Spring Cleaning tips for an extra deep clean

Spring cleaning is almost upon us. And don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s been struggling to make it through the winter months. So, for those of you who have gone into hibernation, here’s a deep cleaning checklist and some cleaning tips to help you welcome in the spring! (Special thanks to Natalie, from Glover Cleaning for helping me put together this checklist, based on the deep cleans she regularly does.)

Tips for an extra deep clean when spring cleaning

 

Kitchen

-Wipe down walls and baseboards

-Wipe down light fixtures and light switches

 

Clean microwave

  • Quick Tip: Microwave a cup of water with a tablespoon of vinegar in it for 5 minutes. It’ll loosen all the grime in your microwave, so you can just wipe it off. (Try this cleaning strength vinegar)
  • Quick Tip: To clean out those vent filters, just use equal parts water and ammonia, with a squirt of dish soap. Soak the filters and scrub them out with a toothbrush. Voila.

 

Clean oven

  • Quick Tip: Mix 5 tablespoons of baking soda, 5 tablespoons of vinegar, and 5 drops of dish soap into a paste. Coat the inside of your oven with this paste. Then, cut a lemon in half, pour some salt and dish soap on it, and continue scrubbing. Remove paste with a wet towel and watch the grime come off with it.
  • Quick Tip: Fight the oily dust that builds up on your oven with a few drops of vegetable oil on a paper towel. The dust will come right off.
  • Quick Tip: For those grease-stained oven grates, simply seal a grate in a plastic bag with a ¼ cup of ammonia, and let it sit overnight. There’s no need to soak it in ammonia, just leave it in the bag to let the ammonia fumes go to work. The next day, take them out and wipe them down. The grease should come right off.

 

Clean out your fridge

  • Quick Tip: Empty everything out so you can wipe down the shelves and drawers. Only put back the food that is still good. Don’t forget to go through all the condiments and throw out anything old.

Clean up your appliances

  • Quick Tip: Use cream of tartar to make your appliances shine like new.

 

Clean out your dishwasher

  • Quick Tip: Clean out the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher, and the steam vent on the door. Then run ½ cup of CLR through an empty dishwasher. Your dishwasher should be working like new.

 

Remove hard water buildup from your faucet

  • Quick Tip: Soak paper towel in vinegar and wrap them around areas where there is hard water buildup. Soak towels as needed and check every twenty minutes or so. The hard water should come right off. Soak removable faucets in a cup of vinegar and wipe them down for the same results.

 

Clean out your sink

  • Quick Tip: For the sink, scrub with baking soda, rinse, and line your sink with paper towels soaked in vinegar for 20 minutes. Rinse with soap and water.
  • Quick Tip: For your garbage disposal, dump two cups of ice and one cup of rock salt down the disposal. Running cold water into the drain, turn on the disposal until the ice is gone. It’ll help get rid of all the gross buildup. Then throw some lemon slices down there until it smells great.

 

 

Living Room

-Wipe down walls and baseboards

-Wipe down light fixtures and light switches

 

Wipe down blinds

  • Quick Tip: Use equal parts water and vinegar as a cleaning solution.

 

Dust ceiling fan

  • Quick Tip: Use a pillowcase for dusting. Put it over the fan blade as if the blade were a pillow, hold the opening closed, and pull down over the blade. The dust comes off into the pillowcase instead of into the air you breathe.

Clean your vent covers

  • Quick Tip: Waxing your vent covers with car wax keeps them dust free.

 

Clean your carpet

  • Quick Tip: For tough dirt and food stains, spray the stain with a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water. Lay a damp rag on the spot and lay your iron on top of that, on steam setting, for thirty seconds. Repeat until stain is gone.
  • Quick Tip: For oily stains, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and let it sit for ten minutes. Vacuum it up. Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and two cups of warm water. With a white rag, sponge blot the solution on the oil stain until it’s gone. Sponge it off with cold water and let it dry.
  • Quick Tip: Make sure to clean around the edges of your carpet. Hair and other gunk can build up there over the year.

 

Clean your couch

  • Quick Tip: Take off the couch cushions and vacuum out the area underneath them. You’ll be surprised at what you find.
  • Quick Tip: Consider steam cleaning your couch. Just make sure you check the label to see what kinds of detergent you can use.

 

 

Bathroom

-Wipe the walls and baseboards

-Wipe the light fixtures and light switches

 

Clean the tub and sink

  • Quick Tip: Get rid of mold in your grout by applying cotton coils soaked in bleach to the grout. Let it sit overnight and the mold will be gone.
  • Quick Tip: Use paper towels soaked in vinegar to remove hard water buildup in your shower head and on your faucet. Just wrap the paper towels around the hard water areas, and check back every 20 minutes.

 

Clean the toilet

  • Quick Tip: Using a hand mirror, locate the siphon jets under the lip of the toilet seat. Clean them out with a hanger or a stiff brush and some all-purpose cleaner.
  • Quick Tip: When you have time, turn off the water, empty the tank, and fill it up with a gallon of vinegar. Tape the siphon jets with duct tape, flush the toilet, and let it sit that way overnight. The next day, turn on the water, take off the tape, and flush away the vinegar and gunk.

 

Clean the floor

  • Quick Tip: Pay close attention to the edges, where the gunk build up.
  • Quick Tip: Mix equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply paste onto grout, leave for 5 minutes, and then scrub with a toothbrush until the dirt is gone.

 

Wipe down counters and mirrors

  • Quick Tip: for cleaning counters I love to have some of these Lysol antibacterial wipes under the counter. I wipe the counter and sink after I brush my teeth at night. Wiping it often makes clean up a breeze because gunk doesn’t have time to build up anywhere.

 

Bedroom and Laundry

-Wipe down walls and baseboards

-Wipe down light fixtures and light switches

 

Wipe down blinds

  • Quick Tip: Use equal parts water and vinegar as a cleaning solution.

 

Clean your carpet

  • Quick Tip: For tough dirt and food stains, spray the stain with a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water. Lay a damp rag on the spot and lay your iron on top of that, on steam setting, for thirty seconds. Repeat until stain is gone.
  • Quick Tip: For oily stains, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and let it sit for ten minutes. Vacuum it up. Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and two cups of warm water. With a white rag, sponge blot the solution on the oil stain until it’s gone. Sponge it off with cold water and let it dry.
  • Quick Tip: Make sure to clean around the edges of your carpet. Hair and other gunk can build up there over the year.

 

Focus on your bed

  • Quick Tip: Flip your mattress and rotate it every few months so it wears evenly.

 

Dust your headboard

Vacuum your box springs

 

Wash all your bedding

  • Quick Tip: Clean your mattress with by sprinkling a cup of baking soda over it and leaving it for an hour. Vacuum it up afterwards and say bye to those mites.

 

Clean out the washer

  • Quick Tip: Clean up soap and hard water buildup with vinegar, baking soda, and a toothbrush.
  • Quick Tip: Consider vacuuming out your dryer exhaust tube to prevent fires. Look up a full tutorial. It’s pretty simple, but there are several steps.

 

If all of this isn’t enough to get you going, try doing it in chunks. Try focusing on one room at a time over a couple weeks until you’ve finished. Deep cleaning at least once a year, as well as regular maintenance, keeps these jobs from getting too big. Trust me, after it’s all done, it’ll be worth the work.

 

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