HOME IMPROVEMENT SERIES | Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Often-Overlooked Areas

25 Mar, 2014

Woman in Kitchen with Dishwasher

Next up in our Home Improvement Series: spring cleaning. To help you get started, we have compiled a checklist of some of the often-overlooked areas around the house that may need some extra TLC during your cleaning spree.

Throughout the House

  • Baseboards and door frames – First, dust your baseboards with a small brush or broom to loosen dirt. Then use a soft, damp cloth (or a wood cleaner for wooden baseboards) to remove buildup from baseboards and door frames, which are sneaky areas that acquire filth throughout the winter.
  • Lampshades – Get rid of dust and filth on your fabric lampshades with these cleaning tips. Make sure to remove the shade from the light before cleaning.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Use spring cleaning as a reminder to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If it’s been six months since you last replaced the batteries, install new ones.
  • Window treatments – Curtains can get dusty over time, so wash your drapes or curtains according to their care instructions. You should also clean your blinds – check out these tips from HGTV for detailed cleaning directions depending on the material of your blinds.

In the Kitchen

  • Cupboards – Remove the contents of your cupboards, pitch anything old or empty, and then wipe down the insides with a wood-friendly cleaner. You can also rearrange and make sure everything is in its proper place.
  • Fridge/freezer – Take an inventory of food and condiments in the fridge and freezer. Toss old or expired items, and then wipe down the inside of the fridge using a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda for every quart of warm water, recommended by marthastewart.com. You can also use a refrigerator deodorizer to keep you fridge fresh in between cleanings.
  • Grout – Use an old toothbrush to apply a grout cleaning solution, like this one from Houzz, to remove stains and dirt from the grout between your tiles.
  • Tops of shelves – Clean the tops of your shelves, microwave, refrigerator (anything that is exposed but not frequently wiped down) with a damp cloth and your choice of cleaning solution, depending on the material.

In the Bedroom

  • Bed skirt – Give your bed skirt a wash by following its care instructions.
  • Blanket or comforter – It’s time to replace winter blankets with lightweight ones for the warmer months. Wash or dry clean your winter comforter before storing it, according to its care instructions. While you’re cleaning your bedding, consider using a bed protector to keep your mattress clean and protect against dust mites.

In the Bathroom

  • Bath mats – Wash your bathmats or replace them if they look worn. This also goes for toilet seat covers, if you have them.
  • Bathroom fan – Make sure the fan is turned off first. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe away buildup from your bathroom fan.
  • Shower curtain – Depending on the material of your shower curtain, you can either wash it in the washing machine (for cloth) or soak it in the tub with a cleaning solution – like a cup of bleach or vinegar mixed with water – if it’s made of plastic or vinyl.
  • Shower liner – Now’s the time to swap out your old shower liner for a new one. Or, if you think your current liner can last a few more weeks, consider soaking it according to our instructions above for plastic shower curtains.

For even more tips, check out our Organization Tips Pinterest Board to help with your spring cleaning. And don’t forget to read the rest of the articles in our Home Improvement Series, like Affordable Home Decorating Ideas to Try.
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