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spring cleaning tipsI ask because I’m wondering if there are others like me who are as passionately (my spouse would say maniacally) committed to an annual deep spring cleaning? In my home, by the end of the three-day weekend, I’ve usually gone through about 200 Q-tips, 3 gallons of vinegar and have dropped off a large donation of gently-used items to a charity.

I would LOVE to hear about your spring cleaning to-do list and tips!


  • Pour boiling water down all sinks
  • Run the washing machine with only vinegar added
  • Move all large appliances and large pieces of furniture for vacuuming and mopping (and removal of dreaded dog hair dust bunnies)
  • Wipe down all small kitchen appliances, including the power cords (you’ll be surprised what you’ll find stuck on the cord of your mixer)
  • Wash all dog beds and refresh with cedar chips
  • Take down all hanging art, mirrors and picture frames, dust and dust picture rails
  • Wash baseboards throughout house
  • Q-tip clean all corners and crevices (around sinks, faucets, light switch plates, doorways, etc.)
  • Per HGTV.com’s Help Around the Home: swap out high wattage bulbs for energy-efficient 3-way bulbs
  • Take all books off bookshelves, dust and downsize
  • Take all rugs outside and beat them
  • Use peroxide to whiten porcelain in the cast iron clawfoot tub
  • Give all indoor plants a bath

  • Dust all light fixtures and ceiling fans, reverse direction on ceiling fans for spring
  • Downsize, donate and pack up winter bedding and clothes with tons of bay leaves
  • Wash and bleach the white cloth shower curtain, window curtains, mattress pad and bed skirt
  • Remove everything from the refrigerator, freezer and pantry, wash top to bottom, return only what’s fresh along with new boxes of baking soda
  • Empty the linen closet, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, dust, downsize, return only what’s needed
  • Replace all spices with new ones from the international farmer’s market
  • Clean the vacuum cleaner
  • Buy a new broom for good luck, make the broom from this year’s spring cleaning the outdoor broom
  • Buy a new front door mat, move old one to the back door

Go get pizza and beer. And celebrate because for a few days, maybe a week, my home is truly spotless!!!

Next week, the outside of the house and the cars…

For HGTV.com’s official, printable Spring Cleaning Checklist, click here.


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40 Responses

  1. Jesse says:

    Don't forget to have that vacuum service, or at least looked at as well, even if you THINK it is running properly.
    Vacuuming often is the factor for keeping you carpet looking good for years to come…along with at least a semi-annual carpet cleaning as well.
    More tips at <a href="http://www.ProCleanSTL.com” target=”_blank”>www.ProCleanSTL.com

  2. juel says:

    i wish I had the time(and energy) to clean thoroughly…great tips. –work everyday…man, what I wouldn't give to have a real clean house–not an almost, good enuf clean, appear to be clean house. It is small and cluttered –not filthy– just not clean like I we cleaned our grandmother's house every weekend when we were kids. Y'know minibinds, baseboards windows, walls, mattress etc. -Juel

  3. The biggest issue I have with spring cleaning is the bathroom; more specifically the shower curtain. For whatever reason, we have a big problem with shower curtain mildew. Fortunately, I think I have a solid routine that seems to be working so far.

    1.) Find a flat space outside that you can lay the shower curtain down on.
    2.) Clean thoroughly ( I use a hose) utilizing various products you want to supplement with the water.
    3.) Ensure there are no creases in the material and let it dry completely in the sun.

    I have always been afraid to put vinyl in the dryer, so fortunately I came across this method and it works! :)

    source: http://modernshowercurtains.org/shower-curtain-mi

  4. Cleaning the house should be done on weekends. Good thing you can do it under three days!

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  5. Seaberg52 says:

    Don't forget to have your air conditioner checked out , cleaned and oiled. Perfect time is in the Spring.

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  7. Anna@HGTV says:

    Yes, it has to be a cheerful, sunny weekend!

  8. Anna@HGTV says:

    Ahhh. Maybe lavender and rosemary would be ok. I'll do some research. Love our pups.

  9. Anna@HGTV says:

    With 2 people, yes. But every year I get older, it gets harder to get done in 3 days. And I have a small house.

  10. Anna@HGTV says:

    I find those finger prints on the trim around our doorways, too.

  11. Anna@HGTV says:

    I will add the refrigerator grill. Love the tip about putting oldest items in front!

  12. I have to go around my house with a bottle of bleach and spray down by white interior doors. There is always dirty handprints around the door knobs and other sticky things my kids get into.

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