Winter is officially behind us as we head into warmer weather. With the advent of Spring comes the yearly surge of deep cleaning and freshening that your home rarely receives. While some practices are common, you may need a checklist to make sure that everything is thoroughly scrubbed and ready for the months ahead. Here are some tasks that can go a long way in keeping your home clean and provide a more healthy environment for your family. We’re assuming that many of these chores are performed more than once a year, but knocking everything out in your Spring Cleaning spree will ensure that each room is thoroughly fresh.
Your kitchen can use a lot of deep cleaning, since it’s home to food products that can develop odors and germs. Cleaning out your drain with baking soda and vinegar can remove any smells, and you can deep clean your oven with a paste of baking soda and water. Give your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer a thorough once-over, tossing out any expired food or donating anything that’s been sitting there long-term. For instance, if you know that this particular can of peas has been sitting in the pantry for 6 months, you can safely donate it to your local food bank and free up space in your cupboard. Vacuum scarcely accessed areas, like your refrigerator coils, as dust can accumulate.
The bathroom drains can use some attention, and you can use the same baking soda/vinegar combo that you used in the kitchen. You can also deep clean the grout, re-sealing any lines if needed, and using a wet/dry vacuum with your regular cleaner to remove grime.
Moving your furniture in the bedroom will let you clean under the bed and other problematic areas. Freshen up your bedding with a thorough washing of your pillows and duvets, along with airing out your mattress pad if you have one. Sort through your closet, clearing out clutter and donating any clothes that you know you haven’t worn in a while. Emptying out space will make your home feel much more open and inviting, plus it will make it easier to find the things you actually use.
Dusting out hard to reach places, such as ceiling fan blades, will also help dust from accumulating, which can cause health hazards for the whole family. If you have a dust allergy, you may want to request a cleaning from your local maid service.
Other items for your Spring Cleaning Checklist include:
- Wash any curtains
- Dust all electronics
- Polish wood furniture
- Wash window screens
- Open windows to let in fresh air
- Vacuum sofas and chairs
Taking a bit of time to deep clean your home will have you and your family ready to take on the warm days ahead and can even reduce the risk of illness. So, throw open the windows, let in some sunshine, and knock out those chores that will leave you and your home freshened up for Spring.