Spring is here, which means one thing: Spring cleaning! If the thought of Spring cleaning your entire house sounds overwhelming, you’re not alone. It overwhelms us, too. We spent time researching the most effective ways to Spring clean your home to simplify and ease the whole process for you! Are you ready to get started?
Tools Needed for Spring Cleaning
Gathering all the necessary tools is the first step in conquering Spring cleaning. Here is a checklist of cleaning supplies you will need:
- Floor cleaner (like a Swiffer) and pads (wet and dry)
- Microfiber cloths and sponge
- Glass cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- All-purpose disinfectant spray or wipes
- Toilet/shower cleaner
Rooms and Areas to Clean
The kitchen is great place to start your Spring cleaning. The kitchen cleaning checklist includes: refrigerator and freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher, other appliances, countertops, cabinets, and drawers. Be sure to thoroughly wipe down all these areas with an all-purpose cleaner or wipes.
When it comes to the microwave, oven, fridge, and freezer, just wiping down the outside won’t cut it. Most importantly, you must wipe down and disinfect the insides, including the doors and shelves. To effectively clean the oven, you can opt to use the “self cleaning” option that most ovens offer. As you wipe down the fridge and freezer, also clean out the inside by throwing away old or expired foods. You might be surprised just how many expired items have compiled in the back of the freezer! Lastly, conquer the pantry by throwing away old items and organizing the ones that remain.
In the laundry room, wipe down the washer and dryer, cabinets, and drawers. This is a great opportunity to declutter and throw away old linens/towels, laundry products, and cleaning supplies. You’ll be using the laundry room pretty frequently as we clean other rooms in the house.
Bedrooms and Closets
Bedrooms and closets are arguably the most challenging areas to tackle, as they often collect unnecessary clutter.
Start by stripping all the beds of linens and sheets to wash them. This is also the perfect time to clean your mattress and pillows. After you’ve stripped the linens, rotate your mattress and use a vacuum attachment to clean it. Clean your pillows by throwing them in the wash (2-3 pillows at a time) with detergent, as you would with a load of clothes. Then, run the pillows through another rinse cycle to ensure all detergent is removed. After, you can dry the pillows in your dryer on a light cycle.
Use an all purpose cleaner to wipe down dressers, desks, and bed frames. Use a glass cleaner to clean windows and mirrors. Dust the blinds with a duster. Tackle closets by cleaning out old clothes. Create a “toss” pile and “donate” pile. Organize hanging clothes, dresser drawers, etc.
Repeat these steps in all the bedrooms and closets.
Spring cleaning the bathroom means cleaning the shower/tub, sinks, toilet, vanity/cabinets, and mirrors.
Start by wiping down the mirrors with glass cleaner and cloths. Use an all purpose cleaner to wipe down countertops, cabinets, and sink. Use a toilet cleaner to clean the inside of the toilet and use the all purpose cleaner to disinfect the outside. Moving onto the shower, spray down the tub and walls. Let sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a sponge until mildew and scum are gone. Clean out the vanity of all old items.
Repeat these steps in all the bathrooms.
Floors and Walls
Cleaning the floors and walls, includes light switches, baseboards, door knobs, windows, blinds, and fans. Use the all-purpose cleaner and cloth to clean off all baseboards, light switches, and door knobs. Use a duster to clean off dusty fan blades and blinds. Clean the windows using glass cleaner and cloths. You can also take this time to clean off dust and cob webs in the corners of the ceiling and floor.
Use a vacuum to clean every area with carpeting. On hardwood or tile flooring, use the floor mop or cleaner. It’s best to use a dry cloth to wipe up dust and dirt, then go over the same areas with a wet cloth to pick up residual dirt.
The garage is a frequently looked over space during Spring cleaning. However, the garage is often used to house clutter and old items. Spring cleaning is a great time to donate old items, declutter, and organize. You can also use a mop to wipe down the garage flooring.
We hope this Spring cleaning guide is helpful for your Spring cleaning adventures. Happy cleaning!