It’s that time again! Spring is in the air, and with it, a desire, or at least a need, to spring clean. While spring cleaning is nothing new, this year, having your home dust, grease, and virus free is as much a necessity as it is a desire. Not only will spring cleaning give you peace of mind that you and your family are protected, but it gives you one leg up if you are thinking about or need to sell your home in the near future.
First things first, you need to declutter each room that you are planning to clean. Organize your stuff in keep, store, and give away piles. Anything that you will be keeping in the room and putting back on display or in use should be cleaned and disinfected.
Secondly, gather all the materials that you are going to need to get the job done.
- Scrub brush/large and small
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels
- Broom and dustpan
Gather cleaning solutions:
- Baking soda
- A bag of lemons
- Ammonia (do not mix with bleach)
- Disinfecting alcohol
- Home use bleach (do not mix with ammonia) 4 tsp. per quart of water
When cleaning, it is good idea to do the most complex room or your least favorite room first. You will stay motivated because you know the worst or most rigorous room is behind you. With that said, let’s talk about the kitchen.
- Clean from the top down – lights, ceiling, walls
- Clean the upper cabinets-clean the inside out by taking everything out and wiping it down. Wipe down the outside with soapy water. If they are particularly greasy, add a bit of ammonia to quickly break it down. Disinfect the shelves and the knobs/pulls with a 70% solution of alcohol or diluted household bleach. For additional recommendations from the CDC, check out their website. (Along with knobs and pulls, they also recommend routinely disinfecting high-touch areas like light switches, remotes, lamps, door handles, desktops, computers, phones, keyboards, faucets, sinks, etc…).
- Clean the floors and baseboards. Depending on the type of flooring you have, use minimal water with soap and a disinfectant. Be sure to dry thoroughly to keep from causing any damage to the flooring. Use a clean and sterilized (or new) mop head when mopping to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
- Clean all appliances. Spray baking soda and water on burnt material, and let it dry before cleaning it off. Wipe down the insides. Take all removable parts out and let them soak before putting them back in the appliance. Wash and disinfect all items stored in the appliances.
- Clean the lower cabinets/drawers by first taking everything out. Then vacuum the drawer before cleaning with a solution and finishing with a disinfectant in the drawers, on the pulls, and on the items you are adding back into the lower cabinet/drawer.
- Wash the faucets and counters. Make sure the cleaner and disinfectant are approved for your type of counter surface.
- Don’t forget the trash can! Wash, disinfect, and let it dry before adding a clean trash bag.
Note: As with any cleaning procedure, it is best for your health and your family to make sure the area can be properly ventilated during and after cleaning.
Bathrooms are probably most people’s least favorite room to clean, but the good news is there is a lot less to deep clean than in the kitchen. Again, work your way from the top to bottom.
- Vacuum the fan and vents before starting with a liquid cleaner.
- Clean the walls and the ceiling.
- Remove all the contents from the cabinets. Discard unused or expired items. Clean the inside and outside of the cabinets. Disinfectant everything as you add it back to clean cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect all the surfaces: tub, shower walls, counter tops, sinks, toilet, etc… use different rags for different areas.
- Clean the floor and baseboards and disinfect.
Next, do the other rooms in your home: bedrooms, living rooms, office, etc…
- Clean the walls, lights, and switches.
- Move any furniture to one corner.
- Clean the area with a liquid cleaner, then disinfect, and then move the furniture back.
- Clean and disinfect all decorative items and shelving, including, lamps, book shelves, end tables, etc…
- Clean the upholstery and carpet with soap and water or hire a professional.
- Wash all bedding and exterior pillow covers if possible.
Because the task of deep spring cleaning can be so exhaustive and time-consuming, it is best to break it up over a week or two. Make a plan and don’t overwhelm yourself with planning too much in one day.
Being forced to be home-bound can seem burdensome at times, but with a little shift of perspective, it can be a perfect excuse to do some of the things you have put off (like spring cleaning) and give you time to actually enjoy it once it is done. And hey, if you get that big job promotion that sends you to another city, or you are just ready to get out of the city, you can consider putting your home on the market—because hey, it’s move-in ready!