Before you move forward with our Spring Cleaning Guide and your spring cleaning, these are some of the supplies you’ll need:
- Soft cloths (old t-shirts work great)
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Commercial cabinet cleaner
- Mild dish soap
- A squeegee
- Several sponges
- A one gallon bucket
- A vacuum cleaner with attachments
- Garbage bags
Getting Started – Windows
As noted in this Spring Cleaning Basics article at MarthaStewart.com, to start cleaning your windows:
- Dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water.
- Add a few drops of mild dish soap to the water. Yes it works!
- Using the sponge, wipe the window and rub the dirt away.
- Using a squeegee, start at the upper corner of the window then draw the squeegee down from top to bottom.
- Repeat number four with strokes that overlap.
- Using a cloth, dry the windowsills.
Tip: Do your window cleaning on a cloudy day. According to Donna Smallin,author of Cleaning Plain & Simple, if you clean your windows on a sunny day, the solution will dry too fast, leaving your windows with streaks.
There are seven important places to clean in your kitchen. Here are the big ones and how to clean them.
Start cleaning walls by:
- Removing loose dust or dirt with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.
- Using a clean, soft cloth, remove any remaining dust or dirt.
- With a cleaning product that’s safe for your walls such as ammonia and white vinegar, fill your one gallon bucket with warm water. Add 1/2 cup ammonia,1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda. Mix together, then wipe down walls using a soft cloth.
- Rinse your walls with plain, clean warm water.
To clean grease or dust that has built up, using a commercial cleaner that’s fit for your type of cabinets, wipe down cabinets with cleaner and a cloth.
1. Sort through food and check expiration dates, emptying cabinets and setting food
aside that you plan to keep as you move along.
- Sort through dishes and cups for damaged items that can go in the trash.
- Once cabinets have been emptied, wipe down shelves and walls with a soft cloth and mild detergent.
- Rinse and repeat.
- Let cabinets air dry or wipe them dry with a clean cloth.
Tip: organize cabinets with cabinets organizers such as these from Walmart, to help you better view what’s being stored in your cabinets, all year long.
Before cleaning any light fixture, turn off the electricity. Clean fixtures with warm water a soft cloth.
Tip: always be cautious when using commercial cleaners on light fixtures, as some can cause fixtures harm.
Dishwasher – yes, you must clean your dishwasher. Baking soda will do the trick. With a cloth, clean smudges on the exterior and interior. Then, run an empty load with baking soda.
Microwave – baking soda also works great on cleaning microwaves. Using a cloth, clean the interior and exterior of your microwave. Don’t forget to get the dust bunnies behind it, too. Wash the glass tray in the sink or in the dishwasher with dish soap.
Tip: avoid messes in the microwave and make cleaning your microwave’s interior even easier, with splatter cover, such as this cover from Nordic Ware.
Tip: to clean with baking soda, sprinkle baking soda on a cloth then add a few drops of warm water.
Toaster Oven – using a soapy cloth, wipe down the inside and outside of the toast oven after you’ve removed the racks and wiped out any crumbs.
Tip: make the glass on the outside of your toaster oven shine with a white vinegar/water mixture (it works great on all glass surfaces).
More on spring cleaning your kitchen.
Start spring cleaning your bedroom by sorting clothes in your closet and drawers. Get rid of clothes you have not worn in the past year and put them to better use by donating them to charity. Then, using a cloth, dust the inside and outside of your drawers.
Learn how to properly wash your bedding in this Bedding Care 101 article by Martha Stewart.
- Start cleaning your living room by de-cluttering it. Perhaps there are DVDs that you no longer watch that you can donate to charity, or books that can be organized.
- Move every piece of furniture in your living room to vacuum the floor. Don’t forget to dust each piece of furniture, as well. Your faithful soft cloths work great for wiping down sofas.
More on spring cleaning your living room.
Tip: Check out your local dollar store for low-cost bins to organize knick-knacks in.
Once you’re done with your spring cleaning, sit back, relax, and enjoy your Garden Communities apartment – and the rest of spring. Happy spring cleaning!