It’s your home. You’ve seen it and cleaned it all before, right?
But after being cooped up all winter, spring is the logical time to roll up your sleeves and give some much-needed attention to the whole home. Follow these tips for a sparkling spring:
Take your time: Instead of furiously cleaning all weekend, take your time and spread it over a couple weeks. Consider sending the kids off with family for an afternoon so you can focus. Or, give the kids a detailed list of things they can do in their rooms and make them a vital part of the cleaning team.
Lists are good: If you’re doing one for your kids’ rooms, why not do it for the whole home? Prioritize the steps, with No. 1 being the most urgent. Try to avoid listing regular duties like laundry and focus on things like deep cleaning or organizing.
Update cleaning supplies: After the list is made, go through the cleaning supplies and make sure you have everything you need. This is also a good time to consider going a little greener with your cleaning supplies. The Environmental Working Group suggests looking for a Green Seal or EcoLogo mark on the products. Both companies are third-party organizations that certify environmentally friendly products that do not use certain toxic chemicals.
Use this list to inspire a healthier home for this spring:
- Clean from top (ceilings, walls, shelves) to bottom (countertops, tables, floors) to avoid creating more work for yourself.
- Pull out all the appliances to clean behind and below their usual spots. If you have stainless steel appliances and fixtures, use gentle cleaners or steam to avoid scratching the surfaces.
- Clean inside the oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
- Vacuum the mattresses.
- Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Wash outside furniture, decks, patios, driveways and porches.
- When cleaning windows, don’t forget to open them and clean the base. Clean blinds, curtains and drapes as well.
- Wash the shower curtain and replace the liner.
- Clean the overhead vent cover in the bathroom.
- Wipe down baseboards.
- Replace air filters and clean vent covers.
- Clean out catch-all/junk drawers.
- Clean out the dryer duct.
- Wipe down all door knobs and light switches.
- Use coffee filters to clean computer screens and cotton swabs on keyboards.
- The rubber edge of a window squeegee can also help remove pet hair from furniture and carpets. After rubbing the squeegee over the surface, vacuum up the remaining hair.
- Use lemon halves and ½ cup of water to clean the microwave. Squeeze the juice in a microwave-safe bowl, add the water, drop the lemon halves in the mixture and microwave for three minutes. Let the bowl stand for five minutes. Then, wipe the appliance out with a clean towel.