Spring means that it is time to open your bottle of roses, put on the jeans you’ve been wearing since September and get out all of your cleaning tools.
Spring cleaning should be done after three months spent lounging in your home watching Netflix or cuddling with your cat. We’re not talking just about clearing out clutter. It’s about cleaning up all those small, overlooked areas in your house.
Grab a pair of gloves and start listening to your favourite podcast. Then, read the following 26 amazing deep cleaning hacks, tips and tricks that will make your home sparkle. The tips were graciously brought to our blog by Sil All Services Deep Cleaners.
1. Use a pair of socks to clean your blinds.
Use an old tube sock that has been soaked in vinegar and water to clean your blinds. Turn the blinds in the opposite direction, and then repeat the process.
2. Wash your mattress and bedding.
If you’re already washing your blankets, pillowscases and sheets regularly, it is time to wash your duvet and bedskirt. Here’s how to store and clean your bedding.
Use the vacuum nozzle to clean your mattress. This will remove dirt and dust particles. To remove any stains or odors, use an upholstery cleaner.
Baking soda can be mixed with essential oils. Allow it to sit for at least an hour before you vacuum it.
3. To remove dust from lampshades, use a lint roll.
It’s simple and effective. You can go one step further by cleaning the lamp’s base with a microfiber cloth.
4. Clean the kitchen cabinet fronts.
A quick cleaning can give your kitchen cabinets a new lease of life. To get rid of fingerprints and food stains, use a dish brush and soap.
5. Use baking soda and lemon to clean your sink.
One of the most dirty areas in your home is the kitchen sink. Pour one cup baking soda along with two cups vinegar into your kitchen sink to clean it.
Allow the mixture to work for several minutes. Next, rinse it off with hot water.
Slice up lemon wedges to get a refreshing citrus smell.
6. Use a moist cloth and baking soda to scrub dirt from the refrigerator’s exterior.
Take out your food items and take the shelves off your refrigerator to clean it. Next, wash the interior using water and dishwashing detergent.
Before drying, do the same thing with your shelves and bins and then return them to you. Before cleaning your refrigerator, make sure you unplug it or turn it off.
7. Use baking soda, vinegar and dishwashing detergent to clean out the oven.
Even a self-cleaning oven can use some extra love.
The following ingredients can be used to remove the stains and burn marks left by years of turkeys and Thanksgiving meals. 4 tablespoons baking soda
Five teaspoons vinegar
A few drops dish soap
Allow the mixture to sit for several hours, then wipe it with a damp cloth.
8. Clean your computer’s screen with a coffee filter.
You don’t need special lint free cloths. To remove fingerprints and dust from your tablet, TV or computer’s screen, a basic coffee filter suffices.
9. Use a magnet cloth to clean your bookshelves.
Your bookcase may be well-organized, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t dirty. The top of the bookshelves and shelves can collect a lot dirt.
Use a magnet cloth to clean the spines and tops of all your books. Next, take everything off your shelves and clean them with a microfiber cloth.
Are you short on space for your favourite novels?
It might be important to determine which books you want to keep and which ones to get rid of. These 9 book storage ideas for small apartments are great.
10. Use the right cleaning products to clean your desk.
First, take out everything that isn’t necessary.
Give it another scrub using a cloth. This will remove any coffee stains or crumbs as well as fingerprints.
When choosing a cleaner, be sure to take into account the material of your desk. Cleaning wood, metal, and glass all require a different approach.
Do you still have energy?
This is how to organize your desk at work in less than 4 minutes.
11. To remove stains from fabric sofas, use Dawn dish soap.
Let the Dawn dish soap sit on your stain for several minutes. Use a wet, clean cloth to wipe the stain off. Works like a charm.
12. Your carpet stain can be removed by ironing.
Use a mix of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water to spray the stain. To thoroughly clean the stain, place a damp rag on it.
13. Your shower curtain and liners should be washed.
You can wash your liner and shower curtain (even if they are plastic), in the washer to get rid of soap scum and mildew.
Add your regular detergent along with one cup baking soda. Wash the clothes warm. Dry them.
14. Use vinegar and dish soap to clean your shower walls.
Use one-third dish soap and one-third vinegar to clean your grout. It is best to clean it before going in the shower.
15. Use a toothbrush and baking soda to clean your faucet.
Sprinkle some baking soda onto an old toothbrush and wash down your shower and sink faucets until you have a clean slate.
16. Vacuum the floors thoroughly.
It’s time to vacuum the entire floor of your closet. It’s especially important if your closet floor has accumulated dirt and hair, as well as any bacteria that your shoes may have brought in.
Do you not have carpet?
You can go further and mop your closet floor using water and some dishwashing detergent. After you are done, use a soft towel to rub the floor.
17. Use an all-purpose cleaner with a damp cloth to clean your shelves.
Get rid of all clothes. Wipe down shelves using all-purpose cleaner.
Tedious? Yes. It’s worth it to not have dust covering all of your jeans or T-shirts. Yes.
18. Use the Ultimate Cleaning Power Duo to clean your washer.
Regular washing of your washer is necessary to get rid mold and mildew from your clothes.
The ultimate cleaning duo vinegar and baking soda.
Apartment Therapy has detailed instructions on how to clean a top-loading washer, as well as Popsugar’s instructions for washing a front-loading washer.
19. Vacuum your lint dryer.
It’s common for dryer ducts to become clogged and cause fires in the home. It’s not enough to simply wipe the lint screen.
20. Clean your baseboards.
It’s the little things that can make all of the difference. To scrub your baseboards clean, use a sponge or a sponge that has been dipped into warm soapy water. (Clean Mama suggests baby wipes).
To repel dust, finish cleaning your baseboards with a dry sheet.
21. All things should be cleaned and dust.
Next, work your way downwards: Use soap or degreasing agents to scrub your walls. To get rid dirt, chemicals and oil build-up, sweep your floors and mop them.
22. Clean your light bulbs.
Remove the light bulbs from your lamp sockets and clean them off with a microfiber cloth. You will be pleasantly surprised at the brightness of your new pendants and lamps.
23. Wipe your windows tracks.
Window tracks can be quite disgusting. They could become clogged with dirt, dust and even dead insects. You don’t have to cringe every time your windows are opened or closed. Take a page from The Intentional Mother
You can sprinkle baking soda over the tracks of your windows, then add a bit vinegar to it. Let it rest for several minutes. Use a toothbrush or a sponge to scrub the area and then wipe it clean.
24. Use a vacuum hose to get rid of cobwebs.
Over time, dirt and layers of dust can cause damage to your items. Your vintage furniture, vinyl records and other items will last a lifetime. Use your vacuum to clean out the attic and remove any cobwebs.
25. Give away anything that you no longer need.
Do you remember those boxes full of old CDs and craft materials? They are the ones that you haven’t used in many years. Eliminate ’em.
You can also donate them. MakeSpace even offers Goodwill pick-ups for free in NYC, Chicago, DC, and Washington, DC.
26. MakeSpace can store all your stuff.
MakeSpace can be used to store your skis and luggage after you have finished cleaning.
You can schedule a MakeSpace pickup, and then pack everything. We’ll pick up everything from your home and transport it to our secure, temperature-controlled storage facility.
You can also browse our online photo collection and click on the photo to have it delivered.