9 Tips for a Spring-Clean Home All Winter Long

You know, when you think about it, we should be obsessing over fall cleaning instead of spring cleaning. After all, you’re about to shut yourself inside for months with all the dust and dirt your home has collected during the hot, dusty, open-window days of summer. And who wants to inhale that?!

The EPA even estimates that indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. So here’s a checklist to help you breathe easy all winter long in your home.

#1 Wash and Disinfect Garbage Cans and Wastebaskets

You’re going to be shut in all winter with these germ havens, so now’s a good time to clean them thoroughly. Take them outside where you can blast the insides with a garden hose, then add disinfectant.

For an environmentally safe way to sterilize these nasty grime collectors, use undiluted hydrogen peroxide or vinegar mixed 50/50 with water. Caution! Don’t mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar — the result is harmful peracetic acid. Regular bleach is an effective disinfectant (one part bleach to six parts water), but we much prefer environmentally safe.

Let the garbage cans sit for an hour, then pour out the contents and scrub the insides with a stiff bristle brush to remove any residue. Rinse and, if possible, let the wastebasket dry in direct sunlight, which helps eliminate bacteria.

#2 Wash and Disinfect Toilet Brush Holders

Take the holder and the brush outside, and spray wash thoroughly with a garden hose. Immerse the holder and brush in a bucket of hot water mixed with one of these solutions:

  • 1 part bleach to 6 parts water
  • 2 to 3 cups of environmentally friendly washing soda crystals
  • A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water

Let everything sit in the solution for a couple of hours, then rinse the holder and brush with a hose and place in direct sunlight to dry.

#3 Turn Over Furniture and Vacuum the Bottoms

You might shift furniture around so you can vacuum the floor, but there’s another side to the story — the underside.

Tilt upholstered chairs and couches all the way back (much easier with two people) to expose the bottoms. The dustcovers tacked underneath furniture can catch dreck and dust bunnies, so vacuum them off, being careful not to press too hard on the fabric.

#4 Clean the Tops of Doors, Trim, and Artwork

Tables and countertops aren’t the only household items with horizontal surfaces. In fact, just about everything in your house except Rover’s tennis ball has some kind of horizontal surface where dust and dirt will nestle, often unnoticed. You’ll want to clean the top horizontal edges of:

  • Interior doors
  • Trim, including baseboards and chair rails
  • Artwork and mirrors
  • Electrical wall plates
  • Wall-mounted smoke detectors, CO detectors, and thermostats
  • Upper kitchen cabinets
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures
  • Computer monitors
  • Books on shelves

#5 Vacuum Behind the Fridge

Your fridge needs to be cleaned periodically so that it operates at peak efficiency. Ignore this chore and face another $5 to $10 per month in utility costs. Worst case: a visit from an appliance repair pro who’ll charge $75 to $150 per hour!

The object is to clean the condenser coils. Here’s how:

If the condenser coils are on the back of the refrigerator, then pull the unit out completely, and unplug it while you work on it. Brush or vacuum the coils to clean them, and clean up any dirt and dust on the floor.

Also, check to make sure your freezer vents are clear. Freezers circulate air to reduce frost, but piling up too much stuff in front of the little grill-like vents inside your freezer blocks their business.

If the condenser coils are on the bottom of the fridge, then you’ll need to clean them from the front of the unit.

Take off the bottom faceplate to expose the coils.

Clean dust using a condenser-cleaning brush ($8) or a long, thin vacuum attachment made for cleaning under refrigerators ($14).

You should still pull your refrigerator all the way out and vacuum up dirt and dust that accumulates in back of the unit. Unplug it while you work on it.

Put down a piece of cardboard so that grit under the wheels doesn’t scratch your flooring.

#6 Winterize Your Entry

Keep winter’s slush and gunk at bay by making your entryway a dirt guardian.

