Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Ahh, the air is crisp and the birds are singing outside. The sunlight is getting warmer, clothing is getting lighter, and nature comes out of it’s hibernation. What a great time of year…

 If you’re planning on doing a good deep-clean on your home, here is a checklist and reminder list for you.

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Kitchen

-Refrigerator, throw away outdated food, clean shelves and drawers, pull it out and get behind it, vacuum grill and coil

-Cabinets- take dishes and pans out, clean shelves and doors, reorganize to make best use of space

-Run the dishwasher empty, with vinegar or baking soda

-Deep-clean ovens and microwave

-Dust off pictures, paintings, shelving, decorations, ceiling fans

-Scrub and polish floors

-Wipe down walls with warm water

-Clean windows

-Clean out hood vent, wash filter

-Clean out freezer, discard unwanted items

Tip- Use newspaper instead of paper towels to wash windows- it reuses the newspaper and scrubs the windows more effectively

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Laundry

-Clean behind washer and dryer

-Unattach dryer hose and clean lint from inside and around

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Bathrooms

-Deep-scrub tubs and sinks

-Clean out drawers, re-organize

-Discard unused cosmetics and medications

-Clean around toilets

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Throughout House

-Move furniture to clean behind and underneath, vacuum cushions

-Take rugs outside and beat dust out of them, then vacuum

-Take down paintings and pictures, clean them and behind them

-Wipe down walls with warm water

-Take down light fixtures and clean them

-Shake rugs

-Wash trash cans

-Clean behind and dust off electronic devices

-Check and replace light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs

-Wipe down plants with damp cloth

-Change batteries in smoke detectors

-Shampoo carpets and rugs/ polish hardwood

-Steam-clean upholstery

-Reseal grout

-Vacuum out vents

-Take books off shelves, clean shelves, wipe down books

-Polish wood furniture and banisters

-Strip and re-wax vinyl or linoleum floors

-Wash windows and screens

-Replace cold weather bedding, (wash and put away) for warm weather bedding

-Organize and clean out closets

-Take out warm-weather clothing, clean and store away

-Gather unwanted/unused toys and items to give to charity

-Clean and organize storage areas and attic

-Use WD-40 to lubricate door and window hinges

-Polish hardware on doors, windows and drawers

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Outside

-Clean out gutters and window wells

-Aerate and fertilize lawns

-Turn soil in gardens

-Clean outdoor furniture

-Wash lighting fixtures

-Spray down outside of house and wash dirty areas with soapy water

-Scrub cement areas with thick outdoor broom and soapy water

-Wash patio and porch walls and ceilings

-Re-paint or stain wood decks and fences

-Check and replace hot tub and swimming pool filters

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