Your must-do spring-cleaning checklist


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Spring is almsot here, which means you clearly have the bug to clean your house from top to bottom, right? Doubtful! With sunny skies and flowers blooming, the last place you probably want to be is inside. Fortunately, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a major undertaking, but we bet there are a few places in your home that don't get your undivided attention during the year. Here are four areas in your home you must clean this spring.


1. Curtains

Obviously you could take down your curtains and wash them, let them dry (make sure to check washing and drying instructions!), press them and re-hang them, but wow! That takes a lot of effort. Instead, use the upholstery brush on your vacuum cleaner and make sure to get in the creases if you have long drapes — dust and — ick! — cobwebs may be lurking there.


2. Mattress and pillows

A useful household product comes into play here: baking soda. For your mattress, sprinkle a layer of baking soda on a bare mattress (remove sheets and mattress pad) and let it sit for one hour, according to Daily Mom. Then, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to clean it up. For pillows, run them through the washing machine (just 1 or 2 at a time) using warm water. To get rid of smells, add a half cup of baking soda to the wash cycle. To dry them, add two tennis balls that have been inserted into two different socks. According to Clean My Space, this will help beat out the extra water.


3. Windows and blinds

This may be the least favorite chore of any homeowner, but This Old House has an idea that makes it much easier — use a dash of dishwashing soap in a bucket of water and a cloth strip applicator to wash the windows and scrub off dirt. Then use a squeegee to wipe them clean. All of these items can be found at home improvement stores and are much easier (and better for the environment) than using dozens of paper towels. For blinds, place an old sock over your hand and, with the blinds closed, run the sock over the blinds to dust them.


4. Shower

Certainly you clean your shower on a regular basis, but this is spring cleaning, so it’s time to get into the nooks and crannies here. On Organize.com, Peter Walsh says you can remove mildew from the corners of your shower by soaking cotton balls in bleach, placing them in each corner, and leaving them there while you clean. When you’re done, the mildew should be gone. He suggests cleaning the grout with rubbing alcohol. If scrubbing is needed, use a sponge or toothbrush, or spray the grout with rubbing alcohol (you can find empty spray bottles at many dollar stores) after cleaning the tiles and grout with your regular bathroom cleaner.


Here’s a few other places you might not clean on a regular basis that you should touch up now (for a more extensive list, visit I Dream Of Clean):

  • Dust crown molding and baseboards

  • Dust/vacuum lampshades

  • Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans

  • Replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors