Spring cleaning.

Love, hate. Beautiful outcome, hard work. Some people can’t wait for this time of year to come around, others despise it. 

Regardless of your relationship with spring cleaning, this guide will teach you how to spring clean your house effectively, efficiently, and without any time wasted.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, let’s dive in.

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When Should You Start Spring Cleaning?

Traditionally many people start spring cleaning on April 1st, which is also referred to as Clean Week (source). However, there is no magic date for spring cleaning. 

The best time to start spring cleaning is when works best for you – whenever you are able to block a few days out of your schedule to spend cleaning.

Heads up: this is a very in-depth article about spring cleaning. Use the links below to jump to a specific section, or keep scrolling to read it all.

How to Spring Clean Your House in 8 Steps

1. Clean room by room 

When it comes to doing a thorough deep clean of your house, the best way to accomplish this is by cleaning your home room by room – or area by area – rather than by task. This is because when you clean by room, you can work from top to bottom, left to right, and ensure no surface gets missed.

However, if you work your way through your house by task, it’s easier for things to get accidentally missed since you are working on such a large area at a time rather than one room or small area.

Though it is time consuming, cleaning by room is the most thorough way to clean a house. 

The most effective way to ensure nothing gets missed is to start at the top of the room and work your way down. 

This way you aren’t knocking dust or dirt onto surfaces that have already been cleaned, and it’s also much easier to keep track of what has and has not yet been cleaned.

How to spring clean tip #1: clean room by room to ensure the most thorough clean and that nothing gets missed.

2. Declutter first, then clean, then organize

Many make the mistake of diving right into cleaning mode. But, if you clean first, you’re creating unnecessary work for yourself. 

The key to proper and effective spring cleaning is to declutter first, clean second, organize last.

This method works the best when it comes to cleaning a house because by decluttering first, you’re getting rid of things you no longer need and therefore are eliminating the need to clean unnecessary items and you’re freeing up more space so you have less things to clean around. By cleaning second, you’ve already cleared much stuff from the room so there isn’t as much stuff to work around. 

And, by organizing last you’ve already gotten rid of things you no longer need, cleaned all the surfaces, and are ready to put your belongings back in a way that makes more sense and will be a much more efficient way of living.

How to spring clean tip #2: declutter first, clean second, organize last for best results.

3. Prepare – plan a weekend to tackle the big task

Spring cleaning a house is no small assignment. Plan ahead by blocking a couple days out of your schedule to dedicate to spring cleaning. It’s important to know when you plan to start spring cleaning so that you can be prepared. 

Deciding one day that you want to start spring cleaning and then jumping in that very day will more than likely leave you unprepared and unequipped, forcing you to give up before the job is done or to do the job half-heartedly.

How to spring clean tip #3: block a few days out of your schedule to dedicate to spring cleaning. In the days leading up to your spring-clean-a-thon, get prepared by stocking your cleaning caddy and making a plan of attack.

4. Use a list

Don’t go blindly into spring cleaning. Print off a spring cleaning checklistso you know exactly what needs to be cleaned in each room of the house. Using a list will keep you on pace and encourage you to keep going.

Spring cleaning tip #4: Use a list to keep yourself from floundering from task to task.

5. Avoid specialty cleaning products when possible

If at all possible, try to avoid buying the high-priced one-purpose cleaning products. Instead, use as many multi-purpose cleaners as possible. What’s even better is finding recipes to make your own homemade multi-purpose cleaners for the things you need to clean. 

Here is a homemade disinfecting wipes cleaner recipe to get you started.

How to spring clean tip #5: avoid high-priced single-use cleaners. Opt for homemade multi-purpose cleaners to keep your cleaning simple.

6. Know your cleaning style & clean accordingly (break it into 15-minute chunks or tackle it all in one go)

Different people work most efficiently, differently. If you find you get the most done when you set your mind to something and focus on it until it’s completely done, do that and tackle your house all in one go. 

If you tend to lose focus quickly and find you need to take breaks frequently, break your cleaning into 15-minute chunks and take frequent, short breaks to help you refocus and do the best job possible.

