Follow these easy spring cleaning tips to revive your home!

Now that the weather is warmer and the pollen has settled, it means spring cleaning is upon us. It’s time to freshen up all those neglected spaces to get ready for the upcoming months. Check out these easy ways to keep your home sparkling.
 

Deep Clean the Floors

Keep your carpets and hardwood flooring looking beautiful by having them professionally cleaned and waxed. If you are looking to freshen your rugs and carpets yourself, look no further than your own pantry. Baking soda is a natural cleaning solution that does wonders brightening and deodorizing almost any floor. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. For more ways to use baking soda around your home, check out this article.
 

Wash out Trash and Recycle Bins

Outdoor trash and recycle bins get dirty quick. And cleaning them isn’t the most fun or exciting chore either. So, what’s the easiest way to do it? First, spray the bin with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant, scrub with a brush, and rinse it out. To dry, leave it upside down.
 

Inside the Refrigerator

Before you begin, remove all food and take out the removable parts of your refrigerator like drawers and shelves. Then, fill a tub with warm water and dishwashing soap to wipe down the removed parts and inside. Strong disinfectants, like bleach, should never be used due to the chemicals they contain and their proximity to food. Instead, the best cleaner is a combination of abrasive salt and bubbly soda water or a baking soda and water mixture. Place all items back in the fridge, but inspect the bottom of items to see if they need to be cleaned too.

 

Move Furniture Away From the Walls

Don’t clean only what’s within reach! Skip the shortcuts and move kitchen appliances and furniture away from the walls as much as you can. Then, vacuum up the dust and debris that has accumulated. With so many brands and options, choosing the right vacuum and attachment can be challenging. Vacuum smartly with this tutorial.

Dust Thoroughly

From shelves, tabletops, and dressers to ceiling fans and kitchen cabinets, dusting is an inevitable part of spring cleaning. However, it’s easy to miss spots that are in need of a thorough dusting. One commonly missed location is baseboards. To clean them well, vacuum and wipe with warm water and vinegar mixture. Then, dry with them a cloth and wipe with a dryer sheet to prevent future dust buildup.

 

Upholstered Furniture

Regardless of the material your furniture is made of, the first step in cleaning upholstered furniture is vacuuming. Make sure to take get in between the cushions and to take out any removable parts. If you’re worried about sucking up loose change, place a pair of pantyhose over the nozzle and secure with a rubber band. Also, look for stains and clean according to the care label. If your furniture lacks a cleaning code, test water, soap, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar in an inconspicuous spot to see what works.

Faucets and Showerheads

Mineral deposits, calcium, lime buildup can cause showerheads and faucets to clog up. If there’s lime buildup on your faucets, lay paper towels over the fixture and soak it in vinegar for one hour. This causes the deposits to soften so they will be easier to remove. Vinegar is a great cleaning solution because it’s free of harsh toxins and lingering chemical smells. Here’s an article on how clean a showerhead using vinegar.
 

Mattresses

Even if you have a mattress cover, your mattress can collect stains, mold, dust mites, and other allergens. To clean and deodorize, sprinkle baking soda and add a few drops of lavender essential oil on top. Let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum it up. And if you can, air out your mattress by taking it outside and placing it in the sun. This is a great way to eliminate bacteria naturally. Lastly, take advantage of your time spent cleaning to turn over your mattress. Over time, mattresses wear unevenly, which can lead to poor body alignment while sleeping. Save your back and flip your mattress every 3 to 12 months.

 

Follow these easy spring cleaning tips to revive your home!