14 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips To Spruce Up Your Home

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It’s that time again. As the sun breaks through the cold winter weather, dust mites become more visible, and you know it’s the perfect time for home improvement with a deep clean. So you don’t get demotivated halfway through, we’ve put together the ultimate spring cleaning checklists.

1. Eliminate clutter

Firstly, you need to clear the clutter. We need to realise how much stuff we accumulate throughout the year. If you’re looking for expert decluttering tips, you’ve come to the right place. Create a systematic approach to decluttering and cleaning your house. Work out what needs to go in the bin, what you can give away, items you can repurpose, and things to keep.

A decluttered house will look roomier, lighter, and cleaner. Here’s a top tip. Instead of buying individual cleaning supplies, invest in all-purpose cleaners. One bottle will take up less space and save money.

2. A room-by-room approach

Establish a game plan before beginning the ultimate room-by-room spring cleaning checklist. Cleaning your entire house might seem intimidating; where do you start? We recommend going from top to bottom and working systematically through the house. You could clean one room each week.

Alternatively, tackle rooms by priority, size, or level of use. If the hauntingly dirty bathroom scares you, start with your smaller home office and ease yourself in. Create cleaning tasks for each room so you don’t miss anything. Breaking the task down into smaller chunks makes it easier.

3. Get everyone involved

Cleaning your home is a mammoth task. And why should you do it alone? Get the entire family involved. Give each of your kids a spring cleaning to-do list. Not only will it instil good habits and discipline, but it’ll make the time pass more quickly. Throw on music or create a reward system to make spring cleaning enjoyable.

4. Don’t forget windows

You’ll be amazed at how much difference a clean window makes to the overall improvement of your home. Wash windows with glass cleaners and microfiber cloths to give them a nice sheen. Make sure you wipe the outside, too. Dust blinds and vacuum the curtains.

Wash windows on a cloudy day to prevent the sun from drying the cleaning solution before you wipe it.

5. Floors and carpets

Floors and carpets get filthy without you realising it. Firstly, mop floors, then vacuum. Mud, pet hair, and stains grind into the carpet and hardwood floors. Getting stains out of carpet, like blood, ink, or pet urine, is challenging but possible. You can put together a homemade carpet floor cleaner with everyday ingredients, such as:

  • Bi-carb or baking soda.
  • Lime or lemon juice.
  • White vinegar.
  • Salt (to absorb red wine stains).

To remove stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and leave it overnight before vacuuming and washing it with warm, soapy water. Remember to clean and dust door tracks on sliding doors. Don’t forget to do the same for your garage and check for cracks on the floors and walls while you are there.

6. Doormats and rugs

Rugs and doormats make excellent home decor but can attract dirt and grime easily. While you don’t need to wash them every spring clean, you should aim to thoroughly clean rugs every few years. Regularly used doormats need more regular cleaning. 

As with carpets, baking soda will remove stubborn stains. Hardier materials might go through the washing machine. Give your rugs a vacuum to finish.

7. Wipe down walls

Walls might seem impervious to dirt and grime, but they quickly pick up grease and stains. Wipe walls with a clean cloth and homemade cleaner. Start from top to bottom, including door frames and baseboards. 

Dry the cleaning product with paper towels. Remember to dust and wipe light switches and fixtures. If you feel motivated, take your extendable duster and mop to the ceiling. 

8. Tackle the kitchen

The kitchen is vulnerable to greasy stains and questionable sticky marks. Your kitchen needs cleaning regularly, but a thorough spring clean once a year can target the spots you’re usually in too much of a rush to bother with.

Cleaning your oven, fridge, and microwave with disinfectant wipes and baking powder will stand you in good stead for another year—deep clean appliances, such as your slow cooker and kettle. Use warm water to wipe down stainless steel appliances to sparkle your kitchen—bonus points for cleaning and dusting your ceiling fan. 

9. Targeting the bedroom

It’s easy to leave your bedroom cluttered and messy when you lead a busy life. However, coming home to fresh sheets and pillows is worth the yearly bedroom spring clean. 

Check the manufacturer’s label before tossing them in the washing machine with a dryer sheet and leaving them to air dry. Remember to vacuum the mattress under your bedding. Give your TV screen and light fixtures a dust and wipe, too.

10. Give your bathroom a sparkle

Bathrooms are perfect breeding grounds for grime, mould, and dirt. Wash shower curtains, bath mats, and towels on a gentle cycle. Unclog drains with baking soda, salt, and vinegar. Use a clean cloth or scrubbing brush to remove hard water stains on your taps and shower head. If that doesn’t work, use a vinegar and water solution and soak the shower head.

11. Clean the washing machine

Washing machines are self-cleaning, right? Wrong. Throwing clothes and bedding into a dirty washing machine could do more harm than good. So, before you get too far through your spring cleaning checklist, disinfect your washing machine with distilled white vinegar and baking soda on a hot water wash to keep it fresh and functional.

While in the laundry room, tackle your dryer. Remove the fuzz from your filter and vacuum in, under, and around your dryer. 

12. A fresh smell

An odorous house is highly unpleasant. We use our noses more than we realise; smell can affect perception, making a clean house seem dirty. House cleaning should naturally deodorise your home, especially after thoroughly cleaning your fridge, oven, and drains. Fill your house with scented candles, essential oils, diffusers, and flowers to keep the smell fresh.

13. Remember outside

While you may prioritise the interior of your home, the outside needs attention too. Wash your outdoor furniture with dish soap and leave them to air dry. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to mow your lawn and attend to flower beds. 

If you’re up for DIY projects, give your home’s exterior paint a fresh coat. You’ll need a ladder and should follow proper safety precautions. The results can provide home makeovers with the desired shine.

14. Get organised 

Finally, sort your belongings. You’ll find plenty of inspiration online if you’re looking for organising ideas. Putting things in their rightful places with handy, neat organisers will make it easier to keep your house tidy. Moreover, spotting dirt and staying on top of your cleaning routine without excess clutter is more manageable than leaving everything for the annual spring clean.

Establish new cleaning habits

While our spring cleaning tips and tricks freshen up your house once a year, the best advice is to establish new cleaning habits throughout the year. Dedicate one day a month to tackling slightly bigger tasks while ensuring your home is tidy and clean. You will thank yourself next spring when you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing the stains in your carpets.

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