Quick and Easy House Cleaning Tips

Don’t think that springtime has the market cornered on cleaning. When it’s time to add that sparkle and shine to your home this fall, take a look at these simple home solutions and get ready to revitalize your whole home! From brightening table linens, to making glass and mirrors shine, to making pewter have a fresh new glow, these home care tips go a long ways toward making your home ready for a fresh new season.

Washing Quilts

The washing machine should be large enough to allow the quilt to move freely. Gentle or no agitation and a gentle spin cycle are best. In the dryer, use low-heat on the permanent press or delicate setting. Do not leave the quilt in the dryer for any length of time. Remove while a bit damp and spread out flat to finish drying.

Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Create a recipe for simple and thorough cleaning with an ingredient found right in your pantry: vinegar! Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and fill an empty spray bottle or pail and use the solution to clean glass. Be sure to use a lint-free cloth or paper towel for wiping the glass clean.

How to Brighten Linens

Delicate napkins, table linens and even white socks can be whitened on the stove. Fill a pot with water and a few slices of fresh lemon, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat; add linens and let soak for up to an hour then launder as usual. For extra brightening, spread them out in the sunlight to dry.

How to Shine Pewter

Polish your pewter with an ingredient straight from your garden or local supermarket—cabbage leaves! Use the cabbage leaf like a cloth, rubbing it gently across the surface, to bring out the beautiful patina of your classic pewter.

Cleaning Your Garland

To keep your garland looking fresh, try these simple tips. Clean artificial leaves and flowers by holding the garland under a lukewarm shower to remove dirt and dust. Drape over the shower rod to dry. For dried flower arrangements or garlands, a hair-dryer on a low/cold setting will blow off any dust. Hold it about 6″ away from the wreath or garland.