  • Get a boot scraper ($19 to $35).
  • Add a chair or bench for taking off boots, and have a boot rack for wet footwear.
  • Put down a tough coir outdoor doormat ($30 to $190) for cleaning footwear.

Related: Check Out These Clever Entryway Solutions

#7 Clean Windows

By some estimates, dirty window glass cuts daylight by 20%. That’s a lot less light coming in at a time of year when you really need it to help chase away winter blues.

Clean windows inside and out with a homemade non-toxic solution:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon eco-friendly dish detergent
  • 2 cups water

Wipe clean and polish using microfiber cloths.

#8 Clean Ceiling Fan Blades

Those big blades on your ceiling fan are great at moving air, but when they’re idle they’re big dust magnets — dust settles on the top surfaces where you can’t see it.

Out of sight maybe, but not out of mind. Here’s an easy way to clean them: Take an old pillowcase and gently cover a blade. Pull it back slowly to remove the dust. The dust stays inside the pillowcase, instead of all over the floor, the furniture, your hair (ugh!).

#9 Change Furnace Filters

Yeah, this is a no-brainer, which is why it’s last on this list. But everything else you do could be moot if you’re not changing your filters at least once every 60 days (more if you’re sensitive to allergies).

Air filters for furnaces are rated by level of efficiency. The higher the rating, the better the filter is at removing dirt, mold spores, and pet dander.

Filters are rated one of two ways (you’ll see the ratings on the packaging); higher numbers mean better efficiency, but there’s a point of diminishing returns — some filters with extremely high ratings also restrict air flow, making your HVAC work so hard that the system heats and cools inefficiently.

  • Minimum efficiency rating values (MERV) for filters range from 1 to 16, but 7 to 13 is typical for households (14 and up are used in hospitals).
  • Microparticle performance rating (MPR) range from 300 to 2,400.

Cheap filters cost about $2, but won’t do you much good. You’re better off paying $12 to $17 for a pleated filter with a 1250 MPR, or $20 to $25 for a filter rated 2,400.

Happy cleaning (and breathing!) this winter.

Article Courtesy of HouseLogic

8609 Attu Lane Louisville KY 40291

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If you are looking for peaceful living that showcases the beauty of nature, THIS HOME IS FOR YOU! Words cannot describe the outdoor living space. With a little over 7 acres, the property offers many quiet moments of solitude on any of its multiple decks with built-in seating and creek rock patio. As you drive up to the landscaped circular driveway, you will immediately notice and hear the waterfall from the pond and feel the tranquility. Walk down to the dock where the fish stocked from Kentucky Fish & Game will greet you. The one owner 3BR/4.5 BA brick home is perfect for multi-generational living with 2 separate open style living areas. Enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sunrise overlooking the property in the Florida room or main kitchen.

Throughout the home you will find recessed lighting, wainscoting, skylights and abundance of closets and storage areas. The living room has built-in nooks and the sitting room has built-in shelving. Both kitchens have granite countertops and all kitchen appliances remain. Appreciate the magnificent view in the main kitchen through the floor to ceiling Palladium window, as well as skylight in the cathedral ceiling. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals. The large master bedroom is a personal retreat in itself and allows for a sitting area where you can spend hours reading a book. The finished basement is sound proof with extra insulation in the ceiling. There is a bedroom, extended bar with bar sink, cabinets, refrigerator, additional laundry area, and 3 bonus rooms that can be used as an office, recreation room and additional sleeping quarters. One of the bonus rooms has a built-in desk and walk-in closet. The separate basement entrance is great for privacy. The full bathroom has a double vanity with built-in shelving. The 2+ garage is amazing and a handyman/welder’s dream. Wired for 220v electricity, this garage lacks nothing with its tall ceilings, oversized 8 ft garage doors, utility sink, cabinets, workbenches and an oversized work area. The back door leads to a second driveway that can be used to park an RV. Host many gatherings and cookouts using the cook shed featured with lights and electrical outlets. There is a barn and utility shed too. As you can tell, this unique property has so many features that can’t completely be covered in this description. Take a look at our pictures and find yourself dreaming when looking at the surreal seasonal pictures. Discover country living in the middle of Fern Creek only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Schedule your private showing TODAY and be captured by this home’s beauty!

