Warm weather makes you want to open the windows and let the fresh breezes in! But what if after a winter inside, your home doesn't feel as fresh and clean as the spring air? Spring time traditionally means your home is due for that once-a-year-scrubbing to rejuvenate your indoor spaces as nature does the same outdoors.
AK likes these 10 tips to help you do an all-over home cleaning that will have you feeling refreshed and revitalized inside and out!
- Freshen window treatments: Take down and launder washable fabric treatments. Custom drapery be taken to the dry cleaner. Dust draperies in place by lightly vacuuming them with a brush attachment, gently tugging drapes to open the panels. Blow dust off wooden blinds with a hair dryer set on cool, or wear a pair of soft cotton gloves treated with non-wax furniture polish and wipe the slats with your fingers.
- Wash the windows: Vacuum the inside panes, sills, screens and the window frame, especially the corners with a vacuum dust brush and crevice attachment. To clean windows, use a squeegee with a sponge attachment. Start at the top right corner and drag the squeegee to the left, drying the scraper after each pass until finished.
- Rotate & Flip Mattresses: While you're at it, wash dust ruffles, have the bedspread dry-cleaned and vacuum the box spring. You can neutralize urine odors by dampening the spot, then rubbing in borax. Let it dry before vacuuming. Or, deodorize the mattress with a sprinkling of baking soda. Let sit for a few minutes, brush clean, and then vacuum.
- Scour The Stovetop: Tackling this heavy-duty chore is a three-step process. First remove fossilized food from grates, knobs and drip pans by soaking them in hot, sudsy water to loosen the grime. Then clean the crusty area underneath the burners where crumbs and drips collect by sucking up what you can with a vacuum hose. Scrub and clean the cooktop grids, knobs and drip pans, and the sub-cooktop area, with an old toothbrush and a degreaser.
- Clean & Empty Fridge: Pull out all of the contents, tossing anything past its prime and storing the rest in a cooler. Wipe down and deodorize shelves and walls with a warm water and baking soda solution (1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 quart of water). Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum all dust bunnies and dirt. Clean the refrigerator gaskets with cotton swab sticks dipped in a solution of sudsy water with a dash of bleach.
- Clean Out Kitchen Cabinets: Remove the contents one cabinet at a time, tossing out expired herbs, yeast, baking supplies and foods that have gone unused for the last year. Wipe down shelves, and replace torn or worn shelf paper and dingy dishtowels. Find tips for organizing your kitchen cabinets here: Cabinet Organization Ideas
- Beautify The Bathroom: Send your shower curtain through the washing machine with a little bleach to rid mildew trapped in the folds. Remove the gunk that collects in shower-door tracks by wrapping a toothbrush with #000 fine steel wool and wedging it back and forth. Spray with a glass cleaner for a finishing shine.
- Replace Batteries: Adopt your annual spring cleaning as the best time to replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors. Any dust can be removed with the vacuum's brush attachment. Test flashlights and inspect pressure gauges on fire extinguishers so that your home is emergency-ready.
- Clean & Replace Filters: Outside air-conditioning units, clothes dryers and refrigerators all have filters that need to be cleaned regularly.