Cottage cleaning hacks

Opening the cottage this long weekend is exciting, the weather is looking really promising finally but for most of us,  it means spring cleaning. I’m pretty obsessive about cleaning (just ask Mr. H!) and my cottage is going to REEK of vinegar. Here are some cleaning hacks to help you out!


  1. Clean fireplace doors with newspaper and ashes – To clean the smoky, burnt on residue from the glass doors on your fireplace or wood burning stove, take an old newspaper dampened with water and dip it in the fireplace ashes. Then begin to wipe the glass in a circular motion as the soot begins to break down. One final swipe with a paper towel is all you need to finish the job. You can also use dry newspaper to successfully clean mirrors and windows.
  2. Use a sponge mop to clean walls – Smoke from fires, cooking oils, splashes and splatters can all lead to grimy walls. But don’t worry – there’s no need to get on a ladder to clean dust and grime from walls and ceiling fans.  Simply use your favorite sponge mop to do the job.  Dip the mop in a bucket with a mixture of 60 ml of vinegar and 960 ml of warm water.  Be sure to wring out the mop head well so it’s damp and not soaking wet. Next, gently rub your walls clean.
  3. Sweep before you mop – It’s likely the closed cottage has accumulated a lot of dust bunnies, dead bugs and other dirt and debris. Mops are great for picking up dust and dirt, but they don’t necessarily pick up larger bits likes sticks and pebbles tracked into the cottage.  Use a broom that is cut at an angle to reach under cabinets and into tight corners.


  1. Clean patio furniture and outdoor toys simply and effectively– Even if you’ve stored outdoor furniture and children’s play equipment in a dry place for the winter, you’ll still need to wipe down dust and grime that’s accumulated.  Use a mixture of warm water and a ½ teaspoon of dish soap and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the furniture and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
  2. Scrub Decks Naturally -For an inexpensive alternative to expensive deck cleaning products, try mixing equal parts warm water with white vinegar and baking soda and apply to the deck. The vinegar will kill off bacteria and funguses that have developed while baking soda deodorizes and refreshes. You will need to scrub the deck thoroughly with a long-handled brush. After applying the mixture and letting it sit for several minutes, scrub the deck and rinse it off with a garden hose.

This new NITTY GRITTY ROLLER MOP from Libman, will help indoors and out!

Nitty Gritty Roller Mop (wide)

Libman products are available in Canada at Home Depot and Canadian Tire.  For more information or to find a retailer near you, visit or call (877) 818-3380.

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