There’s nothing better than a clean home, and these spring cleaning hacks are exactly what you need to refresh your space this season. From creating a plan to tackle your to-do list to DIY hacks, cleaning your air and more, we’ve got just what you need for successful spring cleaning!
10 Genius Spring Cleaning Hacks
1. Create a Schedule
Spring cleaning comes with an overwhelming to-do list. From decluttering and organizing your closets to cleaning out your fridge and cupboards, vacuuming, dusting and washing, spring cleaning is no small feat.
Write down a list of everything you need to do, room by room, and make a plan for tackling your list. You don’t have to do it all in one day or even a weekend- plan it out over a few weeks. Creating a schedule will keep you focused on the task at hand and help to ease the overwhelm.
2. Make a DIY Stain Remover
Have pesky stains on carpets or fabric furniture that just won’t come off? Mix together one part Dawn dish soap with two parts hydrogen peroxide. Spread the solution over the stain and let it sit anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
This stain remover works best on lighter colour fabrics, but for darker colours, you can leave it on for a shorter amount of time. Since hydrogen peroxide can sometimes lighten darker fabrics, use white vinegar instead if your fabrics are dark.
3. Breathe In Healthy Air
You should be breathing in clean, healthy air in your home, whether you have allergies or not. Replacing your furnace and HVAC filters should be at the top of your list during spring cleaning. Consider replacing a standard filter with a more robust one that will catch smaller, more irritating particles. Air conditioner ducts build up dust during the winter and upgrading your filters will prevent pesky, unwanted particles from entering your space.
4. Clean From the Top Down
A good rule of thumb to follow is to work in a top-down pattern when cleaning your home. Cleaning tasks such as dusting can get a little messy, especially if they’re higher up. To avoid creating more mess, clean from the top down.
For example, dust off the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom before wiping down all the counters, and clean off any ceiling fans before your vacuum and mop your floors. This also goes for cleaning mirrors and windows. Always clean from the top down, rather than the bottom up to prevent streaks.
5. Don’t Forget Your Appliances
If you’ve been neglecting your kitchen appliances, spring cleaning is the time to show them some TLC. If the inside of your oven door is coated with stains and baked-on food, wet a pumice stone, scrub down the door, then wipe it clean with a microfibre cloth.
Deep clean your dishwasher’s interior with a dishwasher cleaner to remove trapped particles, mineral buildup or detergent residue and wipe away any greasy stains and splatters. And don’t forget to wipe down your microwave!
6. Clean Cutting Boards with Salt and Lemon
Cutting boards see a lot of different foods, from fruits and veggies to meat and fish, and no matter how much you scrub them, it’s a good idea to give them a deep clean every once in a while.
Cleaning your cutting boards with lemon and (coarse) salt will ensure it’s thoroughly cleaned. Sprinkle the cutting board with the salt, then cut a lemon in half and rub the cut edge of the lemon all over the cutting board, squeezing so the juices come out. Rinse the board thoroughly then dry it.
7. Do a Seasonal Refresh
There are springtime chores that need to be done when the warmer weather rolls around. For example, sweeping and dusting the patio, washing the outside of the windows, and perhaps giving your doors a fresh coat of paint. Incorporate these things into your spring cleaning routine as soon as it starts getting nicer outside. On top of that, store away winter clothing, bedding, throws and accessories and replace them with more summery items.
8. Do a Proper Fridge Clean Out
Has it been a while since you’ve cleaned out your fridge? This is the perfect time to get it spick and span. First, it’s time to declutter. Empty your fridge completely, and check expiration dates to get rid of any food that’s no longer good.
Take out any removable shelves or drawers and wipe down the inside of the empty fridge with hot soapy water. Then wipe it with clean water to rinse off the soap. Don’t forget to wipe inside the doors and any drawers that can’t be removed. Wash the removable shelves and drawers and dry them before placing them back in.
9. Clean Out Your Closets
If your closets are feeling overly cluttered, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for closets to be filled with items we no longer need, use or wear. Declutter and organize all the closets in your home, including the bedroom closets, entryway closets and hallways closets. Donate or get rid of anything you don’t need anymore and organize the rest. Since we open our closets on a daily basis, it’s a great first step to organizing the rest of your home.
10. Don’t Forget Your Drains
It’s easy to let the not-so-obvious cleaning tasks fall by the wayside. If you’ve noticed your drains are starting to become slow and smelly, it’s time to give them a good clean, as that’s often the result of food and grease build up.
Unclog and freshen up your drains by mixing 2.5 parts baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide and pouring it down the drain. Let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes, then flush for a few minutes with running water. The combination of the two causes a reaction that liquifies the grease, the peroxide kills the bacteria and the baking soda neutralizes the smell.
Spring cleaning is the best way to hit refresh on the season ahead. Use these tips and hacks to getting your cleanest, healthiest home!
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