Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

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Did you start spring cleaning your home? If not, it’s time to deep clean your entire home. Don’t feel overwhelmed as we have some cleaning hacks to help you make spring cleaning so much easier.

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean your house room by room. With all the best cleaning tips and techniques, you can clean your house fast. Scroll down to grab your printable spring cleaning checklist. Get ready for your cleaning supplies and let’s get started.

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How to Deep Clean Your House

1. Wash Windows Like a Pro

Deep cleaning your windows and get them sparkling clean before opening them to let fresh air in. It might seem overwhelming to wash the grimy exterior windows. However, when you have the right tools and steps, you can clean windows effectively and easily in no time.

Mixing up a solution of warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a bucket. Use this 2-in-1window cleaning tool can make your grimy window washing faster.

Simply dampen the scrubbing pad and wash the windows in S pattern. Next, use the squeegee to wipe away the solution. You can also use a microfiber cloth or a lint-free cloth to wipe the corners and edges dry.

Choose a cloudy day to clean the windows to avoid the heat to make the glass dry so fast which will result in streaks.

The other simple recipe to clean the windows is using vinegar and water. Combine 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, and a few drops of lemon essential oil (optional) in a spray bottle. Mix well, spray and clean with a microfiber cloth. It works great for mirrors too. Use this homemade cleaner to keep your windows clean as part of your weekly or monthly cleaning routine.

2. Easy Ways to Clean All Kinds of Window Blinds

Spring is a great time for cleaning your window treatments. The days are getting warmer. When you open the windows, you notice your window blinds are collecting dust and dirt over the winter.

Clean your blinds in your whole house can sound like a bit of work and somewhat challenging. With the helpful tips here, you can clean all kinds of blinds properly and make them look new.

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3. Clean Window Screens Without Removing Them

The easiest solution to clean the window screens without removing them is using a microfiber cloth. I think it’s much faster and easier to clean than a lint remover. Julie shared her tips here.

If your window screens are covered in caked-on grime, you need to take them down to clean. Get ready for a cleaning solution by mixing a small amount of liquid dish soap with warm water in a bucket.

Wet your screens first and grab a soft bristle brush or a microfiber cloth to scrub the screens lightly with the soapy water. You may damage your screens if you push too hard.

Next, use warm water to rinse both sides of your screens. Let them completely dry before installing them again.

4. Clean Sliding Door and Window Tracks in Minutes

Use a paper towel to clean off any dirt loose. Spray the window tracks with distilled white vinegar. Then, get a rag to scrub your window tracks, You may find it helpful to have an old toothbrush to scrub in the corners. Dampen a rag to wipe the leftover debris away.

If you do not clean your window tracks regularly, they should look so gross and grimy. The above method may not be able to clean them out. You need to deep clean those window tracks.

First, sprinkle some baking soda in the tracks and then pour vinegar on it. It starts bubbling to loosen up the grime. Let them react and rest for 10 minutes.

Next, take an old toothbrush and scrub the grime. Then, clean up the dirt and debris with a paper towel. To get into the hard reach spots, wrap an old rag around a butter knife. Finish by wiping down the tracks with a damp cloth and leave to dry.


5. Clean Walls Without Ruining the Paint

Washing the walls can be a daunting task. Knowing how to wash walls with different paint finishes is important and can help to wash your walls fast. Read the great tips here on how to clean painted walls. Remember to test the cleaning products in a hidden area before you start washing.

You may not need to have a wall washing for the whole house. However, spot cleaning the high traffic areas is necessary in order to keep the walls clean.

Once you address the stains, clean them off the walls as soon as possible. Grab a damp cloth and dip it in baking soda to scrub the stains. Wipe the area dry with a clean cloth.

6. Clean Baseboards the Fast and Easy Ways

Dirty baseboards can make your home look dingy and untidy. Keeping those base baseboards clean is easy. Baby wipes or microfiber cloths can do the trick.

Whenever I notice the dust on the baseboards, I just simply grab a microfiber cloth to dry dust those baseboards. If there are stains on the baseboards, use a baby wipe to clean the stains off the baseboards. It is the fastest way to clean those baseboards when you’re in a hurry.

When you do the spring cleaning for the whole house, you will want to use the vacuum cleaner brush attachment to clean off the dust. Tackle the grimy baseboards, mix well with 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid and the warm water in a spray bottle.

Spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth and rub gently on the baseboards until the dirt and grime are gone. Leave your baseboards to air dry or dry it manually with a clean microfiber cloth. If you like, use dryer sheets to rub the baseboards. The anti-static residue will help repel the dust and stay cleaner for longer.

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7. Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter

How often do we need to clean the range hood filter really depends on how much cooking we do. If you don’t clean your range hood filter periodically, thorough cleaning at least one or two times a year is necessary. The build-up grease on the filter can block the airflow,  affect the performance and effectiveness of the range hood.

I found using baking soda and boiling water is the easiest way to clean the greasy range hood filter. You will find this step-by-step instruction helpful.

8. Clean Sticky Kitchen Cabinets

If you don’t clean your kitchen cabinets regularly, over time they can be covered with a layer of grease and grime.

Most kitchen cabinet types can be easily cleaned with a homemade cleaner. Test in a hidden area of your cabinet first to make sure not damaging your cabinet’s finish.

Mix 2 parts of baking soda with 1 part of dish soap and 1 part of water in a small bowl. Use a microfiber cloth to apply the paste to the cabinets and rub the dirt off. Then, use a damp cloth to remove any residue. Finish with a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the surface clean.

