This is the ultimate spring cleaning list that you can use anytime of year, but perfect for spring cleaning.
Something about the warmer spring weather, fresh blooms, the sounds of birds singing, and beautiful sunshine put me in the best mood. When I am in a good mood, I have so much energy to clean every nook and cranny around the house.
I guess that is why spring cleaning is a thing!
What I love most about spring cleaning, is the fact that you don’t really have to spend much money or any at all. It’s all about using what you have and hacking into the chemistry of cleaning, to get the most out of it.
Without further ado, let’s dive in to the ULTIMATE spring cleaning List!
Always start at the top of a room and work down. I have really tall ceilings so I use a broom to sweep the top and fixtures. Using a damp rag, wipe down the fixtures too.
With warm water and dish soap ( I always recommend Blue Dawn ®, see all the resources here), wipe down the walls and baseboards.
From the Book: Clean the floors with the DIY PineSol Cleaner (it smells amazing).
If you don’t have the book, you can use warm water/dish soap to deep clean the floors.
Microwave: Use this cleaner! After you use this, keep the hot vinegar lemon water to clean the dishwasher and oven area.
From the Book: Use the “Everything” cleaner from page 13 to clean the dishwasher, fridge, stove top, and any appliance.
Coffee pot: Check out this post for the Keurig and use the same method for any coffee pot!
Rugs: If you have rugs in the kitchen, this is the best freshener for them.
Same method as the kitchen!
For the Ceiling Fans:
Take a pillow case around the blades and wipe off (this keeps the dust from falling). Wipe with a damp cloth to get the rest of dust off.
Same method as kitchen.
Dust all the furniture.
From the Book: Use the Homemade Dust Cleaner! If you don’t have the book, use what you have on hand.
Cleaning the fabric on furniture: If you subscribe to the newsletter, I have mentioned a few methods for this. Depending on your fabric, you can just use warm water and a little dish soap to freshen. Or from the Book: Use the granite/stone multi-purpose cleaner on page 13 to clean pillows, regular fabric, and also suede!
If you have wood floors, you can use your favorite cleaner.
Sprinkle baking soda on the mattresses, allow to sit, then vacuum up. Wash pillows in the washing machine (I do two at a time to even out the weight).
Read these chemist tips on deep cleaning to check out some over looked areas in the common areas that need to be checked out as well as dryer vents, a/c units etc.
Use the same method as the previous ones.
Use the same method as the kitchen.
From the book: Use the mirror cleaner or the DIY stone/granite multi-purpose cleaner on page 13 (if you can’t tell, this is my favorite cleaner ever…I use it for everything!) Read this post on all the neat things you can use that cleaner for too.
You can also use your favorite glass/mirror cleaner too.
Make sure to change air filters. We have 5 in our ceilings, and change them each season. Since dust and dander get trapped in the filters, it is very important to change them for health reasons.
Other things you can spring clean (and that are much more dirty than you think): the vacuum cleaner and filters, the washing machine, brooms, sponges, and anything else you may use to clean things. Just use some warm water with a little soap to clean.
There are many more things you can clean in the home, but this is going to be the most common, basic areas to get you started. The best part is you can make most of your own cleaning solutions and do all of these for just a few dollars.
Spring cleaning is good for your home and your health!