Are you familiar with the expression, “many hands make light work?” This is so true! The more help you receive to complete a particular task, the easier and quicker the task is to complete. You don’t have to deep clean your house on your own. Why not use this year’s spring cleaning as an opportunity to get the entire family involved including your stepchildren?
In this post, I’ll share some easy and budget-friendly spring cleaning tips in 6 common household areas that can help you and your family tackle this list of chores quickly and efficiently.
Assigning Spring Cleaning Tasks
The easiest way that I’ve found to begin any project is by creating a list.
You can tailor your list to fit your family’s needs. For example, take into account the ages of your children or stepchildren, their heights, allergies, skills and strengths. You can the decide to divide tasks based on room area or everyone can tackle each room together with the cleaning responsibilities assigned in advance.
An example of the first strategy would be you deciding to clean the kitchen and laundry area, assigning your spouse to clean the living/dining room and storage areas, and the children can clean the bedrooms and family room/den.
The second strategy is my personal favorite as it keeps everyone in the same room. This means we can put on some music, talk and laugh as we clear out the house room by room.
If we are cleaning the kitchen, I may decide to clean and organize the pantry, while my husband uses the step ladder to polish the cabinets, take out all the dishes, clean the shelves and restock the kitchen utensils.
My stepdaughter would be assigned to cleaning out the sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher. We would then divide and conquer the remaining items such as dusting, sweeping, mopping, cleaning the window sills, curtains, refrigerator etc.
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Now that you have planned your cleaning tasks, it’s time to get started!
Spring Cleaning Task 1: Tackling the Kitchen (Matthew 23:26)
My biggest and cheapest tip for tackling the kitchen is simple: lemons. Yes, lemons! Lemons are inexpensive, healthier to use and are multipurpose.
Lemons are excellent spring cleaning natural and organic products. You can use lemon to kill germs, cut through grease in dishwater and it smells fresh and clean. For example, sometimes your sink and garbage disposal can develop a stagnant odor over time. Instead of using an expensive cleaner, try running a couple of lemon rind slivers through your disposal.
… First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. (New International Version)
If you want to effectively clean your stained microwave, place a large microwavable bowl with a cup of water, chopped lemon, orange or lime and a few tablespoons of vinegar inside.
Microwave on high for a few minutes or until the microwave door is steamy. Then let the mixture sit and cool for about 15 minutes, remove and wipe inside and outside with a cleaning cloth or sponge.
You will be amazed at the ease of the stains being removed in your microwave. I have also found that most persons overlook the need to clean their reusable grocery bags. Use this spring cleaning opportunity to wash these out to get rid of bacteria. Just make sure to select the right dryer setting when drying them or you can hang them outside in the sun to dry.
You can use a granite polish to clean and shine your kitchen counter tops. This will also help prevent future stains on your surfaces. Use a mild cleaning product on your counter surface to avoid scratching your surface, dulling its shine or damaging it. A great tip to clean your cutting board involves… you guessed it…lemons!
Slice a lemon and run it cut side down on the board to remove food stains and lingering odors. For a deep cleaning, you can sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda or salt first. Most persons clean out their refrigerators regularly, especially when going through it to get rid of old food.
Spring cleaning is the time to be more thorough. Take out every removable tray, drawer, shelf and rod. Wash all items in warm, soapy water to get rid of bacteria and old stains.
I saw this particular cleaning trick on Instagram when it comes to cleaning burned-on residue on your pots and pans. Add dish liquid to your pot or pan and let it gently simmer on the stove for a few minutes. Use a heavy duty pad to remove the remaining burned-on pieces.
You can also use ketchup to dissolve any tarnish on your copper pans and utensils. Spread the ketchup over the surface and gently wipe the area. You can add salt for more stubborn areas.
So polish your stainless steel surfaces, mix together 1 teaspoon of dish detergent and 1 quart of hot water. Use a microfiber cloth to rub the solution on the marks one spot at a time. Rinse and clean with hot water and dry immediately. I have also used this method to clean my oven at home.
Use a hot, wet towel and place on the burned spots to soften the area. The scrub away with a heavy duty pad and dry immediately.
For more easy and cheap ways to clean your kitchen, check out this video by Do It On A Dime, CHEAP CLEANING TIPS | How to deep clean your kitchen!
Spring Cleaning Task 2: Diving into Cleaning the Bathroom (Deuteronomy 23:12-14)
The bathroom may be a small area compared to the other rooms in your house but takes just as much time to make make it sanitized and clean. All of that moisture with very little ventilation causes a lot of bacteria build up. Not to mention, the bathroom is where toilets live! This area definitely needs a regular deep clean.
In fact, disposing of waste back in bible times were taken very seriously. In the bible book of Deuteronomy 23:12-14, God gave His people the instruction:
12 Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13 As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.14 For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you. (New International Version)
An easy way to clean the shower curtain is by washing in your washing machine on a gentle cycle. After, you can hang them out to dry. You can also keep drains clean by using a mixture of baking soda, 1/2 cup, and table salt, 1/4 cup.
