Spring Cleaning and Gardening Tips for Your Florida Home
When everything around your new Florida home is showing off those first lovely blushes of the new season, it is hard to resist spring cleaning fever. Don’t let nature have all the fun with a new start this spring. Get your Florida home ready for another spring and summer in paradise. Relax, grab a cold beverage, and have a seat in the shade as you divvy up your spring cleaning action plan and decide on how you’ll tackle both inside and outside of your home with these tips!
Cleaning Inside of Your Home
Spring is a great time to give your home a refresh and bring the fresh and clean scents of Spring inside. Brighten up the look and smell of your home by cleaning with a homemade, toxin-free, and citrus-infused vinegar mixture, which safely collects dust without added chemicals. To make this homemade cleaner add citrus peels and a few sprigs of rosemary to a large glass jar and fill with vinegar. Allow to rest for several days, pour into a spray bottle, and start wiping down your home!
Baseboards can use a little TLC from time to time, and Spring cleaning is a great time to tackle this. After a good vacuuming of your floors, fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and wipe the baseboards down. Finally, use a dryer sheet to rub the boards. This will prevent dust and dirt from collecting there, leaving them gleaming much longer.
Before a summer of outdoor grilling, consider cleaning the inside of your oven. Rather than turning on your oven’s self-cleaning feature, which can leave long-lasting odors and heat up the house, try cleaning your oven with these easy steps. Combine ¼ cup vinegar, 1/8 cup liquid dish soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and shake it thoroughly. Spray the mixture inside of your oven and then sprinkle baking soda on top. Spray with mixture again and let sit overnight. The next day, wipe out the mixture and wash with soapy water to easily rid of dirt and grime.
For tips on how to clean everything including the kitchen sink, read our previous article on Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Florida Home!
Florida’s warm climate makes it a very plant-friendly state. Indoor plants help to purify air, and adding that lovely little touch of green freshens up any space and makes it feel even cozier. Do your home a favor and add plants that make your house healthier!
Tending to the Exterior of Your Home
It’s time to get your outdoor spaces ready for warm spring nights! Start by sweeping your patio or lanai with a stiff broom. Using either a pressure washer or a hose with a nozzle attachment, clean the seams in concrete. Use a broom to get up into tall seams and into the corners of ceilings and porches. Finish by weeding any surrounding green areas, using an organic weed-killer if necessary.
Don’t put away that hose yet! Spray exterior windows, doors and shutters. If necessary, use a window spray and non-porous cloth to get those windows bright. The home will look cared for and well tended. And, use some of that elbow grease to wipe down and clean off exterior doors.
Part of spring for Floridians means getting the flowerbeds in shape for summer. Cut back overgrown shrubbery and trees. Rake out and clean beds adding new soil or indigenous mulch as necessary.
Plants add so much to our homes, it’s hard to resist them! Make sure to use plants that do well in Florida's sunny and tropical climate. According to Orlando Home and Garden, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, with its large shiny leaves, makes a great filler for a large space and work well in containers near a front door. Don’t have a green thumb? No worries. Maidenhair Fern is ideal for new gardeners. Sturdy but soft, this little gem does need to be kept well watered, but mindful attention will reward its grower with lush beauty.
Edible plants will add even more to your Florida home and can save you a trip to the grocery store. Along with the pop of color and the air cleaning activity, there is nothing like fresh herbs on your summer salads and steaks. Basil, parsley and rosemary are popular herbs, but there’s no reason why you can’t try something off the beaten herb path. Planting lemon balm grows easily in Florida, like other members of the mint family plus, this fragrant herb smells like its bright citrus namesake, and tastes great in iced tea. Basil, rosemary, and lemon balm are also a natural mosquito repellant, making them perfect for the summer months as well. If you’d like to harvest herbs from your garden that will last all year, consider planting garlic, ginger or even horehound. For more herb growing tips, The University of Florida provides handy herb growing guidelines that will make sure your plants thrive.
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