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Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again. The snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and the weather is getting warmer. But this also means one thing is inevitable: spring cleaning. We know that spring cleaning isn’t exciting for everyone, so we have scoured the internet for the best cleaning lists, tips, and tricks so you don’t have to.  

If you want to go full force into spring cleaning, you can head to Bleach, Pray, Love (the website of the beloved Instagram account @gocleanco) to download their spring cleaning guide which enters you into their spring cleaning challenge where you have the chance to win $5,000 (USD). Before entering, make sure to read the full set of rules on their website.

Also, make sure to visit Today, where they go into full detail on these lists to maximize your cleaning strategies!

For now, here are our picks for spring cleaning lists, tips, & tricks!

Tips to Get Started:

  1. Work top to bottom, left to right 
  2. Pull everything away from the walls & clean behind
  3. Schedule in cleaning times so you don’t get overwhelmed 
  4. Focus on one room at a time
  5. Always clear the clutter

Interesting Cleaning Tricks:

  1. Disinfect your keyboard with a toothbrush and some vinegar
  2. Use dish detergent to clean your window screens
  3. Freshen up your mattress with baking soda
  4. Clean bathroom fans with pressurized canned air
  5. Vacuum first, then scrub & disinfect

Cleaning Lists:

General Home:

  • Dust and spot-clean walls
  • Clean ceiling fans
  • Use a dry microfiber mop on ceilings
  • Wash windows, sills, curtains and blinds
  • Dust and clean lamps, light switches and plates
  • Dust and polish surfaces
  • Sweep, vacuum and mop floors
  • Clean carpets, as necessary
  • Wash area rugs
  • Clear clutter and sort into keep/toss/donate piles
  • Dust knicknacks, framed art and decorative objects

Kitchen:

  • Clean kitchen sink
  • Replace sponges
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean stovetop, oven and range hood
  • Clean microwave inside and out
  • Clear old items from fridge and freezer
  • Clean refrigerator and freezer inside and out
  • Clean water and ice dispensers
  • Wash and refill ice cube trays
  • Clean drip pan, condenser coils and fan
  • Wash countertops
  • Neaten up counters and shelves
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers
  • Clean coffee maker
  • Wipe down exteriors of small appliances
  • Clean knife block and wooden cutting block
  • Polish silverware and silver servingware
  • Season cast iron pans
  • Disinfect trash can

Bathroom:

  • Clean bathroom fan
  • Clean and organize medicine cabinet
  • Wash sink and mirror
  • Clean cabinets and drawers
  • Polish handles and drawer pulls
  • Clean or replace toothbrushes
  • Scrub shower and tub
  • Seal grout, if warn out
  • Clean and descale shower head
  • Clean toilet brush holder
  • Launder all washcloths and towels
  • Clean hairbrushes, makeup brushes and makeup bag
  • Disinfect trash can

Livingroom:

  • Vacuum upholstery on couch and chairs
  • Spot-clean any stains
  • Clean, polish and touch up wood furniture
  • Dust and clean tables and shelves
  • Dust and clean the television
  • Disinfect the remote control get chimney inspected and cleaned
  • Sweep out fireplace
  • Dust and clean the mantel
  • Remove any wood you don’t plan to use
  • Change filter in air purifying device

Bedroom:

  • Store out-of-season clothes and shoes
  • Get rid of things you don’t want/need
  • Clean top of dresser and inside the drawers
  • Tackle nightstand clutter
  • Put jewelry away
  • Wash (or polish) headboard
  • Strip bed and launder bedding
  • Vacuum mattress with an upholstery attachment
  • Spot-clean any stains
  • Rotate (or flip) the mattress
  • Make the bed with clean bedding

Laundry Room:

  • Clean the exterior of the washer
  • Wash around the door and gasket
  • Scrub detergent dispensers 
  • Clean the washer drum
  • Wash the exterior of the dryer
  • Clear the lint filter
  • Clean the dryer drum
  • Remove lint from behind the dryer
  • Clean any residue off the iron
  • Organize laundry products, wipe down containers
  • Recycle empty containers
  • Empty the lint bin
  • Sort and wash dirty laundry

Home Office:

  • Sort paperwork: what to keep, what to toss
  • File “keeper” paperwork; recycle the rest
  • Clean phone, earbuds and headphones
  • Disinfect wallet, purse, laptop and tote bags
  • Clean computer screen and tablet
  • Shake out crumbs and disinfect computer keyboard
  • Wipe down cords
  • Clean and straighten up desk
  • Tackle clutter
  • Dust bookshelves

Other Areas:

  • Tidy the shoe rack and coat area in foyer
  • Organize closets
  • Clean the attic and basement 
  • Organize sorted items
  • Check for mold and mildew, clean as necessary
  • Neaten up the porch
  • Clean front yard, backyard and gutters
  • Spruce up the driveway and sidewalk areas
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