I can’t say I blame him – it’s not too often that I can be found up on a step stool doing my most dreaded of household tasks – cleaning the blinds. But there’s something about the start of spring – and the turning of the calendar page over to April – that inspires me to tackle some of those nitty-gritty, deep-clean jobs that get put off for months.
Admittedly, the onset of allergy season is a good catalyst to get me cleaning, too. I’m sure it’s mostly out of my control, but I’m still looking around at everything in the hopes of minimizing my recent violent sneeze-fits – and the blinds are on the culprit list.
Typically, I’m a huge proponent of the “green clean” – I don’t think you need to spray and rub a ton of harmful chemicals all over your house to get it clean. I also try to minimize the number of disposable products – like paper towels – that I use while cleaning, opting for re-useable rags instead.
But there are exceptions to every rule; if you’ve ever tried cleaning blinds, you already know what a royal pain in the rump it can be. There’s the bathtub method…but seriously – who wants to take those things down (I had mine professionally installed in the first place) and then wrestle around with them in the tub? I’ve got one word for that: Awwwwk-ward! Nor am I in the financial position to pay a professional service to remove them, clean them and re-install them (insert lottery fantasy here…).
So I’ve found my own secret weapon when it comes to cleaning blinds – baby wipes! I discovered these little gems were ideal for the job back when I was buying them for their primary purpose. Happily, it’s been a long while since those toilet-training days – and I certainly don’t buy them often anymore. In fact, it felt a bit strange to wander down the diaper aisle at the grocery store today – kindof like I had stepped back in time. But back at home, I was glad I had them as I shined up the faux wood blinds in our master bedroom.
There’s something rewarding about knocking off a once-in-a-while chore like this; even if it’s not visibly obvious, it contributes to a fresh, clean feeling in the house. What’s on your hit list for spring cleaning – and do you have any “secret weapons” in your arsenal?