How To Do Spring Cleaning
Spring is around the corner and you know what that means? Warmer weather, blossoms, and flowers around every corner, the songs of birds and the flight of butterflies and many spring outdoor activities. But there is one thing you may have neglected. It’s time to get cleaning! Whether you are a guy living alone or you want to make the job easier for your wife, you should get involved as well. This guide will help every guy with the wonder that is spring cleaning.
1. Get Your Wardrobe Ready
With warmer weather fast approaching, you have to get your wardrobe ready for it. Pack away your winter clothes and bring out the warm-weather ones.
While you are at it, go through your whole wardrobe to check the condition of your clothes.
Clothes that haven’t been worn for over a year, or don’t fit you anymore, throw them out! Donate them to goodwill or if they are in bad condition, get rid of them completely or rip them apart and use them for cleaning rags.
Take your good suits and shirts to the dry cleaners. Even in a wardrobe they attract dust over several months and need to be revived.
Change your bedsheets and put on new ones, wash your pillows, quilts, and blanket. You’re ready to go!
2. Wipe Down Your Windows
After several months of being shuttered in, your windows have gotten dirty from the effects of passing traffic, air pollution and many other factors. You don’t want that dust obscuring your view of the wonders of spring.
To get started, get a bucket, a couple of dry cloths, and a sponge.
In the bucket, mix some water, dish soap, white vinegar, and a bit of corn starch and voilà you have made yourself a cleaning solution for windows.
Use the sponge to wash to the window with the cleaning solution, or alternatively, use a squeegee. After cleaning, use a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the cleaning solution residue and your windows should be sparkling clean.
If you are having trouble with stains that won’t come of spray some vinegar on the stain and leave it there for a couple of minutes and you should be set!
3. Get Rid Of Dust
With all the heaters working overwinter there will be a considerable build-up of dust on the ceiling, corners and pretty much everything. Use a duster or microfiber cloths the pick the dust-up easier without scattering it everywhere.
Start with the ceiling, make sure not to smear the dust and the cobwebs, because you can dirty your walls.
After that go through all of the light fixtures in the house. Because light bulbs and desk lamps attract a lot of dust, so make sure you clean them well. Wipe down all of your shelves as they will have accumulated quite a lot of dust.
For very delicate items and pictures use a paintbrush or a makeup brush for detailed cleaning.
Air ducts are the biggest dust collectors in your house. Make sure you gather up all the dust and replace the air filters. This is a big must if you have dust allergies.
4. Clean The Floors
Start with vacuuming, of course, and make sure you get into every corner and all surfaces under your furniture.
After that prepare your mop bucket and mix a cleaning solution with some hot water to get the dirt off easier. You can use ordinary soap but we recommend you use detergent specific for cleaning floors.
5. Go Through Your Pantry And Fridge
You may have all sorts of built-up dirt in your pantry and fridge. Make sure to go through your whole pantry, wipe down all of your pots, frying pans, and dishes. Look at the ingredients and foods in your pantry and get rid of anything that is past the expiration date.
The same goes for the fridge. Throw out all the rotten food and wipe down all of the drawers and shelves. Rotting food tends to liquify and this has probably dripped on the shelves creating a breeding ground for fungal and bacterial problems that can affect the fresh food you put in the fridge. Bad odors can quickly start coming from the fridge and it is not a pretty thing. So be sure you clean out your entire fridge.
Sort out your wardrobe, clean all of your windows, get rid of all of the built-up dust, clean the floors and go through your pantry. It’s tedious. tiring work but you will feel better knowing you’ve cleaned your home. Keep on top of it by frequently wiping down everything in your house. It will be easier and quicker every time and it is much healthier when you have a clean house, especially if you have little kids walking around or if you are prone to allergies. Now, after all of that hard work, you can sit down, relax and enjoy your clean house ready for the warm spring weather that is coming and put your free time to better use, such as having fun in the sun.