The Lazy Person’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

By: Sarah Beaumont

March 5, 2017

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The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and we may have even felt the warmth of the sun for a few seconds the other day. It’s finally happening — spring is plotting its long-awaited return. And after a lengthy winter in hibernation mode, we’re guessing your house (and ours) could use a little refresh.

But who wants to waste those first precious moments of sunshine scrubbing and dusting? So for the lazy person in all of us, we’ve got simple room-by-room hacks to get your space spring-ready, fast.

Start with the right supplies. If you have to run around the house searching for a sponge or a disinfecting spray every time you’re ready to clean something, it’s going to be a lot harder to get down to business. Create a cleaning caddy filled with all of the essentials to tote around as you scrub.

Tackle each room from the top. For each room, start from the top and work down. That way, any dust or residue that comes from above, will be what you pick up last.

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The living room typically gets a lot of foot traffic, which means lots of dust and dirt build-up. If you have a large area rug, attack it with the vacuum section by section, spending at least 30 seconds on each part. Scrub carefully at stains and let baking soda sit to remove odors. If you have blinds, use a dust mitt or an old sock to dust them. For curtains or drapes, go over them with a lint roller or use the vacuum hose attachment.

For upholstered furniture, remove your seat cushions and hit them with the vacuum, cleaning up any crumbs or gross debris build-up. Take a very small duster or even a paintbrush to small, delicate areas like picture frames or lamp shades.

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The kitchen is one of those areas that requires pretty constant upkeep. But when it’s time for a deep, spring clean, take things apart and tackle them simultaneously. Steam clean the microwave by warming vinegar or lemon water inside. It loosens crud and makes it easier to wipe. While you’re cleaning countertops, floors and appliances, soak stove grates and knobs with soapy water. For the kitchen sink, disinfect with white vinegar and follow up with a spray of hydrogen peroxide, taking care to not mix them at once. You can pretty much wash anything in the dishwasher, so disinfect your sponges in there before using them.

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No one likes cleaning the bathroom, but we’ve got some good news. You can clean it while you sleep. Yep, you heard us right. Soak the toilet, shower, and sink with white vinegar overnight to remove tough stains and bacteria build up. You can even get that shower head that’s never been washed by tying a bag filled with white vinegar around it. Have glass shower doors? Remove water stains with a cut lemon or lemon oil. Other water stains can actually be washed away with a spritz of Coca Cola, believe it or not. Shower curtain liners are so affordable, we suggest tossing yours for a new one.

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Chances are, you’re probably not cleaning your bedding often enough. To get that spring fresh feeling, wash your mattress cover on the highest setting and add a cup of white vinegar. Ever clean your mattress? We’re guessing no. Sprinkle baking soda on top of it to remove dirt and odors. Leave it there when you put your sheets back on and allow it to sink in. Finally, revive those old pillows by tossing them in the washing machine.
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