Spring Cleaning in a Weekend
Any way you view it, spring cleaning your home is the best way to give it new life after a long winter. And what’s better than tackling it all in one weekend? Study this handy list, throw some old clothes on, turn up the music and prepare to get dirty! We promise it’ll be worth it.
Your bedroom is where you start and end your day. And it’s usually the place you’re most comfortable! So the dirt, dust and clutter can add up faster than you might realize. Dive deep into cleaning with these chores and brighten up your bedroom in no time.
Clean your mattress. Start by stripping the sheets and mattress cover (throw them in the wash while you’re at it), then vacuum all the nooks and crannies. For an even fresher mattress, deodorize it by sprinkling with baking soda and gently rubbing it in with a scrub brush (no water). Let it sit for 10 minutes then vacuum once more.
Wash pillows and curtains. Most pillows and curtains can be washed in your standard machine. For your curtains, you’ll generally use a gentle cycle with cool water and hang dry. For pillows, you’ll generally wash on hot, add an extra rinse cycle then hang them from the long sides to dry, rotating every 20 minutes. *But see care instructions for specific details.
Clean closets and dressers. Now is a great time to get rid of clothes and clutter. Take all of your belongings out of your closet and/or dresser and sort them into “keep,” “donate,” and “trash” piles. Before you put your keepers back in place, wipe out all drawers, clean closet shelves and doors and vacuum the closet floor.
When you’re busy living life, things can get messy. Take these steps to give your living spaces the refresh they deserve.
Freshen up furniture. Your couch cushions and pillows may be trapping dust. Take them outside and beat them with a clean broom, then leave them to air out while you vacuum the built-up crumbs, pet hair, etc. out of the interior. Then do a once-over with the vacuum once it’s reassembled. Repeat with other furniture.
Polish electronics. As you dust your furniture, be sure not to ignore the electronics! Using glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth, dust off your TV, gaming system, stereo and computer. Be sure to pick them up and dust beneath them, behind them and along the cords.
Clean light fixtures. Commonly missed in your regular cleaning, light fixtures build up dust and grime, too. So take time to dust off lightbulbs, their fixtures and any lamp shades.
Vacuum rugs. Shake your rugs off outside then vacuum them on both sides, flipping them over to get rid of hidden dirt.
Clear clutter. Just like you did in the bedroom, take a look at all your belongings and sort them into piles. Dusting before you put the keepers back into place.
It’s no secret — the bathroom is the dirtiest room in your house. And even though you do your best to keep it clean throughout the year, now’s the time to tackle some hidden grime. Here’s how.
Disinfect and scrub. Take extra time today to scrub your shower, toilet and vanity. Remove all belongings, spray each surface with a strong soap scum remover and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then, using a cloth, scrub brush and old toothbrush, really get into all the nooks-and-crannies. Rinse when you’re done.
De-clutter. Remove everything from medicine cabinets and drawers and sort things into “keep” and “toss” piles. Before you put things back in place, vacuum then wipe out drawers and shelves. If you’ve got old or expired medications, dispose of them properly by finding a drug take-back location near you.
Wipe it down. Think doors, door handles, window sills, baseboards, towel racks, etc. Now’s a great time to freshen it all up by using hot, soapy water and a cloth.
Along with wiping down the counter tops and scrubbing down the sink, take these steps to get a good spring clean in your kitchen.
Scrub stove and oven. Your oven, stove top and range can get really greasy. Set the oven self-clean, remove burners and drip pans and get to scrubbing! Be sure to wipe out the oven once the clean cycle is over, and use a scrub brush to polish anything that was missed.
Refresh the fridge. Remove all food, and get in the crevices with hot, soapy water. Then wipe down the outside! Before you restock, be sure to dispose of expired food.
Cleanse the dishwasher. Believe it or not, dishwashers harbor all sorts of grime and bacteria. So clean off the racks, wheels and spinning arm with hot, soapy water. Then run the clean cycle, or place a cup of vinegar on the top rack and run a normal cycle, no soap. Another tip to keep your dishwasher well maintained and running great is to clean out the trap inside. This is typically located under the lower sprayer and has a removable piece. You'll find food and other gunk that didn't make it out the drain. Try to do this monthly to keep your dishwasher performing its best.
Wash the trash can. Take out the trash, then bring the bin outside. Fill it with hot, soapy water and let it soak for 20-30 minutes, then scrub it down. Leave it to dry in the fresh spring air before you bring it back in!
Sanitize cutting boards. For wood cutting boards, wash gently with hot, soapy water. Then, let dry and rub down with white vinegar. For plastic cutting boards, soak in hot, soapy water for 20-30 minutes, let dry and rub down with white vinegar.
Organize cupboards. Take time now to reorganize Tupperware, getting rid of any pieces that don’t have a matching lid. Then, take all food out of your pantry/cupboards, wipe down shelves, and return food in an organized way, making sure to dispose of anything that’s expired.
Around the House
In addition to these room-by-room tasks, there are some chores that apply to the whole house. To get a full clean, make sure to take these steps, too!
Clean trim and baseboards. Using hot, soapy water, go around your home and wipe down all the trim and baseboards that you often don’t pay much attention to.
Vacuum and mop. Run the vacuum over all carpet, and use the hose to get hard-to-reach dirt and dust along the bottom of baseboards and in corners. Then mop your hard surfaces — and use a towel to get into crevices your mop can’t reach! Be sure to move furniture out of the way as you go to get the best clean.
Wipe windows. Using glass cleaner, wipe down all the windows in your home — inside and out! And, pull in some fresh air by leaving them open as you go!
Clean cobwebs. Using a long-handled duster or the hose of your vacuum, look up and take care of dust and cobwebs. Especially in ceiling corners.
Sound like a lot of work? Don’t worry — you’ve got this! Your home will thank you for taking the time. And you’ll reap the benefits of a fresh, clean environment.
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