Feeling a little down and dirty after the long winter? As warmer weather approaches, you’re sure to want to throw parties and entertain guests at that new home you bought and moved into a few months ago — but even new homes get dirty. Whether it’s a few hours or an entire weekend, use the spare time you have to refresh your indoor spaces and keep them looking like new.
Want to stay on track and make sure everything gets done? Print out our indoor spring cleaning checklist to keep your home clean and tidy this season!
Spring Cleaning in 1 Hour
Don’t have the time to put your all your effort into cleaning, but still want to get started? Here are a few things you can clean within 60 minutes.
Quick Tip: You can clean stains from countertops using nail polish remover, steel wool, or vodka.
Quick Tip: Use a lemon to easily clean off any stuck-on food particles.
Quick Tip: Disinfect your remote and then store it in a box or drawer while not in use to prevent excessive exposure to dust and germs.
Couches and Lounge Chairs
Quick Tip: If your living room furniture needs a deep clean, SFGate offers a guide to deodorizing upholstered and leather sofas.
Dust Shelves, Blinds, Fan Blades, and Light Fixtures
Quick Tip: Use dusting tools with handles that can be extended to easily reach high light fixtures and ceiling corners.
Spring Cleaning in a Few Hours
Did you get home from work early and now have a few hours to spare? Tackle these cleaning tasks in that time!
Kitchen Sink & Garbage Disposal
Quick Tip: Use vinegar ice cubes to clean out your garbage disposal, this will help sharpen the blades a bit and safely clean tight nooks of your garbage disposal. If you don’t have a garbage disposal cleaner handy, try freezing white vinegar in a spare ice cube tray. Once frozen, add it to the disposal and turn it on to clean pesky crevices and sharpen the disposal blades.
Quick Tip: Looking for organization strategies? HGTV recommends 20 of the best pantry organizers.
Accent Tables & Drawers
How to Clean a Top Loading Washer:
- Begin by filling the washer with the highest load size and hottest water setting.
- Add a quart of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda to the water as the washer fills. Leave the lid open to prevent the wash cycle from fully starting.
- Dip a cloth in the solution and wipe down built-in wells for detergents and softeners.
- Dip a clean, unused toothbrush in the solution and clean any tiny crevices.
- After an hour, close the lid and let the washer run its cycle.
- If needed, start the washer again and add another quart of vinegar to the water and let it complete the wash cycle.
- Once drained, wipe down the washer tub with the vinegar solution.
How to Clean a Side Loading Washer:
- Add vinegar to the compartment in which you usually add detergent.
- Run the washer on the highest load setting with the hottest water option.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 using bleach instead of vinegar.
- Run the cycle with just water to rinse away any residue.
- Clean the detergent tray and any other removable pieces by filling a bucket or large bowl with warm water and soap. Soak the tray and pieces in the water and scrub them with a sponge. After drying, place them back in the washer.
Quick Tip: To skip the work, buy a washing machine cleaner and follow the directions specified on the packaging.
- Remove any collected lint from the trap.
- Use a long vacuum attachment to suck out any lingering lint in the trap area.
- Open the top of the dryer and vacuum around the drum to prevent potential fires.
- Wipe down the lint trap and dryer interior with a damp cloth, then place the lint trap back in its original position.
Quick Tip: Is it time for a new dryer? We offer an abundance of information on how to build and maintain an energy efficient home. Since laundry appliances drain a significant amount of energy in homes, you may want to consider upgrading to a dryer that’s energy efficient to cut down on monthly costs.
Spring Cleaning in Half a Day
You have plans to meet up with friends later in the evening, but the rest of the day is yours. Take that time to get these chores done.
- Clean the outside of your dishwasher to remove built-up grime.
- Clean the interior filter to remove soil or food scraps.
- Sanitize and deodorize the interior to ensure your dishes and glasses come out clear and squeaky clean.
Quick Tip: ConsumerReports recommends multiple cleaners that eliminate film buildup and reduce hard water spots.
Quick Tip: If your oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning mode, CookingLight offers multiple alternative methods.
Quick Tip: If you prefer natural cleaners, you can create your own cabinet cleaning solution using coconut oil and baking soda.
Quick Tip: Clean My Space offers instructions on cleaning and sanitizing different types of toys. Once cleaned, you can rearrange your toy storage. However, you should avoid buying more storage to accommodate additional toys. Try donating toys that your child doesn’t play with anymore to keep the toy area manageable.
Quick Tip: Outfit your closet with organizational hangers and racks to keep it looking neat and tidy.
Spring Cleaning in 1 Day
Have off on Memorial Day and don’t have any other plans? Take the day to deep clean your space.
Pillows, Bulky Blankets, & Comforters
Quick Tip: Most laundromats have large, oversized washers and dryers. Take all pillows, bulky blankets, and comforters there in order to wash and dry them at the same time.
Drapes and Curtains
Quick Tip: Pay attention to the material of your curtains and drapes when preparing to clean them. Once you hang the curtains and drapes back up, you can keep them free of dust by gently shaking them before drawing them closed each night.
Quick Tip: Not in the mood to do any heavy lifting? You can try using a long vacuum attachment to pick up any dust or debris that may be underneath your furniture.
Air Ducts & Vents
Quick Tip: Keep your air conditioning running efficiently throughout the upcoming warmer months with the help of our cleaning and maintenance video.
Quick Tip: Use baking soda to remove stubborn stains and eliminate odors.
Quick Tip: If your freezer has ice or frost build-up along the interior walls, try one of these methods to easily defrost it.
Spring Cleaning in a Weekend
Get the work out of the way and take a weekend to freshen up each room in your home!
Quick Tip: Using a microfiber cloth to clean windows will help to prevent streaking. If you don’t have one handy, newspaper will work just as well.
- Begin by removing all sheets and bedding from the mattress.
- Use a vacuum attachment to vacuum the mattress surface. Make sure to pay close attention to seams and crevices.
- Spot treat stains with a fabric cleaner.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the surface to deodorize the mattress. Let it sit for a few hours.
- Use the vacuum attachment to vacuum up the baking soda.
Quick Tip: Use a mattress cover to protect your clean mattress and a mattress pad to absorb moisture and keep mites, fleas, and pests away.
Walls and baseboards
Quick Tip: Dryer sheets can also be used to clean and dust baseboards.
Quick Tip: Keep your mirror fog-free by rubbing shaving cream onto the mirror surface with a paper towel. Then, wet the paper towel and wipe the cream off.
Quick Tip: Maintain your office’s cleanliness and organization by following HGTV’s home office hacks.