We can't enjoy all the beauty of spring if what we find back home still feels like the dusty old winter blues.
We need to welcome the springtime into our homes by practicing traditional spring cleaning when we finally open up our windows and let the spring breeze refresh the space we're living in.
Here are six deep cleaning tips to jump-start your spring cleaning and make your home bright and sparkling again.
1. Take Time to Declutter
We're used to living with clutter in our homes, and we often fail to recognize it as such. We've grown accustomed to having too many clothes in our closets, garages overcrowded with things we don't use or need, and far too many junk drawers that we dread to open.
Not to mention overflowing laundry bins, piled up dishes, and way too many things that end up on surfaces such as tables or floors. With so much clutter, our homes can easily induce more stress and anxiety instead of bringing peace into our everyday lives.
And the truth is - you can hardly keep a disorganized home dust-free and clean. So, make decluttering the first step of your spring cleaning.
Depending on the time you can set aside for your spring cleaning session, you can set your priorities and first declutter the spaces that can get in the way of cleaning and leave your closets and garage for the next cleaning venture.
Decluttering your home will not only make your cleaning easier, but it will also reduce your stress levels, making you happier and healthier.
2. Work Your Way Down
When you start deep cleaning your home, make sure you always begin with dusting your ceilings and then slowly progress down to lower surfaces.
This way, you will save yourself from the trouble of re-cleaning and re-dusting lower surfaces all over again, because of all the debris that will fall during the process.
If you have a vacuum cleaner with an extension, use it to clean cobwebs from ceilings and walls. You can use a damp towel to wipe down the walls and blinds too.
Next, move on to the furniture and pillows. You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and catch all the small particles you can't even see.
A steam cleaner can come quite handy, as you can clean, disinfect, and naturally refresh various surfaces without using any chemicals.
3. Clean the Windows
As direct sunlight may lead to streaks, choose a cloudy day for cleaning your windows.
Remove and wash your curtains. You can use a steam cleaner with a squeegee to wipe down the glass surfaces or look for an eco glass cleaner solution that can make your windows shiny and streak-free without using ammonia or any other toxic chemicals.
Alternatively, you can make your own vinegar-based solution by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and tap water. You can also clean your window blinds by gloving your hands and dipping them into the same solution of water and vinegar, and then sliding your gloved fingers down each side.
4. Make Your Kitchen Shine
Start your kitchen cleaning with wiping down the cabinets. Use a damp cloth to remove any dust and dirt. If there is any grease splatter, you can use undiluted vinegar to remove it. Don't forget to rinse it with warm water afterward.
Then, move on to your refrigerator. You should use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt from the fridge vent and coil. Wipe down the front and the sides of the fridge, and disinfect the handles.
You will best clean the inside of the fridge if you take everything out. Then, start from the top and remove any dirt and food debris. Defrost the freezer and clean it too.
You should also move everything from the countertop so that you can easily remove any dirt and clean it properly. Make sure that you give your sink a good scrub too, and disinfect your sponge by either running it through your dishwasher or putting it in the microwave for a minute.
5. Clean the Oven
Cleaning the oven can be tricky if it doesn't have a self-cleaning function. However, you can remove the dirt efficiently without using any harsh chemicals. You can make the cleaning paste yourself using four tablespoons of white vinegar, five tablespoons of baking soda, and five drops of dish soap.
Put the paste on the oven surface, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub it and wipe it clean. After you've cleaned the exterior of the oven with dish soap, use the glass cleaner to make it shine.
Don't forget to clean your microwave too. If you put a cup of water with a tablespoon of vinegar and microwave it on high for 5 minutes, you can wipe all the dirt away easily.
6. Refresh Your Bathroom
Start cleaning your bathroom by tossing any bath maths or curtains into the washing machine and giving them a proper wash.
Spray the bathtub, shower, sink, and toilet bowls with your cleaner of choice. Leave it to soak for a while so that any dirt, soap, or oil can be dissolved; it will be much easier to clean them afterward.
Freshen your drains using a mix of ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of table salt. Pour this mix into a drain followed by 1 cup of warm vinegar, and let it sit for 15 minutes, then run hot water over it.
You can soak the glass door of your shower in warm white vinegar, as you can then remove hard water spots or soap scum quickly. Make sure you also thoroughly clean any mold spots from your shower.
Make sure you clean out the area under the sink, as well as wipe down mirrors and light fixtures with a little vinegar on a damp cloth.
Take everything out of your cabinets and drawers, and give them a proper cleaning too. Use this chance to throw away or donate everything you no longer need, as well as to better organize everything you do decide to keep.
Try to include all your family members in the spring cleaning process and they will better appreciate and enjoy all the benefits of a clean home!