It’s that time of year when we get motivated to do a deep cleaning at home! If you’re looking for some ideas to make this spring cleaning a little easier, check out our ideas below:
Start with a plan:
First, make a checklist. Not only do you get the satisfaction of marking items off your list, but you’ll make sure you don’t miss something you meant to tackle.
Then, go room by room, and always clean from the top of the room to the bottom. That way, you’re not getting dust or other debris on anything you already cleaned!
Also, you might be getting things a bit messier than usual. Consider laying a drop cloth or old sheet on the floor before you get started.
And if you plan to de-clutter as you go, keep some boxes or bins handy for items you want to get rid of.
Forget your usual routine:
You probably won’t get to everything, so focus your time on the items and areas you’re not already cleaning regularly.
Dust can collect on walls, so give everything a good wipe down to keep it looking its best and getting as many dust mites out of your home as possible. And don’t forget to dust ceiling fans, above kitchen cabinets, lamp shades, baseboards and doorframes.
Curtains and throw pillows can also attract dust, so run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel for 15 minutes. Be sure to replace them immediately to avoid getting them wrinkled.
Experts recommend steam-cleaning carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture once per year to keep them fresh and dust-free.
If you can wait for a shady day, that’s the perfect time to wash windows. Too much heat can make your cleaning solution dry quickly and leave streaks behind. And when you wash the windows, don’t forget the screens—an old scrap of carpet makes a great brush for gently removing dirt.
In the kitchen and bathroom, don’t neglect the grout. This is a prime spot for bacteria growth, so be thorough and get an extendable scrubber to get those hard-to-reach areas.
This is also a good time to wash your shower curtains. Throw them in the wash on the gentle cycle along with a few bath towels and let them hang dry.
Clean your cleaning supplies:
Now that you gave all your cleaning gear a workout, finish up by getting it ready for the year ahead.
Run a cleaning cycle on your dishwasher and washing machine. And use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to give the lint trap on your dryer a good cleaning and prevent fire hazards.
To clean your vacuum cleaner, wash out the dust cup on and replace/ wash the filters and bag. Use scissors or a seam ripper to get rid of any threads that are tangled in the brush.
For your broom, you can get rid of those stubborn dust bunnies by swishing the bristles in warm, soapy water. You can also use the vacuum hose!
Finally, give your interior and exterior trash cans and recycling bins a good scrubbing. Bacteria can build up quickly on wastebins, so get rid of the grime to get these as clean as the rest of your house.