*This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the full disclosure here

There’s nothing like waking up to a clean and neat home every day.

You know that feeling when you stay at a vacation house – the beds are done, the room’s tidy and this totally refreshes your mind and body.

With little kids at home, this can be far from reality for most of us. Every day seems like a race to the finish when it comes to cleaning. 

One of the biggest problems with a messy house is having too many things. That’s right, this means there are too many things to clean!

Half the problem is solved when unwanted items are removed – either trashed or stored away.

With lesser things in the house, there is lesser to tidy up. And once it’s tidy, make sure it remains but being up-to-date with the cleaning.

I know this might sound impossible, but small things make a big difference.

My best tip: Pick things up that don’t belong where it is, like an old coffee mug, yesterday’s newspaper or an old magazine and get rid of them right away. Leaving they laying around will only lead to more work.

I’d like to leave little baskets in each room to help get rid of things and empty the baskets when you get time. Otherwise, you will be walking back and forth which is too tiring.

We these few things in mind, let’s begin with these spring cleaning hacks.

**This post may contain affiliate links. Please read disclosure.

 

Cleaning Essentials

spring cleaning products

  • Mop
  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Microfibre Duster
  • Cleaning cloth or wipes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet bleach
  • Toilet brush
  • Cleaning brushes – for kitchen sink, washbasin and bathtubs
  • Baking soda
  • Lemons
  • Bucket and sponge
  • Gloves

 

How to buy half rated products

Nothing is cheap these days – so are cleaning supplies. Here are some money-saving hacks to help you buy products as you would normally do, but with a few money-saving tricks.

Honey extension – This is a free browser extension that automatically adds active coupon codes to your checkout when you shop online. Forget about hunting the internet for the best coupon code – try the Honey app instead!

Swagbucks – This is one of the best choices for reliable cashback sites in the market. Using the Swagbucks website to shop for products in Walmart or Target can get you up to 40% in money back rewards.

Fetch Rewards – I just love this app! And it’s so simple to use. Just scan your shopping receipts to accumulate points for free gift cards. How simple is that? They accept receipts from any store in the US!

 

Spring Cleaning Tips

1. Check the weather – The first thing I’d like to do is to pick a good day to start spring cleaning. A bright and sunny day will allow you to open doors and windows while you clean. This helps get rid of the dust and also allow your house to air-dry quickly. 

 

2. Start with the room that has the most mess – Attacking the biggest problem area of your house will help you feel a sense of accomplishment. It also makes the rest of the cleaning easier as you have less cleaning to do.

It is important to make a plan on how to go about cleaning. Which room to start with and which one to end.

 

3. Trash things you don’t need – The most common places to check for expired items are in the pantry cupboard, medicine cabinet, frozen food and the cleaning supplies. Have a plastic bag handy, to throw away items that have gone past the due date.

 

4. Store away duplicates – The biggest clutter is having too many items of the same things, especially in the kitchen. Keep one stockpot, a non-stock pan, a few spoons, plates and other daily essentials. Make note of the utensils you use on an everyday basis, the ones you think you “might” need, can be packed and stored away. You’ll probably use these duplicate items only a few times a year, probably when you have guests over for dinner.

 

5. Put away clothes – With a shift in season, there is a change in the clothes you’ll need. Unpack your summer outfits and neatly store away winter wear.

 

6. Move furniture to deep clean – There is most likely a lot of dust accumulation behind the couch and other big furniture sets. Try and move them around to get to the dirtiest bits. Place little towels under furniture before moving it around to prevent scratches.

 

7. Places you might miss dust accumulation – While you think you have covered everything here are a few areas in the house that might go unnoticed while cleaning. Pay special attention to these;

  • Cobwebs at the corners of the ceiling
  • Dust on top of photo frames
  • Wall clocks
  • Hanging shelves might need a good wipe down
  • Window sills
  • Use cotton swabs to clean keyboards, under large appliances like washing machines and refrigerators. Don’t forget to clean doormats that are outside and indoorsspring cleaning

 

8. Clean oven – A simple combination of vinegar and baking soda can help clean your oven off stubborn stains.

 

9. Clean exhaust hood with a degreaser – The kitchen is usually the dirtiest place in the house, from all the greasiness of the cooking dirt gets accumulated in every corner. The exhaust hood if not cleaned on a regular basis can get sticky and attract dirt. 

While this might seem like a tough job, any degreaser will get the job done in less than 30 minutes. Just spray the surface with the degreaser and wipe down with a wet cloth.

 

10. Clean kitchen drawers –  Get rid of any unwanted items in the kitchen drawers. When I am in a hurry, I tend to throw things in the drawers hoping to clean it out later. Once the drawers are cleaned, line them with a non-slip liner. I bought mine from IKEA. But you can check if your local stores sell them.

 

11. Lemons to clean sink and faucets – There is just so much you can do with lemons. It’s not only great to make your sink and faucets shine, but also fantastic cleaning agent to rub on dirty chopping boards. Just remember to sprinkle a little salt on your chopping board before you scrub with the lemons.

 

12. Wash pillows and dry them out – While we remember to wash bedsheets and pillow covers, never miss out washing pillows at least twice a year. 

 

13. Wipe down the glass – Clean glass doors, windows and mirrors with a glass cleaner. Alternatively, make your own DIY window cleaner using 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Newspapers are the best to clean streak-free windows.

 

14. Door Handles – Doors can be extra dirty if you have little kids at home who might end up touching the doors with everything they eat. Depending on the type of your door, you can usually clean them out with a bucket of soapy water and sponge and then wipe dry.

 

15. Clean spills – Tidy up any food mess in fridge and microwave.

 

16. Start from one end – Whether you are sweeping, vacuuming or mopping, start from the end of the room away from the door. So as you finish cleaning you are at the door, otherwise, you will have to walk across the clean floor to leave the room.

This tip is especially good to follow when you mop, so you are not walking across the wet floor.

 

17. Unclog drains – A natural way to unclog blocked drains is with vinegar and baking soda. Follow this recipe to clean your drains.

 

18. Get rid of black mould –  Sealants around the edges of bathtubs can often get mouldy from stagnant water. Removing this is easy with a strong toilet bleach. Add drops of toilet bleach on the mouldy bits can leave it overnight. Cover the bleach with some toilet paper to help soak the mould with the bleach. Leave it overnight and you will notice the would have disappeared the next morning.

 

19. Make your house smell good naturally with these tips.

 

20. Add some baking soda to trash – Baking soda is known to absorb odours eliminating the foul smell from the trash. Just add some baking soda to the bottom of your bin and then add your trash bag over it. This is sure to make your bins smell better. 

 

That’s it. And if you’ve noticed, lemon, baking soda and vinegar are the most commonly used natural cleaning agents. So make sure you have these handy to use in case of an emergency.

 

Free Spring Cleaning Checklist Printable

Now if you are ready to take on the dirt in your house and bring out the freshness, download our free spring cleaning checklist below.

Just click the link and download away!

<Quick Spring cleaning Checklist Printable>

spring cleaning checklist

 

Click below to share this free checklist to share with your friends on Pinterest!

Spring cleaning checklist printable to help declutter and deep clean room by room. Free Printable of check lists

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.