While this winter has been a bit of a roller coaster, oscillating between warm weather and cold weather every other day, spring is just around the corner! That means you will soon be able to put away your down jackets and winter boots in favor of your favorite short-sleeve top, cropped jeans and sandals. We can’t wait! However, it also means that it’s time for…SPRING CLEANING!
Spring cleaning can often be a daunting concept for many of us. Whether you live in a spacious house in a suburb or a cramped apartment in a city, the thought of going through closets, cleaning out cabinets and drawers and disinfecting hard-to-reach surfaces can seem overwhelming.
To make spring cleaning a bit more manageable, here is a top 10 checklist to help you out:
1. Clean your surfaces – Whether in your kitchen, bedroom or elsewhere, cleaning your surfaces – even in hard to reach places - is a must do! Using the CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Wand is an easy way to kill up to 99.9% of viruses, germs, certain molds and allergens on hard surfaces.
2. Wipe down floor boards, doors, walls & ceilings – This may seem like an unnecessary step, but these surfaces often get overlooked during your normal cleaning routine. And, they can acquire some major buildup over the year. To most effectively clean these surfaces, create a solution of ½ cup vinegar, 1 cup clear ammonia, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 gallon of water. (Note: wear gloves when applying solution to the walls!)
3. Vacuum & shampoo rugs – Rugs and floors are the place where kids and pets gather and play every day. It is essential to make sure the rug remains a safe space so a good vacuum and shampoo every spring is a must-do.
4. Dust and clean ceiling fans and blinds – Ceiling fans and blinds are hard-to-clean surfaces, but they too acquire some major buildup of dust and germs. Spread out drop cloths or old sheets or use an old pillowcase to catch the initial dust and debris. You can start by vacuuming up the loose dust, then clean use a disinfectant cleaner like Lysol Disinfectant Concentrate or choose a planet-friendly cleaner like CleanSmart Daily Surface Cleaner Bleach Free.
5. Dust and kill germs simultaneously - While you may dust your furniture and bookshelves regularly, during your spring cleaning you should remove everything (yes, all those pictures, books and nick-nacks) to dust shelves and surfaces completely. Our Pledge Multi-Surface Antibacterial Spray does double duty as it’s also an antibacterial spray that not only removes dust, but kills germs, viruses and up to 90% of allergens found in dust. Yes, please!
6. Wash and polish floors – To make your floors pristine and clean, try the Milstein’s Natural Floor Cleaner & Disinfect Concentrate. This natural cleaner is great for tackling tough stains and you can dilute it with water for gentle cleaning.
7. Clean upholstered furniture – Take cushions off and gently beat them outside to get rid of excess dust build up. Then vacuum under the cushions and in the cracks to clean out any debris that has settled. CleanWave Sanitizing Portable Vacuum is a UV-C hand-held vacuum that sanitizes while it vacuums. Genius!
8. Clean metal hardware and steel appliances – Door handles, cabinet knobs and appliance handles are all surfaces we touch every day. The e-cloth Stainless Steel cloth is perfect to use to wipe these surfaces down, plus it uses no chemicals. It will leave those surfaces smudge-free and sparkling clean.
9. Thoroughly clean the bathroom – As we all know, the bathroom can be one of the most germ-infested areas of your home. Make sure to thoroughly wipe down all surfaces, scrub all tiles, make certain that the tub and sink shine and pay special attention to all parts of the toilet bowl. Using a WC Wunder Antimicrobial Bristless Toilet Bowl Brush can increase your effectiveness when cleaning the toilet bowl.
10. Clean out the refrigerator & pantries – Take everything out of your refrigerator and use the e-cloth Kitchen Cloth to wipe down all surfaces within the refrigerator. Then before placing everything back in the refrigerator, assess what has expired. Old condiments and beverages that have been sitting there for ages need to go in the trash! The same goes for food cabinets and pantries. Take everything out, clean off all shelves with a disinfecting wipe and then dispose of what has expired.. You will be quite surprised by how much space you make!
These are just a few recommendations to get you started on your spring cleaning. We hope this post helps kick start your spring cleaning. You will feel really great once it’s done.
Stay tuned for our next blog on tips on how to really give your closet a spring-cleaning!
Good luck and happy (almost) spring!