Spring cleaning is no longer the major overhaul it used to be, thanks to mod cons and products. Nowadays, spring cleaning is supplementary cleaning – a sprucing up of furnishings, floors, and the house in general.
Do your cleaning room by room, and before you know it the whole house will shine. Make a plan for what you are going to do, but don’t let ambition run away with you. You can clean, and clean well, without driving yourself crazy. Space your jobs over a period of time.
I like to start with the kitchen first while I have the most energy just because it tends to be the most time consuming.
Quick Clean: Start with a quick clean of the counter, put dishes away, clear the surfaces, and clear the clutter so that you will have space to do the actual cleaning. Fill sink with hot soapy water. Drop in items that need soaking.
Dust Thoroughly: Always dust from the top of the room down. Use a soft cloth that will not leave lint or threads. Get the hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans and tops of picture frames, and on top of the cabinets.
Cleaning The Refrigerator: Remove ALL food and throw out anything expired. Working from top to bottom, wipe down shelves and drawers with a cloth moistened with hot soapy water or an all purpose cleaner. Pay attention to handles and use a soft
toothbrush to clean hard to reach areas like the seal of the door. Toss any dirty containers into the sink to soak. Wipe down everything before you put it back into the fridge. Clean the outside and polish it. REPEAT with the freezer.
Steam: Put a bowl of water and a drop of dish soap in the microwave for 5-7 minutes and let sit to steam up the interior.
Uppers: Empty each cupboard. Remove items you do not need or use. Wipe down the inside and outside of all upper cupboards with hot soapy water or an all purpose cleaner, don’t forget the pulls, frames, and hooks. Wipe the walls around the cabinets with hot soapy water or an all purpose cleaner, paying close attention to extra greasy areas like around the stove, change your cloth to prevent transferring grease to other areas.
Microwave: By now the steam will have loosened any little bits of caked on food so wipe down the microwave with hot soapy water.
Wipe Down Walls: With a mixture of hot water and a mild color-free dish detergent use a soft sponge to wipe down walls, pay close attention to extra greasy areas like around the stove.
Window: Wipe down windows with a window cleaner. Wash all curtains and draperies (check label), wipe down blinds with hot soapy water or an all purpose cleaner.
Soaking Items: Load the dishwasher with items soaking in the sink, or hand wash them and run the dishwasher.
Cleaning The Oven: Open windows and apply a heavy duty oven cleaner to the inside of the oven, while that is working, scour the stove-top, scrape off any baked on foods, and polish with recommended product, move the oven and sweep/vacuum underneath, wipe down all sides and polish the stainless steel, finish everything by cleaning out the oven using paper towels.
Dishwasher: Add some vinegar to the empty dishwasher and empty the food trap. Run the dishwasher. Clean outside the dishwasher and polish it.
Small Appliances: Wipe down and clean all small appliances like; the toaster, and coffee maker, with hot soapy water or all purpose cleaner. Don’t forget drip trays or crumb catchers.
Counters: Scrub counter using a cleaner formulated for your surface.
Lowers: Empty each cupboard and drawer. Remove items you do not need or use. Wipe down the inside and outside of all upper cupboards and drawers with hot soapy water or an all purpose cleaner, don’t forget the pulls, frames, and hooks. Wipe the walls around the cabinets and drawers with hot soapy water or an all purpose cleaner.
Sink: Rinse sink with hot water. Scrub with mild abrasive cleaner, and rinse with hot water . Wipe faucet and handles. Polish basin with dry cloth.
Floors: Finish by giving the floor a good sweep and mop.
Trash: Empty trash, wiping the inside of the bin and the lid with rubbing alcohol, it takes care of killing any nasties, and helps with the smell.