It’s that time of year again! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s time for a good old-fashioned spring clean. But who has time to waste on cleaning methods that don’t work? That’s why I’ve put together this list of my favorite spring cleaning hacks. These tips and tricks will have your home sparkling in no time!
Must-Have Spring Cleaning Supplies for Easy Cleaning
One of the first things you can do when getting ready to spring clean is to make sure you have the right supplies on hand. This will make the process a lot easier and less frustrating. Here are some of the must-have spring cleaning supplies that I always keep on hand:
- A good vacuum cleaner
- Steam mop
- Steam Cleaner (I have a great article about 45 uses for a Steam Cleaner!)
- Microfiber cloth
- Baking soda
- Rinseroo (amazing for cleaning the shower and rinsing everything down)
- Reusable Duster
- The Simple Scrub (fantastic for cleaning showers, bathtubs, siding, and pools!)
- Lint Roller
- BLUE Dawn Dish Soap (don’t use another kind!)
- CLR Cleaning Solution
- Magic Eraser
- UV Flashlight (shows you where urine and other bodily fluids reside when you turn the lights out)
- Liquid Gold Wood Conditioner
While all of these tools aren’t necessary to clean your house, these are THE BEST ways I know to make cleaning painless and quick. I’ve cleaned homes professionally for years so I feel like I have good grasp on what products work and which ones don’t.
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
Whole House Spring Cleaning Hacks
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to start cleaning! I like to start with a whole-house deep clean. These are some of my favorite spring cleaning hacks for getting the job done quickly and easily.
Clean your windows
Cleaning your windows isn’t as intimidating as you might think. An easy mix of white vinegar and blue dawn dish soap is the perfect solution for streak-free windows. To mix: add ¼ cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water then add a few drops of blue Dawn dish soap.
You can also check out my post: How to Clean Your Windows Like a Pro.
WINDOW CLEANING TOOLS
Scuff marks on the walls
It’s easy to let the scuff marks accumulate on the walls without noticing, especially if you have kids. A magic eraser is by far the easiest way to remove scuff marks. Simply add a bit of warm water to the magic eraser and rub the wall. It rubs off really easily!
Deep clean tile
Tile can take a beating and no matter how much you mop, sometimes it just doesn’t seem clean, especially the grout. To get your tile floors sparkling, the easiest way is to use a steam cleaner with a scrub brush attachment. This really gets the tough stains and cuts down on time. Check out my other article on How to Clean your Grout with a Steam Cleaner.
Wipe down walls
Aside from scuff marks on the walls, it’s important to also wipe them down to get the handprints off. Simply get a damp cloth and wipe the walls. But this can get tiring after a while! So my favorite thing to use when wiping down the walls is to use a steam mop! It takes most of the effort out of it and even sterilizes your walls. This is one of my favorite spring cleaning tips!
WALL CLEANING TOOLS
Vacuum Air vents
Your air vents can get full of dust and other particles. It’s important to vacuum them out every so often to help with allergies and asthma. I like to use the attachment on my vacuum cleaner, that way the dust doesn’t get all over you or the house.
Clean lampshades with a lint roller
Lampshades can get really dusty over time but it can be really irritating to try and get the dust off. The most effective way to clean them is to use a lint roller or to use the hose attachment on your vacuum.
Condition Leather Furniture
Leather is much easier to clean than upholstered furniture, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be cleaned and cared for. If leather gets dried out, it can end up cracking over the years. This is my favorite leather cleaner and conditioner that is super easy to apply and soaks in really well.
Condition Wood Cabinets
Wood cabinets can easily get scratched up and water-stained over time. The best way to clean them is to use a natural wood cleaner that won’t damage the finish. If you want to use products from home, you can use a mixture of olive oil and vinegar. Just mix equal parts in a bowl and apply it with a soft cloth.
This is one of those cleaning tips that really make your home look ‘fresh’ and new.
Dust Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are one of the most neglected areas in a home. They are up high and we don’t really think about them until they stop working! To clean your ceiling fan, start by turning off the power at the breaker box. Then, use a dusting brush attachment on your vacuum to remove all the dust from to top of each blade.
To make it even easier, you can slip a pillowcase over the blade to help contain the dust so it doesn’t fall all over everything as you are wiping your ceiling fan off.
Clean out your Trash Cans
Trash cans can sometimes have a really funky smell and stubborn stains, especially if you don’t use the garbage can liners. But there are a few things you can do to help get rid of those. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of elbow grease!
Start with a bunch of hot water and let the trash can soak for a while. This will soften stubborn stains or stuck on gum. Then you can use an old toothbrush to scrub the trash can with the hot water and blue dawn dish soap. This soapy water will make it easy to remove the gunk.
Wipe Down your Plants
Plants are often overlooked when doing spring cleaning because it can be meticulous work. But it’s super important to not forget them because they look so much better when they are dusted.
A great spring cleaning hack for faux house plants is to use your vacuum hose attachment for the initial pass. If they still look dirty after you vacuum them, then I recommend you wipe them clean using a damp microfiber cloth. Usually, no detergent is necessary. Water works great on its own.
Clean Blinds with the Vacuum Attachment
Cleaning your blinds can be a really irritating spring cleaning task. But there are a few spring cleaning tips that can help you get the job done faster.