Spring cleaning tip #6: know your cleaning style – if you do the best job when you put your mind to something and don’t stop until it’s done, do that. If you need to break your cleaning tasks up into short intervals and take frequent breaks, do what works for you.

7. Always clean a room from top to bottom, left to right

The best way to clean your house is to clean it by room. The best way to clean by room is to start at the top of the room (ie, the highest thing in the room, like the light fixtures) and work your way down. This way you aren’t creating more work for yourself by knocking dust or grime onto surfaces that have already been cleaned. 

Cleaning a room from left to right will help you keep track of what has already been cleaned, ensuring nothing gets missed and saving you time by not cleaning the same thing twice.

How to spring clean tip #7: the most efficient way to clean a room is to clean from top to bottom, left to right. 

8. Don’t forget about routine maintenance things

Replace furnace filter, test smoke detectors, replace batteries in carbon monoxide detectors, check window screens, check fire extinguishers, and more.

Spring cleaning tip #8: don’t forget about routine household maintenance projects.

Spring Cleaning Hacks & Tips

Now that you know how to spring clean, here are a few spring cleaning tips to carry in your back pocket that will speed up the process:

Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Use baby oil to shine stainless steel

Stainless steel appliances can be beautiful, but are also prone to water spots, finger prints, and other visible imperfections.

Place a small amount of baby oil on a piece of paper towel and work it into the stainless steel. Pesky fingerprints will vanish and your appliances will shine like new.

Spring Cleaning Tip #2: Use baking soda to freshen up cloth furniture and mattresses

Baking soda absorbs odors and moisture. Sprinkling a generous amount on your mattress and cloth furniture and allowing it to sit for several hours will remove bad smells and eliminate trapped moisture that could turn into mold. After it has been sitting for enough time, use your vacuum to get rid of the baking soda.

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Dust your house with dryer sheets

Dryer sheets are lint-free and a fantastic way to pick up dust on many surfaces around your home. Plus, they leave behind a residue that repels dust, allowing you to go for longer stretches between dusting days.

Spring Cleaning Tip #4: Use pillow cases to catch ceiling fan dust

Place the ceiling fan blade inside the pillow case and use the case to scrape dust off the blade. The dust will then fall into the open pillow case, rather than into your face.

Spring Cleaning Tip #5: Better-Than-Store-Bought Homemade Stain Remover

Are unsightly stains making your favorite clothes closet-ridden never to see the light of day again?

Easily remove tough stains by combining two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part blue dawn dish soap. It’s important to note that hydrogen peroxide can be a bleaching agent, so it’s best to test the de-stainer on a hidden part of the clothing to ensure it won’t alter its color first. If you need some extra oomph, adding a teaspoon or two of baking soda to your homemade stain remover will add extra stain-removal power and acts as a natural odor absorber.

Spring Cleaning Tip #6: Use an Angry Mama for Scrub-Free Microwave Cleaning

The Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner works by using water and vinegar to create steam that loosens off even the most stubborn elements with minimal scrubbing required. It’s non-toxic and therefore won’t release any harmful substances, making it a safe way to clean your microwave. 

After adding water and vinegar to the Angry Mama, simply set it in your microwave and turn it on for 5 – 7 minutes, and easily wipe the mess clean with a cloth when it’s done. 

An alternative microwave cleaner is simply filling a microwave-safe glass bowl halfway full with a mixture of water and white vinegar and microwaving on high for 5 – 7 minutes. The steam should work just the same to release tough substances from the microwave.

Spring Cleaning Tip #7: Magic Eraser

A magic eraser does just that – magically erases gunk that’s otherwise tough to remove. From wiping crusty substances off of your stovetop to removing marks from your walls and getting rid of rust stains, the magic eraser covers just about any tough cleaning task you throw its way and is a must-have cleaning supply to have on hand at all times.

Spring Cleaning Tip #8: Squeegee Pet Hair Out of Carpet

Love your pets but can’t stand the amount of hair that gets left behind? Using a vacuum cleaner to get pet hair out of carpets unfortunately only scratches the surface. To remove deep-ground hair from your carpets, use this type of window squeegee and, with ample pressure, slowly pull the squeegee over small sections of the carpet to lift up little lint-like balls of hair and dirt that you didn’t know were hiding in there. 

