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Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist, 81 cleaning tips and a free printable

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Spring cleaning tips and checklist

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The smell of fresh air, birds chirping, the beginning of longer days full of sun shining means spring is here. Its time to open up the windows spring cleaning is among us and its time to tackle all the deep cleaning in your home.

When you have been locked in the house all winter long with kids. Finally being able to let them go out and release some of that energy is also like heaven. You can focus on getting the house back in order and get some cleaning done.

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These easy 81 simple best cleaning tips are what I do as a mom. I will share with you how to clean hard surfaces, how to use natural cleaning products, and how to deep clean certain areas. This post also includes a bonus free printable spring cleaning checklist and spring cleaning schedule to help you stay on track.

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When it comes to a proper deep clean it will take time and so you will need to schedule time. This is very critical in order to get the amount of work done without feeling overwhelmed.

Having kids around while trying to get clean done will can also slow you down. You will have to find pockets of time, schedule a sitter or a visit with the grandparents that would be helpful. If that is not an option try tackling a small task a day.

Spring Cleaning with a 4-week schedule

Setting up realistic expectations for deep cleaning your home will help you. It is impossible to deep cleaning a home in a weekend.

This basic schedule will be your guideline you can change the schedule on how you see fit. Move things around based on your life, responsibilities, chores, children, church, etc.

Cleaning should not be a stressful task and should not make you feel disgruntled. You are curating a sanctuary for you and your family. A place of love and comfort. Cleaning has overall health benefits as well as mental health benefits.

So let’s get to it!!

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When is National cleaning week

National cleaning week begins on the fourth Sunday in March. You can start this whenever it is best for you. But typically between the end of March and beginning of April is when to get it done.

Gathering your cleaning supplies

When it comes to cleaning my home I opt for natural cleaning products. Of course, the choices are boundless when it comes to buying cleaning products. Just don’t fall for all the hype and false advertisements.

You don’t need 7 cleaners filled with chemicals to clean your house. Vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, good cleaning tools, and a few good cloths will do the trick.

Use #NationalCleaningWeek and #CleaningWeek to follow and share your cleaning tips.

81 Best Tips to deep clean your house

I love this list from Good housekeeping. There are 50 cleaning tips that are super helpful. In addition there are 20 more spring cleaning tips from house beautiful.com However, I am going to add a few more for ya. To make a total of 81 Spring cleaning tips.

Deep clean your dishwasher

Deep clean your dishwasher

Empty your dishwasher. Sprinkle baking soda inside the whole machine. Place a cup of vinegar in the center of the bottom rack. Run it as usual with no dishes in it. It will shine like new. Pro tip: be sure to clean out your dishwasher drain. Find a Youtube video for your particular model.

Get rid of mold in bathroom shower

Get rid of mold in the shower

Take a bottle with pure white vinegar and spray down the entire shower. Wait an hour and then watch the yellow/red/black mold wash away. Pro tip: for mold under the surface it may be time to call a professional. Once mold has passed the pores of your tiles into the grout it’s time for a pro.

Clean kids plastic toys

Clean non-washable Plastic toys

Plastic play toys that can get damaged in the dishwasher. Wipe them down. My favorite spray to use is CleanSmart Toy Disinfectant Spray

Clean your washing machine and use Ecoegg laundry alternative

Smelly Washing Machine

Most washing machines have a clean cycle now and days. Fill that bad boy up with some vinegar and run the cycle to rid fo smells and dirt.

Recommended post: Ecoegg laundry alternative

Cleaning oil of clothing

Oil stains on clothes

Drops of oil on your clothes can ruin a great outfit. Place a little flour on the oil and let it sit. Then wash it in the machine. You can also try baking soda as well.

Clean your tea kettle

Stains in your tea kettle

Boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar in your tea kettle to remove the stains.

Cleaning windows

Cleaning sliding glass door trim

Place a towel near the track. Pour some vinegar with baking soda. Watch it bubble the dirt away. Then wipe clean.

Cleaning Spray bottle

Use a Magic Erasers to clean

The power of Magic Erasers can clean. Gym shoes, walls, counters, whiteboards, stain in highchair trays, baby dolls baseboard scuffs and so much more.

Vacuum Carpet

Vacuum your floor vents

With kids, the craziest things end up in your floor vents. Remove them and vacuum them out. You might even find spare change in there to pay you for your great efforts.

Child in car seat

Clean the yuck in car seats

With boundless travel adventures and snacks. Car seats are sure to get dirty. Remove the cover and throw it in the wash. Wipe down the car seat without the cover and be sure to wipe out the cup holder. There are tons of germs in there read more about that here.

Thieves Essential oil cleaner and diffuser

Clean your essential oil diffuser

After running your diffuser several times oil build-up will begin to form. Gently remove all access water and clean out your diffuser with mild soap and water. Insider the diffuser if you see exposed metal pieces clean them with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol.

Recommended post: Creating me time with essential oils

Some additional tips for you. As you clean your home and find items you need to get rid of think about starting a giveaway box.

When you find an item that hasn’t been used in 6 plus months, truly think about it if it will be used again. You are bound to run into things as you clean your home. The goal is to find it a home and if there is no home for it get rid of it.

You will be so happy you did.

Happy Cleaning to you mama!! If there are items you think I should add to the list let me know. Do you have some cleaning tips? Share below and I can add it in.

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