The annual spring clean is revered by many, but you don’t have to spend your entire weekend cleaning to get that spring-fresh feeling. We’ve tested the best spring cleaning shortcuts for a quick clean that will leave your home sparkling in no time!
Vents, walls, and baseboards are often forgotten nooks and crannies where dust and grime collect. Use a vacuum extension hose to remove dust from vents and fans. Then wipe down baseboards with a damp cloth and spot clean walls with a mild detergent. Kitchen cabinets can accumulate a particularly gross amount of grease and grime. Wipe surfaces with a solution of warm water and a grease-cutting dish detergent. Removing dust and debris that naturally builds up on hard to reach surfaces will give you the spring-fresh feeling fast!
Soft surfaces like pillows and upholstery accumulate body oils, bacteria, and odors. Not to mention spills and dirt. Yuck! This spring cleaning shortcut will have you sitting pretty in no time! Spot clean non-washable materials with a color-safe stain remover. Vacuum all sides of upholstered furniture to remove dust and hair. Machine wash throw blankets and rugs according to the care directions. Remove bedding from mattresses and sprinkle a layer of deodorizing baking soda over the surface. Allow this to sit for 1-2 hours than vacuum the entire mattress to remove baking soda and any accumulated dust and debris.
Opening the windows is the fastest way to ignite spring fever, but you’ll quickly see that winter has wreaked havoc. Skip the DIY cleaning solutions and newspapers and instead look for a residue free glass cleaner such as Invisible Glass. Some glass cleaners contain soaps, scents, and dyes that leave behind streak-causing residues. Work on a cloudy day so the sun's rays won't cause your cleaner to evaporate too quickly. Spray the glass cleaner directly on the window. Then use a microfiber cloth to wipe in a side-to-side motion - a circular motion can create a static charge that attracts more dust and grime to the surface.
Spring cleaning is a great reminder to check in with those not often cleaned items like our large appliances. Briefly unplug your refrigerator and move it away from the walls enough to reach the back coils with a vacuum extension hose. Vacuum the back coils and around the flooring. Next move to the clothes dryer. Carefully remove the dryer vent duct and use a dryer vent brush to pull out built-up lint. Move the brush in and out several times cleaning it after each pull. Clean around the inside lint trap using your vacuum hose and wipe down the trap itself with a damp cloth if necessary. Finally refresh your dishwasher. Add 1 cup baking soda to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. Run the hottest cycle using vinegar instead of detergent to clean and deodorize. This yearly maintenance not only keeps your appliances clean it helps them perform better too!
Test and service smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Replace light bulbs. Edit medicine and beauty supplies removing expired or damaged items. Sort through junk drawers tossing any items that are no longer useful or working. Take a tour of your home creating a checklist of items you’d like to tackle in the future such as rooms to repaint, items to repair, or décor changes. This list can be a time saver when for prioritizing future projects.
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