Then, use your vacuum to vacuum the little hair balls up.

Spring Cleaning Tip #9: Lint Roller Your Lampshades

Lampshades need loving, too. Rather than trying to clean the dust off of them with a rag (and ending up leaving behind more lint than you started off with), run a lint roller over the lampshade to remove dirt, hair, and dust.

Spring Cleaning Tip #10: Scrub Carpet Stains with Toothpaste

Squeeze a glob of toothpaste onto the carpet stain and scrub at it with a toothbrush. After a bit of scrubbing the stain should lift away. If it’s a tough stain that won’t come out, experiment with the hydrogen peroxide/dish soap stain remover mentioned above.

Spring Cleaning Tip #11: Clean Your Washing Machine

Washing machines need to be cleaned from time to time. Learn how to clean your washing machine – without bleach, and why you should never clean a washing machine using bleach – here.

Spring Cleaning Tip #12: Use Vinegar for Natural Cleaning & Disinfecting

Vinegar diluted with water is a natural, affordable, non-toxic cleaning agent. If you don’t want to fill your home with cleaning chemicals or simply can’t stand the cost of those brand-name cleaning products, white vinegar and water will remove some bacteria and germs from household surfaces.

Spring Cleaning Tip #13: Save Your Back: Dust Baseboards With a Broom & Rag

Secure a dusting rag (or, better yet, a dryer sheet) to the head of your broom and save your back – and your time – while effortlessly dusting off your baseboards.

Spring Cleaning Tip #14: Shine Glass Stovetops With Vinegar & Baking Soda

Apply a generous amount of baking soda to your glass stovetop, then spray white vinegar onto the baking soda, making a paste. Rub the paste around so it covers every inch of stovetop. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes, then gently scrub the stovetop clean.

If the vinegar and baking soda doesn’t do the trick, use a window scraper to remove bulky burnt-on substances first, then use the vinegar and baking soda to remove the rest.

Spring Cleaning Tip #15: Destain Pots & Pans With Barkeeper’s Friend

Freshen your pots and pans and stainless steel appliances up with Bar Keeper’s Friend. This powder makes blackened pots look like new, as well as polishes and shines stainless steel, ceramic, porcelain, aluminum, and copper cookware and is a non-abrasive powder to eliminate scratches.

Spring Cleaning Tip #16: Use Dryer Sheets to Remove Water Spots From Chrome

Do you have mineral deposits spoiling your chrome faucets? Take a dryer sheet to the faucets and watch the hard water spots disappear.

Spring Cleaning Tip #17: Use CIF on Grimy Shower Glass

CIF is one of the best multi-purpose household cleaners I have come across. When paired with a scrubby sponge, it works exceptionally well at removing grime and water stains from shower glass.

Spring Cleaning Tip #18: Kool-Aid for the Toilet Bowl

The citric acid in Kool-Aid eats away at stains, so pouring a packet or two of orange, lemon, or lemon-lime Kool-Aid into your toilet bowl and allowing it to sit for a few minutes will make scrubbing those rust-and-other stains from your toilet bowl effortless. Then all that’s left to do is watch the stains get flushed away.

Spring Cleaning Tip #19: Disinfect Sponges With a Quick Zap

Due to their moist nature, sponges (yes, even cleaning sponges) are the ideal breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. A quick zap on high in the microwave will kill bacteria and enable your sponges to actually clean surfaces again, rather than just spread the bacteria and germs around.

Spring Cleaning Tip #20: Use Lemon, Ice & Salt to Clean the Garbage Disposal

Got a smelly garburator? Throw a few ice cubes, lemon chunks, and some sea salt down the drain and turn the garburator on. An easy way to clean and freshen your garbage disposal up in no time.

