Well, it’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung.
As pleasant as it is to finally be able to venture out of the house without a coat, there is something that comes along with spring that you may not be as fond of.
I’m talking about spring cleaning. Now, if you’re like Monica on the TV show Friends, cleaning gets you excited. But if you’re more like Rachel, you’ll pretend nothing needs to be cleaned.
There are plenty of activities involved with spring cleaning, but the one I like to start with is getting rid of clutter. For one thing, there will be less to clean when you’re finished. And for another, it will free up space for your cleaning.
De-cluttering is job one
Among the items that should be tossed out or given to Goodwill is clothing that’s too large or too small for you and family members.
Another is fitness equipment. If you’re using it, great. More power to you. But if all that treadmill is doing is taking up space in your basement or a guest bedroom, find someone who wants to take it off your hands. Other sports equipment from your kids’ childhoods can be donated to a nearby school or club.
Having a yard sale is another way to get rid of stuff you don’t use anymore. And it might also put a few bucks in your wallet. Worst-case scenario, if something hasn’t sold by the end of the day that you know you’ll never use again, place a “FREE” sign on it.
For smaller items you don’t use anymore that wouldn’t be too costly to ship somewhere, maybe try selling them online. EBay and Craigslist are options here.
Some towns offer a limited number of “bulk pickup” days that you are allowed as a taxpayer. That’s another way to get rid of old furniture, dressers, bookshelves, box springs, etc., that you don’t need anymore.
11 spring cleaning tips
OK, now to the actual cleaning. Here are some suggestions:
- Spring brings out allergies as you open windows to air out your home. Clean all your ceiling fixtures (lights, fans, etc.) by using a vacuum with a hose and a cloth to access hard-to-reach areas.
- Clean both the inside and outside of your refrigerator. Pull out your fridge’s interior shelves, soak them in soapy water and wipe down the surfaces that cannot be removed. Get rid of expired food.
- Steam-clean your carpets. Rugs can collect dirt and dander that you might not be able to see, but you’ll smell it before too long. That’s especially true if you have pets. Cleaning carpets thoroughly will make your entire home feel better.
- Assuming you’ve de-cluttered your closets, pantries, cabinets, laundry room and storage spaces, use a vacuum cleaner, mop, cloths or whatever it takes to scrub them down and give them a fresh look.
- Choose a nice, cloudy day in the spring to clean the outside of your windows, after you’ve cleaned the inside. That way the sun won’t dry out the cleaner before you’re done scrubbing.
- Speaking of outdoors, this is also a good time to prune and shear your trees, shrubs and hedges. Do it before leaves starting growing back so you can see exactly what you’re cutting.
- To make sure your dishwasher continues to keep dishes clean, remove leftover food stuck in the bottom of the dishwasher. Then place two cups of vinegar toward the center of the bottom rack and run the dishwasher on the normal cycle without detergent.
- Spot cleaning your walls will keep them looking fresh. Begin by dusting, as cobwebs might have formed in spots. Then go at them with a sponge or cloth and warm water. If that doesn’t do the trick, add mild liquid dishwashing soap. Finish the project by rinsing the area with plain water.
- We often wash our bedding, but forget about cleaning the mattress. Use your vacuum hose attachment to get into the crevices of the mattress. Toss your pillows and down comforter in the washer. Sanitize the mattress with a disinfectant spray and then you’re all set.
- Disinfect your washing machine with baking soda and vinegar, and turn the water to high. After the cleansing process, let the washer dry and use a toothbrush to scrub any other dirty areas.
- Before outdoor entertaining begins, prepare your patio furniture. Using warm water and a squirt of dishwashing detergent will remove dirt from the winter months. Don’t forget to spot clean the cushions (or machine wash if possible).
Don’t forget your bathroom
One area of the house that we don’t necessarily associate with spring cleaning is the bathroom. But this is a room that usually needs it as much or more than any other. Especially because germs can lurk there.
And after you get the stubborn dirty spots like the drains or your shower head, there’s one more thing to think about.
Have you ever stopped to think about the water that comes through your shower head and if it’s clean?
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