Ooooh boy! When the sun comes out I can see the dirt a lot better! Our house is filled with skylights and lots of windows. One room even has floor to ceiling windows so once those grey skies finally depart and the sun starts shining in, spring cleaning fever hits! Cobwebs in corners, dust on window sills and general everyday dirt are suddenly much more visible. I have three must-have products to help me tackle the chore of spring cleaning:
The first is a multi-purpose cleaner that I use for almost every hard surface in my home including windows, floors (wood), countertops and tubs/toilets. I’ve been a huge fan of cleaning with vinegar since my first baby was born. I wanted a chemical free way to clean that was still powerful enough for a deep down clean. I recently discovered a way to make my vinegar solution even more powerful and better smelling at the same time! Instead of my plain 50/50 vinegar and water solution, I just add 10 drops of lemon essential oil or Thieves essential oil. The lemon is great at cutting grease and the Thieves is awesome for mold and mildew plus it’s good for immune system support making it an excellent choice when germs are going around.
My second cleaning weapon is a carpet spot remover. I really only have one room that’s carpeted and that’s my living room. Our stairs and master bedroom are carpeted too but generally not problem areas for stains. This cleaner is excellent for upholstered floors in your CAR and works on furniture too! Here’s how to mix some up:
Using a dark colored bottle (sunlight breaks down the cleaner making it ineffective) mix 1/3 hydrogen peroxide and 2/3 water. Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil and shake lightly to combine.
The peroxide will help break down the stain and the lemon oil will loosen any sticky particles. Spray the carpet’s problem areas and let sit for a minute or two. Use a scrub brush to loosen the fibers and bring dirt/etc. to the surface. Using a rag, wipe the carpet and blot out the liquid. Repeat as necessary.
Spot test first because this cleaner MAY lighten some surfaces. Dilute with more water if this is a problem.
Last but not least, every spring cleaning marathon needs a good vacuum cleaner. Shark’s new Rotator Powered Lift Away Vacuum is essential because it does an excellent job on both bare floors and carpeting. It is also a powerful tool for cleaning away those pesky cobwebs, cleaning upholstered furniture, ceiling fans, stairs and more!
The Rotator Powered Lift Away Vacuum is 3 vacuums in one. It comes with a Hard Floor Genie Attachment for cleaning all your hard floor surfaces like wood and tile. It functions as an upright vacuum with but with it’s Lift Off technology it becomes more like a canister which makes it easier to use on stairs and other smaller cleaning areas. It comes with several attachments including a TruePet™ Mini Motorized Brush Attachment which is awesome for furniture.
Other features include:
- Shark Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + HEPA / Washable Filters which I LOVE because who wants to remember to purchase and change out filters?
- Strong Suction Deep Cleans Carpets Better and Never Loses Suction either!
- Fingertip Controls for ease of use
- Advanced Swivel Steering allows you to maneuver in hard to reach areas
- LED Lights
The Lift Off technology is what really sets this vacuum apart from other vacuums. I love the versatility of it! I prefer upright vacuums but they are next to impossible to use on the stairs. With this Shark vacuum I get the best of both worlds! For most of the house, using it upright works great but when I need to get into other areas or do the stairs, I can just lift off the part I need and take it with me! It’s lightweight and so easy to use. I can get under furniture with ease and stairs are a breeze.
The attachments it comes with are awesome for cleaning things like vents, ceiling fans, bookcases and more. All the things you want to get spiffed up for spring!
One other thing I really like about this vacuum is it’s bare floor attachment. It has a pad that attaches to the bottom that helps clean the floor while suctioning up all the dirt. Emptying the receptacle is easy and mess free and maintenance like cleaning filters is easy too without having to buy any extra supplies. You gotta love that!
You can find out more about the Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away Vacuum at www.sharkclean.com.
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