Spring cleaning is a yearly affair that everyone goes through to go out with the old and in with the new. It’s a tiring chore but if you section your cleaning according to the parts of your home or even delegate them to your partner and housemates, it may not be that bad after all. Afraid you’ll miss a part? Never fear – we’ve got you covered with the top 8 things to add to your spring cleaning to-do list below.
Spring cleaning around the house
- Dust the walls: This may sound out of the ordinary but don’t be surprised if you find cobwebs lurking especially at the corners of your ceiling. Dusting the walls is an easy feat when you’re spring cleaning because you’ll just need a duster with an extendable arm to reach up high.
- Deep clean your furniture: If you own a fabric couch or a rug, you may be sitting around millions of bacteria and possibly some food crumbs. When you’re spring cleaning, you’ll want to run a vacuum through them to remove any of the dust that’s been accumulating on your furniture. If possible, you should also beat your rug out in the sun to get any stubborn dirt out.
- Wipe the lights and fans: Don’t ignore your lampshades and fan blades, they’re probably the dustiest things in your home. Wipe it down with some soap and water, focusing on hard to reach areas you’d normally pay little attention to. You may even notice that your fan could go on a faster speed after, it was just the dust weighing them down.
Spring cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms
- Clean behind your appliances: You may clean the kitchen after cooking a meal, but have you ever thought of the dust bunnies laying behind the large appliances like the fridge or stove? Wipe them out by pushing away your appliances carefully to clean behind them before putting them back in place.
- Scrub the grout lines: Need help cleaning the grout lines in your bathroom? Mix a cup of baking soda to hydrogen peroxide and leave the paste on those grout lines for about 10 minutes before scrubbing it off with an old toothbrush. You may be surprised to find that your grout lines were originally white and not blackened with mold. Adding a drop of dish soap to the mix would also help cut through the grease and will help if you’re cleaning grout lines of your kitchen.
Spring cleaning the bedroom
- Sun your mattress: Strip off your linens and bring your mattress out to the sun. This would help kill the dust mites and bacteria lurking in your mattress, giving it a thorough clean. Alternatively, you could also sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress to help remove any funky smells like sweat or accumulated dirt. Just remember to thoroughly vacuum it away later before you lay down fresh linens for the night.
- Wash your comforters: Besides cleaning your mattress, you’ll also want to clean your comforters. To help remove dust mites and bacteria, just place your comforter in the washer before putting them out to the sun to dry. If you can’t do it at home, you may want to consider sending your comforter for a quick dry clean.
- Reorganize your closet: Have an overstuffed closet? Spring cleaning is a great time to reorganize your closet and to put away those out-of-season clothes. If you’re giving away some of your clothes, it would be a great opportunity for you to freshen up your style with newer attires.