Most people don’t look forward to house cleaning. However, even if seasonal cleaning has been time-consuming and tiring in the past, it doesn’t need to be the same way this year. When you are organized, cleaning can be a pleasant experience. You can spring clean your home in a shorter period of time or in one day, and be proud of yourself for a job well done.
When I clean my home, I like to start with the bathroom first, then the bedroom, the kitchen and dining area, and lastly the living room area. I like to go in order of the messiest rooms first.
In between cleanings, I do the laundry which I prep the night before. Lastly, I finish up by vacuuming the rugs and mopping the floors. If you have a garage, I would advise to clean and declutter the next day so you can spring clean your entire home in one weekend.
Below is a checklist of things to clean, as well as tips and tricks, for each area of your home!
Spring Clean Your Home: Bathroom
1. Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings.
Wall-to-wall carpeting should be thoroughly vacuumed and deodorized. Use non-toxic cleansers to clean the ceiling and walls.
2. Clean drawers and medicine cabinet.
Remove and discard expired medications, old cosmetics, and other products that are no longer useful.
3. Wash bath mats and throw rugs.
Regardless of the material, mats and rugs must be cleaned. Use appropriate settings on your washing machine to wash rugs, and wash rubber mats by hand.
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4. Clean shower and tub.
Remove every trace of mildew or mold with a teaspoonful of tea tree oil, 2 cups of white vinegar, and 10 drops of orange essential oil. Your tub and shower will be clean and fresh without toxic residue.
5. Clean bathroom mirror and insides of windows.
Make your own all-natural glass cleaner with 1 1/2 cups water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, and 1 tablespoon corn starch. Wipe and polish the glass with a clean cloth or paper towels.
6. Scrub surfaces.
Liquid Castile soap and baking soda will clean surfaces with less work. Squirt the soap into 1/2 cup baking soda, and add a few drops of essential oil.
7. Clean toilet brush and disinfect toilet.
Once again liquid castle soap to the rescue! Squirt Castile soap into 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar. After 10 minutes, add 1/2 cup baking soda for a natural disinfectant.
8. Mop the floor.
Here’s my DIY floor cleaning recipe. For floors with tile or linoleum, combine 1-2 gallons hot water, 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup rubbing alcohol, and 10 drops each of tea tree oil and orange essential oil. If the floor is especially dirty or sticky, you can also add a teaspoonful of dish soap.
Spring Clean Your Home: Bedroom
9. Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings.
Vacuum and deodorize carpeting. Use a non-toxic cleanser or wipes to clean the ceiling and walls.
10. Open the windows.
Nothing says springtime like fresh air, so open your bedroom windows. You may feel like you are taking a break even while you are cleaning the room.
11. Dust all surfaces.
Dusting is easier and more effective when you use clean old socks turned inside-out. Instead of commercial dusting sprays, use white vinegar, water, lemon oil, and lemon peel to dampen socks before dusting.
12. Clean out your closet.
Donate clothes you no longer wear, or have a yard sale. Clothing that is too small or no longer in style does not need to take up space in your closet.
13. Wash drapes, linens, sheets, clothes.
Launder all of your bedding, draperies, and clothing. It will eliminate dust and germs.
14. Wipe mirrors and inside of windows.
Use the same glass cleaner and process as you used in your bathroom.
15. Shampoo or steam carpets and rugs.
You can rent a shampooer or steam cleaner for your bedroom carpet. If you wish, you can purchase one of these machines to use on a regular basis.
16. Clean makeup brushes and hair brushes.
Soak hair brushes in a mixture of water, distilled white vinegar, and essential oil. Learn how to properly clean makeup brushes here.
17. Add air-purifying plants.
English ivy, snake plant, and aloe vera are some of the many plants that will keep the air clean. The air can remain free from harmful toxins so your home is safe and healthy. See my list of the best air-purifying plants here!
Spring Clean Your Home: Kitchen
18. Clean the fridge and freezer.
Dispose of foods that are expired or no longer fresh. Clean with a solution of water, vinegar, dish soap, and essential oil.
19. Degrease cooking appliances.
Combine 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 tablespoon baking soda, natural liquid soap, and warm water for an all-natural degreaser. This mixture can be used on toasters, microwaves, crockpots, and even the stove.
20. Wash all surfaces, cabinets, and utensils.
Combine 2 cups white vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, and the peel from 1 large grapefruit. Allow citrus to infuse for a week before using this natural disinfectant.
21. Freshen garbage disposal.
Freeze citrus peels and white vinegar in an ice cube tray. Put one cube in the disposal and run the disposal.
22. Clean out pantry.
Throw away expired foods, and use a natural cleaner to freshen the pantry. Food will stay fresher, and the pantry will be sanitary.
23. Clean insides of windows and window treatments.
Use the same glass cleaner as used in your bathroom. Wash your curtains.
24. Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors.
Whether the kitchen floor is tile, linoleum, wood, or carpet, clean the floor thoroughly. When stains and sticky residue is removed, your floor will be beautiful.
Spring Clean Your Home: Living Room & Office
25. Dust all surfaces.
Dust and clean ceiling fans, bookshelves, and light fixtures. You can have excellent results without using toxic cleaning products.
26. Wipe wall and ceilings
Again, use a non-toxic cleanser or wipes to clean the ceiling and walls.
27. Vacuum floors and carpets.
Steam clean or shampoo carpeting, including underneath the furniture.
28. Clean sofa upholstery.
Upholstered furniture can also be steam cleaned or shampooed. Your couch and chairs can be free of dust, dust mites, and other allergens so your family can stay healthy.
29. Organize books, toys, and magazines.
These items can be organized in book racks or decorative cubes. The room will look much nicer, and everything will be easy to find.
30. Organize and file paperwork.
A small amount of paperwork can be organized in desk drawers. For larger amounts, purchase a filing cabinet, or consider using digital files for your paperwork.
31. Sweep out your fireplace.
Clean the exterior, interior, and screen. If you use the fireplace regularly, clean the chimney, too.
32. Clean window treatments.
Whether you have curtains, shades, or blinds, they should be fresh and clean.
33. Disinfect wood floors.
After sweeping, disinfect with a combination of white vinegar and warm water. It will remove stains so your floors stay in good condition.
34. Spray air-freshener.
You can save money and make an all-natural air spray. Combine 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, 8 drops peppermint essential oil, and 10 drops orange essential oil in a spray bottle.
Spring Clean Your Home: Garage
35. Declutter first.
There are many objects and items that you do not need, do not use, and do not want. When you spring clean your home, remove and dispose of all this clutter.
36. Organize what’s left.
From seasonal items and recreational supplies to tools and lawn products, make a place for everything and put everything in its place. It will be much easier to find what you are looking for, and your garage will be neat.
37. Keep it tidy.
If you want your garage to stay tidy after you have cleaned it, you need to keep it organized. You can buy or make racks or shelves, and use storage cubes or a trunk for larger items.
38. Sell or donate removed items.
Don’t be too quick to take items you do not want to the landfill or recycling center, because many items in good condition can be used by someone else. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can hold a yard sale to sell the items, or donate them to a worthy charity in your area.
These tips will cover most of your seasonal cleaning chores. When you are organized, you can spring clean your home in one day or one weekend if you include the garage. You will have more free time to relax with your family, and enjoy your beautiful home. Equally important, your house and garage will be a neat, clean environment. It will be attractive and healthy, too.