Spring is in the air and that means nice weather, and usually time to do some spring cleaning around the house! I don’t know about you, but to me the thought of spring cleaning can be overwhelming. What to do, where to start, are there any shortcuts, and so on. I am here to share a few of my best spring cleaning tips & hacks, as well as a checklist to help keep you on task!
First and foremost, gather your supplies and decide on a dedicated time to do your spring cleaning. A day, afternoon, a weekend, whatever chunk of time you think you may need. Mark it on your calendar and stick to it. Get your supplies! Check what you have and make a list of anything else you may need. Make sure you are prepared for your spring cleaning date!
I have created a basic spring cleaning checklist for you to use. Feel free to cross out or add items as needed. This is just to help you get started.
7 Spring Cleaning Tips & Hacks
1. Use essential oils to freshen up your home. Using quality essential oils in a diffuser is a great way to add fresh and seasonal scents to your home. In addition to a diffuser, you can use a few drops of oil on your curtains and furniture as well. For fresh clean scents, use oils like lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender. Oils are a great way to keep your home smelling fresh and clean all season long!
2. Use tongs, washcloths, and rubber bands to clean blinds. Horizontal blinds can be a pain to clean. Using items you already have in the home, you can create this simple hack. Wrapping a washcloth or old sock on a pair of tongs with a rubber band creates the perfect device for sliding across the blinds.
3. Use lemon juice to clean the shower head and stainless steel fixtures. The power of lemon juice should not be underestimated! Soaking your shower head in a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar can make a huge difference in water pressure as well as cleanliness. Put the lemon juice in a plastic baggie and use a rubber band to secure it around your shower head. This can take anywhere from 15-30 min. Letting your shower head soak in this mixture will clean up any build up, creating a better flow and clean shower! You can also use the lemon itself to clean and polish the faucet and other steel fixtures.
4. Use a white towel/washcloth, bleach and essential oils to clean your front loading washing machine. We don’t always think of cleaning our washing machine, but it does need to be done. Soaking a washcloth or towel in bleach, and then setting that towel inside the inner ring of the machine for a few hours will clean all of the mold and bacteria. You then put the towel through the machine on a regular cycle. Keep the door open to let the air out, not trap it in. Use essential oils to keep your machine smelling fresh. Throw in a drop or two after each cycle.
5. Use an air can to clean vents around the house. Cleaning the vents in your house can be tricky. Using an air can, found in the electronic aisle, can make this task quick and easy.
6. Use dryer sheets to clean along baseboards. Dryer sheets can come in handy in more areas than you may think. Cleaning baseboards are a quick and painless process with the dryer sheets as they attract the dust. You can also get them in many scents.
7. DIY natural cleaning recipes that are cheap and easy to make. It is nice to keep some all purpose cleaner on hand that you know can get the job done on all surfaces. You can make all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and dusting spray, right in your kitchen using ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, lemons, water, and essential oils. Mixing these ingredients and putting them in a spray bottle is the extent of this process. Simple and very effective. See my recipes for DIY cleaning supplies below.
I hope these tips and printables help you with your spring cleaning adventures. Have any tips or hacks to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments. Happy Cleaning!