Not sure where to start with your spring cleaning? Here’s a handy checklist along with some helpful cleaning tips
Before You Start:
- Gather all your cleaning supplies together. Here’s a suggested cleaning supply list.
- Remember to clean top to bottom and left to right in order to maximize your cleaning efforts and to keep from cleaning the same area twice.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Put on some music to make cleaning more enjoyable.
Around the House- Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Ceiling Fans: Use a microfiber duster to remove any dust that accumulates on the blades.
- Shelves: Remove items from shelves and book cases to give shelves a good dusting and polish with a microfiber cloth. Polish the glass on any framed photos.
- Blinds: Dust blinds dry first in order to remove dust using a microfiber duster. Be sure to turn blinds in one direction to get as much of the surface area as possible. If dirt still persists after your initial dusting, and if the blinds are plastic, you may need to take the blinds down and soak them in a bathtub to remove dirt and grime. Allow them to air dry outside before re-hanging.
- Windows: After a long winter, your home’s windows will need a good cleaning. Window cleaner and a sponge should do the trick. Melamine eraser sheets which are thin and flexible will help you get into tight corners to really get them clean. Don’t forget to wash both the interior and exterior of the window.
- Walls: Spot clean your walls using a damp eraser sponge.
- Carpets & Area Rugs: shampoo carpets and area rugs. For spot cleaning, use a carpet-safe cleaning solution, a little water and an eraser sponge.
Kitchen- Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Kitchen Cabinets: Use a sponge or microfiber cloth and a kitchen cleaner to wipe down kitchen cabinets. For extra grimy, white cabinets, use an extra strength eraser sponge with soap. Go through kitchen cabinets and declutter. Discard expired foods and donate any unexpired boxed or canned foods you no longer intend to eat. Wipe down the inside of the empty cabinets before returning items.
- Oven: Clean your oven naturally using a paste made of baking soda, water and dishwashing liquid. Apply to the surface of a cold oven and let it sit overnight. Wet a sponge to remove it. If there is stuck-on grime on the oven glass, use a sponge with extra scrubbing power like our Monster Duo Scrubby Sponges. If the grease and grime is especially tough, you may need to use a cleaning pumice stone. Be sure to test the pumice stone on a small piece of glass first to make sure it is safe to use.
- Refrigerator: If possible, pull appliances away from the walls in order to sweep, dust and mop behind them. If it is not possible, use the under-appliance vacuum attachment to clean underneath appliances to remove any crumbs or dust. Now is a good time to clean the refrigerator coils on your fridge. Doing so will help maintain your refrigerator, allow it to cool easier and use less energy.
Bathroom- Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Declutter! Go through cabinets, closets and storage spaces and declutter. Check expiration dates and discard expired items.
- Shower & Tub: If you have a shower curtain and liner, remove it from its hooks and wash it in washing machine. Here’s how to clean a shower curtain and plastic shower liner in a washing machine.
- Cabinets: Remove items from storage spaces and wipe down the spaces with either a sponge or microfiber cloth. Dust the tops of any storage cabinets.
Bedroom – Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Mattress: Remove all bedding and wash, including the pillows. Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress and let it sit. After 20 minutes, use the upholstery tool or mattress tool attachment on your vacuum to suck up and remove any excess baking soda. Now your mattress is spring-time fresh!
- Closets: Take everything out of your closet in order to clean shelves and floors. Sort the items from the closet into three piles: keep, sell or donate, and trash. Return all your “keep” items to your closet. Place the “donate or sell” items in a box and trash the “dispose” pile. Make sure to make time to “sell or donate” unwanted items or else they might be there come next spring!