Now that’s it is springtime again it’s time to start the annual spring cleaning. To help you get through this annual chore here are some helpful spring cleaning tips to make this year’s spring cleaning session a breeze.
It’s that time of year again, spring or more specifically, spring cleaning time. In this post, I’m going to share with you some great spring cleaning tips to help you conquer the dreaded deep clean that needs to be done.
Since spring cleaning is a huge chore that frankly, we probably would all want to avoid if possible, I created a free complete Spring Cleaning Checklist you can use to help you get through all of the cleaning that needs to be done.
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Spring Cleaning Tips
I try to keep my home as clean as I possibly can. There are chores that need to be done daily, weekly, and then monthly. However, there are household chores that only need to be done once or twice a year. That’s why setting aside 2 times a year to get to those chores that either get forgotten or just don’t need our attention is perfect.
Before you start spring cleaning I like to prepare. There are 2 things I do before I start my deep clean. They are:
- Create a list of spring cleaning chores
- Stock my cleaning caddy
Spring cleaning checklist
Since spring cleaning can be quite overwhelming, it’s important to have a checklist of everything that you want to accomplish. If you have no idea what that should look like, don’t worry. I’ve created a free spring cleaning checklist that you can download below. This checklist what I use each spring to clean my home.
Stocked cleaning caddy
Having a well-stocked cleaning caddy is one of the most important tips for the success of spring cleaning. When you have all of the tools you need to do the cleaning that’s one less excuse you have when doing the cleaning. You’ll want to make sure you have the necessary cloths, cleaners, and scrubbers to be successful.
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Here are some examples are items to add to your cleaning caddy:
- Microfiber cleaning cloth
- Blind duster
- AP duster
- Household cleaners
- Steam Mop (with lift away)
- Vacuum (with lift away)
Now that you have your spring cleaning checklist and a fully stocked cleaning caddy it’s time to start the spring cleaning. Below are 10 things to focus on when doing your spring cleaning this year.
Windows – sills, tracks, and blinds
Usually, when washing windows the glass is the only part that is cleaned. During your spring cleaning, take the time to wipe down the sills and check the seal. A great tip for spring cleaning: If you notice the seal cracked or broken you’ll want to recaulk the windows. By doing this while you are cleaning you won’t forget about it later.
Once the sill is wiped down, vacuum the tracks and if there’s still dirt and grime that needs to be removed grab a cloth and butter knife. Spray the track with some all-purpose cleaner and cover the butter knife with the cloth and get into the tracks and remove the grime.
Now that the sills and tracks are clean, turn your attention to the blinds. Grab your blind duster and wipe down your blinds.
I used to forget to clean my light fixtures. The only time I would clean them was when I needed to replace the light bulbs. Now with light bulbs that last 10 or more years, this is something that I’m sure we’d all forget to do. Now, I make it a point during my spring cleaning to clean these.
This is a very simple chore. Unscrew the glass part of the light fixture and then add it to a tub with warm soapy water. Allow it to soak for a little while so the dust and dirt can loosen.
Rinse, dry, and replace. Simple as that.
I don’t know how food and dirt get into the silverware organizer but it does. This is so simple that you can have your dishwasher do the work if you want.
Empty your drawer organizers and add them to the dishwasher. When it’s clean, put it back. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you could even declutter the drawer while you’re putting stuff back.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “How am I supposed to clean my mattress?” It’s quite simple. Twice a year I like to vacuum the mattress to remove dust then I rotate the mattress.
Dust builds up in places you just don’t think of. By washing your bedding once a week and vacuuming under and around your bed regularly it will help keep your mattress cleaner. Just add vacuuming your mattress to your spring cleaning list twice a year to keep you and your family healthier.
Couch & Chairs
Couches, recliners, and chairs need to be cleaned too. Each spring I like to pull off the cushions and vacuum that area. We have a microfiber set so I scrub it with rubbing alcohol to remove stains.
For other fabric couches and chairs pull cushions off and vacuum and then spot clean any stains.
Leather couches and chairs follow the same as above but you’ll want to treat your leather twice a year to make sure it stays in tip-top shape.
For chairs that cushions don’t come up just vacuum the best you can.
Appliance Filters, Coils, & Their Insides
I’m sure this might be one of the most neglected things on the list. This does sound like a giant chore but it really isn’t.
Dishwashers, washers, fridge, and dryers all have filters nowadays that need to be cleaned out. Most filters are cleaned by running under water and removing the “gunk”. This is a perfect time to replace the water filter in your fridge too.
When you’re cleaning your fridge it’s the perfect opportunity to clean the coils in the back. Just take the vacuum to the coils to remove the dust build up. This is such an easy spring cleaning tip but also so easily forgotten about.
The insides of the appliances need to be cleaned too. For your dishwasher, you can add some white vinegar to the load and set it to the pots and pans cycle. Most ovens have a self-cleaning setting. Follow the steps I share here to deep clean your washing machine.
If you have forced air running through your home your vents need to be cleaned. This is very simple. Pull the vent covers up and add them to a soapy water mixture and allow to soak for a little bit.
Scrub (if necessary), rinse, and dry. Simple as that!
All of the drains in your home need to be cleaned. This is another of my favorite spring cleaning tips. What I like to do is sprinkle a little bit of baking soda down the drain, then I slowly add some white vinegar. This will bubble up. Once all of the baking soda has been dissolved I add a tea kettle (about 2 quarts) of boiling water to the drain.
Repeat this process for all of your drains.
The garbage can is a neglected can that can hold a lot of bad bacteria. One of the easiest ways to clean your garbage can is to add hot bleach water and allow the “gunk” to loosen up. Then you can take it outside and spray it out with a hose.
You might need to grab a scrub brush and rubber gloves to get your garbage can completely clean.
Front and back porch/deck
The winter brings a lot of snow, rain, and wind so this is the perfect time to clean the front porch and back deck. Remove leaves and debris from the walkway. Clear away any spider webs or any bug evidence. Replace or clean the mat and clean the light fixture.
Spring cleaning might seem like it’s a lot of work. By following a spring cleaning checklist and being prepared for the deep spring cleaning season you’ll have a great experience.
What’s one thing you clean every spring? Tell me in the comments below!