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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cleaning Your Motorhome at the End of the Season

As I prepare for the last camping trip of the summer, I am excited, yet sad, knowing that this will be the last adventure for the season.

Thinking of the final voyage, I also know that after we return it will be time to prepare for storing “old reliable”. There is plenty of work involved in making sure that she is well taken care of and will be clean and ready for next season.

First, you will want to mix up a batch of this homemade all-purpose cleaner, then follow the checklist below and you’ll have your motorhome clean, fresh and ready to store.

All Purpose Disinfectant and Deodorizer:

In a spray bottle mix the following ingredients:

* 1 cup white distilled vinegar
* 1 cup of warm water

NOTE: You can use this on most surfaces but NOT on granite or natural stone. It is also a great grease remover.

Motorhome Cleaning Checklist:

Wipe down with a damp cloth the cabinets and counters by using the 50/50 solution of water and vinegar.

* Carpet
* Cushions and upholstery
* Corners and ceiling for cobwebs
* Cabinets removing any crumbs or debris
* Vents
* Window tracts

Tip: Use can use a vacuum scent that will deodorize and add a nice scent to any room as you vacuum.

Use the all-purpose cleaner recipe above to clean and disinfect linoleum floors.

* Wood trim and cabinets
* Dashboard

Disinfect and deodorize toilet and wipe down enclosures using the water and vinegar cleaning solution in a spray bottle.

Clean windows using the same 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Wipe with a lint free cloth to avoid streaks.

Clean window tracks with a soft bristled tooth brush, then vacuum to remove debris.

* Fridge: Use the 50/50 vinegar and water mixture to clean the inside of the fridge.
* Stove: Use vinegar/water mixture to wipe down outside of appliance. Follow manufacturer’s directions for cleaning.
* Microwave: To easily remove gunk from the sides of the microwave, place a half a lemon in a bowl of water and turn the microwave on for 1 to 2 minutes allowing the steam to penetrate any encrusted foods.

To keep out rodents:
Using fabric softener dryer sheets works well for repelling rodents and also to keep your motor home smelling fresh. Place them throughout in places such as cabinets, bathroom under driver’s and passenger’s seats. Try to have at least one in every “room”.

For canopy cleaning and other outside motorhome cleaning, take a look at this article:

Cleaning Camper Canopy

This is a cleaning list only and does not include winterization. You should also check with the owner’s manual before using any cleaning products.

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