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Spring Cleaning Checklist | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI love spring cleaning! It’s so nice to be able to let in the fresh air and sunlight after a long winter. I find a good spring clean also just makes our home a happier place to be in. I did an extra deep spring cleaning this year, since we were putting our house on the market, but I still didn’t need to rely on a lot of harsh chemicals to get everything nice and clean. Over the years, I have learned that when it comes to cleaning products, things don’t need to be tough on the planet to be tough on dirt. So, I’ve come to rely on Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products, which are made with natural essential oils, are phosphate-free, and are never tested on animals.Spring Cleaning Checklist | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I’ve developed a checklist of spring cleaning tasks that I thought would be fun to share. I’ve found that generally speaking, all homes need the same basic care, whether they are small studio apartments or 5 bedrooms houses. So this list should cover the basics, even if you do need to tweak a few things for your particular situation.Spring Cleaning Checklist | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This list might seem long, but a lot of the things are quickies and if you just approach it task, by task, it will all be done before you know it. Spring cleaning can’t be finished in a day, so I find it best to do a bit every day over a couple weeks. It is also helpful to get your family to pitch in (ha ha ha! No, seriously, put those kids to work, they need to learn how to clean the house and what better time than spring cleaning?).

Click here for the printable version of this spring cleaning checklist.

    • Kitchen
      • Pantry
        • Remove all food
        • Dispose of any food that has expired,
        • Donate any food that you won’t use to food bank
        • Wipe down the shelves
        • Replace everything neatly
      • Refrigerator/freezer
        • Completely empty and dispose of anything that has expired or you know you won’t use
        • Remove all shelves and drawers and wash them with warm water and a gentle dish soap like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
        • Wipe clean the inside of the refrigerator
        • Replace everything neatly
        • Vacuum refrigerator coils
        • Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator (don’t forget the top!)

Spring Cleaning Checklist | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

    • Oven – clean
    • Stove top and hood vent – clean
    • Microwave – clean
    • Dishwasher – disinfect
    • Trashcan – wash with warm water and a gentle dish soap, like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
    • Sink
      • Scrub with a gentle powder like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lavender Surface Scrub and rinse
      • Pour pot of boiling water down each drain to keep drains clean
      • Remove the aerator, let it soak in hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes, scrub clean if need be, and replace
    • Grout and caulking – clean and repair as needed
    • Drawers and cabinets
      • Empty and declutter
      • Wipe inside clean
      • Replace everything neatly
      • Wipe outside clean (don’t forget to get the tops of the counters too)
    • Coffee maker and kettle – descale
    • Toaster/toaster oven – clean crumb tray
    • Appliances – wipe clean
    • Table and chairs – wipe clean
    • Counters – wipe clean
    • Walls – wipe clean
    • Door handles and light switches – wipe clean
    • Baseboards – wipe clean
    • Floors – sweep and mop
  • Bathrooms
    • Medicine Cabinet
      • Appropriately dispose of all expired medications and personal care products,
      • Make a shopping list of anything that needs to be replaced,
      • Wipe clean
      • Replace everything neatly
    • Trashcan – wash with warm water and a gentle dish soap, like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
    • Sinks and tubs
      • Scrub with a gentle powder like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lavender Surface Scrub and rinse
      • Pour pot of boiling water down each drain to keep drains clean
      • Remove the aerator, let it soak in hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes, scrub clean if need be, and replace
      • Wipe down all handles and spigots

Spring Cleaning Checklist | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

    • Shower door –  clean the inside and outside of the door, including the bottom ledge and plastic strip
    • Shower curtain – check if your shower curtain is safe to clean in the washing machine, otherwise, wipe clean
    • Grout and caulking – clean and repair as needed
    • Toilets – drain your toilet by flushing and turning off the water before cleaning for an extra thorough job
    • Drawers and cupboards
      • Empty and declutter
      • Wipe inside clean
      • Replace everything neatly
      • Wipe outside clean
    • Mirror – wipe clean with a pre-folded diaper
    • Counters – wipe clean
    • Bath mats and towels – clean and replace, as needed
    • Floors – sweep and mop
  • Laundry Room
    • Dryer vent – clean out, use a professional if need be to keep this from clogging and becoming a fire hazard
    • Washer – disinfect
    • Washer and dryer – wipe down the outsides
    • Trashcan – wash with warm water and a gentle dish soap, like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
    • Sink
      • Scrub with a gentle powder like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lavender Surface Scrub and rinse
      • Pour pot of boiling water down each drain to keep drains clean
      • Remove the aerator, let it soak in hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes, scrub clean if need be, and replace
      • Wipe down all handles and spigots
    • Drawers and cupboards –
      • Empty and declutter
      • Wipe inside clean
      • Replace everything neatly
      • Wipe outside clean (don’t forget to get the tops of the counters too)
      • Counters – wipe clean
    • Walls – wipe clean
    • Door handles and light switches – wipe clean
    • Baseboards – wipe clean
    • Floors – sweep and mop
  • Bedrooms
    • Store all winter gear and clothing
    • Inspect summer gear and clothing and create a summer shopping list
    • Pick up and declutter the rest of the room
    • Indoor plants – set outside during the rain to wash the dust off them
    • Trashcan – wash with warm water and a gentle dish soap, like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
    • Dust
      • All shelves, tables, knick-knacks, books, etc.
      • Light fixtures, light bulbs, and lamp shades
      • Wall hangings, framed photos, mirrors, art work, etc.
      • Blinds
      • Baseboards and crown molding
      • Heater intake vents
      • Ceiling fans
    • Windows and coverings
      • Clean the runners on all windows and glass doors
      • Clean all inside glass
      • Wash window coverings
    • Walls – wipe clean
    • Door handles and light switches – wipe clean
    • Flip mattresses
    • Change linens
    • Wash pillows
    • Floors – vacuum or sweep and mop
  • Living areas and hallways
    • Pick up and declutter rooms
    • Indoor plants – set outside during the rain to wash the dust off them
    • Trashcan – wash with warm water and a gentle dish soap, like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
    • Dust
      • All shelves, tables, knick-knacks, books, etc.
      • Light fixtures, light bulbs, and lamp shades
      • Wall hangings, framed photos, mirrors, art work, etc.
      • Blinds
      • Baseboards and crown molding
      • Heater intake vents
      • Ceiling fans
    • Windows and coverings
      • Clean the runners on all windows and glass doors
      • Clean all inside glass
      • Wash window coverings
    • Walls – wipe clean
    • Door handles and light switches – wipe clean
    • Upholstered furniture – use a lint brush or roller to remove pet hair, clean any stains according to your manufacturer’s instructions
    • Floors – vacuum or sweep and mop
  • Fireplace
    • Clean out fireplace
    • Store unused logs
    • Hire chimney sweep
  • Check smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and replace batteries
  • Carpets and Area Rugs – Pretreat stains and steam clean

Now treat yourself to dinner out! Did I miss anything?Spring Cleaning Checklist | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I found Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products at Fred Meyer in the Natural Choices section.

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