Spring Cleaning Tip #21: Lemon for Your Faucets

Another way to remove hard water stains and mineral deposits from faucets is by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the open end of the lemon over the stains. The citric acid in fresh lemons acts as a hard water stain remover and works better than many pricey store-bought cleaners. Plus, it’s all-natural.

(The citric acid in fresh lemons is a hard water stain remover that works better than most store bought cleaners.)

Spring Cleaning Tip #22: Newspapers for Windows & Glass

After cleaning your windows, mirrors, and glass with cleaner, dry them with crumpled up newspaper for a streak-free finish. Not only is this a much more affordable option than using paper towels, but the newspapers also don’t leave lint residue behind like paper towels or rags do.

Spring Cleaning Tip #23: Dust Baseboards With Dryer Sheets

(Dryer sheets leave behind an invisible residue that repels dust, keeping surfaces dust-free, longer.)

Dryer sheets can be used to dust many surfaces in the house – and are especially ideal for dusting surfaces that are unideal to clean often. AKA – baseboards. The dryer sheets leave behind an invisible residue that actually repels dust, keeping the surfaces dust-free for longer. (Yup, you got it right. That means dusting those surfaces less often!)

Spring Cleaning Tip #24: Clean Crevices with a Butter Knife

Whether it’s the crevice between your countertop and stove, the crevices in the air return vents, or any other crevices that are next to impossible to clean, there’s a way to remove the grime that builds up in there.

Place a thin rag over the thin end of a butter knife and dig the knife deep into the crevice, removing dirt and grime you didn’t even know was in there.

Spring Cleaning Supply List

Keeping things simple and avoiding specialty single-use cleaners is key to keeping spring cleaning both affordable and efficient. Here’s a quick spring cleaning supply list of things you’ll actually want to stock your cleaning caddy with:

  1. Microfiber cloths (preferably Norwex)
  2. White vinegar
  3. Hydrogen peroxide
  4. Baking soda
  5. Lint roller – view here
  6. mop/vacuum
  7. Stocked cleaning caddy (not sure what to stock it with? Check out our must-have list here)
  8. Toilet bowl cleaner
  9. Baby oil (optional)
  10. Magic eraser – view here
  11. Dawn dish soap – view here
  12. Spray bottles – view here
  13. Garbage bags
  14. Window squeegee – view here
  15. Ice cream pail/cleaning bucket
  16. Cleaning gloves – view here
  17. Toilet bowl brush – view here
  18. Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid – view here

Spring Cleaning Checklist, Room-by-Room

Want to print this spring cleaning checklist off? Click here to grab the free printable checklist.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is often the most daunting room to clean because of how often it gets used, how much stuff it houses, and how many nooks and crannies it has. 

The good news: cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated, all it takes is knowing how to clean it in the right order and knowing which tasks will be the most time-consuming, then making your plan-of-attack accordingly.