9. Clean Oven Naturally

Nowadays, most ovens come with a self-cleaning function that helps to clean your oven easily. Make sure to check your owner’s manual for instructions before running the self-clean cycle.

We avoid using this self-cleaning feature on our oven because it produces the heat, smoke and odor at home.

Deep cleaning an oven manually is not as hard as you might think. Take the racks out and soak them in hot soapy water for a few hours. Then, scrub the racks with a sponge. Rinse well and dry before putting them back in.

If you want to clean the interior of the oven without harsh chemicals, DIY a homemade natural oven cleaner is easy and effective. In a small bowl, mix well with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on the inside of the oven and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Then, use a non-scratch sponge wet in vinegar to scrub the grime. You can also use a plastic scraper to scrape away the stuck-on food. Next, wipe out the paste. Spray the vinegar on the surfaces and wipe down with a clean microfiber cloth.


10. Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

Hard water, grime, grease and food particles buildup inside your dishwasher can affect its performance. In order to keep your dishwasher running well and smoothly, occasional cleaning and sanitizing your dishwasher helps to prevent the grease build-up and unpleasant odor.

Deep clean a dishwasher is pretty easy and simple. Follow this simple procedure to have a clean dishwasher.

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11. Clean a Dirty Microwave Quickly

You can deep clean a dirty microwave in less than 10 minutes. Mix 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl.

Put the bowl inside the microwave and heat on high power for 3 minutes. When the time is finished, leave it in for 2 minutes as the steam will do the job.

When the time is up, open the door and carefully remove the bowl with an oven mitt. Grab a microfiber cloth and dip it into the vinegar-water solution to wipe the ceiling and all the sides of the microwave. Don’t forget to wipe the inside of the door too. Handwash the glass plate.

Now that you will want to clean the microwave’s exterior. Wipe down the outside of the microwave with an all-purpose cleaner. Spray the cleaner directly onto the microfiber cloth, then wipe the entire exterior and touchpad. Wipe dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

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12. Deep Clean Your Mattress

To keep your mattress clean and allergen-free, you need to deep clean your mattress periodically. First, throw all your bedsheets, pillowcases and mattress protector into the washing machine and wash them in hot water.

Now, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to have a quick vacuuming to suck up the dead skin flakes, pet hair, bugs, dust and crumb. If you notice any stains, use an upholstery cleaner to remove the stains.

Or you can mix well with 1 drop of dish soap and 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray lightly on the stains and blot with a clean rag. Be careful not to over-saturating the mattress that might develop mold inside.

Next, simply sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the surface to help remove the odors and freshen your mattress. Let it sit for a few hours until the mattress is dry and then vacuum it up.

13. Wash Pillows the Right Way

Washing your pillow covers regularly doesn’t mean you don’t need to wash your pillows. Sweat, oil, dead skin cells, dust mites are likely accumulated all on your beddings. Bed pillows should be washed at least twice a year to keep them clean and fresh.

Most feather and down pillows can be cleaned in the washing machine. Before putting them in the washing machine, always check the care labels first to follow the instructions.

If you have foam pillows, do not throw them in the washing machine. Vacuum and spot clean only. Here is the guide for you to wash your pillows the right way.

14. Simple Ways to Clean Plastic Shower Curtain and Rubber Shower Mat

You have found the nasty soap scum and dirt buildup on your shower curtain and want to throw away. Actually, most plastic and vinyl curtains are machine washable so you don’t have to buy a new one every single time. Before washing a shower curtain, check the care label first for washing instructions.

Here are 2 simple methods to clean your shower curtain. You can place your shower curtain in the washing machine for quick cleaning. First, toss your plastic shower curtain and rubber shower mat with 2 white towels in the washing machine. Add gentle laundry detergent and 1 cup of baking soda.

Set the machine for a gentle, warm water cycle. When the cycle is finished, hang your clean shower curtain back on the shower rod to drip-dry. Remove the rubber shower mat and hang it up to dry. Never dry them in the dryer.

The other method is handwashing your plastic shower curtain in the tub. It’s easy and fast. Sprinkle some baking soda on a dampened microfiber cloth. Scrub the entire shower curtain to remove all the soap scum and grime. Rinse with warm water and wipe it with the cloth. Rinse again until all baking soda is gone.


15. Clean Shower Head Without Removing It

If you live in a city with hard water, you will see the mineral deposits like limescale buildup on your shower head. You don’t want to have uneven water flow. Clean your shower head in order to prevent the spray holes from getting clogged.

The most simple way to clean a shower head is by using vinegar. This article shows how to remove mineral deposits easily without taking down your showerheads.

16. Clean Washing Machine Inside and Out

Dirt and soap deposits build-up inside your washing machine. Over time, these can develop a smelly odor on your clothes and the mold can affect your health too.

Clean your washing machine at least every six months can help keep your machine in a clean and good operating condition.

Make sure to clean the inside and out of your washing machine. Here are the easy steps to naturally clean your top-loading washing machine and front load washing machine.


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Final Thoughts on Spring Cleaning:

Life is busy. Sometimes it’s hard to keep our home clean and tidy. That’s why it is important to create a house cleaning routine and stick to it. Use the above spring cleaning tips for deep cleaning your house throughout the year. Also, don’t forget to fill out the form below to grab the room by room Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you check off the tasks.

 

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