Over the course of a year, your home can collect things like dust, mold and lots of clutter. Spring is a great time to get organized and do some much needed cleaning inside and outside your home. Here are some spring cleaning tips that are sure to make your home a happier and healthier one.
Have your chimney cleaned by a professional – Having your chimney professionally cleaned will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure when it is time to turn on your fireplace again. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Wash all bedding, curtains, rugs, etc. – Fabric tends to be a breeding ground for dust mites and allergens. Check the labels to make sure that they are properly cleaned without damaging them.
Clean out the cabinets – Go through the cabinets under your sink. Get rid of hazardous cleaners, oils, paint thinners and other toxic chemicals. Dispose of them at your local hazardous waste department. Also, go through the medicine cabinet and dispose of all expired medications.
Dust all surfaces – Use a clean, damp cloth to do all of your dusting and don’t forget about ceiling fans. Feather dusters tend to make dust airborne which will affect the indoor air quality of your home. It is important to change your air filters regularly as well.
Deep clean kitchen appliances – Your appliances are used on a daily basis. Give the refrigerator and stove a thorough cleaning, inside and out. Clean your coffee maker and your toaster as well. This is also a good time to have your dryer vents cleaned.
Wash windows inside and out – Over time, your windows will accumulate dust and even mildew. Remove all cobwebs from your windows and use a clean, damp cloth with a mixture of vinegar and water for beautiful, streak-free windows.
Have carpets cleaned by a professional – Spring is a great time to have your carpets professionally cleaned. This will remove all dust and allergens deep within the fibers of your carpet.
Clean out your closet – Go through all of your clothes and get rid of things that don’t fit or that you haven’t worn in ages. Donate all unwanted clothing to your local thrift store.
Don’t forget about the outside of your house!
Have your trees trimmed – Having trees trimmed before storm season is a good way to make sure you home is safe from falling branches.
Clear all gutters – This may be a difficult task for those who are afraid of heights. Contact your local handyman when it comes to tasks that may be dangerous as they are experienced and have all of the necessary tools to get the job done properly.
After you have thoroughly cleaned and de-cluttered your house, open the windows to air it out and let in some fresh outside air. If you take these spring cleaning tips into consideration, your home is guaranteed to be healthier and clutter-free.