5 Tips for Spring Cleaning
As the weather gets warmer and we make our way back into spring, here are five quick cleaning tips to make sure your spring cleaning goes smooth and easy this year.
Use Minimum Products
When preparing to start your cleaning, use as few products as possible. Minimizing your cleaning product inventory creates less clutter and confusion. Most of the time, you will just need a good all-purpose cleaner and some rags. Instead of overwhelming yourself with a wide range of cleaners for floors, wooden furniture and appliances, use an all-purpose cleaner and save time switching between different products.
Create a Plan
Organize your home and assign dates to clean different rooms and areas. Begin by making a list of all rooms in your home, including outside. Under every room, write down what needs to be cleaned. It may help to walkthrough every room and write out the list. Once this is done, including everything that needs to be done outside, assign dates to every room, schedule bigger projects for weekends and smaller ones for afternoons during the work week. This way you have a plan and timeline to get everything done.
Clean Out the Cabinets!
Spring cleaning is not just about what you can see. Declutter cabinets, fridges, drawers, etc. This will help your home get organized more than anything else. Everything might be clean now, but when you have to start digging through drawers and boxes to find something, your home will quickly become a mess again. Consider purchasing drawer and fridge organizers to help contain the clutter.
Lemons work great for cleaning all sorts of surfaces. From faucets to tabletops, lemons are a great cleaning product. To clean your microwave, squeeze a lemon into a bowl of 1/2 cups - 3 cups of water and leave the lemon in the water. Microwave for about 3 minutes or until steamy. When done, just wipe out the grease from the inside! Lemons are a natural, cheap, and versatile tool to use for cleaning hard to clean areas.
Wash Windows on a Cloudy Day
When the sun is bright and shining, it can leave streaks from drying out too fast. Instead, wait until it is either cloudy or the sun is not directly shining on the windows, such as in the evening. This goes for mirrors too. Turn off any bright lights and use ambient lighting to leave a streak-less clean on these surfaces.
Places to Not Forget
While cleaning, don't forget to clean out these easy-to-forget places as you complete your spring cleaning!
- Wipe down kitchen cabinets
- Stove top fans
- Knife block
- Ceiling fans
- Crumbs in toaster
- Toothbrush holder