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An Easy Guide to Spring Cleaning

Woman scrubbing tile floorSpring cleaning is a big task, and unfortunately we can’t just snap our fingers like Mary Poppins (although some sugar would probably make it more fun). However, these tips will help get the job done.

Getting Started

Work from top to bottom. The dust and dirt from shelves will fall to the floor, but that’s ok because you’ll sweep it up later. Since you’ll be using a lot of cleaner, save money by purchasing natural supplies. Vinegar and baking soda are the ultimate cleaning products. Use old shirts and socks as rags and dust mitts.

Hiring a maid service to get the initial cleaning out of the way saves a lot of time and stress. Our list of reminders and tips will mostly focus on those things you have to do yourself.

Kitchen

  • Wipe the edge of the dishwasher with baking soda and a damp sponge to remove stains. Pull out the strainer on the bottom that catches food and clean it. Run an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner to kill bacteria.

  • Clean the inside of the refrigerator top to bottom. Wipe rubber door seals to remove stuck food. Vacuum coils located behind the fridge; too much dust can cause the unit to suck more energy and overheat.

  • When cleaning cabinets and drawers get rid of kitchenware that you haven’t used in a year. Wash items that have gathered dust.

  • Check “best if used by” dates on food that’s been in your pantry longer than you can remember.

Bathroom

  • Replace or clean the fan filter.

  • Wash the shower liner in a load with towels, and then hang it back up to dry.

  • A dryer sheet can remove soap scum buildup on shower doors and walls. Vinegar also does the trick.

  • Get rid of expired medicines.

Bedroom

  • Even if you wash your sheets regularly, your mattress is full of dust and sweat. Vacuum the mattress, sprinkle on baking soda, and put the sheets back on. This will soak up odors and moisture. Next time you change the sheets vacuum any leftover baking soda. Be sure you are flipping your mattress every six months. Wash the pillows in a front-load washing machine.

  • Remove everything from your closets and clean it like any other room. If you haven’t worn something for a year then take a deep breath and toss it before you have time to second guess yourself. Box up winter clothes.

Living Area

  • Send your curtains through the washing machine or dry cleaners.

  • Make a lost and found box for small objects such as game pieces, screws, and buttons.

  • Get a filing box for that pile of papers on your counter and throw away ones you don’t need.

Washer and Dryer

  • Run an empty washer cycle with baking soda or borax to freshen it up.

  • Clean out the dryer’s lint trap and vent hose. Lint and hair that gets stuck in there makes your dryer less efficient and is a fire hazard.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, pick a room or task each day to focus on. You can even knock off a few cleaning to-dos while the kids are brushing their teeth or eating breakfast. Multitask by making phone calls or listening to a book and the work will fly by.

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