Spring Cleaning: The Comprehensive Room-by-Room Checklist

Why do we deep clean our homes each spring? Multiple theories exist, with popular ones pointing to the tradition of doing so for centuries in the Jewish faith and Chinese culture. No matter the origin, we spring clean because in most cases, it needs to be done. We tend to get a bit lazy in the wintertime, after all.

Use this comprehensive room-by-room checklist to ensure you don’t miss a spot this year:

Kitchen

This room requires the deepest cleaning, so start with it to ensure you tackle it when at full steam.

  • kitchen-cleaning-ovenTake all washable items—dish towels, pot holders and rugs—to the laundry room and start a load. Bring any rugs you can’t wash outside for a good shake.
  • Dust any blinds and clean any windows.
  • Remove all food from the freezer and quickly wipe down surfaces with a cloth dampened with diluted cleaning solution; don’t forget the seals where food debris can hide. Toss anything past its expiration date and put remaining items back inside. Do the same with the fridge. Be sure to remove bins and wash them with soapy water. Wipe down the exterior of the appliance.
  • Remove all burner covers or pans from the stovetop and shelves from the oven. Soak them in soapy water in the sink. Wipe down all surfaces on and in the appliance. You may need a more heavy-duty cleaner for the oven, or you can opt to set the self-cleaning cycle but be sure to get kids and pets out of the house while it runs as the fumes can be a health hazard for them.
  • Place a glass bowl filled with diluted vinegar in the microwave. Heat on high for five minutes. This will loosen any spills and splatters. Remove the glass plate and place in the soapy water in your sink. Wipe down all surfaces on and in the appliance.
  • Wipe down all cabinetry and countertops with products made for their material.
  • Sweep and mop the floor, with a product made for its material, pulling appliances away from the wall to get to all areas.
  • Once your floors are dry, return to rinse off the stovetop, oven and microwave pieces and put the appliances back together. Replace freshly washed or vacuumed rugs and any other laundered items.

Living Room

  • canister-vacuum-cleanerTake all washable items—furniture or pillow covers and rugs—to the laundry room and start a load. Bring any rugs you can’t wash outside for a good shake.
  • Dust entire room from top to bottom, including ceiling fan, ceiling corners, trim, tops of doors, blinds, all furniture and lamps. Clean any windows.
  • Vacuum all upholstered furniture.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor, moving furniture to get all areas. Dust mop if appropriate. Replace freshly washed or vacuumed rugs and any other laundered items.

Bedrooms

  • Take all washable items—comforter, sheets, pillowcases, mattress cover and rugs—to the laundry room and start a load. Bring any rugs you can’t wash outside for a good shake.
  • Dust entire room from top to bottom, including ceiling fan, ceiling corners, trim, tops of doors, blinds, all furniture and lamps. Clean any windows.
  • Freshen your mattress by sprinkling it with baking soda and letting it sit for an hour.
  • Vacuum all upholstered furniture. Take a break until you reach an hour after you put down the baking soda, and then vacuum it up.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor, moving furniture to get all areas. Dust mop if appropriate. Replace freshly washed or vacuumed rugs and any other laundered items.

Bathrooms

  • detailed-bathroom-cleaning2Take all washable items—bath towels and rugs—to the laundry room and start a load. Bring any rugs you can’t wash outside for a good shake.
  • Sweep or vacuum bathroom floor.
  • Spray shower/tub walls and floor, and toilet, with desired cleaning solutions and let sit.
  • Dust any blinds and clean any windows and mirrors. Do the same for any countertop containers.
  • Wipe down all cabinetry and countertops with products made for their material.
  • Scrub shower/tub walls and floor, plus toilet, with a hard-bristle brush, then rinse.
  • Mop the floor with a product made for its material. Replace freshly washed or vacuumed rugs and any laundered items when dry.

Laundry Room

  • Photo: Philip Wilson via Flickr

    After your last load during spring cleaning, tackle this room.

  • Dust entire room from top to bottom, including ceiling corners, trim, tops of doors and any blinds. Remove items from any shelves to clean underneath and behind. Clean any windows.
  • Pull the lint screen from your dryer. Remove any lint, then place in a sink filled with hot soapy water to soak.
  • Run a load with just 1 cup of vinegar added to the water.
  • Wipe down your washer and dryer with a damp cloth.
  • Scrub lint screen to remove residue from dryer sheets, allow to air-dry, then replace in appliance.
  • Sweep and mop the floor with a product made for its material.

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