Spring cleaning sends fear into everyone, even the avid cleaners. Ease those fears and learn how to tackle the biggest cleaning jobs with these easy insider tips.
Washing window screens
HOW OFTEN? Once a yearTake screens out to the yard and spray them with a garden hose. (Remember to mark them so you will recall which windows they fit.)
- Gently scrub the screens using a nylon-covered sponge and a cleaning solution of one part ammonia and three parts water. Rinse with the hose and leave outside to dry in the sun.
- No yard? Lay a drop cloth or blanket in your bathtub and place screens on top of it. Clean the screens and hold them under the showerhead to rinse.
EXTRA CLEANING TIP: To clean the grooves in the window frame, wrap strips of soft cloth around the tip of a screwdriver, dip it into soapy water and swab.