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Spring Cleaning: The Easiest (And Most Effective) Ways To Clean Every Area Of Your Home

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Spring may still be a few weeks away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about getting your home spic and span for the new season. And to really get rid of dirt and dust that’s accumulated, you need to be properly prepared for your spring cleaning. That’s why we’re sharing the easiest, most effective, and fastest ways to tackle each and every area of your home.      

Ready to learn the smarter ways to clean corners, cabinets, and everything in between? Keep scrolling to see our time-saving tips for scrubbing, wiping, and washing 15 different common spots in your space.

 

 

See more of our best cleaning tips by checking out The (Lazy) Guide To Cleaning: Our 12 Best Time-Saving Hacks, The 8 Items You Should Be Cleaning (But You’re Probably Not) and These 7 Cleaning Products Are The Only Ones You’ll Ever Need.

BASEBOARDS

Attach a microfiber cloth to a broom and run along the baseboard, or try a clever baseboard buddy. (Also ideal for cleaning crown molding.)

 

 

BLINDS

Wrap each side of a pair of kitchen tongs with a microfiber cloth and you’ll have the ideal tool for getting in between thin slats.

 

 

BOOKSHELVES

Remove all items from shelves and dust with a Swiffer duster or soft cloth, then spray with a multipurpose cleaner and dry. (You can snap a quick photo before removing items to know exactly where to put them back.)

 

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CARPET & RUGS

Use a steam cleaner once a year to remove stains, dust, and particles that even regular vacuuming many have missed. A foaming cleaner can also be used to treat stubborn stains.

 

 

CEILING FANS

A Swiffer duster with a 6-foot extending handle makes reaching ceiling fan blades a breeze. For a DIY method, use an old pillowcase to wrap each blade and trap all dust inside.

 

 

COUNTERTOPS

Use a stone cleaner for counter surfaces like marble and granite. A multisurface cleaner will work safely on any other countertop material, like wood, quartz, or laminate.

 

GLASS & MIRRORS

Invisible glass cleaner paired with a microfiber cloth is your go-to for streak-free and shiny windows, glass surfaces, and mirrors.

 

 

KITCHEN CABINETS

Your cabinet fronts might look clean, but they’re probably hiding some subtle stains. A cabinet cream is an effective way to gently remove everything from cooking oils to residue to fingerprints – and restore your painted or stained cabinets to mint condition.

 

 

MATTRESSES

Thoroughly vacuum your mattress with a handheld attachment, and then lightly spray with a disinfectant to ensure it’s fresh – and free of dust mites and allergens.

CLEAN & DECLUTTER


Spring cleaning is also an ideal time to tackle your clutter. If you’re ready to part with items, consider donating to a charitable organization that will also pick up your items directly from your home. Greendrop, Habitat For Humanity, and Pick Up Please allow you to schedule a pick up of furniture and other home items, making it so easy to get more organized – and help those in need too.

 

OVENS

Start by scraping off any pieces of burned food. Then spray with an oven cleaner and wipe clean. You can also create your own all-natural cleaner using baking soda and white vinegar.

 

 

PAINTED WALLS & TRIM

Marks or scuffs on walls and trim will easily come off with a few swipes of a Magic Eraser.

 

 

REFRIGERATORS

The annual cleaning for your fridge should consist of removing all interior shelving, cleaning with soap and water, and wiping down the interior. Use Goo Gone to remove any stuck-on substances or food residue.

SHOWERS

For an easy clean that works on glass, tile, or porcelain, simply spray on Wet and Forget and rinse away soap scum and watermarks. To remove tough mold or mildew, apply bleach-soaked cotton balls to problem areas for 15 minutes and rinse clean.

 

 

STAINLESS STEEL

A specially formulated stainless steel cleaner and a microfiber cloth will work wonders on appliances, removing pesky fingerprints and leaving a shiny surface.

 

 

WOOD FLOORS

Ditch the bucket and mop for an easier way to wet clean your floors. Swiffer Wet Jet Wood is the only tool you need to make wood floors look their best. And it’ takes seconds to replace the cleaning formula – or swap out to use on other surfaces.

 

 

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