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The Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 4, 2024

The Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is here and it’s time to freshen up your home! Cleaning house top to bottom can feel overwhelming but breaking it down into smaller tasks makes it much more manageable. Here is the ultimate room-by-room spring cleaning checklist to help you tackle every nook and cranny.

Kitchen

Fridge

  • Clean inside fridge with all-purpose cleaner and sanitize with hydrogen peroxide/water solution
  • Check expiration dates and toss anything spoiled
  • Wipe down exterior of fridge and handles
  • Clean top of fridge – this often gets neglected!
  • Clean out pantry, toss expired items, wipe down shelves
  • Clean microwave – inside and out plus the turntable
  • Shine up small appliances like toaster oven, instant pot, coffee maker
  • Clean range hood – remove grease filter and rinse, wipe down hood
  • Deep clean oven – use oven cleaner and/or baking soda paste

Sink and Counters

  • Clear surfaces completely – store appliances or toss unnecessary items
  • Clean inside cabinets – wipe down shelves and drawers
  • Wipe down cabinet exteriors and hardware
  • Shine sink – use baking soda and vinegar, scrub off stains
  • Scour countertops – use all purpose cleaner and rinse
  • Unclog sink – try baking soda and vinegar, or a plunger
  • Scrub floor – hands and knees scrubbing really gets tiles clean

Dishwasher

  • Clean inside – wipe down racks, use baking soda in empty cycle
  • Clean exterior – especially along sealing edges of door
  • Unclog spray arms – use a thumbtack to clear blocked holes
  • De-lime if needed – use white vinegar or commercial de-limer

Dining Room

  • Wash chairs – wipe down or use upholstery cleaner if needed
  • Clean table – scrub top, wipe down legs and base
  • Wipe down walls – spot clean any marks or scuffs
  • Dust lighting fixtures – gently wipe curled bulbs and shades
  • Shampoo rugs – move furniture and deep clean carpets

Living Room

  • Dust surfaces – wipe bookcases, TV stand, shelves
  • Polish furniture – treat wood furniture with polishing oil
  • Vacuum under furniture cushions and in crevices
  • Wash windows, screens, and sills – do inside and out
  • Shampoo rugs and upholstery – consider hiring pros for big jobs
  • Flip and rotate mattresses – freshens up the bedroom!

Bathrooms

  • Clean shower/tub – scrub walls, tiles, tub, and faucet
  • Disinfect toothbrush holder – replace old toothbrushes too
  • Clean out under sink – toss expired products
  • Scrub vanity – clean mirror, drawer pulls, and countertop
  • Scour toilet bowl – use a pumice stone to remove stains
  • Wipe down walls and flooring – mop tiles, spot clean walls
  • Clean drains – use a bent wire to fish out hair clogs

Bedrooms

  • Vacuum under bed – roll up rugs too to get the dust bunnies
  • Wash bedding – sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases
  • Clean ceiling fans – dust the blades and light fixtures
  • Wipe down walls – spot clean any scuffs or marks
  • Clean windows – do inside and out, wash curtains
  • Disinfect electronics – phones, tablets, remotes, keyboards

Basement

  • Clear clutter – be ruthless in deciding what to donate/toss
  • Vacuum – get into corners and scrub stains from concrete
  • Check for leaks – inspect walls and foundation for any moisture
  • Clean out gutters – prevent water pooling by windows
  • Inspect insulation – replace any damaged or soaked areas
  • Clean water heater – flush out sediment by draining 5 gallons

Outdoor Areas

  • Sweep porch and deck – scrub stains with deck cleaner
  • Wash outdoor furniture – scrub cushions and hose down surfaces
  • Clean grill – degrease grates and burners
  • Touch up outdoor paint – freshen up railings, shutters, trim
  • Wash windows – do the outside of windows and screens
  • Plant flowers – pots on porch and annuals in beds bring color
  • Mulch gardens – freshen up beds and trees with new mulch

Tackling spring cleaning from room to room helps break an overwhelming chore into smaller tasks. Don’t forget garage and yard maintenance too! What spring cleaning tasks do you look forward to – or dread? Let me know if you have any other must-do spring cleaning tips to add to this checklist. Happy cleaning!

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