Spring-time means it’s time to cleanse the house of those winter cobwebs and dust.
I absolutely love doing a thorough clean of every room. I find nothing more satisfying that knowing that every corner is spotless and every shelf is smooth before I spread open the windows and put my feet up. I will then sit there, smug as the sunshine pours into the sitting room whilst I have my lovely cup of tea. Today I’m going to make you feel as satisfied as I during this time so get your gloves at the ready as you and read my awesome tick-list of spring cleaning tasks.
1. Clean the Windows
Why? Personally, I love starting with the windows because I want to let as much sunshine into the rooms as possible. Not only because it’s wonderful to have the sunshine back after the dull and dark winter months but also because you can see every dust particle that needs to be rubbed away.
How? I usually use a window cleaner spray and newspaper but be conscious that the ink on cheap newspaper can actually stain your window frames so be very careful. Otherwise, use a wiper or window mop if you have one.
2. Put Away Winter Clothes
Why? As it gets warmer and warmer there’s less and less need to wear winter clothes. As I won’t be using them then there’s no point of them wasting my space in the wardrobe so I fold them up and tuck them out of sight. This way I get to have lots of space in a nice clear wardrobe and it even gives me an excuse to buy something fresh for spring 😉
How? I used to swear by vacuum pack bags but recently I’ve also started using a couple of old suitcases. My recommendation is simple, find boxes or bags that you have to spare (or are prepared to buy for storage) and fill them up with as many knitted jumpers, fluffy socks and thermal clothes as possible. Then, put them away under the bed, in the attic or basement.
3. Dust the Shelves
Why? You’ll be surprised how much dust accumulates and how quickly too. Clean surfaces mean a fresh start in spring in time for summer. It’s always best to dust before you hoover or mop though so that you won’t be afraid of hair and dust landing on the floor, that’s why it’s my number 3 on the list.
How? I love using Pledge dust wipes because they smell nice and they work so well. A wet j cloth works well too however so don’t be pressured into buying if you’re saving the pennies, simply add some lemon juice to lukewarm water and a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda to make a homemade cleaning solution. Whatever you end up using just make sure to get to every corner and hidden shelf surface that you can find. Also, make sure not to forget to wipe your ornaments and book surfaces that are sitting on the shelves because the dust is sure to land on those too.
4. Clean All Surfaces
Why? After dusting the shelves there’s nothing worse than finding dust elsewhere, nearby. Other surfaces for me include the door frames, the doors themselves, skirting boards, bedside tables and even the kitchen worktop. The list goes on but I’m sure you get the idea. There’s no point of dusting the shelves and not doing these because dust can travel 😉
How? Just like when you’re dusting, use a wet cloth or dusting wipe to go around the surfaces. I usually use my handy step stool to get to the tricky areas, like the top of the doors and frames.
5. Attack the Appliances
Why? It’s surprising how a whole year can go by without feeling the need to clean a fridge or freezer. I personally forget and never make time to do anything more than a surface wipe (and only if something spills!) Spring is a good excuse to clean appliances and get them sparkling clean, after all we use them day after day and they deserve some love in my opinion.
How? I use anti-bacterial sprays, kitchen cleaners and even tough stain remover foam on the more greasy areas. Most importantly I never forget to clean the outside of the appliances either because tough finger marks can be really irksome.
6. Time to Descale
Why? Water leaves scale behind so everything that it touches is in need of a descale. Boiling water from the kettle would taste so much better and the iron would smooth out the creases in clothes so much quicker.
How? I use a standard descaler powder from Tesco. There are other versions of descalers too though, such as liquid rather than a powder, so have a look around and test them all to see what suits you better. Once done, have a break and a lovely cup of tea 😉 you’re also more than half way through the list, with only 5 things to go!
7. Clean the Oven with a Homemade Grease Remover
Why? Personally, I don’t want to clean the oven often. I have a gas one, with an open fire which is old and a nightmare. When we first moved in I spent 4 hours cleaning it to then discover that it doesn’t work… luckily it was fixed but since then I’ve been put off cleaning it! Anyway, it’s not a pleasant job but it needs to be done so I’ve put it on the spring cleaning list.
How? Give white vinegar and baking soda a go if you’re not a fan of the usual (and perhaps overpriced) oven cleaner. Let it sit overnight and trust me, it’ll be so much easier to clean the grease from inside the oven if you do.
8. Hoover & Mop the Floors
Why? Although this is a regular thing for me (because I have an awfully messy dog) it’s really good to get the floors as clean as your other surfaces. As I said before, dust can easily spread and regardless whether there’s carpets or wooden floors (or both) they all need cleaning.
How? As this is a part of my spring cleaning list I like to hoover and mop under furniture and in corners that I would usually avoid. I’m always surprised at how much pollution I find hidden, but then again I shouldn’t be as I do it only once a year… Anyway, I prefer to hoover the whole house first and only mop once I know there’s no debris left so as not to scratch the surface of my downstairs laminate floors.
9. Clear the Gutters
Why? After a wild autumn and chilly winter the gutters are more than likely to have been sabotaged by the weather.
How? There are some pretty cool tools out there that help you clean those out but sometimes the old fashioned way can complete the job perfectly. It’s useful to throw away as much muck, leaves (weeds and spiders?) out of the gutters to prepare for another year.
10. Tackle the Tiles
Why? Unless you have a personal cleaner, tiles are often the last thing you think about cleaning. Over-time they turn yellow and the grout grows layer on top of layers so spring is the perfect time to start afresh.
How? Start by spraying a heavy duty cleaner and scrubbing the grout first, using an old toothbrush. Then I use bleach, spreading it with a toilet brush, and leave it for about an hour before I clean the tiles themselves as well as all the crevices. I love how sparkling white they appear after this vigorous scrub.
11. Crisp Bedding
Why? As the weather is cold and humid during the cold months, it’s simply impossible to wash any duvets, pillows and mattress covers. The sunshine means we can make the most of its rays by putting the washing outside.
How? Find a sunny day to wash your duvet, pillows and bedding. I don’t just mean the covers but the actual thick tog duvet, feathers and all. Use a bedding setting on the washing machine or a standard cycle that matches the manufacturer instructions on the items.
Hint: Did you know that a sunny, yet windy, day is the perfect atmosphere for drying items because it dries them so much faster?
So that’s it, a whole massive eleven tasks for your spring cleaning list that will get your home looking spotless and sparkling clean. We only do this once a year, so there’s no excuse NOT to do these because trust me, they’ll carry you over for another whole year. I hope you find these useful and enjoy your very own spring clean 🙂
What else is on your spring cleaning list?