Clean the living room furniture
istock/SerdiukovDab a bit of coconut oil on a microfiber cloth, then rub down wood furniture. “All of my wood comes out beautifully, and it is much less expensive than any special wood polisher you’d buy,” says Novak. To clean the couch, remove all the cushions so you can vacuum between the crevices. Keep those tight spaces cleaner in the future by tucking a sheet between the cushions. “Going forward, you would just need to ball that up and shake it out vs. having to vacuum all those crevices,” says Novak. Don't miss these unexpected uses for a vacuum cleaner.
Head to the dining room
istock/svetikdIf you light candles in your dining room, wipe down the walls with equal parts warm water and white vinegar to get rid of any soot buildup. Next, as you clean the table and chairs, make sure to scrub the underside of the seats. “People have food on their hands and pull their chairs in, but we never think to clean under there,” says Novak. Stick candles with wax buildup in the freezer to make the excess easier to chip off, and pull out a spring-themed tablecloth or place mats instead of putting back your winter linens (which should have gone in the laundry earlier). Find more easy decorating tricks for spring.
Wash your kitchen cabinets
istock/NoDerogUsing your top-down strategy, clean off your kitchen cabinet handles and doors. “You might be very surprised when you clean a cabinet door and you think that’s what they look like but they don’t,” says Novak. “That’s just what happens when they’re coated in a layer of grease.” Wipe them with a cleaning spray, then polish the wood with coconut oil. Next scour your freezer and fridge for food that is spoiled or has freezer burn. Wash the rubber gasket on your fridge door with soapy water to keep the seal tight and prevent cold air from escaping, says Novak. Check out these other tricks for quick-cleaning your kitchen.
Clean your cooking space
istock/FotoCuisinette“The oven vents are one of the dirtiest features in the kitchen because they collect a lot of grime and grease,” says Haynes. While you're doing a deep clean for spring cleaning, she recommends filling your sink with boiling water, then mixing in a quarter cup of baking soda and a bit of liquid dish soap. Let your range hood filter soak in the solution for a couple minutes, then rinse it off. To clean without chemicals, use a lemon half dipped in baking soda to scrub your stovetop, oven door, countertops, and refrigerator top. Citrus is a natural degreaser, and abrasive baking soda will scrub the grime away, says Novak. Don’t forget to wipe down the backsplash in your kitchen, which can be a target for food splatters, she says. Soften food buildup in the microwave by simply nuking a bowl of water for a couple minutes, says Novak. Then use an old gift card to scrape away food stains. Learn how to clean your trickiest kitchen appliances.
Finish by bringing out spring items
istock/sizovinTo wrap up spring cleaning, transition your hall closet from winter to spring. Swap out heavy coats for lighter jackets, and put hats and scarves away in favor of visors and sunglasses, says Novak. Do the same in the garage, replacing ice scrapers and snow shovels for sports equipment and beach toys. “It’s not a full garage makeover, but just these little tweaks to signal spring is here,” says Novak.