2301 WinterHaven Ct

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Price Reduction on this Amazing Home! Nestled in Paramont Estates this beautiful home as all the luxuries! The amentities of the association are nice as well. This home is one you do not want to miss, high end appliances, beautiful landscaping and an amazing deck! The $20,000 price reduction makes it an even sweetier deal! Call today let’s hang our hat here!  You will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the custom designed extra wide dentil and crown molding, wainscoting, inlayed hardwood flooring, built-in hutch, bookshelves, cabinetry and trim work throughout the home. The home is ADA compliant and has an elevator to take you from floor to floor. The doorways on the first level all have beautiful transom windows. The oversized windows provide an abundance of natural sunlight through the Plantation blinds. There is also new flooring throughout the home.  Featured are built-in stainless steel appliances including a 6-burner Thermadore stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and double oven. You will be quite impressed by the incredible glass front dining cabinet, granite countertops, custom designed cabinets with magazine rack, as well as the multiple countertops. These are just a few of the items that will entice you. Off the kitchen is a long hallway that leads to the walk-in pantry, 3+ car garage, mudroom/laundry room, 1/2 bath and drop zone where you will find cubbies and plenty of storage.  Enjoy the magnificent view while having a cup of coffee watching the sunrise on the covered side of the deck. The deck stretches the backside of the home and there is a gas line hookup perfect for hosting cookouts hassle free. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its recessed lighting and crown molding. Call us Today for your own private showing!

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Welcome Home  Offering easy living in this 6BR/4 full/2 half BA home in Paramont Estates with all of the comforts of luxury. The circular front driveway takes you through the landscaped lawn to the custom designed leaded glass front door with transom window and sidelights. You will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the custom designed extra wide dentil and crown molding, wainscoting, inlayed hardwood flooring, built-in hutch, bookshelves, cabinetry and trim work throughout the home. The home is ADA compliant and has an elevator to take you from floor to floor. The doorways on the first level all have beautiful transom windows. The oversized windows provide an abundance of natural sunlight through the Plantation blinds. There is also new flooring throughout the home. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere. Wait until you see the kitchen where the heart of the home is located. The massive eat-in kitchen is a chef’s delight. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island, with bar sink, visiting as you prepare meals in the state of the art kitchen. Featured are built-in stainless steel appliances including a 6-burner Thermadore stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and double oven. You will be quite impressed by the incredible glass front dining cabinet, granite countertops, custom designed cabinets with magazine rack, as well as the multiple countertops. These are just a few of the items that will entice you. Off the kitchen is a long hallway that leads to the walk-in pantry, 3+ car garage, mudroom/laundry room, 1/2 bath and drop zone where you will find cubbies and plenty of storage. The laundry room has built in cabinets, counter, utility sink, laundry shoot and hanging rod. Relax in the living room reading a book in front of the gas fireplace. A wall of windows with a French door leads you to the oversized deck. Enjoy the magnificent view while having a cup of coffee watching the sunrise on the covered side of the deck. The deck stretches the backside of the home and there is a gas line hookup perfect for hosting cookouts hassle free. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its recessed lighting and crown molding. There is an adjoining room with a wall of built-in bookshelves that can be used as a sitting room or library. The master bathroom is like going to the spa! Stunning marble floors granite counter tops, jetted tub, dual vanities and a custom designed walk-in closet with plenty of drawers. The marble shower has a built-in bench. There is a lot of personality in the 4 bedrooms on the 2nd level. Two of the rooms have extended storage space that has been finished with built-in desks so you will have no excuse for interruption when completing tasks. The bedrooms are extremely huge and 3 bedrooms have window seats with storage perfect for curling up with a good book or talking to best friends. One bedroom has built-in bookshelves and walk-in closet and adjoined to another bedroom by a “Jack and Jill” bathroom. The 2nd bedroom has a window seat the size of a twin mattress providing for more sleeping space with double storage drawers below. The 3rd bedroom has a built-in desk and bathroom that can also be accessed from the hall. The 4th bedroom was designed to be a playroom and the walls have many built-in storage drawers. The finished walkout basement is a home within a home and perfect for multi-generational living. The family room has an entertainment center with cherry finish that is the focal point. Wired for surround sound you need walk across the room to the kitchen with for a beverage and snack. The recreation room has a pool table that remains, gas fireplace and extended cherry finished bar. The cabinets are glass front with a built-in wine rack. There is a dishwasher, full refrigerator, tiled floor and double sink. There are oversized French doors that extend as tall as the ceiling that lead to a patio area. There is a separate area with private entrance that has a living room, full bath and nicely sized bedroom perfect for separate living quarters. A few more features of the home include a central vacuum system, 3 zones for heating and air conditioning, irrigation system, smart alarm that can be controlled by phone, intercom system and water purification system. Your children can attend the award winning North Oldham County school system. Surrounded by a beautiful quarry, the clubhouse offers many amenities such as paddleboat, racquetball, tennis, nature trail hiking, indoor heated pool and private event space. As you can tell there are a lot of features to this exquisite home and you will want to see them all in person. Priced to sell so call today for your private tour
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302 Green Acres Elizabethtown KY

