30 Spring Cleaning Tasks to Check Off Your Checklist
Start thinking of spring cleaning as the calendar turns a page. Develop a plan with these tips on what to clean and helpful hints on how to clean them.
Clean Out the 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 Air Conditioner Condensers and Evaporators
Re-Paint the Front Door
Repair Rotted Wood
Sharpen Garden Tools
Check Your Deck
Patch Driveway Cracks
Clean Weep Holes
Tune Up the Lawn Mower
Test and Replace the Batteries in Smoke Detectors
Tune-Up Outdoor Gas Grills
Clean 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.
Clean Up After Your Pets
Your dog will soon be shedding that winter coat and with it will come plenty of hair around the house. Fortunately we've got solutions on how to corral the loose hair flying around easily. These 14 tips for pet owners offer practical solutions for everything from cleaning up fur to keeping pets off the furniture.
Remove rust stains from toilets, sinks and bathtubs quickly and easily with the resin bed cleaner used for water softeners.
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. 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.
Clean the Bathrooms
Clean a bathroom faster and better with some heavy duty solutions for dirt and grime.
Vacuum everything around the house this spring but before you get started find the right vacuum cleaner. 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
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.
Clean the Carpet
Your carpet will need a good cleaning to get rid of any winter residue. And you'll need to take steps to make sure no one stampedes through the house with muddy shoes. Properly cleaned and maintained carpet will last twice as long. Learn the effective strategies for keeping your carpet looking new and fresh for years.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Does your kitchen sink smell bad? Is it coming from your garbage disposal? It's a good idea to keep an old toothbrush around to get at your garbage disposal to start to clean out the crud. Here are more tips on how to clean a garbage disposal and get rid of those disgusting odors.
Clean Out the Car
Your car will take on loads of grime and salt if you live in a snowy climate so it's important to get that crud off to prevent potential rust issues. Sweep off the salt and discover simple ways to get your car looking almost brand new for the spring.
Clean the Kitchen
Cleaning the kitchen should be routine but the spring is also a good time to dive into a deep clean. No one wants a dirty, smelly kitchen and you won't have one after seeing how to make yours sparkle and smell great with these simple cleaning tips.
Clean the Utility Spaces
There will be plenty of outdoor projects awaiting you in the spring. But don't overlook your soffits because it could end up costing you money. 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
Win the battle against stinkiness. The solution can be as simple as a homemade cleaner like baking soda and vinegar. If you've got a bad smell in the house, these tips will help you stamp out the stink.
Clean Your Electronics
If you get in front of your computer, then you don't need to be told what can end up under the keys of your keyboard. Before it gets too gross to look at, make sure you clean out the keyboard. Clean a dirty computer screen and keyboard without harming the computer by using a lint-free cloth, compressed air and a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
Give Your Appliances a Deep Clean
If you ever get stains between the glass panels of an oven door, you know how obnoxious of a sight it is, not to mention a Scarlet letter on your cleaning abilities. Cleaning between the glass panels of an oven door looks impossible, but all you really need to do is disassemble the door. It's simple. Really.
Clean and Organize the Garage
During the winter the garage is usually one of the last places you want to spend anytime in. So the cleaning work piles up as spring arrives. It's imperative to start cleaning the garage because you'll be rummaging through there to get at the lawn mower and other landscaping tools. These tips will help you reduce the clutter and get your garage back in order.
Remove All Mold and Mildew
Mold can become an issue before you know it so it's important to keep vigilant to curb its spread. Here's how to properly handle mold and mildew and keep it from coming back.
Pressure Wash Your House
Gas or electric pressure washers will clean almost anything outdoors, and they work so quickly and dramatically that they're actually fun. You'll need one to clean up your fence, deck or driveway in the spring. Learn how to use one safely and efficiently.