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Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks


Ahhh, spring cleaning.  Do you love it or hate it?  I go back and forth - I kind of hate doing it, but once it's done, there is no better feeling.  Until you let your dog back in the house with muddy paws, but that's how it always goes... ;)  Today's post is a comprehensive guide to all things cleaning.  A few tips to make the process easier (dare I even say more fun?!), a round up of great tricks to clean those challenging areas of your home, and a few of my favorite products to use.  Let's get right to it!

TIPS
1. Make a master list (or find one on Pinterest, this is an awesome one) of everything you want to accomplish before you begin.

2. Assemble your cleaning caddy - it is so much more efficient to carry one of these with you instead of running back to your cleaning closet for more supplies.  See my favorite products below to fill it with.

3. Open the windows if it's a nice day out, fresh air always helps!  Turn up the music or put on an audio book to listen to while you work.  And PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY.  That thing is just full of distractions ;)

4. Set a timer if you work better under pressure (me).  Remember this post?  The Pomodoro Technique also works perfectly when it comes to cleaning.

5. Take it one room at a time.  I find this makes things much more manageable and if I can't complete the whole house in one day, it's a great place to leave off knowing you only have x amount of rooms to go.

6. After you finish a room, light a fresh smelling candle in it.  And have rewards on hand.  Whether you treat yourself after each room or when you're completely done cleaning, a reward is always great motivation.  I like to go get ice cream!

TRICKS
Cleaning your baseboards
Removing pet hair (THIS IS LIFE CHANGING.  We do it all over our house and cars.)
The best way to dust your ceiling fans
How to clean and dry your pillows
Stain removal on a microfiber couch
Refreshing your kitchen sink and garbage disposal
Cleaning the dishwasher (just did this and it worked wonders!)
Clean your microwave in minutes without scrubbing
Removing the grime build up off your baking pans
Refreshing your front loading washer machine
Clean blinds, the easy way
Make your stovetop sparkle

PRODUCTS
Let me just start by saying that stock up on Magic Erasers because they are about to become your new BFFs!  Those little guys do anything and everything.  I also like to have plenty of paper towels, microfiber clothes, vinegar, lemons, and baking soda on hand.  Sometimes the old school methods just work the best.


Cleaning Caddy // Magic Erasers // Method All Purpose Cleaner // Windex // Bar Keepers Friend
(works awesome in the shower) // Dust Pan // Swiffer Sweepers // Rubber Gloves

What's your best spring cleaning tip and or trick? 

31 comments

  1. This was great! I am planning on doing major Spring cleaning this weekend (or before baby comes in August haha).... My best trick is to go room by room! I just like finishing one room and knowing it's done! Xo

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  2. One room at a time is very helpful and honestly Gary and I do the cleaning together when it's a deep clean so that it does go by faster! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I definitely think doing one room at a time makes things a LOT more manageable!

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  4. Seriously how have I not though to make a cleaning caddy before?!? Genius!!

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  5. Ohh a cleaning caddy is such a good idea! I was just cleaning my house last weekend and I kept getting annoyed with how much I had to walk out to get something else I had forgotten! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. Cleaning out our garage is on our weekend short list! Blah. But it does feel good to have everything in order again. I love having a cleaning caddy and lemons are great for cleaning the kitchen!

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  7. Cleaning caddy = genius. I need to get on the go with my spring cleaning, that's for sure. Love these tips!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  8. I definitely second setting a timer. I work so much better when I know I have 1 hour to get something done etc. Great tips!!

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  9. Bar Keepers Friend is the best-kept secret for cleaning! My mom introduced it to me for our kitchen sink. It also works on stainless steel pans.

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  10. I love my magic erasers & method cleaning products!! My biggest tip is just making a thorough list to check off so you don't miss anything!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  11. Great post!! Thanks for sharing the links for tips to cleaning certain things! I really don't want to clean the baseboards but I know that time needs to come soon...

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  12. I love Method all purpose cleaner. Any of the natural products are a WIN to me.
    Yep - I can only do one room at a time or I'm so overwhelmed

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  13. We need a deep clean in our house so badly! I'm just too lazy/tired/pregnant to do it lately! I love the free checklist download! I guess now that I'm in the 'nesting' phase, it's time to get cleaning before baby arrives! :)

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  14. Awesome tips! I'm with you on opening windows and playing music while cleaning. It brightens everything up and makes the time go by faster. :) And like you, I love to light a candle or two after I finish!

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  15. Ugh...cleaning! It took me a week to get it together and knock out everything before my parents stayed with me last weekend! A list is a great way to see everything you have to do and marking things off is my "reward" ha. Love your round-up of favorite cleaning products, also!

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  16. There is seriously nothing better than a clean house with fresh air coming through the windows <3
    Green Fashionista

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  17. Ahhh I have a post in draft about my new "cleaning method" so I will share it when I am done. But seriously, I have and use every single one of your recommended products! Love! And I hear ya about letting the dog back in.. I go crazy person mode when my dog messes up my cleaning! :)

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  18. The magic eraser is seriously magic! I don't even want to know what chemicals are in it...

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  19. I definitely try to take it one room at a time too! I just pinned that pet hair post-definitely need that!

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  20. This was a great list! Magic erasers are my best friend while I'm spring cleaning. I just started on my kitchen and next the living room - which I will totally be checking back to the trick to remove pet hair! -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

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  21. Lol, I always set a timer!!! Some days I'll do like a 20-min timer and just get done whatever I can and stop when it beeps. Then it doesn't feel like such a task, and I get so much done faster because I'm like running instead of getting distracted. I also have a really tiny apartment though...lol you'd probably have to do like a 2 hour timer lol. xx
    MorningApple

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  22. All amazing tips! Spring cleaning is always such a task!

    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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  23. My spring cleaning tip is giving your husband a two weeks notice heads up ;-) In all seriousness this is such a great list and we are starting to tackle ours this weekend!

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  24. I like the idea of setting a timer, I need to get started on deep spring cleaning myself haha.

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  25. These are all awesome tips! I can keep my house tidy, but don't look too closely! The timer is a great idea for me because I work the best under pressure! Bar Keepers Friend works miracles on our stainless steel pans!

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  26. I love Bar Keeper's Friend!! It does wonder on my white sink!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  27. Great tips! I definitely need the one about dog hair. I also like setting a timer. Keeps me from getting distracted! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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