The words spring cleaning can conjure up images of sweaty hours spent sweeping, scrubbing and mopping. For some people, the thought of even moving the couch to vacuum under it is tiring, let alone cleaning the whole house until it is spotless. If you feel this way, don’t worry, you are not alone!
The secret to efficient cleaning is often related to how organized you are about your cleaning process. Another benefit can be learning some tricks that will make the process less painful and even possibly fun! If you have ever struggled with spring cleaning, this list of spring-cleaning tips and tricks is for you!
Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
The first thing to remember when you are doing a deep-clean of your house is to clean things up high first and then move progressively lower into the room. Clean your floors last. This method will prevent you from doubling up on cleaning processes and will make it easy to remember to clean every last thing in each room.
1. The Microwave
Have your kids overheated one too many items in your microwave and made a huge mess? Do you dread dealing with stuck on food and spills?
A great spring-cleaning tip for your microwave is to place a large microwave-safe bowl filled with one cup of water into your microwave. Add to the water some chopped up lime, lemon, or orange and several tablespoons of vinegar. Run the microwave on high for several minutes until the water boils.
Keep the door closed and let it sit for 15 minutes. The spills and messes will now wipe out with ease and as an added bonus, your microwave will smell fresh and clean!
2. Your Countertop
Tired of grease that just won’t seem to go away? Sick of fingerprints all over your granite counters? A daily tip that can help make spring cleaning that much easier is to use specialized cleaners for your type of counter surface to remove stains and grease without damaging the finish of your counter.
Cleaners with ammonia or solutions of vinegar and water can actually eat away at the counter surface, making stains and other damage more likely. Its worth the little bit of added expense to buy a specialty cleaner and keep your countertops sparkly and new every day.
3. The Fridge
Your fridge can seem like an overwhelming project to clean and reorganize. Thankfully, warm soapy water is often the perfect fix to clean shelves and drawers. Move your perishables out of the fridge into a cooler filled with ice and the task of cleaning each shelf and drawer becomes easy as can be!
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4. Pot and Pans
Pots and pans with stuck on residue and stains can be a depressing cleaning project. If you have ever spent hours scrubbing to no avail, rest assured that there is an easier way to take care of your pots and pans. The first step is to soften burned on residue with water and dish liquid by simmering the mixture in the pan on the stove. If you still can’t scrub out stubborn residue, add ketchup and some salt to the pan and scrub your pots. You will be amazed at how new and shiny your pots and pans look once you have used these tricks!
5. Your Oven
All modern ovens come with a self-cleaning function that helps to incinerate baked on messes and spills, but if you have an older oven that does not offer this cleaning option, use a hot, wet cloth and lay it over baked on grime. After the cloth has cooled, scrub the cooked-on mess with a heavy-duty scrub pad and then wipe dry to remove the rest of the mess. A little patience can make a world of difference when you are cleaning your oven and cooking without smoke and burned spills in the oven will make your food taste better.
6. The Kitchen Cabinets
If you have a film of grease over your kitchen cabinets, remember to always run the exhaust hood over the range when you cook. To remove the grime that has settled onto your cabinetry, invest in a specialty product that is designed to cut grease and hydrate the wood.
Be certain to pay special attention to areas like the handles on your drawers or other nooks and crannies that can collect grease and grime. Using a quality cleaner can make all the difference in the future, as specialty products will help your cabinets to stay clean for good.
7. Your Junk Drawer
That tangle of odds and ends, utensils, pens and wires and string can seem completely overwhelming at first glance, but it can be tackled with some planning. Make the process easy by emptying the whole drawer and then vacuuming it out. Buy a non-slip liner and put it in the bottom of the drawer.
Be ruthless and get rid of anything that you have not used in the past 6 months or anything that you keep meaning to fix but just never get around to fixing. When you are ready to put things back into the drawer, use organizers like cups and little bowls to keep smaller items separated.
If you have decorative plates that you haven’t been using, put them into the drawer to hold keys, wires and other odds and ends. Once it is all put into its own place, your junk drawer will never be a mess again!
