10 Places and Surfaces You Don’t Want to Forget While Spring Cleaning
“This post is sponsored by Casabella Home. All views expressed are that of my own.”
Now that the official calendar version of Spring is just hours away, it is time to break out the lighter jackets, and get to spring cleaning. Each year around this time, I start my entire home’s deep clean. I get the places, spots, and items I don’t have time to focus on daily about 2-3 times per year.
Now that I look around, there are just so many places that need a good scrub, dusting, or vacuum!
Are you getting all those “I didn’t think of that spots?” You may be surprised at some of these Places you don’t want to forget while Spring cleaning.
1. Heating vents and Filters- Each Spring and Fall I am always sure to change any heating filters I may have and I also vacuum out my heating vents. I have cast iron, baseboard heating so there is a lot of dust that easily collect in the vents. Cleaning and changing out these vents, or replacing heating filters also helps to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
2. Refrigerator inside and Out- I bet most of us could agree that there may be some science experiments growing inside old leftover containers in our fridges. I have a brand new fridge so I am actually doing ok in this department, but I know that I like to go through old dressing, sauce, and food containers at least twice per year or more; that’s when my recycle bins gets really full!
But what about under the fridge?
The heating elements, and air intake underneath our refrigerators is essential in keeping out units in working order. Be sure to vacuum out underneath and around the coils which are typically dust bunny central.
3. Ceiling Fans and Lighting Fixtures- Did you ever look up at your lighting fixtures and think wow, those are filthy? You would think ceiling fans in particular would blow away the dust! Strangely, they are like dust and dirt magnets! I love to use either an old fuzzy sock, or now this Chenille Mini Duster from Casabella Home. It is soft enough not to scratch my fixtures, and works wonderfully at trapping dust.
4. Dryer Hoses and Vents- Besides emptying your lint trap before and after each laundry load, it is of utmost importance to thoroughly clean your dryer at least twice per year. I unscrew the intake hoses from my dryer, and shake it to make sure there is not lint, wrappers, or junk inside. When you have kids, anything is possible! Also, they make special lint trapping brushes that can reach deep down inside the lint trap to remove any lint stuck inside.
5. Bathroom Ceiling Vents-I don’t know about your’s but my bathroom vents are super fuzzy right now! They definitely are in need of a good clean. I suggest unscrewing the face plate to really give them a good scrub with some warm soapy water. Just be sure to dry them thoroughly to prevent any rusting.
6. Range Hoods & Stoves- Even if you do not typically fry things, grease, dirt, and dust love to stick to range hoods. In the spring it is also a great time to consider changing out any filters you may have. I find a combination of lemon and vinegar do a great job at removing grease! I always prefer to clean with natural products. I am loving the Contour Spray Bottle from Casabella home which is easy to grip, and pretty to leave on the counter.
7. Vacuums- Ok, I promise I am not crazy on this one, but when is the last time you actually cleaned out your vacuum? Having pets or little ones leaves our vacuums super stinky, and loaded with gunk! I clean out my vacuums canister by submerging them in warm water with vinegar and lemon. This cleans the canisters of stuck on dirt, food, and dust. Plus, I like to air out my filters outside and really shake them out to get them free of nastiness!
The spring is also a great time to cut out any hairballs, floss, or strings from your vacuums rollers. Just remember, *NEVER submerge any electrical pieces in water. Make sure your vacuum is unplugged before cleaning.
8. Curtains- Spring is a great time to wash curtains or even change them out. Curtains absorb so many odors and collect tons of dust. By washing them in cold water and air or gentle drying them, you can really freshen up your window area, and living space.
9. Blinds- I don’t know about your blinds, but my blinds get super sticky, dusty and all around nasty from having kids! If you don’t have the money to replace your blinds, consider washing them in the tub. I wash mine with vinegar and lemon and allow them to air dry over my shower. The tub method works wonders and gets of sticks messes. Use a rag or Scrubby Sponges from Casabella Home to get the job done right, and get those blinds scum-free.
For cleaning the windows, I am loving the Quick Spray Window Washer which allows me to pre-fill the reservoir with lemon infused vinegar for an efficient, streak-free shine. This tool gets in those hard to reach with a wad of towels spaces!
10. Washer Machine- Does your washer machine smell super funky? Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a large hot water cycle and allow the machine to sit for at least one hour. I also clean around the fabric softener/bleach intakes and anywhere else that is funky. I use a sponge and some warm water, and lemon infused vinegar solution.
I hope these tips inspire you all to get cleaning. For me, I get so motivated when I get new cleaning supplies in. My recent shipment from Casabella Home had me so excited to get cleaning! I just love their colorful products because they are not an eyesore if let out. They also are super innovative, and work wonders for all homeowners!