 3/4 to 1 cup of baking soda in the drain.
2. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain.
3. Let the mixture sit and work for about 30 minutes.
4. Run hot water through the pipes for about 2 to 3 minutes.