Every spring, we start to feel the need to clean things up in our homes. However, we may not know where to start and if you’re unorganized, you may not remember to do it all. These 20 spring cleaning tips will get you started and give you the necessary direction.
One of our spring cleaning tips is to clean your windows on an overcast day. When the sun shines on the windows while you’re cleaning, it will lead to streaks because your mixture dries too quickly. Use glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean your windows. If you prefer to use a squeegee, you can do that too. The inside of your windows should be cleaned at least once a year and it’s a great time to do it in the spring.
2. Clean Microwave
Do a good clean of your microwave inside and out. It’s easy to do by filling a microwave-safe bowl half full of water and a few citrus wedges of your choice (orange, lime, lemon). Also, add three tablespoons of vinegar to the bowl. Turn the microwave on high until the water boils and the windows in the microwave are steamy. Let it sit for 5 minutes before you open the door. This is going to loosen up any food stains, making them easy to wipe away. Use a paper towel or a microfiber cloth to wipe food away.
3. Wash Your Doormats
As part of our spring cleaning tips, we suggest you do a deep clean of any doormats in the house (inside and out). There is a lot of trapped dirt in your doormats and even if you do clean it from time to time, it deserves a good cleaning. With warmer weather in spring, you can take it outside and hose it off. Let it air-dry outside all day. Then vacuum both sides.
4. Clean Reusable Grocery Bags
You may not realize how grimy your reusable grocery bags get inside, especially the bags you put fresh produce in. Each recyclable bag should have a care label on the inside on how to clean them. If they aren’t machine-wash safe, you can dip them in sudsy water with a mixture of water and dish soap. Rinse and hang to dry.
5. Clean Cutting Boards with a Lemon
Here’s one of the spring cleaning tips you may not have known – lemons are a great way to clean as they’re chemical-free. If you have nasty stains on your cutting boards, add salt or baking soda to them, and then run the cut side of the lemon over the board. The stains will disappear and it will have a fresh smell to it.
6. Full Fridge Clean
Even if you wipe down the inside of your fridge often, it’s good to do a full clean in the spring. Take all the food out of the fridge and throw away condiments you haven’t used in a long time. Take out removable shelves and soak them in the sink with hot water and dish soap. While the shelves are soaking, you can tackle the inside of the fridge. Do this with warm, soapy water. This will get rid of any food spillage and bacteria.
7. Extra Cleaning for Pots and Pans
Your pots and pans may have burned on residue. You can fix this by adding water and dish soap. Let it simmer on the stove for a few minutes and once cooled, use a scrub sponge to get rid of any residue. Ketchup is actually a magical tool to dissolve tarnish on your copper pots. Use a bit of ketchup and a bit of salt and rub on the tarnished spots. It will bring them back to their original beauty.
8. Clean the Oven
If you have a self-cleaning function on your oven, you can use it to get baked-on food to turn to dust. If you don’t have this luxury, you can place a hot wet cloth on burned spots as this will soften it up. Then you can sprinkle the baking powder onto the area and scrub with a heavy-duty stainless steel pad. Rinse and wipe dry.
9. Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets
Your kitchen cabinets will end up having spills on them from food falling off the counters. It’s then covered by dust when these spills don’t get caught right away. You may also have a build-up of grease from using your stove. There are cabinet creams you can use that cut through grease while leaving real wood moisturized. Clean all your cabinets from top to bottom.
10. Special Cleaning on Stainless Steel
With any stainless steel surface, you can use a solution of 1 teaspoon of dish detergent with a quart of hot water. Use a microfiber cloth to rub the detergent onto the steel. Rinse with hot water and dry with a cloth. As you’re drying it, to leave it sparkling, you can spray a vinegar and water solution onto the stainless steel.
11. Go Through Your Junk Drawer
Every household has a junk drawer. It’s the place where you mindlessly put things you may need at one point. Empty it out and decide what you’ll keep and what can go. While it’s empty, you’ll probably find that there are crumbs, dust, and dirt. Vacuum it out and clean a little bit. You may want to put a nonslip liner in the drawer so everything stays in place when you’re opening and closing it.
12. Put Shower Curtain in the Gentle Cycle
If you have a plastic or vinyl shower curtain, you can put it in the gentle cycle. Add a few bath towels that need cleaning. Put curtains back in the shower stall and let them dry before you take a shower. To keep the shower curtain fresh and clean, spritz it bi-weekly with an all-purpose bleach cleaner. Do this just before showering so it gets rinsed off while you are in the shower.
13. Go Through Makeup and Clean
It’s important to go through your makeup, skincare, and hair products. If you stopped using the product, never liked it at all, or it’s expired, this is the time to get rid of it. If you have oil-based products that have leaked, you can break them down with dish soap or baby shampoo. You may also want to clean all your makeup brushes during this process with baby shampoo and let them sit to dry.
14. Clean Your Grout
Grout is porous and seems to pick everything up. You can use baking soda and water, make a paste, and put it onto the grout directly. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub with a stiff brush. An old toothbrush is a perfect size or an old nail brush you were otherwise going to throw away.
15. Drain Refreshing
If you want to freshen up your drain a little, mix ½ cup of baking soda with a ¼ cup table salt. Pour this natural mixture down the drain and then follow it up with 1 cup of vinegar that’s been heated up. This process will cause the solution to foam and bubble. Let it stand for no more than 15 minutes. Rum hot tap water for up to 30 seconds. This isn’t a solution to unclog drains, it’s merely to freshen them up.
Pull your furniture away from the walls so you can vacuum underneath and behind. Then use the upholstery tool of the vacuum cleaner to clean the backside of the furniture. Chances are, there’s some dust build-up. If you have cushions, you’ll want to vacuum under them. If you have a crevice tool, you can also vacuum away crumbs and whatever else is lurking in the trim and stitching.
17. Air-Only Cycle Curtains and Throw Pillows
To freshen up your curtains and throw pillows, put them in your dryer for 15 minutes on the “air only” cycle. You can use your favorite fabric softener scent so that they smell great. This is a great way to refresh them. Make sure to hang up the curtains right away so they don’t get wrinkled.
18. Organize and Dust Bookshelves
A library attracts plenty of dust so make sure you do some dusting in there. If you have a way of organizing your books, this is the time to get them back to the way you want them. Maybe you want to alphabetize them or coordinate them by size. As you organize, dust the shelves and the books.
19. Dust Ceiling Fixtures
Spring cleaning is one of the times of the year when you’ll want to tackle those out-of-reach areas like the ceiling fixtures. Use an extendable duster to dust off ceiling fans, recessed lights, molding, and whatever else is usually out of your reach. Do this right before you plan to do your normal dusting.
20. Clean All Your Bedding
Clean everything on your bed, including the duvet itself (if possible). This may involve getting it dry cleaned. It’s likely that you put your winter feather duvet away for the winter anyway so before you do, get it cleaned properly first. Clean your duvet cover, sheets, and pillowcases. Even let your pillows rest outside and prop them up so they get a chance to be out in the fresh air. With all your bedding, check the manufacturer’s label to see what care they require.
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