The mud, muck, and yes, for most of us, snow, is finally gone and spring cleaning projects are rising to the top of the to-do list.
Here are 20 spring cleaning projects you can do in an afternoon:
- Welcome mats and porches. Shake out or wash your welcome mats and while they’re drying, sweep off or hose off the porch.
- Kitchen utensil drawers. Remove silverware and utensils from drawers and shake debris into the trash. Use a Clorox wipe to wipe out the drawers and reload the drawers.
- Rotate out winter clothes. First, identify any winter clothing you didn’t wear all season. These items should go in the donate pile. Throw away anything that has worn out. Fold and store the rest and pull out your spring/summer wardrobe. Make notes about what you may need to buy for next winter. Read more about spring cleaning your wardrobe.
- Clean out the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher with a cupful of white vinegar on the top shelf. The DIY Network has instructions here.
- Clean the washing machine. Run a hot cycle with a cup of vinegar, then wipe out the inside, then run a hot cycle of just water.
- As long as you have the white vinegar handy, you can clean out the coffee pot the same way. Run a pot of water through the coffee pot with a cup of vinegar, then run a pot of plain water to remove the vinegar smell. Note the color of the water that comes out!
- Wash the curtains. Pull down the curtains and run them through the wash.
- Wash the interior windows. While the curtains are washing, take the opportunity to wash the inside of the windows. Use newspaper instead of cloth and – you guessed it – white vinegar instead of a commercial window cleaner for a streak-free shine.
- Prepare for warmer weather. Take down storm windows and get out window screens, and put away space heaters and get out fans.
- Clean kitchen cabinets. Whether your cupboards are made of wood or some other material, over the course of the long winter, they tend to collect greasy dust. You can use a wood cleaning polish on wood cupboards. To cut through any greasy buildup, you can once again use white vinegar. The Spruce has a great guide for giving your kitchen cupboards the deep clean.
None of these projects require a lot of time by themselves, and all of them will help you enjoy the arrival of spring. For more ideas about quick spring cleaning projects, visit: