With Easter fast approaching, spring is nearly here! Which means your home is due for some spring cleaning. The key to spring cleaning is to not take on too much at once, or you’re setting yourself up for failure. The secret is in the details. There are so many nooks, crannies, and small areas that you don’t think of or can’t get to on a daily basis. So getting to these at least once a year is essential to a healthy and happy home.
Half the battle is remembering all of the things you want to get to! The trick is to break the work up. One of our favorite options is a spring cleaning calendar, in which you assign one deep cleaning task to each day. This way you can take your time and focus on each project individually.
Here is a 30-day list to ensure your sparkling spring success. Happy cleaning!
1. Wipe down walls & baseboards
2. Shampoo carpets/ sweep, mop & scrub bare floors
3. Dust/wipe down all light fixtures & lamps
4. Wipe down/disinfect all light switches & door handles
5. Dust/wipe down blinds, shutters, &curtains
6. Clean front & back door
7. Flip & rotate mattresses & wash/rotate bed pillows
8. Vacuum/sweep under beds & dressers
9. Clean air vents & filters
10. Wipe down/organize closet shelves & sweep/ vacuum closet floors
11. Clean inside of washing machine & dryer
12. Dust/wipe down ceiling fans & blades
13. Clean under all furniture
14. Vacuum/wipe down dining room furniture chairs
15. Vacuum/wash living room furniture ie. couch & cushions
16. Sweep/vacuum under mats & rugs
17. Soak shower head & scrub tub
18. Clean toilets & drains
19. Clean dishwasher dispenser & seal
20. Clean inside & outside of microwave
21. Wipe down range vents & hoods
22. Clean kitchen trash cans
23. Wipe down/scrub stove grates
24. Wipe down kitchen cabinet doors & handles
25. Clean & organize utensil drawers
26. Scrub kitchen sink, faucets, & countertops
27. Clean kitchen appliances
28. Clean inside & outside of oven
29. Wipe down pantry door & shelves
30. Clean inside & outside of fridge & freezer
Not a fan of harsh, chemical laden household cleaners? Try these homemade DIY cleaners that get the job done just as well. Here is a list of the most common and practical OG non-toxic cleaning supplies:
Vinegar is super handy for cleaning almost anything. Because of its acidity it can gently clean soap scum, grease, dirt, and grime. It can be used as a carpet or fabric cleaner, too!
All natural and all powerful, lemon juice can kick some serious mold and mildew butt. It also smells great and leaves a shine on hard surfaces.
Baking soda has been around forever, used in the pantry and fridge. It is best known for its odor absorbing abilities, but it also magically cleans, brightens, and powers through grime and grease.
If you’re looking to add a little something to your DIY cleaning products to make them smell good, look no further. When choosing a scent, keep in mind that these oils are made of naturally occurring plant compounds and therefore have extracts that might provoke allergies.
Olive oil can be used as a cleaner and polisher just as much as it is used in cooking.
This type of soap consists entirely of plant oils, which means it is free of chemicals and animal products. A popular castile soap brand is Dr. Bronner’s and it can cut through grease just like other chemical filled detergents.
Most of the above ingredients can be mixed together, except castile soap with lemon juice or vinegar. Because lemon juice and vinegar are acidic and castile soap is basic (not like “basic” basic, but high on the pH scale basic), they essentially cancel each other out. What you can do, though, is wash with castile soap and rinse with lemon juice or vinegar.
Heads up for those of you with pets!
If you are using scented candles, plug ins, an essential oil diffuser, or room sprays (like Glade or Febreze) to keep your house smelling nice, please read on. Recent studies have linked fragrance home products to an increase in health issues in pets. Airborne toxins accumulate in the smallest animals to the highest degree, which means while an adult will metabolize these toxins easier, a small cat or dog will build these toxins up in their bodies much quicker over time. How do these toxins actually get into your pets? They travel from the air and land on all surfaces, including floors, where your cat or dog will pick it up on their paws. Your pet absorbs these chemicals through the pads on their feet and whatever lands on their fur is later ingested, especially with cats, when they groom themselves. So, something to keep in mind, is that it is safe to assume that whatever chemicals you use to clean your house or make it smell good will end up in the blood stream of your fur babies.