After a long winter, there’s sunshine at the end of the tunnel. That means it’s time to breathe fresh life into the house with a thorough spring clean. From decluttering the closet to dusting off the patio furniture, it’s hard to know where to start. Keep these tips in mind to make spring cleaning a breeze.
Unsure what cleaning chores to tackle on a seasonal vs. weekly basis? Refer to our handy chart below.
You don’t need fancy cleaning solutions to get a good shine. Common home items such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, coffee filters, newspapers, and old socks make for excellent cleaning solutions and tools.
- Microwave: Microwave 1 cup water and some citrus slices or a few tablespoons of white vinegar on high until the window steams up. Remove bowl and scrub the inside with a sponge.
- Oven: Empty the oven and coat the interior with a baking soda/water paste (a few tablespoons of baking soda mixed in ½ cup of water). Let sit overnight, then wipe away with a damp sponge and spatula.
- Windows: Squirt a vinegar and water spray (2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar, ½ tsp dish soap) onto the window and wipe with newspaper for a streak-free clean.
- Grill: Remove and scrub the grates with a wire brush and hot water. For a deeper clean, soak them overnight in a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to baking soda.
The start of a new season is the perfect time to give some attention to the harder-to-reach, overlooked spots.
- Pet bed
- Ceiling fans
- Light fixtures
- Garbage disposal
- Hood vent
- Knife block and cutting boards
Bathroom & Laundry
- Shower caddy
- Under the sink
- Washer and dryer
- Lawn mower
Now’s the time to reverse items in the house from winter to spring mode. Switch your ceiling fan to rotate counter clockwise and push cool air down toward the floor, cooling down the room. (Reverse it again in winter to circulate rising warm air). Also take the opportunity to flip your mattress each season, head to toe and on each side, to evenly distribute the wear.