Are you tired just thinking about all the items on your spring cleaning checklist? Kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, family room, dining room… sinks, refrigerator, oven, floors, walls, closets… Every surface and nook and cranny can use a good cleaning, and springtime typically tends to be the season when we feel most inspired to tackle everything. But don’t worry—a few spring cleaning hacks can move your chores along quickly. No matter if you prefer to do a little cleaning at a time or plan to crank out your whole home in one weekend, these spring cleaning tips and hacks should help you stay on track so you can enjoy a house that’s as fresh as the new spring breeze.
Spring Cleaning Tips:
Before you get started, consider these tips to ensure safety and to help speed along your spring cleaning:
- Try to enlist the help of your family so you can divide and conquer the home.
- If possible, don’t forget to open a few windows for ventilation to help dissipate any cleaning chemicals you’re using.
- Avoid mixing cleaning chemicals or using potentially dangerous combinations of chemicals.
- Decide where you will start and if you will focus on the main living spaces or also on your attic, basement, or garage as well.
- Set goals and a rough schedule for how long each room or task should take.
- Consider setting a timer to keep a sense of urgency while you work, then put on your favorite playlist and get to work!
Spring Cleaning Hacks
Here are some of our favorite spring cleaning ideas to keep your efforts as efficient and speedy as possible:
- Repurpose a used dryer sheet by sprinkling a few drops of water on it and using it to wipe away soap scum from your shower doors.
- Cut a lemon in half and rub it on water stains and the hard water spots on your bathroom and kitchen sink fixtures.
- Clean a messy microwave the easy way—place a glass bowl filled with a few cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and a few drops of essential oil for fragrance inside your microwave and run for five minutes. Then simply wipe clean with a damp washcloth.
- Use toothbrushes and Q-tips to get down to the details with hard-to-reach, itty-bitty spaces.
- Use a Mr. Clean Eraser to remove almost any surface stains, especially the burner areas of the flat-top stove and those occasional crayon marks you may find on your walls.
- Refresh your garbage disposal by tossing in a cut-up lemon, a little salt, and a few ice cubes.
- For streak-free windows, choose a cloudy day to do your washing.
- Use the attachment of your vacuum or a handheld vacuum to whisk away dead bugs and other debris from inside your windows.
- Refresh your washing machine the natural way to get rid of odors and buildup.
- If you simply don’t have time to do it all yourself, consider a professional cleaning service to get your house back in shape. Then simply maintain with a weekly cleaning schedule for the most important tasks.
Many times clutter is a big hurdle standing in the way of a clean house. As you work through your spring cleaning tasks, don’t forget to box up items you no longer need in your home. A good practice is separating your items into those you want to keep, store, donate, and trash. Move from room to room in your house, setting aside items to get rid of and those that you want to keep. A personal storage unit can offer additional storage space, helping you to clear the clutter without forcing you to give away things that are important to you. Once you’ve cut down clutter and completed your house cleaning checklist, you should be in good shape to relax and enjoy a beautiful spring. At least until it’s time to do the yardwork…