8. The Grout
“I love cleaning the grout,” said no one ever. If you have grown used to just covering up the grout in your kitchen or bathroom with towels or placemats to hide its lack of luster, you are missing out on some easy tricks to clean it up and keep it that way.
Buy a good grout cleaner and let it sit on the grout for about 3 to 5 minutes. Once it has been sitting on the grout, use a stiff brush that is made for grout and scrub stains and grime away with ease!
9. Dusty Curtains and Decorative Pillows
Do you despair of ever seeing your drapes look new and fresh again? If they are not stained and are just dusty or wrinkly, you can toss them into the dryer on the air-only cycle then hang them or set them out to cool to prevent them from wrinkling again.
The dust will be removed and the creases will be gone in a snap! Once you hang the drapes again or put the pillows out, you love how fresh and new they look.
10. The Ceiling
If you are doing your spring cleaning and you look up and realize that your ceilings are cobwebby and dusty, don’t despair! Grab an extendable duster or a dusting wand and wipe down those cobwebs and that grime with ease. Make sure you do this before you work on cleaning up your floors and you will be amazed at how light and bright and clean your house can look!
11. Your Mattress
People often forget that they are cleaning and washing their sheets but not their mattress. If you are already deep cleaning the rest of the house, break out the vacuum and use the upholstery tools to vacuum out the nooks and crannies. Then use a damp cloth and blot areas that need extra attention.
Use a disinfectant spray for further deep cleaning and get an iron and steam the mattress to get rid of dust mites. Your last step should be to vacuum the whole surface of the mattress.
12. Your Vacuum
While you are cleaning the rest of the house, take a moment to attend to your tools that are necessary for cleaning to be done. Replace the bag in your vacuum if it uses one or empty out the dust bin and wipe it clean.
Snip any threads that are binding up the rollers and brushes and make sure that you are using the right surface settings when you go back to cleaning for optimal function.
13. The Furniture
Move furniture away from the wall and vacuum under and behind it. Also remember to clean the air vents while you are working behind the sofa or other furniture. Separate stitching with your hands and use the upholstery tools to make sure that seams are clean and fresh.
You can also tip over chairs and couches to clean their undersides and in the spaces that are impossible to reach when they are upright.
14. The Baseboards
No one enjoys climbing around on their hands and knees cleaning baseboards but it has to be done. If you have been dreading the process due to the discomfort of it, you just need to add some handy tools to the process.
Buy a gardening knee pad to protect your knees and use a soft scrub brush and you will be much more comfortable.
15. The Showerhead
Tired of showerhead gunk that gets in the way of a comfortable shower with full water pressure? Use white vinegar to dissolve it! Simply fill up a plastic bag with white vinegar and secure it to your showerhead overnight. In the morning, just run the shower for five minutes before you hop in. Your shower will feel like new!
16. Dirty Windows
Cleaning windows can be no fun but if you use the right tools it’s a snap! Mix up 1/4 cup white vinegar with 2 cups of water and add 2 teaspoons liquid soap. Use a newspaper to clean the glass with this mixture. The ink is a mild abrasive and will get your windows squeaky clean in not time.
17. Fingerprints On The TV Screen
If you have tried everything to get those pesky fingerprints off your computer or TV screen, use a coffee filter to clean them up! Don’t press too hard and wipe the whole screen with the filter for clean screens on all your tech items.
18. Clogged Air Vents
If you are struggling with dirty or clogged air vents, you can clean them up with ease by employing a butter knife to get into the little spaces between vents. Use a gentle cleaner and scrape carefully. Your vents will be spotless in no time.
19. Recycle Old Socks
If you want really great cleaning rags that don’t cost an arm and a leg, save your old socks and use them as cleaning mitts to get into those nooks and crannies.
Use these tips and tricks and remember to be systematic in your cleaning and you will be amazed at how quickly your house will be spotless and fresh! Nothing feels better than a clean house and it doesn’t have to be a source of dread to contemplate the cleaning process. Saving time and energy with these clever tips and tricks will make your spring-cleaning process effortless and you might even enjoy it for the first time!