Spring is in the air and as the weather gets warmer, many of us are looking to make our homes cleaner. We’re getting ready to open the windows, let the spring air in and get rid of all of the stuffiness from being closed in all winter. Spring cleaning is a great time to get your deep cleaning done, and while it will take time, it doesn’t have to be difficult.
1. Clear the clutter. Before you start your deep clean, get rid of piles of papers and other tchotchkes on countertops, tables and other surfaces. This will make it easier and faster to go in and dust, scrub and wash. If you have a lot of clutter, set aside a day to get rid of it, then start cleaning the next.
2. Start in one room and work your way around the house. If you try to do too many tasks in too many rooms at once, you’ll get frazzled and be more likely to miss a spot. Start in one room and work your way through the others. You can do all the floors throughout your house at once.
3. Remember to clean from top to bottom, cleanest to dirtiest and back to front of rooms. Use this process in each room to make cleaning quicker and easier.
4. Don’t forget to dust. Start to tops of cabinets, light fixtures, ceiling fans then work your way down to countertops and other lower surfaces.
5. Focus on your kitchen. Studies have found that kitchen sinks have more germs than toilet bowls.
- a. Rinse your sink out with soapy water then use a disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the packaging for proper disinfecting.
- b. Disinfect your garbage disposal by cutting up a lemon, dropping it in with some salt and ice cubes and letting it run. The lemon will deodorize and the ice and salt work as an abrasive to scrub away any gunk.
- c. Make sure to clean on top of cabinets, wipe down the doors and disinfect the insides of your cabinets.
- d. Scrub your stovetop:
- Clean your oven: Remove racks then heat your oven to 200° F. While it’s warming, make a paste of vinegar and baking soda (add a little salt if you have tough stains.) Once your oven hits the temperature, leave it on for 15 minutes. Start scrubbing when it’s cool enough to touch, but still warm. Use a clean, damp rag to wipe off any remains. Put aluminum foil in the bottom of your oven to catch future spills and reduce your cleaning efforts.
- Let the racks soak in warm soapy water while you clean the rest of the oven. Using a heat-resistant scrub brush, scrub off any stuck on dirt. You can use the baking soda and vinegar mixture to help remove tough dirt.
- e. Disinfect your dishwasher. Use a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda to scrub the walls and insides of your dishwasher.
- f. Clean out your fridge and freezer. Check expiration dates, wash shelves, doors and inside walls. Follow these 10 steps for making your fridge sparkle.
6. Clean and disinfect your restroom. This might be one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks, but it doesn’t need to be difficult. Use a snake to remove any hair clogging your drains. Spray all surfaces with a disinfectant and let it sit for 10 minutes. While it’s sitting, use a bowl brush to clean the inside of your toilet. Empty the trash. Once the 10 minutes are up, wipe down all of your surfaces. Make sure to avoid these five common restroom cleaning mistakes.
7. Let the light shine through. Follow these window cleaning techniques to make your windows crystal-clear and streak-free.
8. Finish with the floors. Vacuum and sweep floors first, then wet mop. Give your floor time to dry fully before you walk on it or put furniture back to avoid slips and falls. Put some fun, upbeat music on while you clean. It will help perk you up, making the process move faster. Spring cleaning can be a lot of work. Get your whole family involved. Young children can pick up and put away their toys. Older children can help make beds, de-clutter and even help with dusting or checking expiration dates in the fridge. The more people cleaning, the faster it will go.