Spring is in the air...so are dust and pollen!
It’s time to give your home a fresh clean and tackle those places you tend to
ignore throughout the year. Here are 15 tips to get your home sparkling clean
this spring. Plus, these are great tricks to keep in mind when it’s time to
sell. Clean these overlooked spaces, and your house will look and feel fresh to
potential buyers. But in the meantime, your family can enjoy all of the perks
of a clean house.
1. Doormats: Keep dirt out of
your carpets and off your floors by hosing off the outside doormat and
letting it air dry. Then, vacuum both sides of all indoor doormats and
2. Windows: There’s nothing like natural light filling a room during the
springtime. Until you raise the blinds to see stained and cloudy windows.
Simply use your favorite glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wash the
inside of your windows. Then, dust blinds or shades and vacuum curtains to
complete the job.
3. Microwave: Make your microwave look brand new by removing stains and dried
food. But rather than finding the most awkward position and getting an arm
work-out by scrubbing, fill a bowl with 1 cup water and a couple
tablespoons of vinegar, or chopped lemon, lime, or orange. Then, microwave
for a few minutes on high. Let it cool for 5 minutes, and then you can
easily wipe down the sides and door of the microwave.
4. Oven: Remove stubborn stains in your oven by using your oven’s
self-cleaning function. Or, you can place a wet cloth over spots of
baked-on grime to soften the sludge. Then, sprinkle baking soda over the
stain and scrub with a heavy-duty pad. Finally, rinse and wipe dry.
5. Kitchen Cabinets: Wash
grease and grime away from kitchen cabinets to revive your kitchen. Don’t
forget to wipe down cabinet door handles and drawer pulls to
simultaneously remove grime and germs.
6. Stainless Steel Appliances:
Help your kitchen look bright and shiny by creating your own cleaning
solution of 1 tsp dish detergent and 1 qt hot water. Use a microfiber
cloth and, going with the grain, rub the solution onto your appliances.
Rinse with clean water and a clean sponge, then towel dry to eliminate
7. Furniture: Pull furniture
away from the walls to vacuum baseboards and easily missed places. Then,
use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean
cushions, crevices, and pillows.
8. Curtains: You don’t even want to think about the dust that’s collecting in
your curtains. In most cases, you can give them a quick refresh by tossing
drapes, curtains, and throw pillows in your dryer on the “air only” cycle
for 15 minutes. Then, hang them back up immediately to avoid wrinkles.
9. Bookshelves: Before guests come over, you may give your shelves a quick
wipe-down. But this time, take everything off the shelves and dust the
entire shelf as well as all decorative items and books. Consider
rearranging your shelves or organizing books by color for a fresh look.
10. Ceiling Fixtures: It’s easy to forget to look up
when you’re busy cleaning the kitchen (again) and picking up toys (again).
Use this time to dust ceiling fans, recessed lighting, molding, and other
fixtures that you tend to overlook.
11. Closet: Use this change of seasons to change out the clothes in your
closet. Get rid of all worn and stained clothes, and donate or sell any
clothes that are still in good condition but that you didn’t wear during
the colder months. Dust shelves, vacuum the floor and organize your closet
to maximize the space.
12. Washer: Did you know that
if you don’t clean your washing machine you may experience an odor on your
clothes? Use a washing machine cleaner, or run a special washer cleaning
cycle with bleach, to freshen up your washing machine.
13. Dryer: Protect your home from a fire hazard by removing lint from your
dryer after every load. Several times a year,
vacuum under and around your dryer and remove lint and fuzz from the
hard-to-reach places inside the dryer.
14. Vacuum: There’s a scene from the TV show Friends when Monica—the group’s clean-freak—is using a
handheld vacuum to clean her larger vacuum. Then she says, “I wish there
was a smaller one to clean this one!” We laugh because it seems over the
top, but she’s on the right track! We have to clean our vacuum cleaners by
washing or replacing filters, cutting away knotted hair in the brush, and
cleaning the dust cup.
15. Patio Furniture: Wipe down outdoor tables and
chairs with dish soap mixed in warm water. After scrubbing away pollen and
other residues, spray with water and let the furniture air dry. It’s a
quick way to prepare for restful outdoor time!
It might sound like a lot, but you don’t have
to tackle each of these projects in one day! Try setting a timer for 15 minutes
every day and work down your list. A little cleaning every day helps you
accomplish more without feeling overwhelmed. You may find that you can check
off multiple items in 15 minutes. Before long, you can enjoy a fresh, clean