Ah, the birds are chirping, the snow is melting, the flowers are blooming…

It’s officially that time of year that most people have been waiting for – spring!

But, the one thing we may not all have been anxiously anticipating is the spring cleaning…

The last thing on your mind after being home all winter long is to stay inside, scrubbing and cleaning the day away when the perfect, sunny warm days have finally arrived.

So, whether or not you have time to clean your entire home from top to bottom, or just a few hours to address some neglected chores, these items should be first on your spring cleaning to-do list!

1. The Fridge/Freezer

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Save your future-self some stress and make some much-needed space in your fridge and freezer now. Pull out all of the refrigerator and freezer drawers and racks and wash them thoroughly. Clean the inside with a de-greaser or scouring pad to get rid of any sticky residue. Replace that old box of baking soda with a fresh one and don’t forget to vacuum the condenser coils on the back – your fresh vegetables will thank you!

2. The Oven

Oven Before and After 1If you can’t see through your oven window or if you’re getting used to that smell of food burning every time you preheat, then it’s time to clean your oven out. If you have an oven with an auto-clean cycle, it’s important to wipe out any big spills first to prevent flare-ups.

For manual cleaning, try using a natural paste of baking soda, water and liquid dish soap instead of harsh chemicals.

Be sure to wipe up grease and grime spills as soon as it happens instead of letting it sit inside your oven, allowing it to get harder as time passes.

Clean that thing now and it’ll be pristine and sparkly when you are ready to fire it up again.

3. Gutters

Gutters 1Give the exterior of your home a fast facelift by removing leaves and debris from your gutters before they start sprouting seedlings. Regular gutter-maintenance is overlooked and oftentimes forgotten about completely. Keeping the gutter area clean helps to prevent rotting and water damage to your house.

Use a leaf blower, or simply scoop out the debris and blow out the remaining dirt with a hose. While you’re clearing the gutters, check for cracks in the seams. Use an old chisel to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area thoroughly. Use new bead silicon sealant to keep water from getting behind the gutters.

4. Carpets and Rugs

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Carpets accumulate a lot of dust, dirt and even fungi over time, all of which are unsightly, unhygienic and can be potential health hazards. Up to 80 percent of carpet dirt is loose on the surface and can be easily removed with regular vacuuming.

Extend the life and appearance of your carpets and banish those really stubborn bugs and stains with regular deep cleaning.

It’s well worth renting steam-cleaning equipment or hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to do the job.

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5. Windows – Inside and Out!

Clean, clear windows make any room feel lighter, brighter and cleaner simply by letting more light in. Not to mention, the more natural light you get, the less electricity you use.

When cleaning your windows, wipe the insides up and down and the outside left to right. If you end up with streaks, you’ll know which side they’re on. Don’t forget to wash screens, windowsills and tracks.

This is the perfect time to revive drab window coverings. Just run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes and rehang immediately.

For a quick, complete wipe-down of your window blinds, shut the blinds and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Then close the blinds in the opposite direction and wipe other side.

 

We know we could have listed a dozen other things, like your pantry, copper pots or countertops, but this is the bare minimum.

What are some other must-dos on your spring cleaning list?