Spring has finally sprung here in Northeast Ohio! This is the perfect time to start a deep cleaning regiment for your home with longer days and warmer temperatures.
The list below may take a few days, or even a few weeks, to complete, but once you are finished, you can cross a big to-do off your list!
Before You Begin Spring Cleaning
Schedule the time on your calendar. Something is always apt to come up (i.e., a walk in the woods, riding your motorcycle), but it is well worth it, especially if you are thinking of selling your home in a few years.
Declutter. Go through every room and either keep, sell, donate, or throw away items of no use to you or your family.
Take a top to bottom approach with every room. Use a broom or microfiber cloth to clean everything from cobwebs in the corners to the ceiling fan at the ceiling level. Go down until you reach the floor in every space. This way, you will only have to sweep or vacuum once.
Supplies You Will Need
Toilet bowl scrubber
Rags or paper towels
Upright Steam cleaner
Broom and dustpan
Let’s Start in the Kitchen
Wipe down the front of all your cabinets with an all-purpose cleaner.
Spray the backsplashes of your oven range with distilled white vinegar and scrub with dish soap and water.
Empty the refrigerator and freezer. Put shelves and drawers in the bathtub for a thorough cleaning. Soak your ice trays in soap and water or put them in the dishwasher. Wipe down the entire unit, inside and out, with cleaner. Check for expiration dates and throw out old items.
Throw out expired food pantry items.
Use cleaner or bleach to remove smells from your trash can. Air the can outside for several hours.
Now Move onto the Bathrooms
Put two antacid tablets in the toilet bowl. Wait a few minutes and scrub.
Take down your shower curtain and liner. Then, pick up rugs and mats. Throw all in the washer, on the delicate cycle. Potentially replace the liners if they show a lot of use.
If you have glass shower doors, spray a mixture of white vinegar and water. Use your squeegee to wipe down.
Apply a mixture of white vinegar, dish soap, and water for the shower and tub walls. Leave on for three minutes and scrub dirt and scum away.
Clean all mirrors and windows with a glass cleaner.
Inspect the utility fan. If it is filled with dust particles, remove and clean with soap and water.
Look through the medicine cabinets and makeup drawers. Dispose of expired prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. Take them to your police or fire department for proper disposal of more potent medications. Throw away old makeup.
Clean out all drains. Be careful not to use chemical treatments to clear clogged drains as they may hurt your pipes.
Next, Your Living and Family Rooms
Launder all curtains and throw pillow covers.
If you have a fireplace, store all wood in a tightly covered pile outside or a rack in the garage. To keep the wood dry, make sure the wood is elevated above the ground. Take out the grate and clean it outside. Remove all ashes. Clean the fireplace and mantle thoroughly with an all-purpose cleaner.
Now, onto the Bedrooms
If it is warm enough, open all the windows and let in the fresh air.
Strip all beds and spread a cup of baking soda directly on the mattress. Let it sit for a few hours. Vacuum the soda. All odors will be gone entirely.
Wash pillows, throw blankets, and comforters.
Switch out clothing and shoes in your drawers and closet to your spring/summer collection. While doing so, have a donation bag handy for unwanted items. If you have a lining in your drawers, put new ones in them.
Look at Your Garage and Deck
Go through every shelf and cabinet. Throw out broken toys, sports items, and tools. Donate duplicates. Check the Ohio EPA website for recommended ways to dispose of hazardous materials.
Sweep and power wash the garage floor and your deck.
If your deck is made of wood, stain and waterproof it before bringing out the furniture.
Inspect (and potentially replace) hoses. Connect them to outside fixtures.
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