  • Dust light fixtures
  • Dust tops of cupboards
  • Dust on top of the fridge
  • Dust window sills & frames
  • Wash windows (inside & out) 
    Use crumpled newspaper to dry the windows for a streak-free finish.
  • Empty & wipe out cabinets and drawers
    Remove everything from the kitchen cabinets & drawers and wipe the shelves and bottoms down. Take time to get rid of anything you no longer use or love and rearrange the cabinets in a way that makes them most efficient.
  • Wipe cabinet doors
    After everything is back in the cabinets and drawers, shut the doors and wipe the exteriors down.
  • Clean range hood fan & filter
    Wipe down the range fan and remove the filter, soaking it in hot soapy water before scrubbing and putting back in place.
  • Clean the inside of the oven
    Easily clean the inside of your oven with a homemade cleaning paste of baking soda and water. Spread the paste all over your oven’s interior and allow it to sit overnight or at least 10 hours. While waiting, place oven racks in the bathtub and cover with very warm water. Scrub them with a grease-removing soap such as Dawn. Once the time has passed, use a damp rag or slightly abrasive sponge to wipe the paste from the oven along with all the grime. 
  • Clean microwave
    Either use an angry mama microwave steam cleaner in your microwave or make a homemade microwave cleaning solution by placing a microwave-safe bowl filled partially with water and a tablespoon or two of either white vinegar or lemon juice into the microwave and turning it on for 5 minutes. Let it cook then wipe the interior of the microwave with a rag to remove debris.
  • Clean out the fridge
    Remove everything from the fridge and soak the shelves and drawers in the bathtub with warm, soapy water. Scrub the interior of the fridge, the shelves, and the drawers before replacing them. While you have all the food removed, now is a good time to toss anything that has expired.
  • Clean out the pantry
    Remove everything from your pantry shelves and thoroughly wipe it down. Take this opportunity to toss expired food and re-arrange your pantry so that everything is easy to get at. Consider using some pantry organizers to get started. Here are our top three choices:
    1. Clear Pantry Storage
    2. Stackable Pantry Storage
    3. Vertical Pantry Storage
  • Clean out the freezer
    Remove everything from the freezer and toss stuff that is freezer burnt or you just know will never get eaten. If you have them time (and another freezer to store the food in for a day or two), defrost the freezer to get rid of ice build-up.
  • Scrub backsplash
    Wipe down all the tile in the kitchen, paying special attention to the grout.
    Related: The Best Grout Cleaning Tools to Restore Your Grimy Grout
  • Scrub the stovetop
    Either use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to scrub at burnt-on substances or Weiman’s heavy-duty stove top cleaning paste for extra stuck-on substances.
  • Descale coffee maker & kettle
    Place water and white vinegar in both the coffee maker and kettle and turn on. The hot water and vinegar will work to remove scale and grime from your appliances.
  • Disinfect kitchen sink & wipe faucet
  • Wipe exterior of appliances
    If your appliances are stainless steel, wipe them down with a damp cloth then use a paper towel with a few drops of baby oil on it to polish the stainless steel.
  • Clean the dishwasher
    It’s easy to think that dishwashers would wash themselves while they wash your dishes, right? Well, not exactly. Dishwashers need some lovin’ of their own, too. After removing and cleaning the filter and putting it back in place, place a dishwasher-safe bowl filled with 1 cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack sitting upright and turn the dishwasher on to run a hot water cycle. This will eliminate any food particles and grime hiding in the dishwasher so it can clean your dishes to the best of its ability.
  • Spot-wash walls
  • Wipe countertops
  • Before you begin wiping, the first thing you need to do is clear everything off of the countertops so you have an empty slate to start with. Then, wipe your way around the kitchen. Don’t stress about knocking crumbs onto the floor, you’ll worry about cleaning the floors later.
  • Take out trash & disinfect can
    While the trash can is empty, take some time to throw a homemade disinfectant solution of 1.5 cups of 70+% ethanol alcohol with .5 cup water. Optional: add in some disinfecting essential oils like tea tree, lemon, geranium, or eucalyptus. Spray this disinfecting solution inside the trash can and let it on the surface before wiping it out for at least 1 minute, up to several minutes.
    Before applying your disinfectant spray, remember that disinfectant removes germs and bacteria, but doesn’t necessarily clean messes and dirt. Wash the trash can out with warm, soapy water first, then apply your disinfectant spray to remove bacteria.
  • Vacuum fridge coils
    Fridge coils are a breeding ground for dust and dirt, and dirty coils mean the appliance is working harder than necessary, giving it a shorter lifespan and preventing it from cooling properly and in an efficient way. Older models have the coils exposed on the rear of the fridge, making them easy to access and clean. Newer models may have the coils hidden on the bottom of the fridge behind a toe-kick or at the back behind a panel. 
    Attach the upholstery attachment to your vacuum and vacuum the coils, as well as the floor behind your fridge while it’s pulled out.
  • Dust baseboard
    If you have baseboards in your kitchen, dust the tops and face of it.
  • Vacuum & mop floors
    Finally, it’s time to turn your attention to the floors.
  • Launder all kitchen linens
    If you have different linens for different seasons, now’s the time to switch out your old linens for the spring collection.
  • Disinfect light switches & door handles