First, use the vacuum hose with the brush attachment and make the first pass over each blind panel. After you’ve vacuumed the blinds, you can use a damp microfiber cloth or a damp paper towel to wipe down each slat.
Spring Cleaning Hacks for Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, so it’s important to keep it clean and tidy all year round. But during spring cleaning season, you should take some extra time to deep clean your kitchen. Here are a few spring cleaning tips and tricks to help you get the job done.
If you get grossed out by soap scum, caked-on food, or gunk it’s a good idea to use rubber gloves to protect your hands.
How Clean the Microwave Without Scrubbing
This is one of my favorite spring cleaning tips. Put 1 cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl and put it into the microwave. Warm up the water for about 3-4 minutes or until the microwave is covered in steam. The steam from the water loosen stuck-on food and makes it extremely easy to wipe away.
Deep Clean the Fridge and Freezer
Cleaning the fridge and freezer can be a daunting task, but it’s important to do it at least once a year. Remove everything from both the fridge and freezer. Throw away any expired food or items that you no longer need. Wash down the shelves with a solution of warm water. Spring Cleaning Tip: wipe down your fridge with a few drops of vanilla extract to make your fridge smell amazing! Then put everything back in the fridge in an organized fashion. You can check out a more detailed post here.
Deep Clean Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher is one of the hardest working appliances in your home, so it’s important to give it a good deep cleaning every once in a while. Start by taking everything out of your dishwasher and giving it a good scrub. Be sure to pay special attention to the rubber seal around the door (use a paper towel or an old toothbrush because this can sometimes be especially gross). It’s also important to take out the filter at the bottom and clean that as well. Then run an empty hot water cycle with no dishes in the dishwasher.
Deep clean the Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal is one of those things that we don’t think about until it starts to smell bad. But if you want to avoid a smelly garbage disposal (and the inevitable guest asking if something died in there), it’s important to give it a good cleaning every once in a while.
The best way to clean your garbage disposal is to pour baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with some white vinegar. Let the solution sit for 5 minutes or so. Then turn on the disposal and run hot water for a couple of minutes. Repeat the process if needed!
Spring Cleaning Hacks for the Bathroom
Get rid of hard water deposits without any effort
Hard water deposits and soap scum can be a real pain to clean. But I’ve found the best cleaning solutions that literally melts hard water and calcium deposits away! CLR (stands for Calcium, Lime, and Rust) is my favorite cleaner that I’ve ever used.
Simply add CLR to a spray bottle (for easier application) and let it sit on the surface for a couple of minutes. You can literally see the hard water deposits melt away. This is perfect for sink drains, shower heads (pour CLR into a Ziploc bag and put the shower head into the bag), shower walls, shower doors, or even your shower curtain. CLR can be used all over the entire house!
Use a dish wand with dish soap and vinegar to clean your shower
A great way to keep your shower looking clean between major cleanings is to use a dish scrubber that you keep in the shower. Simply mix a mild detergent solution (1 part blue Dawn dish soap, 2 parts white vinegar) into the dish scrubber and spread it all over the shower. This will keep the hard water stains at bay!
Steam clean your tile and Grout
Tile and grout can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, so it’s important to keep them clean. The best way to do this is with a steam cleaner. You can rent one from your local hardware store or buy one outright. Steam cleaners are relatively inexpensive and they do an amazing job at getting in the grout where it may not have otherwise been possible. Read my article about steam cleaning your grout for more details!
Clean your Shower Curtain
It can be easy to have mold buildup on your shower curtain with the excess moisture from showering. You can avoid this by using a vinegar and water solution to clean it. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz down your shower curtain. Then, run the shower on hot for a few minutes to steam away any dirt or grime.
You can even take your shower curtain and throw it in the washer if you have a fabric shower curtain. This many not work as well for plastic shower curtains.
Spring Cleaning Tips for your Bedroom
Don’t overlook your bedroom when you are doing your spring cleaning. These cleaning tips will make every task go by as easily and painlessly as possible.
Vacuum the Mattress
Mattresses can harbor a lot of dust mites, skin cells, and other allergens. To get rid of these, vacuum your mattress with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Don’t forget to vacuum the box spring too!
After you vacuum, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming. I also love to spray Tide Sanitizing Spray on the mattresses before I put everything back together.
Clean under the bed
You’d be surprised at how dusty the area under your bed gets without your knowledge. So it’s important to remember to move your bed at least every spring so you can do a deep clean with your vacuum.
Don’t forget to take everything out from under your bed and declutter the things that you no longer need! Check out my blog post about how to clean and declutter underneath your bed.
Your nightstands are probably one of the places in your room that collect the most dust. So it’s important to take everything off of them and give them a good wipe down. Don’t forget to declutter your nightstands while you’re at it. Only keep the things on your nightstand that you use immediately before you go to sleep or after you wake up. Check out my blog post about Nightstand Cleaning and Organization.
Wash all Blankets
You probably keep blankets all over your house. But this is a great opportunity to wash all of the blankets in your house (one room at a time). Many blankets get musty and stale smelling often without you noticing. So it’s important to wash your blankets for a long-lasting fresh scent.