Lets Start Spring Cleaning!

I love this time of year because the weather is changing from from cold temps to weather that we can open our windows and let the breezes come floating through our homes.  Here in Surf City, we are so lucky to have mild temperatures for most of the year.  Think of the Mediterranean and that is pretty much our weather here too.

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So with my windows wide open, with breeze coming in it gets me in the mood to clean and organize!  Ok, really?!?!  Well, not “in the mood”, I would rather be laying on the beach reading a book!

{Have any of you read Fifty Shades of Grey?  Oh my…!}

But I would like to be laying on a beach this summer, knowing that I have “deep” cleaned my house this past spring and all I need to do is the regular, weekly cleaning.  (At least until the kids go back toschool, but that is a post for another day!)

On Pinterest I have come across SO MANY household cleaning tips.  I have a whole board dedicated to this subject.  How sad is it that I get excited to see a tip that may make my chores easier and CHEAPER?

I have tried the “Miracle” shower door cleaning tip where you spray Lemon Furniture Polish (Pledge) onto shower doors, leave for 5-10 minutes, then wipe down.  The hard water spots are supposed to disappear and the “residue” from the polish will repel further spots from forming.  This tip failed for me.  Sure my bathroom smelled lemony fresh, but I still have cloudy shower glass!

So far, vinegar still seems to be the way to go for clear doors.  I prefer the lemon fresh scent of Pledge as opposed to vinegar, but at least vinegar is CHEAPER than furniture polish!

In a squirt bottle I mix 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. (I eyeball the amounts to be honest, but it works out to be about 1 to 3).

I want to buy some car wax and apply it to my glass to see if that helps.  I’ll let you know if it becomes my new “miracle” tip!

Do you have any “tried and true” cleaning tips?  I would love for you to let me know what they are!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady


  1. Carol Casey says:

    You know how the shower door tracks get ugly? Just pour some straight Clorox in the track, that will clear it all up. For tub & shower walls, put some hot water in the tub, pour in some Clorox, and wipe down walls & doors with that mixture. Be sure a window is open, or you have some kind of ventilation!. Use a long handled brush to scrub with. My Mom (your “Aunt Hallie”) thought Clorox took care of just about everything and passed it down. And really warm Tide water to clean a lot of other stuff, like carpet and upholstery stains between having the professionals come in.

    • Thanks for the tips Carol! I never thought of using Tide as a carpet cleaner. That is a great tip if you are in a pinch and out of carpet cleaner. Like we were a couple of weeks ago when Baby Girl got sick. EVERYWHERE!

  2. Ginger Lamar says:

    My favorite inexpensive household tip: To clean the inside of the microwave fill a glass bowl with water and lemon slices (in a pinch – just use about 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice. Microwave for 2 – 5 minutes. The condensation will loosen the grime so that it will wipe clean with a damp sponge, and the lemon leaves it smelling fresh. No harsh chemicals used inside your cooking space.

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