Spring is right around the corner! But, before you can relax in your backyard and enjoy your blooming garden, there are probably some seasonal chores to conquer. To make this year’s preparation for spring a breeze, focus on these five spring cleaning must-do’s:
It doesn’t take much for a fridge to go from pristine and organized to a disaster zone. Give your fridge some TLC this spring. First, remove all the contents from the inside of your fridge. Combine salt and soda water to give the inside of your refrigerator a much-needed cleaning. The carbonation of the soda water combined with the hard texture of the salt makes for a great cleaner. Now that you have a clean and bare fridge, you have the perfect opportunity to thoughtfully organize its contents to fit your family’s needs. If you have children that like to ransack the fridge, consider dedicating an area of the fridge to kid-friendly pre-portioned snacks.
Lime buildup around faucets and drains are not uncommon, but can be a huge pain to clean. Since you are already in the spring cleaning spirit, now is the time to tackle this project! An easy trick to get rid of lime buildup is to lay paper towels around the fixture or drain. Then, soak the paper towels with vinegar and let it sit for an hour or so. The deposits will soften and you should be able to easily remove the buildup with the tough side of a sponge.
If you leave your screens in year-round, now is the time to give them a once-over! If not, all that dried-on dirt from winter storms may blow into your home the first time you open your windows or sliding glass door this spring. Luckily, there is an easy way to accomplish this task! Leave the screens on the window and run your vacuum with its dusting-brush attachment over the side that faces into your home. To ensure that you remove all the dirt, run the brush side to side from the top to the bottom of the screen.
You can’t admire spring’s beauty if you can’t see outside your window! To clean your windows, first brush off any excess dust or dirt lining the window frame or sill. Then, spray cleaner onto the inside of the glass until it’s heavily misted, but not dripping down. Next, with a lint-free cloth, wipe the glass horizontally until the window is dry. Repeat these steps on the outside of the window. Pro tip: Choose a cloudy day to clean your windows. Direct sunlight can make the cleaner dry too quickly, which can leave behind streaks.
Take time to really examine your walls. Are they covered with fingerprints and smudges? Eliminate these wall marks by taking a soft cloth dipped in cleaning solution and wipe off the marks using a circular motion. Avoid any ammonia-based cleaning supplies. A drop of gentle hand soap diluted with water can do the job! Also, be sure to wipe down light switches, doorways and other high traffic areas.
Did we miss your go-to spring cleaning chore? Share your cleaning tip in the comments below!