The weather is warming up and the snow has long since melted, but the house might not be ready for springtime just quite yet. While it’s not fun to start off the new season with a deep clean, your house will thank you for it in the long run! Don’t worry about getting everything done in just one weekend. Plan to do one room each day, and your Spring cleaning will be a breeze!
Start with the windows. You’ll be cleaning inside and outside. If you don’t want to waste time using paper towels or newspaper, try grabbing a squeegee from the garage. Use a mixture of warm water and a few drops of dish soap instead of harsh chemicals found in most window cleaners. Be sure to wipe off the window sills with a cloth to remove any dust and dirt left behind.
Light bulbs. It’s been a long winter, and it’s time to freshen everything – even the lighting! Unscrew those light bulbs and wipe off the accumulated dust with a microfiber cloth. If you choose to moisten the cloth, be sure not to wet the metal base. If you have light bulbs that won’t unscrew easily, you can use a longer duster to get rid of that pesky dust.
Blinds and drapes. If you have fabric drapes, go ahead and take them down. If they need to be washed by hand, go ahead and do it! Hang them out to dry in the sun, but don’t keep them out for too long to avoid sun damage. If you can toss them in the wash, be sure to let them air dry afterwards. For wooden blinds, wipe them down with a wood cleaner. For aluminum blinds, you can scrub them with water and a bit of dish soap to have them looking like new in no time!
Change it up. It’s a new season! Time to switch heavy bedding for lighter sheets and dark drapes with softer materials. Wash everything and put it into storage for the Spring and Summer months. Your home will look brighter and ready for Spring!
Kitchen. Give everything a good scrubbing! Use a mixture of baking soda and water to revamp you sink and clean out your disposal by scrubbing away built up gunk and food residue. Scrub down your microwave after microwaving vinegar and water in a microwave safe bowl for a few minutes. The grease and gunk will wipe right off! Clean out your fridge with baking soda and water. Watch the strange liquids and confusing odors vanish in no time. If your oven has any stubborn food stains, cover them with baking soda applied with a moist sponge. Let the mixture sit for ten minutes before wiping away the mess and leave your stove top looking like new.
Bedrooms. Steam clean the carpets and fold away heavy winter sweaters. Mix baking soda and lavender oil and spread it on top of all mattresses. Leave it for about an hour before vacuuming the mixture up. Your mattresses will be fresh and ready for Spring!
Tile floors. If the grout between your tiles is looking dingy, mix 7 cups of water, ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of lemon juice, and ¼ cup of vinegar to make a powerful grout cleaner. Spray the mixture on the offending grout and wait about an hour. Just start scrubbing and watch the dirt disappear!
Odds and ends. Many places we touch everyday but rarely clean. A few places to remember are doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, faucet knobs, credit cards, men’s ties, belt buckles, shoe laces, the handle on the fridge, and the keyboard and mouse to the computer.
If you make a list and stick to it, your Spring cleaning will be over and done with before you know it! Your home will be refreshed and ready to face the Summertime with a clean start!