(NewsUSA) - Anyone can give Mom flowers, candy or dinner at a restaurant on Mother's Day. But instead of trotting out the old standbys, with nary a thought, why not put a little imagination into her special day this year?
Think about it -- your mom is most likely inspiring, amazing and wonderful, so why shouldn't her gift be as well? After all, this is the woman who makes your favorite meal when you're home, washes dishes without complaint, foregoes her own needs in order to meet yours, and a litany of other tasks of daily living -- including cleaning.
To that point, why not help Mom (or wife or grandmother) out by cleaning the house for them? The following tips are sure to help spark an alternative approach to gift-giving for the se-cond Sunday in May:
* Do the windows. Use the following solution for a streak- and smudge-free shine: Combine one gallon of water to one-half cup of vinegar, one-half cup of rubbing alcohol and about two squirts of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Pour into a spray bottle, and instead of paper towels, use newspaper to make windows shine.
* Tackle the chores she doesn't have time for. This includes window washing (see above), wiping down baseboards, light switches and cabinets and dusting shutters and blinds.
* Use efficient cleaners. A recent survey shows that U.S. adults spend an average of 13 hours per week cleaning their home. To that end, why not help mom out by doing it for her? With various products on the market, such as CLR's Bath & Kitchen Cleaner or CLR Mold and Mildew Remover, the time it takes to spruce up the house can be cut in half. Currently, CLR brands has everything you need to make the house sparkle, including sinks, tubs, showerheads and appliances to patio furniture, cement, grills, driveways and gutters. In addition, the products are environmentally friendly, so you needn't worry about their effects.
* Move appliances and furniture. The big-ticket items in the house tend to get lost in the daily, weekly and even monthly rotation of cleaning. To that end, surprise mom by moving and scrubbing behind appliances like stoves and refrigerators, and furniture such as couches and recliners.