Ready to move into. This 3 bedroom 1.5 bath home located on almost an acre is ready for you to call home. Great looking laminate flooring in the living room and hall with tile in both bathrooms and also the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, granite countertops and a full compliment of stainless steel appliances await the next Food Network star to be! Lots of countertop space and very open for large gatherings to watch the chef at work. Both bathrooms have been updated with Granite Countertops and have fresh paint as well. Good sized bedrooms compliment this home and have new carpet being installed this week. Add to this great first floor a walkout finished partial basement with new carpet and paint. There is also a 2 car rear load garage.

In the basement is also a built in hot tub that will remain. This large lot is ready for the gardening enthusiast. Make your appointment soon as this one will not last. PS Don’t forget to look at the upgrade sheet under other documents!!

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The spacious kitchen is a chef’s delight and celebrates the heart of the home. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island visiting as you prepare meals on the multiple granite countertops. You will find plenty of storage in the variegated cabinets. Enjoy of cup of coffee while watching beautiful sunrises and sunsets out the bay window in the dining area of the kitchen. The formal dining room with its crown molding and floor to ceiling windows will absolutely create a festive ambiance while celebrating holidays. The first floor master bedroom is a sanctuary in itself with crown molding and floor to ceiling windows that flows into the master bathroom. The ensuite hosts a double sink vanity with vanity counter, shower and oversized garden tub to enjoy baths, as well as “his” and “her” closets. The first floor laundry/mud room is large and has built-in cabinets, utility sink and area for shoes and coats. The 2nd level has a sitting area on the catwalk that overlooks the great room. There are 4 additional bedrooms linked together with separate Jack and Jill bathrooms. The 3-car garage is perfect for the handyman with its workbench area. You will find generous features in this home including an energy savings Geothermal HVAC system. Come find your peace and tranquility in this home by scheduling your private tour today!

9813 Indian Falls

You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/2.5BA home in pristine condition in the sought out neighborhood of Indian Falls. Off the covered front porch, enter the home through a front door with sidelights to be greeted by beautiful hardwood and tiled flooring that will lead you into a spacious open floor plan. The living room has vaulted ceilings and an abundance of sunlight through its transom windows. The formal dining room will absolutely create a festive ambience to celebrate holidays. The great room offers many hours of relaxation in front of the fireplace while overlooking the fenced in private back yard. Picture friends sitting around the Island visiting as you prepare meals in the large eat-in kitchen that boasts multiple granite countertops and cabinet space.

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