As temperatures begin to rise — albeit much more slowly than any of us would like — there’s nothing more rewarding than packing away your winter gear and tackling spring cleaning projects.
With snow still lingering on the ground preventing us from getting outside and doing yardwork and outdoor repairs, spring is the perfect time to check off those often forgotten — or ignored — items on your indoor cleaning to-do list.
To help you take it step-by-step, we’re sharing 12 ways to deep clean for spring with tips from cleaning expert Melissa Maker. Whether you do two or ten projects from this list, your home is sure to feel fresh and ready for spring.
In the kitchen
Remove your oven racks and scrub them in the sink with soapy water. For a natural way to clean the inside of your oven, mix three-quarters of a cup of baking soda with a quarter-cup of water, spread the paste inside your oven and let it sit overnight before wiping it clean.
Clear out your refrigerator, dispose of the expired items and wipe down all the interior surfaces with your favourite cleaning solution. Remove and soak any shelves with stubborn spills.
Check the filter at the back of your dishwasher, pop it out and clean it in the sink (check the manual if you can’t find it). Next, put approximately two cups of vinegar in a container on the top rack and run the dishwasher on the hottest setting to make it shine.
Tidy and organize the area underneath your sink. “It’s a very forgotten area and a really easy task!” says Maker. “Remove everything, and select only the things that are important to put back.
While the area is still empty, wipe out the bottom of the cabinet and place a shelf liner on the bottom. This prevents the base of the cabinet from being damaged.” If you store your garbage under there, first give it an extra disinfecting scrub.
In the bathroom
If you have a shower curtain or liner, check for any mold or mildew. Either opt for a new liner, throw it in the washing machine (some types are washable) or scrub it with a brush and soapy water before rinsing it.
To clean the tub, tiles and grout, Maker recommends a DIY scrub of equal parts baking soda and dish soap. “Apply the scrub with a non-scratch sponge, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then scrub in an S-pattern. Rinse well and dry with a microfiber cloth,” says Maker.
Tackle the toilet. First, use a small head vacuum tool to remove dust and hair from around the toilet base. Next, start from the top down by spraying the toilet with a disinfecting cleaning solution. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it clean with a rag.
Don’t forget your bathroom accessories. Empty any toothbrush holders, soap dishes or accessory trays and wash them with soap and water or put them in the dishwasher.
If you live in an area with hard water, a chalky layer of limescale can quickly build up on your taps and shower heads. To get rid of it, try using a one-to-one solution of water and vinegar to soak your shower head and faucets overnight. In the morning, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub away what’s left.
Living area and other leftovers
Give your sofa a deep clean. “Dust settles on the fabric, so while you may not see it, it’s actually there!” says Maker who recommends removing the cushions and vacuuming with a crevice tool attachment to suck up crumbs and dust. “Use the same tool to vacuum the sides, base and top of the upholstery. Lastly, vacuum all of the cushions before you replace them.”
Refresh your baseboards. First, run a vacuum with a soft tool attachment along your baseboards to remove dirt and dust. Next, use a damp sponge soaked in soapy water to scrub away any scuff marks or spills. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Finally, get ready to enjoy the sunshine by cleaning your blinds. Start by using a vacuum with a soft brush head if you have it. Next, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off any remaining dust. For stubborn dirt and grime, use a cloth or sponge damp with soapy water.
By following these great tips, you’ll have your home ready for carefree summer fun in no time! Or fresh and ready to put on the market if you’re thinking of selling.