Tackle Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Tackle Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Is there anything better than relaxing in a clean home? After being cooped up inside during the winter months, engaging in some thorough spring cleaning gives people a chance to freshen up their favorite spaces. It’s also a great opportunity to declutter, clear away dust and allergens and even update your home’s look.

Spring cleaning checklist from affresh®

If this is your first time spring cleaning — or if you’re looking for some new spring cleaning tips and tricks — affresh®️ is here to help. Before you start spring cleaning, reviewing a list can help you prioritize where to start and which tasks you’ll need to complete. Our spring cleaning checklist features everything you need to clean your home and appliances.

Spring cleaning ideas for every room

A person dusting wooden window blinds with a cloth.
  • Dust
    • Dust shelves
    • Dust blinds, curtain rods and window sills
    • Dust electronics
    • Dust lamp shades
    • Dust ceiling fans, if applicable
    • Dust and polish furniture
  • Vacuum and clean floors
    • Vacuum hardwood, tile and carpeted floors
    • Wipe down baseboards
    • Mop hardwood floors
    • Shampoo or steam clean carpets
    • Wash or dry clean rugs

Spring cleaning ideas for your kitchen

A person cleaning a glass stovetop with affresh.
  • Clean your appliances
    • Clean your oven
      • Put your oven on a self-cleaning cycle or clean the interior with baking soda, vinegar and water
    • Wipe down your stovetop
    • Clean your microwave
      • Wipe down the interior and exterior of your microwave, and clean the microwave turntable
        • Mix water and vinegar in a bowl and microwave until it steams
        • Remove bowl once cool
        • Wipe microwave down with damp cloth
    • Clean your refrigerator
      • Remove old or expired food and throw it away
      • Remove and wash refrigerator drawers and shelves
      • Wipe down your fridge’s interior walls with soapy water or vinegar
      • Defrost and clean the interior of your freezer
      • Replace your refrigerator’s water filter
      • Wipe down your refrigerator doors and handles. Use affresh®️ stainless steel brightener to restore shine.
    • Clean your dishwasher
      • Remove and clean your dishwasher filter
      • Wipe down the door and handle
      • Run a cleaning cycle with a dishwasher cleaner tablet or vinegar and baking soda
    • Clean your ice maker
    • Wipe down kitchen cabinets and shelves
    • Wipe down and clean countertop appliances
    • Wipe down counters
    • Clean your sink and garbage disposal

Spring cleaning ideas for your living room

  • Polish wood furniture
  • Clean upholstery
    • Wash slipcovers or have upholstery cleaned by professionals
    • Clean pillows and throw blankets
    • Wash or dry clean curtains
  • Wipe down high touch surfaces, such as remote controls

Spring cleaning ideas for your dining room

  • Clean upholstery
    • Wash or dry clean curtains
    • Vacuum or clean chair cushions

Spring cleaning ideas for your bathroom

A woman wiping down a bathroom sink with a spray cleaner.
  • Declutter cabinets
    • Throw away expired makeup
    • Throw away expired personal care products
    • Take expired medications to a secure drop-off site
  • Clean personal care items
    • Clean hair brushes
    • Clean makeup brushes
    • Clean or replace toothbrushes
  • Clean bathtub and shower
    • Wipe down surfaces
    • Clean tile and grout, if applicable
    • Clean and descale showerhead
  • Clean toilet
    • Scrub toilet bowl
    • Wipe down toilet seat and surfaces
  • Clean sink and counters
    • Wipe down sink and fixtures
    • Wipe down counters
  • Clean mirror
  • Wash or replace shower curtain liner
  • Wash bath mats

Spring cleaning ideas for your bedroom

A woman putting a clean sheet onto a bed.
  • Declutter
    • Organize clothes and shoes
      • Go through clothing and shoes in closet, drawers and other storage spaces
      • Donate unused items
      • Reorganize remaining items
  • Wash bedding
    • Clean sheets
    • Clean pillows
    • Clean comforters and duvets
    • Flip or turn mattress

Spring cleaning ideas for your laundry room

A person wiping down the rubber gasket of a front loading washing machine.
  • Clean your appliances
    • Clean your washing machine
      • Run a cleaning cycle with a washing machine cleaning tablet or bleach
      • Wipe down the rubber gasket and inner door of your front load washer, if applicable
      • Wipe down the outside of your washing machine
    • Clean your dryer
      • Clean dryer vent
      • Clean lint trap
      • Wipe down the outside of your dryer with a damp cloth
  • Wipe down surfaces

Additional spring cleaning ideas for other areas of your home

A woman wiping down a shelf.
  • Wash windows
  • Replace air filters
  • Wipe down surfaces
    • Wipe down shelves
    • Wipe down door handles
    • Wipe down light switches
  • Replace batteries and light bulbs as needed
    • Replace smoke alarm batteries
    • Replace remote batteries as needed
    • Replace light bulbs as needed

Learn some of our favorite spring cleaning tips and tricks below:

A clean living room with a couch, a footrest and a coffee table.

When is the best time to start spring cleaning?

Spring cleaning can take a lot of time, but it’ll be worth it once it’s done. It’s best to start when you know you’ll have a day or two to finish all of your tasks. Use a weekend or take a few days off so you won’t be interrupted, then get to work! And don’t get too hung up on the name – you can deep clean your home any time of the year.

What are some good spring cleaning tips and tricks for my appliances?

Use your appliances’ built-in cleaning cycle! Many appliances have pre-programmed cleaning cycles that can run while you’re completing other spring cleaning chores. If your appliance doesn’t have a cleaning cycle, select a normal wash cycle and use an appliance cleaner such as affresh®️ to help remove buildup.

Why should you clean your appliances? Over time, soils, oil, grease and detergent can build up in your washing machine and your dishwasher. This buildup can cause odors and interfere with cleaning. In addition, hard water minerals can build up on surfaces, which can cause problems with water flow in dishwasher jets or washing machine components. Appliance cleaners are specially formulated to dissolve both detergent buildup and mineral deposits to keep your appliances working (and smelling) great.

A washing machine dial set to the clean washer setting.

How can I maintain a clean, tidy home once spring cleaning is done?

When it comes to cleaning, a schedule is key. Set up a routine that helps you keep on top of tasks based on how frequently they should be completed. Whether you prefer a paper planner or a reminder on your phone’s calendar, a cleaning groove can help you stay on top of chores all year.

Everyone’s cleaning schedule is different, so it’s important to make sure yours is tailored to your needs. For example, some families may need to clean their floors every other week, while others may be able to stretch out their schedule to once a month. Pay attention to the ebbs and flows of your family’s routine to determine how frequently you may need to perform some tasks. Also, keep in mind that events like holidays or family gatherings may result in the need to deep clean your home afterward. Use those times to evaluate or even create a cleaning schedule that you can maintain all year long.

While some chores can be set aside if needed, others have a schedule that is non-negotiable. (Clean dishes and clothes are a must, after all!) Make sure to clean items like dryer filters, garbage disposals and dishwasher filters frequently, and major appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers once a month. Keeping to this routine can help keep your hardworking appliances looking and performing great.

Spring clean your household appliances with affresh®

Whether you’re deep cleaning your home or just keeping up with your routine, affresh®️ can help keep your kitchen and laundry appliances in tip top shape. Our collection of Kitchen Cleaners and Laundry Cleaners includes everything you need to clean washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, disposals and more. Explore our range of tablets and other appliance cleaners today.