When spring is in the air and the cold days of winter have finally passed, it’s time to get your home ready for spring. When the urge to throw open the windows and let the warmer air in hits, be sure that those windows are clean, as well as the rest of your home.
Following are some spring cleaning projects to do around your house.
#1 Wash windows and mirrors. Wash away the grime from the winter from your windows. Mix together a one part each white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use to scrub the windows. For a streak-free shine, dry windows with newspapers. This process works great on mirrors as well.
#2 Wash curtains and blinds. Take down curtains and launder or dry clean them, and dust or vacuum blinds.
#3 Sweep and mop floors, vacuum rugs and carpet, and deep clean carpet. Rent a carpet shampoo machine at your local home improvement big box or grocery store and give your carpet and rugs a good deep cleaning. Vacuum thoroughly, including baseboards, air vents and upholstered furniture such as the sofa or chairs.
#4 Thoroughly wash linens. Remove the sheets, mattress pads, comforter covers, dust ruffles, pillow shams and pillowcase covers from beds and launder. Also wash any slip covers, blankets or throw rugs. Add a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle for an extra burst of freshness. Also be sure to rotate mattresses.
#5 Dust. It is amazing how much dust can accumulate in even the cleanest of homes. Dust your home thoroughly, including lamps and light bulbs, ceiling fans, moldings, behind and underneath furniture, and shelves.
#6 De-clutter. Sort through stacks of mail, magazines, toys or other things that have built up on surfaces or in the corners, deciding what to pitch, shred, recycle, or give away. Try to only touch each item once before finding a permanent home for it.
#7 Polish furniture. Restore your wood furniture’s luster with a good polish, using a product that is safe for the wood’s finish.
#8 Clean the cupboards. Go through every cabinet in the kitchen and pantry, removing every item before cleaning the inside of the cupboard and putting it back. Consider each item as well: have you used it in the past six months or is it just collecting dust? Pitch or donate what you aren’t using.
#9 Clean out the fridge. Take everything out from the refrigerator and inspect it. Has the expiration date passed? Is it dripping, leaking or otherwise unsanitary or unsavory? Toss out old leftovers and expired food, and reorganize the refrigerator so that commonly used items are easy to access. Also give the refrigerator shelves and inside drawers a good scrub to remove debris and spills or stains.
#10 Sanitize. Wipe down door knobs or handles, telephones, cabinet door handles and drawer pulls, refrigerator doors, light switches, and other high contact surfaces with disinfecting wipes.