Spring has officially sprung here at Sola Station! While we’re all still adjusting to this new at-home lifestyle, we think one of the best ways to take advantage of all this downtime is to get started on your spring cleaning. To help make this process as effective and productive as possible, we’ve compiled a list of some essential spring cleaning tips and tricks.
Making a schedule and time-blocking your tasks will help to ensure that you don’t spend too much time on any one room or area. Remember to clean one room at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do too many tasks at once. Working from the top to bottom in each room is especially important. Start with the ceiling fans, light fixtures, or corners of the room that may have gathered dust and work your way down to avoid dropping debris on an area that you’ve already cleaned. When cleaning your windows, be sure not to do it in direct sunlight, because this will lead to streaks on the glass. Opening up the windows helps to bring in the fresh air and removes the dust and chemical smells from cleaning. You can also make cleaning more enjoyable by playing your favorite music or this cleaning playlist in the background!
Start organizing your kitchen by going through your refrigerator, freezer, cabinets and pantry and throwing out any food that has expired. Wipe down the insides and outsides of cabinets, drawers and shelves to get rid of dust, crumbs or spills. You can use ice cubes and lemon rinds, followed by cold water, to clean and freshen your garbage disposal. To remove stubborn baked-on food, use your oven’s self-cleaning function. Once the cleaning cycle has finished and the oven has cooled, you can use a damp cloth to wipe away any remaining residue. Organize your collection of Tupperware and get rid of any extra lids or containers without lids. If you have a “junk drawer” in your kitchen, organize it and dispose of anything that is no longer needed. Drawer organizers are helpful to keep items tidy and separated.
Wash or replace your shower curtain or curtain liner. Go through your make-up, skincare, hair products and medicine cabinet and throw out any expired products. Unclog bathtub and sink drains to keep them draining properly. If you have tile in your bathroom, don’t forget to clean the grout between the tiles. Mildew and soap scum can accumulate in your bathtub and shower, so be sure to give those areas a thorough scrub.
Launder your pillows and bedding. You can clean your mattress by sprinkling a cup of baking soda on top for at least 30 minutes to lift the dirt and smell, then use a vacuum hose to gather it up. Go through your clothes and shoes and sort them into four categories: keep, storage (seasonal items), give away, and throw away.
If you’re someone who prefers not to use harsh chemical products when cleaning, or you don’t want to make a trip to the store, there are plenty of common household items that can be used for cleaning: baking soda, white vinegar, lemon/citrus fruits, essential oils, newspaper (cleaning windows), tennis balls (in the laundry), and dryer sheets (on surfaces to prevent dust from settling). Check out these three DIY safe cleaning solutions. We hope these tips help to make your spring cleaning go smoothly. Happy spring from your friends at Sola Station!