Spring Cleaning – 7 Things to Keep Your Home Tidy All Year ‘Round
If you’ve recently moved into a new home, or if you’re still in the same place you’ve been in for years, Spring’s the perfect time of year to clean and organize your house, apartment, condo, or townhome. But where should you start? We’ve put together a checklist for you to follow as you prepare to tidy up your home and keep the essential things clean, sanitary, and organized.
Start your cleaning with the fridge.
Empty out old items, spoiled food, broken containers, out-of-date or expired items, and place them into the trash.
Move your refrigerator’s contents into a cooler to prevent spoilage while you deep clean the inside. If dry ice is available, place a supply in your cooler to keep your perishable food at optimum temperature. Avoid filling your cooler with ice, as melting ice can create a mess that you’ll have to deal with before you place the items back inside your fridge.
Remove the shelves from the refrigerator, empty out the drawers, and clean thoroughly with a disinfecting (and non-toxic) cleanser. Allow drying before replacing items back inside, and make sure water hasn’t condensed on your food and other items before placing them back inside.
Set the temperature of the fridge to just above freezing, and if your refrigerator has a “super cool” mode, engage it to allow for more efficient cooling of your items.
Repeat the same process for your freezer. Make sure you get rid of any items with freezer burn or items you no longer want or need.
Your dishwasher may clean and sanitize your dishes, but that doesn’t mean that the dishwasher itself is going to stay clean. You need to clean your dishwasher, inside and out.
Remove racks and silverware drawers, and thoroughly wash all inside surfaces with disinfecting spray, and start a cycle with the dishwasher empty using a commercial dishwasher cleaner.
To keep your dishwasher functioning properly throughout the year, repeat the cleaning process regularly.
Remove all items from your countertops, and clean all corners using a toothbrush or other small brush, but make sure you use a cleaning brush that won’t scratch or mar the surface.
There are a variety of counter surfaces out there with their own individual care instructions. But if you have granite countertops, clean with a disinfecting agent and a microfiber cloth. Avoid using bleach or ammonia-based cleaners. Rinse, wash with clean water twice, allow to dry, and seal the granite.
Polish the granite surface after applying a sealant using a microfiber cloth.
Cabinets and Drawers
It’s important to give your kitchen cabinets a nice cleaning.
Remove all items from your cabinets including any protective lining such as shelf paper. Wipe out the inside of the cabinets and drawers with an all-purpose cleaner or with white vinegar diluted with water. Use a toothbrush to scrub along the edges and cracks. Rinse and dry. Allow the surface to dry completely before placing items back in the cabinets or drawers.
Also make sure you wash and disinfect cabinet handles, doors, and all vertical and horizontal surfaces before placing items back inside.
Deep clean your oven. No matter how new your oven might be, and no matter how often you might run a self-cleaning cycle, even the best ovens will accumulate grime with regular use. Remove racks, and use a non-toxic commercial cleanser or a vinegar solution and baking powder paste and rinse to remove loose food particles. Allow to air dry, and make sure you use protective gloves and eyewear when cleaning to prevent injury.
Disinfect and clean your clothes washer. Over time, even the top-of-the-line washers can start to accumulate odors. Using white vinegar and baking soda, run an empty cycle in your washer using the hottest available setting. Allow for a “pre-soak” setting of at least 30 minutes to allow the vinegar and baking soda to do a proper job.
Hire a professional to clean your carpets. Paying close attention to higher-traffic areas (such as stairs), examine your carpets before the professionals arrive to make sure they pre-treat stains before they begin the cleaning process. Make sure to walk through your home with the cleaners when they come to note any areas of concern and avoid stepping on clean carpets while they’re still damp.
For the best longevity of your carpets, remove street shoes once you come inside, and keep a dedicated pair of inside shoes (such as comfortable slippers or driving moccasins) near the front door to wear rather than keeping your outside footwear on when you’re inside.
There’s a lot more to do, to be sure, but if you focus on the essentials first, the rest of your spring cleaning will seem like a breeze. For other tips about moving check out our blog.
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