Time for Spring cleaning! Here are my top 12 Spring cleaning hacks to help jumpstart your Spring cleaning routine!
As we try and survive yet another long, cold, and dreary winter, it is definitely time for a deep cleaning to get ready for sunshine and a warmer Spring season. Here are my top 12 Spring cleaning hacks to help jumpstart an easy household cleanup.
Top 12 Spring Cleaning Hacks
1. Hit the Kitchen
Clear off your counters and disinfect everything from the top to very bottom. Clean out the fridge and throw away all the expired items first. Then remove everything and clean all the shelving and drawers. Don’t forget to pull out the fridge from the wall a little bit and sweep out all the dust bunnies to prevent issues with the coils. Make your stainless steel appliances shine by wiping away the fingerprints with a damp cloth and buffing dry with a dry tea towel. This is the best way to clean stainless steel appliances.
2. It’s Toilet Time
You will never believe what works to get your toilet nice and clean…Kool-Aid! Yes, you read that right. Simply take a small packet of any flavor, flush, and sprinkle into your toilet before bed. It is a non-toxic product and has a lot of citric acid that gets in there and does the work for you. Flush again in the morning and you will have a sparkling clean toilet.
3. Laundry Smaundry
One of the best hacks that you can implement in your home, is give each person in your house their own laundry basket. Each week tell them to bring their basket to the laundry area on a certain day of the week. That way you are not bombarded with 5 loads on one day. Or better yet, if you’ve got teenagers, teach them to do their own laundry and assign them a day to do it, like we do.
4. Clean Your Fabrics and Furniture
This task is long overdue and one that we don’t always want to do each Spring. It’s time to deep clean your carpets and upholstery. Go ahead and rent an industrial strength carpet cleaner if you don’t have one in your home. Make sure you do a spot test first so the heavy cleaning solutions could leave a mark on your carpet or furniture. Open up your windows to help everything dries a little faster. If you don’t have the time or energy, consider calling a professional company and they will simply take care of it for you.
5. Now it’s time for Wall, Baseboards, and Cabinets
You may not realize but your walls do need a good Spring cleaning. You’ll be able to see that they do if you have dark painted walls. Get down and dirty and get between the cabinets and baseboards, too. Try a big, damp sponge and a quality detergent and scrub the walls. My favorite cleaner for dark painted walls is Windex Wipes! They leave no marks and get everything clean! Also, if you have MDF baseboards do not use anything overly wet to clean them or your baseboards may swell up and get ruined!
6. It’s Vacuum Time
Once the carpets and furniture dry and moved back into their places, get out your vacuum and begin in the bedrooms and do a thorough sweep of the the baseboards and make sure you get those bunnies under your beds. This doesn’t have to be done all in one day, make it a fun activity if you can for your younger kids as well. If you have central vac, do all the baseboards on each level one at a time with a light brush attachment. Then change heads and go back through that level.
7. Wash the Windows, Yikes!
Yes, it’s time to bust out all you’ve got and get to your all of your windows. Using a vinegar and water based solution in your own spray bottle is highly recommended. Crumpled up newspapers are even better than paper towels and help you to avoid a lot of streaks on your windows.
8. Do the Drapes
I know this is a dreaded task, but take down all of drapes and curtains in your home. Use a good size towel and get it wet, wring it out, and put it into the dryer with some curtains along with a few dryer sheets. After they are dry, hang them back up and you’ll notice a fresh look and scent to all of them.
9. Yes, Clean Your Dishwasher
A great hack to “clean” your dishwasher is to run a cycle with a cup of vinegar and bowl on the top rack of the machine. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher too. Once the full cycle is over, you will have a very clean and disinfected dishwasher.
10. Dust Your Ceiling Fans
In the case you have some rooms with ceiling fans, now is the time to get up and get all the dust removed. Use a good, quality furniture polish, spray each blade and use an old sock to wipe them all down. Simply repeat this process until, yes, they are all clean.
11. Oh Yeah, Wash Your Bedding
You probably already wash the bedding a few times a year (I hope!), but Spring cleaning time is when your should remove everything and get it washed, dried, and put away winter blankets. Get the kids to actually unmake all of their beds and get them washing their own bedding too. Have them help with any spare or guest beds too.
12. Deodorize Your Whole Home
When most of your Spring cleaning is completed, set up all new air fresheners or our family favorite, essential oil diffusers, in all the rooms in your house. Pick your favorite spring scent and get them going. Also, use a natural room spray and freshen up each room on your final day of cleaning. Keep refills on hand so you’re prepared for constant freshness in your home.
Try and get the whole family to participate this Spring and before you know it you will have a freshly cleaned home ready for a fun Spring season.
All of this cleaning doesn’t have to be a drag this year if you use one or all of these hacks! And your home will be more cozy because of it!
Be sure to visit my other blog friends to see how they’re making their homes cozy this month!