Get rid of dust, dirt, smudges and smears and start fresh with a clean house this spring. These tips and tricks help make it quick and easy. Download our printable checklist to make spring cleaning a breeze!
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
Top 10 Household Cleaning Tips: The Tough Problems: Shower door soap scum, greasy dirt on lamps and kitchen cabinets…some things around the house just don’t come clean. We talked to professional house cleaners and got them to spill their best-kept cleaning secrets. Use these tips to simplify your housecleaning—and save time and effort as you work through the house cleaning checklist.
Rust Stain Removal: Remove rust stains from toilets, sinks and bathtubs quickly and easily with the resin bed cleaner used for water softeners.
Cleaning Tips to Reduce Household Dust: Studies show that the average six-room home in the United States collects 40 lbs. of dust each year. Sounds impressively awful, right? But don’t confuse all that dust with dirt and bad housekeeping. It’s actually a combination of dead skin, animal fur, dander, decomposing insects, dust mites, food debris, lint, fabric fibers, drywall particles, tracked-in soil, soot and pollen. It also contains hazardous chemicals that migrate from home products and enter through open doors, windows and on the soles of your shoes. Household dust can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, which is why dust removal is a crucial part of the house cleaning checklist. While it’s impossible to get rid of dust completely, here are our top tips for keeping dust at a minimum so you and your family stay healthier.
Buying Guide: What is the Best Vacuum Cleaner to Buy? With so many different choices and price points, how do you know which vacuum cleaner to buy? Whether canister or upright, bagged or bagless, the best models have features that work together to maximize airflow and agitation. We’ll help you narrow your search with great advice from an expert who has 40 years of vacuum savvy.
Wash the floors:
Remove Tough Vinyl Flooring Stains: If your vinyl floor has tough stains or scuffs that don’t come up with ordinary cleaning, it’s time to break out the chemicals. Here’s a rundown of what to use and where to use it as you work through the cleaning list.
Clean the carpet:
Carpet Cleaning Tips for Long Lasting Carpet: Properly cleaned and maintained carpet will last twice as long, which is why you should incorporate the task into your house cleaning checklist. Learn the effective strategies for keeping your carpet looking new and fresh for years.
Clean out dryer lint:
Remove Dryer Lint: Thousands of dryer fires are caused by lint every year, yet they can be easily prevented with a few minutes of cleaning. Learn where lint is, how to get at it, and the best way to clean it out.
Clean your garbage disposal:
How to Clean a Garbage Disposal: Does your kitchen sink smell bad? Is it coming from your garbage disposal? Here’s how to clean a garbage disposal and get rid of those disgusting odors.
How to Clean Soffit Vents: Blow out debris from your soffit (eave) vents to maintain good attic ventilation. It’ll save on air conditioning costs in summer and protect your roof from condensation in winter.
Eliminate bad smells:
Bad Smell in the House? Win the battle against stinkiness. If you’ve got a bad smell in the house, these tips will help you stamp out the stink.
How to Use a Pressure Washer: Gas or electric pressure washers will clean almost anything outdoors, and they work so quickly and dramatically that they’re actually fun. Learn how to use one safely and efficiently.
Clean off the deck:
Deck Rescue: Renew Your Deck: Deck seen too many summers? Give it a new lease on life for less than $300. We’ll show you how to clean and renew your deck like a pro in two four-hour periods.
Wash your windows:
How to Wash Windows: Wash your windows the fastest way with crystal clear, streak-free results. Try washing windows with a squeegee and we bet you’ll never go back to a spray bottle and paper towels. Squeegees get your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels. In this article, we’ll show you the equipment you need and simple steps to follow for fast, clear results.
Wash the exterior of your home:
Cleaning Vinyl Siding: Clean both easy-to-remove and tough stains from vinyl siding quickly and easily with these simple techniques.
Clean out the lawn mower and other small engines:
How to Clean an Engine: Is your car or truck’s engine a greasy mess? Don’t really know how to clean an engine? Follow these simple steps to make your motor as shiny and clean as it was when it rolled off the assembly line.
Clean and prep your A/C unit:
Cleaning Air Conditioners in the Spring: Few routine chores will pay off more handsomely, both in comfort and in dollars saved, than a simple air-conditioner cleaning. The payoff: Summertime comfort and lower cooling bills. You’ll also prolong the life of your air conditioner, if you incorporate simple maintenance into your printable checklist.
Speed Cleaning Tips: No one likes cleaning the house, but we can make the chore take a lot less time. We asked cleaning pros for their favorite cleaning tips and cleaning products to keep your house sparkling and save you several hours of cleaning per week. You won’t have to spend a lot of money either-some of these products that help you work smarter cost less than $5.
Prevent future dirt and grime build-up:
How to Prevent Bathroom Mold: Once established, mold around a bathtub or shower can be hard to get rid of, but using these techniques for eliminating bathroom moisture can help keep it under control.
Give your house a final deep-clean:
Cleaning Tips for Your Whole House: Simplify and speed up dusting, vacuuming, stain and scum removal and other house cleaning chores with these 11 easy tips. You’ll have a cleaner house, too.