The Living Room

  • Dust the ceiling fan
    Place a pillowcase over the fan blades, one at a time, and use it to remove dust from the fan, allowing the dust to fall into the open case rather than onto you.
  • Remove & wash curtains
  • Dust blinds
    Use kitchen tongs with a rag tied onto each side of the tong to dust the blinds.
  • Dust window sills & frames
  • Wash windows
    Again, use crumpled newspapers to dry the windows for a streak-free finish.
  • Dust picture frames
  • Remove knick-knacks from surfaces, dust them
  • Dust shelves and surfaces
  • Dust TV & TV stand
    Coffee filters are the ideal duster for screens such as TVs. They are lint-free and soft enough not to scratch your screens. Thanks to their lint-free nature, they won’t leave behind those annoying hairs and dust like cleaning rags do.
  • Disinfect remote
    Remote controls see a lot of dirty fingers and don’t get cleaned near as often as they should.
  • Dust lamps & lampshades
    Use a lint roller to easily and effectively remove dust from the lampshades.
  • Remove books from shelves & dust bookshelves
  • Dust speakers
  • Spot-wash walls
  • For tough scuffs, use a magic eraser to get the job done. Test the magic eraser in a hidden spot on the wall as sometimes the erasers can remove the finish from your paint.
  • Dust coffee table
  • Vacuum cloth furniture
  • Steam clean cloth furniture
    For an even deeper clean, take a steam cleaner to your cloth.
  • Wipe and polish leather furniture
    For an affordable and natural way to condition your leather furniture, pick up a bottle of coconut oil and gently rub it into the leather in a circular motion. You’ll get the same great results as with high-priced leather polish without the high price tag.
  • Clean area rugs
    Unfortunately, vacuuming carpet only removes surface dirt. Get the deep grime out with a window squeegee. Just like using the squeegee on your windows, slowly pull the squeegee along the carpet while applying pressure to expose hidden grime and hair. Then, use your vacuum to clean up the mess.
  • Wash pillows and blankets
    Related: How to Wash Pillows
  • Dust baseboard
  • Vacuum & mop floors
  • Disinfect light switches & door handles

The Office

  • Dust ceiling fan & light fixtures
    Use a pillowcase to dust ceiling fan blades and eliminate dust from falling onto you.
  • Empty desk surface & drawers
  • Wipe desk & drawer down
  • Dust computer screen
    Use a coffee filter to remove dust from the screen while leaving nothing behind as with a cloth.
  • Disinfect mouse & keyboard
    The mouse and keyboard don’t get cleaned nearly as often as they should. Wipe them down with disinfectant, but ensure the cloth you use is just slightly damp, as not to wreck them.
  • Wipe the office chair
  • Dust knick-knacks
  • Recycle unneeded papers
  • Dust windowsills & frames
  • Wash windows
    Use crumpled newspapers for a streak-free finish.
  • Spot wash walls
  • Dust picture frames
  • Remove trash & disinfect trash can
  • Dust baseboards
  • Wipe down office door
  • Disinfect door handle and light switches
  • Re-organize desk drawers
    Purge any unneeded items.
  • Vacuum & mop floor

The Bedrooms

  • Dust ceiling fan & light fixtures
    Use a pillowcase to dust the ceiling fan.
  • Dust blinds/launder curtains
  • Dust windowsills & frames
  • Wash windows
    Washing windows is a thankless job that just because a little bit easier. Dry windows with crumpled newspapers for a lint-free, streak-free finish.
  • Dust picture frames
  • Spot-wash walls
  • Dust baseboards
  • Take out trash & disinfect trash can
  • Wipe down the door
  • Disinfect light switches & door handles
  • Strip bed, launder bedding
  • Flip mattress around
  • Clean mattress
    Sprinkle a generous coat of baking soda to the mattress and let sit for anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. When ready, vacuum the baking soda up. The baking soda cuts through odors and absorbs moisture.
  • Dust bed frame, night tables, and dressers
  • Launder pillows
    Related: How to Wash Pillows
  • Clean out closet
    Donate unused clothes.
  • Vacuum & mop floors

