I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to give my silver girl a proper Spring cleaning. Thankfully to Mother Nature, she gifted Seattle with an almost perfect weekend of pure sun and temps in the low 70’s. This was my chance to get busy and I could hardly wait. I climbed into my silver girl on a sunny Seattle morning, opened up all of her windows and turned on the radio tuning into NPR’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” One of my favorite radio shows ever, ever. Oh how that show makes me laugh! So with radio playing, fresh flowers on my counter and a sunny blissful day outside, I got busy cleaning . . .
I began with the bedroom. I first washed the pillows in my home washing machine. Once they were dry, I then swapped out the warm flannel super-soft sheets with light and airy cotton sheets by Ralph Lauren from a new store I discovered called, “Home Goods.” A new friend of mine introduced me to it and I’m hooked. So many beautiful things for the home at very reasonable prices. I go (very) often :)
In addition to swapping out the sheets, I made sure to rotate the mattress for even wear and I changed the battery in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Then I tackled the shower by spraying a tub and tile cleaner by Meyer’s. I closed the door and let the solution sit for a bit before rinsing it all off.
Vacuuming was next — at least dust-vacuuming — with my Dyson Animal cordless vacuum. This vacuum is $$$, but I will honestly tell you, it’s a great vacuum for an RV. I’ve had a few other vacuums on board before deciding it was time to start dropping hints to hubby for a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago. I am very pleased with this vacuum. It comes with some great attachments to get into tight spaces and it does an excellent job on bare floors. It’s even more of a workhorse on rugs (or throw rugs in my case) and if you ever need to vacuum your tow vehicle, it excels there too.
After dust vacuuming every nook and cranny including the screen on the Fantastic Fans I started working on the pantry . . .
Bathroom was next. I discarded expired cosmetics and beauty products and I made sure our first aid kit was up to date. Have you seen our first aid kit? You can have a peek at it here in a post that I wrote for GoRVing along with some tips I shared on traveling with Oliver.
I also wiped down the counter, walls and cleaned the mirror with an awesome chemical free cloth called the “e-cloth,” which I am so impressed with. It polishes so well and works wonders on the silver interior skin of the Airstream.
The fridge was next. I emptied everything onto the kitchen counter and with a little liquid dish detergent in a bowl of warm water and a scratch free sponge, the interior cleaned up beautifully. There were some stubborn marks that came from who knows where so I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and et voila — they were gone.
Then it was time for my cute little microfiber cloth cleaner to come out to play in the areas where the dust was stubborn. A few swipes with him and the dust was gone. The top of the blinds and roller shades accumulate a lot of dust as well as the backs of the TV’s so this little tool was super handy (and cute too, don’t you agree?) I found him at my local Japanese Grocery Store called Uwajimaya.
Here is the e-cloth I was talking about earlier, it even shined up the fridge door !
Last but not least, I shook out all throw rugs, sheepskins and pillows outside. I let them sit on the grass with the sun shining on them. I vacuumed the sofa cushions both on top and underneath. I gave the entire floor a really good vacuum before getting down on my hands and knees to wash the floor.
Washing the floor is easy once you’re down there lol. Just a little dish detergent in a bowl of warm water (just like the fridge) and a soft towel, I worked my way from the bedroom out to the front door. I then took another dry towel, dropped it on the floor and stepped on it using my feet to move the towel around to dry the floor.
And that’s my simple Spring cleaning routine. I still need to figure out how to remove the fantastic fan screen because I’d really like to wash the fan/blade part but I’ll save that for another day. In the meantime, it feels good to have my silver girl shiny and clean.
I hope you are having a lovely start to Spring!
Thank you for being here!
With all my heart,