1. Make a list
I like to write down what needs to be done as spring cleaning can be overwhelming. On this list, I not only write down what I would like to accomplish but I also write down what supplies I made need.
2. Gather Supplies
I like to gather up everything that I need for my spring clean and place it all in the first room that I will be cleaning. I will place all the smaller cleaning supplies like the cloths, brushes, gloves, cleaners, and Pumice Stones in a large carry tote so I can easily carry it from room to room. I will also move the vacuum and carpet cleaner into that room.
3. Clean one room at a time
I find it easier to do all the cleaning in one room at a time as this makes it less overwhelming. I also like to only focus on one room a day so my cleaning can take me several days or weekends. If you find it easier to do it all in one day that can be good too, to just get it over with.
4. Enlist help
Have family members help with the cleaning and it will get done faster, Even younger kids can help. I have my boys put old socks on their hand and they help with dusting. Kids also make great trash runners. Older kids can clean their rooms also. To get my family to help, I bribe them with ice cream sundaes.
5. Use safe cleaners
Be good to the environment and your health and consider using safe cleaners. There are many choices at the store when it comes to eco-friendly cleaners or you could make your own. I like using baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils to make my cleaners. Another natural item that I like using to clean is a Pumice Stone. These stones are great for more than you feet, They are awesome scrubbers that get rid of hard water, lime, calcium, and rust stains on so many surfaces. I love using mine in my toilet. I have very hard water in my house and my toilets tend to get these orange/brown water lines on them. Regular cleaners don't remove this ugly stains like a pumice stone. Since I use these wonderful stones for the toilet, I like to have several on hand to clean the different surfaces in my house. Other surfaces that I use a Pumice Stone on is the porcelain sinks and bathtubs. I found a great deal on four pumice stones on Amazon.
6. How to clean the toilet
This is my method to cleaning those stubborn hard water stains on my toilet. I first turn off the water supply to the toilet and then flush it so almost all the water is out of the toilet. I then put on some disposable gloves as we are talking about cleaning a germ infested toilet. Then I take the Pumice Stone and use it to scrub away the hard water stains. For stubborn stains, you might have to use some good old "elbow grease". I am always amazed that this natural stone cleans away the hard water stains without scratching my toilet.
7. Put on some music
Go ahead blast your favorite music to help you clean. I always find that fast music gets me cleaning faster.
8. Clean the carpets
Winter tends to bring in a lot of dirt and most of it seems to end up on my carpets. I like to first vacuum the carpets and then I use my carpet cleaner to give them a good wash. If you don't own a carpet cleaner, you can also rent one. I like to use a 1/4 cup of ammonia with hot water in my carpet cleaner for a DIY cleaner. This is not only a cheaper cleaner but I find it works better than the store bought cleaners. For stubborn spots, I use fabric stain removers. Just spray a little of the fabric stain remover on the spot and then use a toothbrush to scrub it. Then use the carpet cleaner to rinse away the cleaner.
9. Wash the curtains
It is amazing how dusty curtains can get so place them in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. Check the tag on your curtains first to make sure they can be washed in the machine.
10. Change out the bedding
In the winter, I use a heavier comforter on my bed so I switch my heavy one for my lighter one. I then wash the heavy comforter and store it away until winter. Those plastic storage bags that you can suck out all the air work great for storing the comforters in less space.
11. Organize closets
This is a great time to clean out closets and donate all those clothes you never wear. I like to also clean out my pantry and fridge too. Since I am in the fridge, I take the time to wipe down shelves and vacuum too. No, I don't vacuum inside the fridge but rather get all that dust that accumulates in the back and in the bottom front of the fridge. This helps to make your fridge run better too.
12. Reward yourself
You worked hard to get the house ready for spring so go out for a special treat like ice cream. This is also a great time to buy some colorful spring items for the house like new pillows, flowers, or plants.
"These opinions are my own and I received samples of Pumice Stones to facilitate this post."