Whether it’s the blooming flowers, warmer winds, or longer days, spring has always inspired us to tackle the cleaning and tidying that may have been swept under the rug in previous seasons. By reading blogs like this or even visiting a dedicated side of social media users known as “CleanTok,” your library of ideas, tips, and tricks to assist in getting your home refreshed is ever-expanding.
Room by room, here is your complete spring 2023 cleaning checklist.
Kitchen Spring Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know
When it comes to the kitchen, let’s go back to basics. That means removing everything from your cabinets and using a damp microfiber cloth with a little dish soap to remove all the grime that has accrued since your last swipe inside them. Limited on time? Disinfecting wipes can also be an efficient tool to collect dust from the tops of cabinets.
We all know that crumbs from cooking and meals find themselves, someway, somehow, under the kitchen appliances. Ideally, sweeping these up two to three times a year can help prevent any annual back-breaking work. To do so, make sure to first unplug the appliance before carefully shifting it out of its designated home until there is enough room to safely sweep up any rebellious leftovers.
And, as far as counters go, there are a number of cleaning cocktails that can get the job done. Be it a bleach and water solution* or a standard disinfectant spray, remember that counters are a food-contact surface; no matter your cleaning agent of preference, be sure to finish with a clean water rinse.
*Note: We would be remiss to mention that this is not suitable for marble countertops.
Viral Kitchen Hack that Works: Cleaning Wooden Spoons
Wooden spoons are gorgeous and on-trend. They bring a bucolic touch to any kitchen; however, cleaning them can be a challenge. While they aren’t supposed to go in a dishwasher, hand-cleaning, even directly after use, just doesn’t seem to cut it.
We have you covered with this difficult-to-clean utensil. Simply submerge all your spoons in a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, and watch as the water changes color. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
When it comes time to tackle the bathroom, the best thing you can do is start with a clean slate. From drawers to medicine cabinets to cleaning supplies, take inventory of everything you have. This way you can easily see the essentials that need to stay and the extraneous things you’ve collected or been gifted along the way. If it has reached the end of its shelf life (literally or metaphorically), get rid of it and declutter.
Now, it’s time to get rid of all the dust that will get in the way later in your cleaning process. From the top down, use a dry rag or a vacuum cleaner attachment to first clean the ceiling vents and/or fans, and then move down to ledges, windowsills, and shelves.
After you finish, you’re ready to go. Wash whatever shower curtains, towels, bath mats, or window currents you have, and be sure not to miss the plastic shower curtain—you should either replace it if you haven’t recently or at the very least, give it a thorough clean on your patio or deck.
Now, it’s time to start scrubbing. Make sure you disinfect all surfaces including any wall hangings, the walls themselves, cabinets, and the shower, tub, sink, and toilet, as well as glass features like mirrors or shower doors. This is also a good time to wipe down your trash can—inside and out. Once you’ve gotten through all of that (we know it’s a lot), all that’s left is sweeping, mopping, and admiring your hard work.
Viral Bathroom Hack That Works: Advertised for Dishes—Best for Showers
Cleaning the shower is hardly anybody’s favorite. Among the myriad of shower-cleaning products available, turning to a dish-cleaning brush and a simple DIY solution (that you already have the ingredients for) could be the answer to all your problems.
Grab a bristled dish brush that has a compartment for (what is normally) dish soap. Instead, fill it with a solution that is half dish soap and half white vinegar. Before you know it, you will have a sparkling clean shower, no vinegary smell, and the unparalleled relief of time-effective cleaning. Best of all, these brush heads are removable, replaceable, and even reusable should you wish to run them through your dishwasher (after a particularly arduous spring cleaning effort, perhaps).
The Professional-grade Bedroom Spring Cleaning Guide
Between the baseboards and floors, the mattress, and the closet, there is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to deep-cleaning a bedroom, but when all is said and done, this guide will keep things simple, and quick.
Step by Step Bedroom Spring Cleaning Guide
Step One: Get the bedding in the laundry. Grab the pillow covers, sheets, and duvets and toss them into the washer. Once this has started, dust your way from the top down. Use a long-handled feather duster to hit all those hard-to-reach places that don’t regularly get cleaned. Pro Tip: Dust isn’t picky when it comes to its surfaces; run the duster right across the walls, and you may just be surprised by how much was hiding in plain sight.
Step Two: Get every nook and cranny. Now that the bed is fully stripped, use a powerful vacuum cleaner and its attachments to pick up all the dust and debris that may be lingering on the mattress itself. You can also take this as an opportunity to flip your mattress, which ensures it’s wearing evenly.
Step Three: Hit the decks. Now that the preliminary dusting has been taken care of, the floors (even if regularly cleaned) are ready for some extra TLC. Use a mop and commercial hardwood floor cleaners for hardwood floors. These are available at most grocery and drug stores. For carpets, sprinkle baking soda across the entire carpet and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Then, vacuum once in each direction. This will also help to remove any odors.
Step Four: Open the windows, and let the fresh air do some of the hard work for you. This will help handle any chemical smells that may be lingering in the room from earlier steps.
Step Five: The closet—take everything out of it. Use a disinfectant spray and power towels or a cloth to wipe up any dust hiding under clothes piles. Take your duster and wipe it along any rods as well. Then, neatly put everything back in.
If you have been looking to get rid of some of your clothing but aren’t quite sure where to start, put all hanging clothes back in facing one direction. Then, the next time you go to wear it, face its hanger in the other direction. Come the end of summer, anything that remains oriented in the original direction can be donated.
Viral Hack that Doesn’t Work: Tennis Balls
Cleaning the pillows themselves is a long-standing staple of spring cleaning checklists. It has often been suggested that adding a new tennis ball or two to the drying cycle can help soften the pillows and expedite the dying process without the use of chemical fabric softeners.
With this being said—despite having these recreational accouterments on hand—their chemical dye can often transfer to down items, and further, may not be able to withstand the heat a dryer produces (which, spoiler alert, will lead them to melt into your pillows).
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