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5 Spring cleaning musts that you can DIY

Clean like a pro

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to deep clean the house. Cast off your fear of the hard stuff. With a little help from the pros, you can DIY yourself to a happy house.
Woman cleaning

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Get after the grout:

Because grout is porous, it easily absorbs stains, mildew and dirt. Instead of hiring help, try spending a little bit of money on some professional-grade tools and do it yourself. Grout is sensitive to cleaning solutions, so it is important to use the mildest solution possible. Bob Vila recommends starting with warm water and a stiff-bristled brush, like this one from Home Depot ($3). If the warm water solution doesn’t cut it, stronger options include things like baking soda, vinegar, and oxygen bleach. For three bucks and a bit of elbow grease, DIY-ing is a good option.
Scrub brush

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Dust the drapes:

Instead of spending money on cleaning service, check out these easy ways to deep clean dusty drapes on your own. If curtains are machine-washable, put them on a cold gentle cycle and then dry them on delicate. Take them out before they are completely dry and hang them back up to finish. If yours are not machine-washable, you have the option to steam clean, wipe them down with a damp cloth or use a lint roller to collect the dust.

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Clean the carpets:

Instead of hiring out for clean carpets, spring for this (very affordable) Hoover Dual Power Carpet Washer ($99). You will be able to do your annual deep clean as well as spot clean the high-traffic areas more often. What is the best part you ask? The carpet washer costs as much as having a company do one room. Totally worth it. One tip from the pros at Hoover is to be sure to rinse your carpet after washing to avoid any build-up of cleaning solution which can attract dirt. Smart.
Hoover Dual Power Carpet Washer
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Wash the windows:

scrubber and squeegee

Washing windows can seem tricky if you are using the old spray-and-wipe method. Instead, take some tips from the pros and invest in a professional-style scrubber and squeegee combination tool ($12) and a microfiber cloth. Watch a few tutorials and go for it. It really is easier than you might think to get streak-free windows. Simply dunk your scrubber in warm soapy water, wet the window and then squeegee in a horizontal pattern. Once you finish the window, wipe the excess water from the edges with your cloth and you are done. Your windows will be clean and streak-free.

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De-gunk the gutters:

super nozzle

Go for wife-of-the-year in 2014 and try your hand at cleaning your gutters yourself. Put on your gloves, dust mask and safety glasses and check out the instructional from Bob Vila. Start by scooping the gunk into a garbage bag. Then, when most of the debris has been removed, carefully spray out the gutter (spraying toward the downspout) with a super nozzle, like this one (Home Depot, $11). You will be proud of your DIY skills after this one, trust me.

Tell us:

what are the spring-cleaning musts you will DIY this year? Tell us in the comment section below.

This post was sponsored by Hoover.

More DIY projects for spring:

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