The Bathrooms

  • Dust light fixtures, windowsills, window frames
  • Wash windows
  • Remove everything from bathtub, shower, counter, shelves, cupboards, and drawers
  • Remove shower curtain
  • Spray tub/shower with cleaner
    Let the cleaner sit in the tub/shower while you clean the rest of the bathroom.
  • Apply cleaner to toilet, toilet bowl, countertops, mirror, and sink
  • Wash linens
    Including the shower curtain and floor mat
  • Remove fan vent cover
    Wash the cover in warm, soapy water and vacuum off the fan blades.
  • Wipe out cupboards, drawers, and shelves
    When replacing items back into the cupboards and drawers, organize them in a way that makes everything easily accessible and discard of unneeded items.
  • Wipe down cabinet and drawer doors
  • Spot-wash walls
  • Take out trash, disinfect trash can
  • Scrub tub & shower
    Including walls, door, and shower floor.
  • Clean faucets
    If hard water stains persist, secure a baggie full of white vinegar over the faucet and shower head with an elastic so that it is fully submerged in the vinegar. Let sit for about an hour before removing the bag and wiping the mineral deposits away.
  • Wipe down countertop and sink
  • Shine mirror
  • Clean toilet
    If stubborn toilet bowl stains won’t go away, pour a packet of lemon or orange flavored Kool Aid into the toilet bowl and let sit for a couple minutes. The citric acid will eat away at those unsightly stains. After a few minutes, scrub the toilet bowl as you normally would and flush the stains away.
  • Wipe down door
    Including the door hinges
  • Dust baseboards
  • Disinfect door handle and light switches
  • Replace shower curtain & linens
  • Vacuum and mop floor

Everything Else

All throughout the rest of your house:

  • Dust light fixtures
  • Disinfect door handles & light switches
  • Wipe down door hinges and doors
  • Spot-wash walls
  • Dust baseboards
  • Vacuum out air registers
  • Take out trash & disinfect trash cans
  • Test smoke alarms
  • Shake out & wash floor mats
  • Vacuum & mop floors

How Can I Motivate Myself to Spring Clean?

Getting yourself motivated to spring clean is half the battle… here are our tried-and-true ways to get motivated to clean when you’d rather be doing anything else.

Release Dopamine

According to a Healthline article, dopamine creates feelings of pleasure and reward, and when it’s released in large amounts in our brains, it motivates us to repeat a specific task to get the feeling of pleasure again. 

In other words, you can use the power of your brain and hormones to get yourself motivated to clean.

Start by cleaning something small that has been bugging you for ages – once that small area is cleaned, every time you look at it you’ll get those feel-good feelings and be motivated to clean other areas of your house.

Treat yourself

Do you have a soft spot for ice cream? A night out at the movies? Or, maybe a candle lit bath with your favorite novel in hand is more your speed. Whatever it is that you like, make yourself a deal that once you complete a certain amount of your spring cleaning, you’ll treat yourself. 

Then, make sure you follow through with it.

Turn up the tunes

Maybe you just need some upbeat music to convince you that cleaning your house won’t be quite as awful as you seem to think it’s going to be.

Use a timer

Set a 5 or 10 minute timer and do nothing but clean until the time’s up. Take a short break, and repeat. (Gradually increase the amount of time that you set the timer for.)

Invite someone over

Nothing embarrasses someone quite as much as unexpected company showing up to your less-than-tidy house. Harness that cleaning motivation by inviting guests over and go to town cleaning your house before they get there.

Let the light in

A Healthline article states that sunlight increases the brain’s release of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. So don’t be shy, open your blinds and let the sunlight stream in. When you’re in a happier, more energetic mood, you’re more likely to want to keep your house clean.

What is The Fastest Way to Deep Clean a House?

This question gets asked time and time again. In this article I cover exactly how to deep clean your house fast by harnessing tips from the experts. This deep cleaning method is tried and true.

Learn how to deep clean your house fast, here.

Conclusion: How to Spring Clean

Spring cleaning your house doesn’t have to be the daunting task so many make it out to be. By blocking out a weekend of your time and following a thorough spring cleaning checklist, you can get your house in tip-top shape in no time.

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