As soon as that first bit of warm spring air hits, it’s time to dive in and do some spring cleaning! To help you stay on track this year, I have some helpful spring cleaning tips along with a handy checklist!
Who’s ready to freshen up their home? After a long winter of being cooped up, one of my favorite things to do is to thoroughly deep clean our house in the spring when the warm weather hits.
There’s nothing like opening the windows for some fresh spring air while I declutter, get rid of built-up dirt, grime, and dust mites, and make our home sparkle.
It’ll take a little elbow grease, but it’s SO worth it!
If you’re not a spring cleaner or feel overwhelmed by the process, maybe this printable checklist will help motivate you to try it this year. Periodic deep cleaning is good for reducing seasonal allergies and improving your mental, emotional, and physical health.
PRO TIP: nothing says you have to get all this cleaning done in one day! If you can only do it in fits and spurts over several days, that’s ok!
I wanted to help make the process simple and straightforward. So, I thought I would share some beneficial spring cleaning tips along with a handy printable to make the job easier and help you stay on track until it’s done.
Spring Cleaning Supplies To Have On Hand
Before you dive into your spring cleaning, take stock of the cleaning supplies you have in storage and make a trip to the store or order these items online:
Best Spring Cleaning Tips For A Deep Clean
I’ll go through a typical home room by room and highlight tasks that people sometimes forget. Do you want help staying on track that you can take with you? Grab my spring cleaning tips checklist!
General Spring Cleaning
Before you start working on individual rooms, give your home a thorough deep general cleaning, including:
- Go through the house and do a general tidy-up. Put things where they belong.
- Clean windows.
- Wash your window screens and install them back on the windows.
- Clean your window treatments by vacuuming them with the upholstery attachment or taking them down and washing (and ironing) them.
- Dust (or wipe down) all window blinds.
- Vacuum the entire house to remove dirt and debris.
- Clean the baseboards by vacuuming them using crevice tools and wiping them down with dryer sheets (to help repel dust in the future).
- Wipe down all surfaces (including light switches and doorknobs) with a general disinfectant to reduce germs.
- Remove all air vents and wash them with warm water and soap, then wipe dry or air dry before replacing them.
- Dust or vacuum all furniture to remove dust, crumbs, and pet hair.
- Polish wood furniture.
- Clean (vacuum or mop) the floor in every room.
- Wipe down ceiling fans with a damp cloth and change the blade direction, so your ceiling fans help cool the room when it’s hot.
- Take throw rugs outside and beat the dust out of them with a broom.
Spring Cleaning Tips For The Kitchen
As one of the main rooms in the home, you may think that you keep your kitchen clean throughout the year. However, even your large appliances such as the dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and other areas could use a deep cleaning. Here are several things you can do to freshen up the kitchen.
- Wipe down stainless steel appliances.
- Get your garbage disposal in tip-top shape by running it with lemon juice (or a half of a lemon) and ice cubes.
- Run a cleaning cycle on your dishwasher.
- Wipe down the microwave.
- Clean out the fridge – remove any food past the expiration date and take the shelves and drawers out to wash them with warm soapy water. Let them dry before replacing them.
Living Room & Office Cleaning Tips
The living room may not need as much work as other house areas, so I’m including general office and electronics tips here. This part of the job could take as little as a half-hour, but don’t forget to:
- Wipe down the TV screen with microfiber cloths.
- Clean your cell phone – remove it from the case and wipe it down with a damp (not super wet) cloth. Disinfect the case by doing the same thing. Let everything air dry, then replace the case.
- Wipe down your computer monitor, computer mouse, and keyboard.
- Shred any papers that you don’t need but have personal information on them.
- Finally, wipe down all remotes.
Spring Cleaning Tips For Bedrooms
Help promote relaxation and a better night’s sleep with these spring cleaning tips for the bedrooms.
- Dust all the furniture.
- Go through your clothes and kids’ clothes. Remove any that you don’t wear anymore, are covered in stains, or are too small.
- Pack away your winter wardrobe and pull out the spring and summer clothes.
- Change all the bedding and wash it.
- Freshen your drawers with your favorite scent.
Your bathrooms regularly handle a heavy load. Make your space fresh and inviting with these tips.
- Replace the shower curtain in every bathroom.
- Scrub the shower, bathtub, toilet, vanity, and sinks.
- Make your sinks drain better by putting some baking soda down the drain and then pouring white vinegar on top. Rinse with hot water once the fizzing stops. The fizzing reaction will help clear out slow-moving drains!
- Mop the floor.
- Remove the toilet seat to give the toilet a thorough cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Tips For The Playroom
After a long winter of playing indoors, this space can always use a good “sprucing up!”
- Go through toys and remove any that are broken or the kids have “grown out of.”
- Wash plastic toys in warm soapy water and let them air dry.
You may not need to do a lot in your laundry room, but make sure to hit these areas.
- Run a cleaning cycle on your washing machine.
- Do some dryer maintenance by cleaning out the dryer lint and cleaning the lint out of the dryer vent to reduce fire hazard risk.
Spring Clenaing FAQs
I have found that readers often have questions about large household projects. Here are the answers to some of the questions I frequently see readers ask.
What is the best way to spring clean?
Everyone approaches this job a little differently. I like to open the windows, turn on my favorite music (to make it more fun), and get to work!
Then I start by doing the general cleaning tasks for the entire house and make my way through the rest of the house room by room.
What are three things you can get rid of for spring cleaning?
Please don’t overthink this because it could vary slightly for each person. In general, I would recommend getting rid of:
- Anything broken.
- Things you don’t use anymore.
- Old clothes that have stains or are too small.
How do you keep spring clean naturally?
Instead of buying a lot of commercial cleaning solutions like oven cleaner, harness the power of white vinegar, water, lemon, and soap.
For easy, non-toxic cleaning, I always recommend using warm water over cold water because it’s much more effective!
How do you spring clean in a day?
Enlist help! Many hands make light work, so get your spouse and the kids on board if you can. Otherwise, I would pick the jobs that I rarely do (like washing window treatments, ceiling fans, and beating the dust out of my throw rugs) and do those if I’m limited on time.
I hope these spring cleaning tips help simplify the process of giving your home a spring refresh. Don’t forget to grab my spring cleaning checklist to ensure you don’t forget something!
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