As you try to motivate yourself to start spring cleaning, here are some tips and tricks to make it easier — and more effective — than ever.
  1. Toss your hairbrushes, combs, sponges and plastic toys in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
    The quickest way to clean these odds and ends is to put them in the dishwasher. Burner grids and knobs, hairbrushes and combs, toothbrushes, plastic utensil organizers, sponges, dish racks, plastic toys can all handle it!
  2. It's best to clean your windows on a cloudy day.
    If it's too sunny, your cleaning solution will dry too quickly and you will have streaks. Cleaning your windows is the top spring cleaning must-do to rid your windows of winter grime and let the sun shine in. Start by vacuuming the sills, screens and window frames with a dust brush. Then clean windows with a squeegee with a sponge attachment dipped in a bucket of warm water with a squirt of dish-washing liquid. Start at the top left corner and drag the squeegee to the right drying the scraper
  3. Put lemon oil on shower doors to prevent buildup.
    To keep your shower doors sparkling, try this trick! Rub 1 teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month, which causes water to bead and roll off. You can also try Rain-X Original Glass Treatment, a car-care product which keeps rainwater off your windshield.
  4. Take off those shoes before walking through the door.
    Stop dirt in its tracks: 85 percent of dirt comes in through your front door. Encourage your kids to take off their shoes the minute they walk in the door and store them in baskets or shoe organizers in closets.
  5. Clean wood furniture with this DIY cleaner.
    Clean your wood furniture with this easy homemade solution. Mix ½ teaspoon olive oil and ½ cup of distilled white vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle. Shake well and spray onto a microfiber cloth.
  6. Disinfect your sink with three ingredients.
    Use product labeled as EPA-registered disinfectant — or make your own! To disinfect, clean sink with soap & water first, then spray mist of vinegar followed by mist of hydrogen peroxide & let air dry. (Don't mix the vinegar & hydrogen peroxide together. Spray one after the other.) If sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing.