It’s that time of year again — spring cleaning season! Ready to get into all those nooks and crannies that have been neglected all year long? Take your spring cleaning routine to the next level with these tasks and tips for every area of your home.
- Wash your pillows: When was the last time you thought of washing your pillows? Got you thinking, didn’t we! Pillows can quickly accumulate dirt and debris from daily use. Unless otherwise specified on the tag, most pillows can be machine-washed and dried twice a year, and now is as good a time as any to do just that.
- Clean and flip your mattress: Just like your pillows, your mattress should be cleaned and flipped twice a year. Vacuum the mattress with an upholstery brush and spot treat any stains.
- Dust lamps and clean lampshades: Silk and linen lampshades need a good scrub to bring back their original color. In the tub or sink, combine warm water and 1 tsp of gentle detergent or Ivory soap. Rinse with fresh water, and hang them to dry.
- Clean your coffee maker: Your coffee maker is a hotbed for bacteria and mold growth. Wash removable parts in hot, soapy water and decalcify the machine monthly with an equal mix of water and white vinegar to help prevent mineral buildup.
- Clean out your fridge: Take everything out of your fridge and freezer and wipe the interior with a solution of baking soda and hot water or your disinfectant cleaner of choice.
- Clean out the cupboards: Empty out the cupboards and wipe down food scraps, crumbs, and dust. Take this opportunity to throw out any expired items, and make use of items you forgot you had.
- Degrease the stove hood: Your stove hood is a magnet for grease and dust. Fortunately, most of them have removable filters that you can pop in the dishwasher or soak in hot, soapy water.
- Deodorize trash cans: If you want your trash can to smell a little more pleasant, place a couple of dryer sheets (even used ones will work) on the bottom of the can. They’ll absorb spills and help mask odors.
- Bring tiles back to their glory days: You don’t need harsh agents like bleach to tackle dirty kitchen (and bathroom) tiles. A homemade solution of warm water, ¼ cup of vinegar, and one tablespoon of dish soap should do the trick.
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- Disinfect doorknobs: Think about how many times and how many people have touched the doorknobs in your home. In times like these, it’s especially important to wipe down and disinfect these heavily used surfaces.
- Make your mirrors and windows sparkle: Have old cotton t-shirts or towels? Don’t throw them away! Repurpose them as cleaning rags for giving mirrors, glass countertops, and windows a streak and lint-free clean. For your windows, clean them on a shady day because when windows are warm, most cleaning solutions will streak.
- Don’t forget the walls: You can clear most wall scuffs with a light mixture of soap and water, and for anything truly stubborn, break out the paint.
- De-smudge your screens: Whether it’s your iPad, computer screen, TV, or phone, these can build up dirt and smudges over time. For a streak-free clean that won’t scratch, glide a paper coffee filter over the screen.
- Clear your rain gutters: Clean out those leaves, branches, and dirt that have been piling up in your roof’s rain gutters. First, scrape out as much debris as you can and then use a hose to spray them down.
- Spray and scrub fences: Don’t let your fence be an eyesore. You’ll need a sprayer hose attachment for spraying and a medium or hard bristle brush if you want to give it a good scrub.
- Power wash walls and floors: An afternoon with a power washer or even a hose with a jet sprayer attachment will do wonders for your home’s exterior look.
We hope you’re feeling ready and motivated to give your home the glow-up it deserves. Add these tasks to your spring cleaning checklist and tackle it little by little. You won’t regret it!