Spring has finally arrived! As the flowers start to bloom and the warmer temperatures linger there is no better time to declutter and deep clean your home! A good, deep spring cleaning promotes mental wellness and can give you a fresh-start feeling you crave after a long winter!
Here are some of our best DIY spring cleaning tips so you can declutter and deep clean your house to make it sparkle and look brand new!
1. Clean stainless steel sinks with baking soda
Wet your sink and faucet, sprinkle baking soda, and scrub with a sponge. If you need more heavy-duty scrubbing power, add salt to the baking soda.
2. Remove water stains with lemon for a natural fix
Get rid of those stubborn water stains by rubbing a lemon half on the stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks.
3. Use white vinegar to beat shower head buildup
Looking for a natural way to clean your bathroom? Vinegar can dissolve the mineral deposits that accumulate in showerheads over time, causing reduced pressure and water flow. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight to get rid of buildup. Just be sure to run the shower before you hop in, or you risk smelling like vinegar all day.
4. Clean your microwave by heating lemon juice and rinds in water
Cut a lemon into halves, squeeze the juice into 1/2 cup of water and drop the rinds into the mixture. Microwave for three minutes and let it stand for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, so you can wipe the microwave with ease.
5. Use newspaper to clean dirty windows and mirrors
Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.
6. Place a wet dryer sheet on your ceramic stovetop to remove burnt-on residue
Dryer sheets are non-abrasive and a great way to remove burnt-on food from your stove. Place the wet dryer sheet on your stovetop at least 15 minutes before rubbing the gunk away.
7. Clean your grill with an onion
Get your grill cleaned up and ready for the warm weather. First, heat it up and spray some white vinegar onto the grates to help loosen the residue. Then, scrub the area firmly using half an onion. The acid from the onion will rid your grill of any leftover grime.
8. Let coffee filters do more than put a spring in your step
Does your TV screen or computer monitor show fingerprints, smudges and dust? The fiber in coffee filters is be gentle enough to rub them away, even on delicate TV screens. Just don’t press too hard!
9. Know your couch or rug before cleaning it
Don’t ruin your upholstered furniture by using the wrong cleaner. Not all manufacturer labels state what type of solvent to use. Familiarize yourself with the cleaning codes below.
Upholstery Cleaning Labels:
W: Use water-based cleaning solutions.
S: Use dry-cleaning solvents. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
S-W: Use water-based cleaners or dry-cleaning solvents.
X: Use a vacuum or brush only.
10. Use a window squeegee to scrape pet hair from your carpet or rug
The rubber edge of the squeegee is a great tool for gripping and removing pet hair from your rug. Use a firm grip and make sure to clean up the excess hair as you go. Finish by running the vacuum to catch any hair still on the surface.
11. Avoid scratching floors by placing clean towels under furniture while rearranging
Looking to freshen up your home by rearranging furniture? Slide heavy pieces like couches and tables easily and without damage by placing folded, clean towels under each end of the furniture.
12. Use Velcro strips to keep drawer organizers in place
Attach the grippy strips to one end of your drawer and the other to your drawer organizers. This keeps the organizers in place, but lets you remove them when needed.
13. Put the spring back in your dirty keyboards with cotton swabs
If certain keys or sticking, or your entire keyboard just doesn’t have the same pop that it used to, chances are dirt and crumbs are the culprits. Sweep cotton swabs between your keys to dislodge dust and grime. And for a real deep clean, use compressed air to blast away any leftover dust, and follow it up with one more sweep through your keys, this time using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to kill germs.
14. Use a butter knife to clean air vents
Don’t let that dust build up for another minute; use a butter knife to reach those tough get places between and behind your vents. Simply wrap the knife in a rag and wipe between the slats. Then, open the windows and run your central air to fill your home with fresh spring air (just be sure your heat or AC isn’t on while you’re running the fan).
15. Declutter & TLC
Start small – don’t try to attack your entire house at once. Think about clearing one room, or even one closet, at a time. Once you finish decluttering you can donate your unwanted items at your local Deseret Industries! Due to covid you are required to make an appointment ahead of time, click here to make your appointment now!
Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, give your home some much-needed TLC.
- Empty your kitchen fridge and thoroughly clean it.
- Sweep under your large appliances, like the stove and the fridge, and larger furniture pieces, like dressers, desks, and the beds.
- Wash the windows, both inside and out.
- Clean blinds and take any curtains or drapes to the cleaners.
- Flip your mattress. Don’t just clean your sheets; wash your pillows and mattress covers as well.
- Clean your upholstery, or hire a professional to do it.
- After these more thorough tasks, do your usual scrubbing, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming.
Spring is in the air!
If it is warm enough, open the windows, and let the fresh air in as you freshen up your home. When your work is done, not only will the sun be shining your house will too.