Seasonal Cleaning

Some things need to be cleaned every day: other jobs need to be done only once a year. Try marking a calendar to remember when the yearly cleaning ritual should be performed.
Related To:
salt and club soda help to remove stains

salt and club soda help to remove stains

Figure B

Spring

Spring cleaning on your to-do list? Keep these cleaning supplies handy:

  • White vinegar: A natural acidic, great for removing soap scum.
  • Lemon juice: Nature's bleach and disinfectant.
  • Baking soda: A mild abrasive that won't scratch surfaces and can be used as an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Club soda: A natural stain remover; if you can put water on it, you can put club soda on it. Great for all types of stains; the carbonation bubbles stains up, and the salts prevent them from setting.
  • Carpet spotter
  • Rubber gloves
  • Lambswool duster
  • Soft cleaning cloths
  • Garbage bags

Summer

Warm weather brings its own type of stains, like chocolate ice cream. Spritz the stain with water, work in borax using your thumbs, let the borax soak into the stain, spritz with water a second time and work a little bit of Fels Naptha soap into the stain. Launder as usual.

Autumn

Go through kids' clothes and either donate those that don't fit to charity or pass them on to a friend.

To set the color in new jeans, add a cup of table salt to a washing machine filled with warm water and soak the jeans. Not only will the salt set the color, but the sodium in the salt acts as a water softener to soften the fabric.

  • If zippers are hard to zip, rub the graphite of a pencil over the teeth. The graphite lubricates the teeth.
  • If zippers won't stay up, spray them with hairspray.

Winter/Holidays

When washing holiday crystal, first put a towel in the bottom of the sink to keep the crystal from hitting against a hard surface. Add dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water. Lay the crystal in the water on its side. Wash with your hands, not a cloth. The vinegar will make the crystal sparkle.

If you have tarnished silverware, put aluminum foil in the bottom of a container, shiny side up. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of baking soda. Add boiling water and immerse the silver in the water. The baking soda reacts with the foil to release the tarnish from the silverware.

Keep Reading

Next Up

10 Pro Tips to Get Cleaning Done Fast

Professional cleaners share their secrets to getting cleaning chores done fast and efficiently.

Bathroom Cleaning Secrets From the Pros

These hotel managers offer expert advice for keeping a bathroom clean.

Indoor Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance

The warm weather has finally arrived. Throw open the windows and get started on these chores that head off potential problems and help prevent costly home repairs.

Tips for Cleaning Tile, Wood and Vinyl Floors

Get expert tips, techniques and recipes for cleaning all types of floors, from ceramic tile to hardwood.

5 Quick Cleaning Tips + Tricks for the Summer Season

Get your house and yard summer-ready with these easy cleaning hacks. 

Plumbing and Cleaning Tips

Take a look at these helpful tips for those accomplishing those home DIY projects.

Tips on Organizing and Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

The Queen of Clean, Linda Cobb, reveals tips for cleaning and organizing kitchen cabinets.

26+ Tips for Combating Seasonal Allergies

If you're sensitive to tree, grass and weed pollen, these natural remedies and tips can help reduce symptoms. 

Tips for Cleaning and Repairing Gutters

Keep rain gutters clean and unclogged to prevent damage to your home's roof and exterior.

Cleaning Patio Furniture

When it's nice out, get patio and backyard furniture ready for company with these tips.

On TV

Yard Crashers

7:30am | 6:30c

Yard Crashers

8:30am | 7:30c

Yard Crashers

9:30am | 8:30c

Yard Crashers

10am | 9c

Yard Crashers

10:30am | 9:30c
11am | 10c
11:30am | 10:30c

Pool Kings

12pm | 11c

Pool Kings

12:30pm | 11:30c

Pool Kings

1pm | 12c

Pool Kings

1:30pm | 12:30c

Pool Kings

2pm | 1c

Pool Kings

2:30pm | 1:30c

Pool Kings

3pm | 2c

Pool Kings

3:30pm | 2:30c

Pool Kings

4pm | 3c

Pool Kings

4:30pm | 3:30c

Pool Kings

5pm | 4c

Pool Kings

5:30pm | 4:30c

Pool Kings

6pm | 5c

Pool Kings

6:30pm | 5:30c

Pool Kings

7pm | 6c

Pool Kings

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

First Time Flippers

8pm | 7c

First Time Flippers

8:30pm | 7:30c

First Time Flippers

9:30pm | 8:30c

First Time Flippers

10:30pm | 9:30c

First Time Flippers

11:30pm | 10:30c

First Time Flippers

12:30am | 11:30c

First Time Flippers

1:30am | 12:30c

First Time Flippers

2:30am | 1:30c

First Time Flippers

3:30am | 2:30c

Elbow Room

4:30am | 3:30c

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.