With Spring upon us and Easter celebrations taking place in less than a week, cleaning and organizing your home is probably well on your mind. If you’re scrambling about what to clean next or how you’re going to tackle everything in just a few days, you’re in luck! The Accidental Housewife, Julie Edelman joined me recently for a two part interview on spring cleaning! In part one of the two part series concluding tomorrow, Julie dished on the secret to cleaning your home, her must have cleaning products, how to properly clean your windows…and how you can even poach a salmon in your dishwasher!
Candace Rose: With spring upon us, what’s the secret to cleaning our homes without getting overwhelmed?
Julie Edelman: “Well, the first thing is to do it over time. It’s not a race and there’s nobody watching us. It is spring, and for some reason we’re programmed to say ‘Okay, we’ve got to do the windows, we’ve got to do the drapes, we’ve got to do the linens.’ I say, take it a step at a time. And really for me, what’s really more important is the forget me nots and those hidden health hotspots that harbor lots of dust and the allergens that we have to deal with. I’ve partnered with some terrific companies that have some multitaskers that I can use (we can use) to get the job done, maintain our home, our sanity and our manicures!
The first thing when I talk about hidden health hotspots, it’s things like bookshelves, it’s things like your plants, it’s also picture frames and the nooks and the little crannies because that’s where the dust just settles. So I love the Swiffer 180 Duster with Gain scent. I love it because it traps and locks all of those allergens so you can get underneath places, hard to reach places. I used to use a feather duster because it sort of made me feel like a French maid, well that was fine but my feather duster seemed to just move the dust from point a to point b. With this, it’s the hipper, it’s the chicer, it’s my new French cleaning weapon tool that gets everything done so much more effectively. So not only do I try to look good, but it works really, really well. Plus, I also love it because it’s got the joyful scent of Gain.
Next, I don’t know about you, but do you keep dishes and glass cases so that you can see them? It’s a little less dust but it still gets dust in there. I have them there because I always pretended when I bought them that I was going to have all these great parties and entertain like Martha. Not! I’m the Accidental Housewife. What I’ve found that I love is this new Cascade Platinum. It’s really a habit changer because when I used to take those dishes out I felt I needed to dust them and then put them in the dishwasher. And then I would feel for dinner dishes or breakfast dishes, if there was anything on that I had, I had to get it off before I put them in the dishwasher. This is a manicure saver. You can put your dishes, except for large pieces like bones and things directly into the dishwasher- no pre-wash. I love that! And you can leave it there for 24 hours even, and it will still clean it totally. Plus it multitasks because it will clean the inside of your dishwasher. And oftentimes, you know that filmy look you get on the inside of your dishwasher? This cleans it, so we can put our lipstick on too perhaps when we empty the dishwasher.
Have you tried poaching salmon in your dishwasher? If you haven’t, you should try it. It’s a nice multitasking spring dish. Just take a piece of salmon, put it in double-duty aluminum foil, a little lemon, a little butter, little capers and white wine; wrap it up really tightly, put it on the top shelf, you have to run it full cycle and you can run the full cycle with a load of dishes and it will actually come out perfectly poached.
The other thing too, Candace, is I wish I could put everything in the dishwasher, but some things just don’t go in the dishwasher like some of my fine glassware, vases- that’s why I go back to the tried and true good old Dawn Ultra for things that can’t go in the dishwasher or aren’t dishwasher safe. I love it because it’s got two times the grease fighting ingredients versus the leading non concentrated dish soap.
It’s nice to feel like spring even though the weather outside is not so spring-like.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Julie Edelman: “Sure, for the traditional kinds of spring cleaning things like your windows – most people think it’s best to clean your windows on a sunny day because you can see everything; but the problem is the sun dries whatever liquid you’re using very quick so you get streaking. On a cloudy day (you don’t want it to be too cold) that won’t happen. So you’ll work a little less which is what I’m all about. And you can use things like vinegar and water to clean your windows, and newspaper. Newspaper is great because obviously they use newspaper because it absorbs ink so well, so it’ll absorb moisture just as well. So repurpose your Sunday Times!”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Julie Edelman: “Just go to JuliesTips.com.”
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