Pour down the drain followed by heated vinegar, about 1 cup. Let it foam and bubble for about 15 minutes and then run the hot water for 30 seconds. This won’t unclog the drains but keep them freely flowing.
I have also used the same mixture to scrub my tile grout lines and find it helps whiten those areas as well.
You can use your usual products to clean the remaining areas such as cabinets, mirrors, sweeping and mopping.
Spring Cleaning Task 3: Organizing Your Living Room and Dining Room Areas
The living room, dining room, library, family room and areas such as these mostly require dusting. This would not be a task to assign someone with asthma or really bad sinus issues. Start by opening up your windows, letting fresh air and light in, covering your hair and face with a dust mask and getting right to it.
Your normal cleaning may involve cleaning around your furniture. Not so with spring cleaning, It’s time to move all of your furniture from the walls to clean behind them. Clean out your vents, wash your furniture coverings, clean and freshen the cushions.
The vacuum attachments are great for these jobs. You can also get in the crevices of your chairs. Depending on the material of your couches, you may even decide to get them shampooed (either you can do it or hire a professional cleaning company.)
Take your curtains down and give them a wash in the washing machine. For delicate materials such as drapes and throw pillows, place into the dryer only on a low setting such as “air-only” and then rehang them right away to prevent wrinkles from forming.
Use this time to finally reorganize your bookshelves, coffee tables and storage chests. You can organize your books, journals, CD’s, DVD’s or whatever you use. Try sorting them by date, height, author or a system that works to make finding what you want quicker and easier. As a reminder, dust off the bookcase, table or chest and the dust each item before placing them back.
Spring Cleaning Task 4: Decluttering Your Bedrooms
Your bedroom is such an important area to clean. While it’s true that it’s your personal space that other people won’t see, YOU spend most of your time in your bedroom and should want it to be clean and comfortable.
The heavy duty items such as pillows and comforters should go into the washing machine if possible. Make sure to read the label for the manufacturer’s instructions first. They may need to be washed on a gentle cycle. You can hang them out to dry or place in dryer, once again on a gentle cycle.
You can use your vacuum cleaner’s attachments to clean the mattress, on the top and underneath. Every so often, I spray with Febreze to keep it smelling fresh but during spring cleaning, you want to clean below the surface of your mattress.
Rinse your mattress with a damp cloth and gently blot dry so that is doesn’t get that damp smell. Afterwards, you can spray with Febreze or Lysol to sanitize it.
Another way to clean your mattress is by using a steam cleaner if you have one followed by vacuuming it. After your mattress is cleaned and dry, you can place your freshly cleaned sheet and comforter set on top and look forward to a good night’s sleep!
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to take everything out of your closet and sort through what you need to throw away, give away or stow away. Pack up your winter clothes in a storage container and store until the weather gets cool again. Pack into boxes the clothes and items you plan to give away to charities. It is important to deliver the boxes right away so as not to have them in the way of the rest of your cleaning.
You can arrange your clothes by items such as pants, dresses and blouses, arrange by length, color or season. Remember, don’t keep items that you know you won’t wear again. If you need to try on a few items you haven’t worn in a while to make sure they still fit, do so. If they don’t fit, give them away.
Your younger kids can use the same process to give away toys and books they have outgrown. They can also go through and organize their toy chest and shelves the way you would arrange your bookcase.
Spring Cleaning Task 5: Sanitizing the Laundry Room (Exodus 19:10-11)
10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
You also need to clean your dryer to make sure leftover lint does not get on your freshly washed items. Remove your dryer’s lint from the filter after each load. You can use your vacuum extension to clean out leftover fuzz from inside the dryer especially those places you cannot reach.
Don’t forget to move the washer and dryer aside, if possible, and clean behind and around them. You can also take this time to organize your cleaning products on the shelves in your laundry room, cleaning the shelves off and arranging your items in an efficient way.
Spring Cleaning Task 6: General Spring Cleaning Tips
There are a few items that sometimes get overlooked during spring cleaning. A great tips is to have a doormat outside for persons to wipe their feet on and another one inside the entrance for persons to use as well. This will prevent a lot of dirt from entering your home. You can then hose off and air dry the mats to clean them.
You can use glass cleaner and microfiber cloths to clean all window glass. It would be best to wait for an overcast so that the glass does not streak wile cleaning. You can also use a duster to clean off your blinds and shades or use your vacuum extension. The extension part on your vacuum can also be used to clean the ceilings, especially if you need to get rid of those spider webs.
Finally, as handy as your vacuum and other cleaning tools are, they also need to be cleaned. Replace your vacuum cleaner’s bag and clean the hose and filters. Also make sure that your broom, mop, buckets, cloths and towels are also clean. You do not want to spread any germs, you want to disinfect them!
If you do your spring cleaning now, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather instead of waiting until summer when the weather is hot and unbearable.
I hope you enjoyed these spring cleaning tips. If you did, please let me know in the comments below. If you have any other tips to add, you can also share them below!
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