Tips for Spring Cleaning
Tips for Spring Cleaning

The recommended deep-clean as we transition from winter to spring and summer can seem overwhelming. Here some tips for giving your home a much-needed refresh, one area at a time.

  • Coat Closet or Mudroom: Sort through the collection of winter clothes, accessories, and furnishings to determine what needs to be disposed of, stored, donated, or sold. Store your winter-specific clothing items, and make your spring and summer essentials readily accessible.
  • Bedrooms: Mattresses should be rotated or even flipped (depending on what type) every few months. Your back will thank you! Wash or professionally clean blankets, comforters, mattress pads, and bed skirts. Freshen up pillows outside in the sunshine. Use a spray bottle with essential oils like lavender on your mattress and pillows.
  • Bathrooms: Dust light bulbs and wash light fixtures. Vacuum out the bathroom fan or vent. Do these first so that any falling dust or debris can be wiped up before swapping out any decorative towels or shower curtain. Replace or clean your floor mats, shower curtains, and liners. Thoroughly examine your medicine cabinet and cleaning supplies for expired items and safely discard them.\
  • Kitchen: Like the bathrooms, start at the top by cleaning bulbs, light fixtures, above the cabinets, and check the kitchen vent. Move your stove and refrigerator to clean behind, beneath, and wipe down the sides. Clean out the refrigerator and vacuum the cooling coils to keep it running efficiently. Freshen up drawers and cabinets with new shelf paper and discard stale spices or expired items. This is a great time to check your emergency stash of canned or dry goods and bottled water for expiration dates. If these are within six months, use these items and replace your stash.
  • Windows and Draperies: Wash your windows on a cloudy day to prevent streaking. Commercial cleaning products come with a convenient hose attachment that works well for those hard-to-reach windows. You can also make your own cleaning solution with a mixture of 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup white vinegar, and distilled water, wiping down with a microfiber cloth. Freshen up drapes and curtains carefully.
  • Floors and Walls: Clean out sliding door tracks with an old toothbrush to loosen debris before you vacuum and then finish with a wet sponge. Wipe down baseboards, door frames, and walls. Get your carpets professionally cleaned; your allergies will thank you!
  • Safety Check: Test and/or replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and have on hand a fire extinguisher for the kitchen and another one for the garage. Make sure all family members know how to use them. Review and modify as needed your emergency evacuation plans and equipment.

Each section of your home will benefit greatly from this annual spa treatment!