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Spring is on the horizon, and you are itching to enjoy the weather in your RV! Whether it has been in storage and needs a good cleaning, or just needs to be spruced up for this year’s adventures, you will want to do some spring cleaning! These are some great cleaning hacks to get your RV ready for the road again!
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 3/4 cups of olive oil dip a rag into the mixture and wipe off the surface with the marks.
Lemons are great to clean with, they have natural acid that wear away impurities. Just cut the lemon in half and scrub the surfaces you want to clean. It also works on rust left from razors or bobby pins.
Vinegar, paper towels, and Q-tips are the perfect way to get these spotless! Dip the Q-tip in a small cup of vinegar, then run it along the runner of the window seal. Then, wipe it up with a paper towel and repeat if necessary.
Your washing machine grows bacteria because water and dirt end up sitting in it. Run a cycle with bleach, then a cycle with vinegar and it will be as good as new!
Vacuum filters are expensive! And dishwashers are for more than just dishes! Just place your filter in there, and use your regular detergent to clean it.
Toys can get really disgusting. Blocks, Legos, and dolls get the most love and the most bacteria. As long as they are plastic or rubber and don’t have any mechanical parts you can place them in the dishwasher with 1 1/2 – 2 cups of vinegar to safely clean them.
It is very easy to get rid of the mildew smell of your towels. Put your washing machine on the hot cycle and add a cup of vinegar to your load. Do not use detergent or bleach. If it still smells after you run it through once, use hot water again with a 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Especially in an RV space is limited. Add a tension rod (or rod you can screw into the sides) under the sink and put some of your spray bottles on it to save room. If you use a tension rod be mindful of the weight limit, it probably won’t hold all of your full bottles of cleaning supplies.
Clean your burners without scrubbing, place them in a sealed ziploc bag with 1/4 cup of ammonia. Leave overnight then wipe clean with a sponge.
Clean your oven in a few easy steps:
Fill a bag with vinegar and tie it to the shower head and leave it overnight. In the morning you will have a brand new sparkling shower head!
Fill a dish wand with 1/2 vinegar and half dawn soap. Hang in your shower and before you take a shower scrub the walls with the wand, then the water from the shower will rise it off.
All it takes is two products Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Cleanerand Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleaner. Apply either with a damp sponge and use some elbow grease to work away the scratches. Use the liquid first and if there are still deep scratches use the powder.
Place in the microwave for 2 minutes and let the heat kill the germs.
Soak your knives in a little lemon juice and remove the rust spots on your knives.
Pillows collect dead skin cells, dust, hair, sweat, and bacteria. They need to be cleaned a few times a year to keep the. Thoroughly clean them by washing them in a mixture of 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of dishwasher detergent, 1 cup of bleach, 1/2 cup of borax, and very hot water.
If your RV has been sitting in your driveway it may have leaked some oil. This is a very simple way to get your driveway looking brand new! Use Pour-n-Seal it is perfect to get those stubborn stains out of the driveway. Just pour it on the stain, let it sit, then when it becomes a powder sweep up the excess.
If you have not come in contact with the magic in a magic eraser you have been missing out! They can clean anything from stoves, walls, counters, grout, scuff marks, stains, etc. Check out a list of amazing uses here! They are less than $1 a piece (less if you buy in bulk) and worth every penny!
Bathrooms collect water so mold is always an issue. All you need is two simple products beach, and beauty coils used for perms. Soak the cotton coils in the bleach, line the grout with the cotton, and let it sit over night on the mold. (Tip: it makes it easier if you soak the coils in a pan in the tub to reduce dripping.)
Mix vinegar and water together in a bowl, turn the microwave on for 10 minutes, then remove the bowl and wipe it down.
Spray a little rubbing alcohol on your couch or chair and scrub the stains away with a sponge or brush!
Mix baking soda with a lavender oil and spread it over the mattress. Leave the mixture for an hour then vacuum it up.
Your makeup brushes collect bacteria, then you spread it on your face when you don’t clean them periodically. There is shampoo for your brushes, and it is definitely worth the time to clean them.
Lazy Susan’s are perfect to organize and maximize the space in your fridge! It will also help keep things together while traveling. Get yours here!
Clean your lampshades with a lint roller to keep the dust and particles from going everywhere.
This is one of the most important places to clean often. The food you’re planning on preparing, the food you’ve eaten, as well as all of the dirty dishes that have accumulated sit in the sink. This is the safe, and natural way to clean your sink!
What you will need:
If you have grout on any surface it has probably gotten its fair share of dirt. Make it white again with 7 cups of water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ammonia (or lemon juice), and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Spray it on the grout, leave for an hour, then scrub it off vigorously with a brush.
You will be amazed at the amount of hair in your RV! Use it on any upholstery or carpet to pull the hair up.
It is difficult to find your favorite shirt in the mound of clothes you have in your drawers. Stack your clothes horizontally so you have more room and can find the one you want easier, you may even discover ones you forgot you had.
Who needs an expensive attachment when you have a ketchup bottle topper. It would be great for any small space or when you want to make sure big pieces don’t get vacuumed up.
All you need is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Sprinkle the baking soda, pour the hydrogen peroxide on top of it, and sprinkle more baking soda on top. Let it set for a few hours and rub it off.
You will be using vinegar again, you should probably just buy it in bulk when you spring clean. When you put your glasses in the dishwasher pour a cup of vinegar in the bottom and within a few washes your glasses will be shiny again!
All you need is a 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water mixture. Mix it in a spray bottle, spray it over the stain, and cover it with a damp rag. Put your iron on the steam setting and iron the rag for about 30 seconds. You may have to repeat if the stain is dark but for most common household stains it will work perfectly.
If you decided to move to replace any furniture you will likely have carpet indents. Place ice around the indentation and let them go to work!
Make the most out of all of the space you have, store those winter clothes and blankets in a vacuum seal bag to save room.
Blinds can get pretty dirty with dust, hair, and particles collecting on them. The easiest way to clean them is soak them in a tub of water and bleach (or vinegar), then once cleaned drain the tub and rise them very well. Lay them out in the sun to dry and they will look brand new when you take them out!
Dennis Taylor is a graduate of National Camping School and REI Outdoor School. He knows everything about what gear to take with you, how to plan your trip to stay safe and what to do if you get lost in the mountains. We are lucky to have Dennis with us as he is a ‘walking encyclopedia’ when it comes to the wilderness.