Spring cleaning can be totally overwhelming – there are so many jobs to be done, and most of them are labor intensive and time consuming. If you’re someone who doesn’t know where to start with your spring cleaning efforts, even those spring cleaning checklists may seem like a lot. So to help you get started and stay focused, we’ve broken down spring cleaning room by room, suggesting two or three deep cleaning jobs to consider for each.
More importantly, we’ve talked to experts about the cleaning tools and agents that will make deep cleaning faster and easier, and about some amazing spring cleaning uses for hardcore appliances like your vacuum and washing machine.
After a long winter, the bedroom can feel musty, so focusing your spring cleaning efforts on freshening up will pay off big in the end.
Even if you’re diligent about washing your sheets regularly, laundry will play a big part in spring cleaning your bedroom. Mary Begovic Johnson, principal scientist at Tide and Downy, points out that sheets aren’t the only textiles that get dirty and odorous over time. “People don’t always think about washing the other textiles on or around their beds, like bed skirts, shams, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals, rugs, laundry bags, and even the pillows themselves.”
Because these items are washed infrequently, dirt sets in deeply, so using a laundry detergent designed to remove stains, like Tide’s Ultra Stain Release Detergent, should be part of your regular spring cleaning routine.
As Josh Mutlow, design manager at Dyson, points out: “We spend almost a third of our lives in our beds, but very rarely do we pay attention to how clean our mattresses are.” Of course, he can’t just throw a mattress in the washing machine, he can use another appliance to give it a good spring clean: his vacuum. Mutlow suggests using a motorized accessory, like the Dyson Tangle Free Turbine, to pick up hair, dust, pollen and other allergens that build up in the bedroom.
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Let’s face it: deep cleaning your bathroom can be a real chore. But there are some miracle products that will do much of the work for you, saving you time and effort.
OxiClean is typically used to brighten clothing, but can also be used to brighten dirty, tarnished grout. To use for deep cleaning, dissolve the powder in hot water to make a solution. Apply a thin layer of the OxiClean solution to the floor, then let the solution sit on your floors for 30-60 minutes before wiping. Give the floor another pass with the mop and clean water, and let it dry, at which point you’ll be greeted with sparkling clean grout.
For mold and mildew: X-14 Fungus Stain Remover
X-14 is a heavy-duty cleaner that removes mold, mildew, and Serratia marcescens, that pink/orange shower scum that builds up around drains, grout, and caulk. Because X-14 is so powerful, very little scrubbing is required; simply spray the product on the moldy surface, wait 10-15 minutes for it to penetrate and kill bacterial growth, and rinse the area.
The living room is a great place to let the machines do much of the spring cleaning for you, from freshening up the furniture to cleaning the ceiling fans.
As with mattresses, we spend a lot of time on our couches and sofas and often overlook the need to clean them. According to Mutlow, sofas and other upholstered furniture should be cleaned every month. (Every month!) Cordless models make vacuuming large, bulky items less of a hassle, but cordless models may lack the motor power of their corded counterparts, which is why Mutlow suggests the V15 Detect from Dyson, which has the most suction power of any cordless vacuum. in the market.
Grove Co. Duster Attachment with Handle
To clean hard-to-reach places like ceiling fans, lamps, and baseboards, we recommend a duster with a reusable head, which will also make it easier to dust off shelves full of books or trinkets.
In the kitchen, spring cleaning jobs tend to fall into one of two categories: major cleaning (decluttering and rearranging spaces like the pantry or cabinet where you keep food storage containers) and major appliances, which we tend to put off cleaning. Because, let’s be honest, we tend to dread jobs like cleaning the oven or refrigerator.
For the oven and fridge: Scotch-Brite Dobie Pads
If your major appliances need some extra attention, this tip is one you need to know: The tool you use for the job is just as important as the cleaning agent you choose. When it comes to cleaning the inside of your oven or refrigerator, a Dobie Pad, a non-scratch scouring pad that will remove stubborn grime, will make the job much, much easier.
“Fat and other molecules released by cooking will travel throughout the house and settle on textiles like curtains, causing grime and odours,” explains Johnson. “Some odors and soils can become embedded so deeply that regular washing cannot remove them.” For items like curtains or small kitchen rugs, Johnson suggests using a laundry detergent designed for heavy-duty laundry, like Tide’s Hygienic Clean detergent.
If organizing your cabinets and pantry is on your spring cleaning to-do list, it’s also worth taking the time to deep clean your cabinets and cabinet doors. Airborne grease from cooking leaves a sticky film on hard surfaces that ordinary all-purpose cleaners won’t cut through, so for this job, look for a heavy-duty degreaser like Zep Industrial Purple.
Home offices have two major and related problems: clutter and dust. Focusing spring cleaning efforts on removing those two sources of clutter will make your workspace look brighter, cleaner, and more organized.
For those hard-to-reach places: ZVac Universal Vacuum Plastic Wand
An inexpensive vacuum cleaner accessory can work wonders when it comes to cleaning up your home office. Mutlow points out that “we may be used to cleaning the bottom of a window sill, but the top can stay untouched for years,” collecting dust, dirt, pet hair, and more. He suggests an extendable wand attachment like the ZVac Universal Plastic Wand for cleaning high places where your eyes can’t pick up dirt, but make sure “universal” applies to your machine.
Scanners aren’t usually associated with cleaning, but if your home office has been overtaken by paperwork, spring cleaning can take the form of a scanning project. If you’re serious about streamlining, investing in an easy-to-use scanner will allow you to organize files digitally, eliminating that pile of paper on your desk and leaving your workspace clean and tidy.
Exterior and Garage Spring Cleaning Checklist
Outdoor spring cleaning can be back-breaking work, which is why power tools are such an important part of outdoor cleaning. Kevin O’Connor, the host of the TV show “This Old House,” has some favorite multitasking power tools for spring cleaning, which he calls his “favorite of all to-dos.”
For dirt and debris: Black+Decker Electric Leaf Blower
Leaf blowers aren’t just for leaves! O’Connor says, “A powerful leaf blower will help you clean beds, clear lawns, and tidy up your driveway, yard, and sidewalks.” Is the garage dirty? Use the leaf blower to remove dirt and debris. You can’t get better than this top-notch, affordable electric blower from Black+Decker.
For the Garage Floor and More: Ryobi Electric Pressure Washer
People love pressure washers so much that they’ve even been featured on our TikToks, and O’Connor knows why. “There are endless uses for this tool; your imagination is the only limit,” he says. Jobs O’Connor uses a pressure washer for include cleaning the grill and outdoor furniture, cleaning gutters or unclogging a downspout, cleaning brick and wood decks, and even washing trash cans.