Set aside an hour or two to clean up your fan blades, doorknobs, and door tracks. These three areas are important parts of your spring-cleaning, so do not forget them. You will need an old pillowcase or two, a spray bottle of white vinegar and water mix, your vacuum cleaner, and some peppermint oil.
It is important to keep the blades of your ceiling fan clean. It is not healthy for dust bunnies to swirl around your rooms. This dust can aggravate allergies and existing colds. Shut off the fan and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, taking an old pillowcase, wipe the blades, and let the gunk fall into the case. Repeat this action until you have cleaned all the blades. Replace pillowcases as needed. If you run out of them, you can pick up a few at the thrift store for a minimal cost. Then wipe the all blades and hardware with your vinegar and water mix. Let the fan sit still for about twenty minutes while any dust in the room settles. Then start it up and enjoy the breeze.
Using your white vinegar and water mixture (one cup of vinegar to two cups of water) begin to wipe down the doorknobs. Let them air dry. After they are dry, tighten up any loose screws or hardware.
I live in Florida where an abundance of sliding doors exist. I generally keep them closed in the winter, but throw them open in the spring. Part of my spring-cleaning routine is to clean out the tracks. First I vacuum up the tracks, then I wipe them down with a water and peppermint oil soaked rag (one cup of water and one tablespoon of peppermint oil). This mixture makes the house smell clean, the doors glide with ease, and it keeps bugs out of the home. Florida also has an abundance of bugs and bugs will not cross peppermint oil.
Once you are finished… your fans, doorknobs, and door tracks will shine. Then sit back and relax as you have completed yet another task on your spring-cleaning list.