Spring Cleaning…Part 1: Windows

As you know from my first post on spring cleaning, I’m going to tackle different cleaning jobs everyday throughout the month of April.

Today I decided to tackle the windows.  

And this task in itself, is major.  So daunting in fact that I will only clean 2 windows a day until they are all done, starting on my main floor.  It’s just too mind numbing to clean blinds.  Gawd awful really, and I just can’t spend the time doing them all at once.  So during my precious nap time (not my nap unfortunately, I wish though!), I got to work.

Work now, fun later.  I promised myself a manicure after all this is done!

Getting down to business:

Curtains

  • First I washed all of our curtains.  Mine are machine washable, so I put 2 panels in our washer at a time, and washed them in cold water.  
  • Then I dried them in the dryer for 30 minutes on medium heat, just until they were almost dry.  I find it easier to iron them when they are slightly damp.
  • Because they are cotton/linen curtains, I ironed on high heat, with a lot of steam.
Now they look fabulous!  It’s amazing how clean they actually look now.  And they don’t smell like dust!  ha ha










Windows 

Using my method cleaner and a microfibre cloth, I washed all the windows.  I absolutely love this window cleaner!  It’s non-toxic, streak-free and it smells amazing!  Worth the spend!  Sparkle, sparkle.





Window Sills
I wiped all my window sills with the water, soap & vinegar solution that I made for cleaning the blinds.  Just make sure to wipe your sills after you clean the windows & blinds!


Blinds 


This is by far the worst job EVER!  I take it back about dreading cleaning the high chair!  This task bites.  Big time.

But I did find a nifty little cleaning tool to help me out.  I wasn’t sure if it would work, but it does!  I found it at the dollar store of all places!

  • I filled a sink with hot water, a little bit of dish soap, and about a cup of vinegar.
  • Then wet the cloth on my little blind cleaner and got to work.  
  • Clean, clean, rinse, rinse…zzzzzzzzzz….oh oops…clean, clean…….
  • I can only handle 2 big sets of blinds a day.  Makes it manageable.  Good times.  Yes. Good times.


Well, this was a tiring, tiring day.  But the rewards are worth it!  The windows are sparkling, my blinds look white again, and everything just smells better!

Back tomorrow for floor cleaning!  Got myself a handy dandy new mop!  Can’t wait to use it!  Simple pleasures right?!

Just ’cause it’s funny. 

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6 Comments

  • Reply alicia April 5, 2011 at 1:11 AM This is so inspiring. I did some serious deep cleaning Saturday, but still need to tackle some of this.
  • Reply Trisha April 5, 2011 at 2:20 AM I have that same little blinds cleaner! It does work very well. Thats the one clean up I hate & its made a huge difference :)
  • Reply Shelley Davis April 5, 2011 at 2:27 AM Oh dear....this does not look like fun. I have two long nails about 3 feet apart nailed into the fence. I take the blinds down put them on the nails, spray,scrub then rinse. Then turn them around and do the other side. I can get the whole house done in a few hours. :)
  • Reply Ali Richardson April 5, 2011 at 3:27 AM NONE of that looks fun at all (ok maybe the gizmo from the dollar store looks a bit interesting) but you did it! GREAt job :)
  • Reply Anonymous March 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM One trick I learned from my mom for cleaning blinds is to take them down and wash them in the bathtub. You might need to scrub a couple spots if you have some tough stains, but most of the dust will just rinse off in some warm soapy water.
  • Reply Anonymous May 11, 2012 at 5:58 AM When I worked for a cleaning company we took foaming scrubbing bubbles and sprayed on the blinds , let sit for 5 minutes , then wiped with clean rag.
    For my house I just replace all blinds every Spring. I only have 13 windows.
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