A Simple Guide to Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning has made its mark in modern society, even though it pre-dates the invention of vacuum cleaners. Many rumours claim it began with the Jewish custom of removing any leavened bread from the home during Passover. Some claim it was the Chinese tradition of sweeping away and removing any bad luck accumulated before the start of New Year celebrations. Scientist’s even point to a lower level of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in our bodies during the longer days of Spring as a reason we swap our Netflix-binge for a cleaning-binge.

Either way, cleaning our homes at the change of the season can be quite relaxing and therapeutic … or to others it can be a daunting, stressed-induced reason to continue the winter hibernation. Regardless, if done right your time spent cleaning shouldn’t take all Spring or cause you to break out in hives.

Follow our simple and straightforward Spring Cleaning Checklist. It should help you focus on the main things that can make the biggest impact in your home. Remember you can focus your Spring Cleaning only on the areas that need it the most, or only do one room at a time until finished.


Kitchen Cleaning Checklistkitchen_spring_cleaning

Clean the fridge and freezer
  • Dispose of all expired leftovers and condiments
  • Wipe down shelves
  • Wipe down exterior and handles
  • Use the crevice tool on your vacuum to clean the coils at the back
Remove all items from cupboards and wipe the shelves
  • When putting items back into the cupboard take this opportunity to donate or dispose of any unused items
  • This is a great time to match up Tupperware containers and toss any lids without bottoms, or bottoms without lids
Go through pantry and spice rack
  • Dispose of all expired foods or any spice older than 1 year (they will lose their flavor after this time)
  • Dispose of anything you know won’t be eaten to make room for more family favourites

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

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Clean the medicine cabinet
  • Remember to properly dispose of any expired or unused medication, find out how to here
  • Dispose of any makeup older than 1 year
Clean the bathtub
  • Spray an all-purpose cleaner on tub and shower surround, let the cleaner soak in for 5 minuets then start scrubbing
  • Replace shower mat (if needed)
  • Replace show curtain / liner (if needed)
Clean the toilet
Clean the surfaces
Straighten up linen closet
  • See how to fold a fitted sheet here
  • Many animal shelters and rescue groups will gladly accept used towels for use in the kennels / cages

Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

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Remove bedding
  • Remove bedding and use the upholstery tool on your vacuum to clean the mattress
  • Replace heavy winter blankets and covers with lighter options
  • If possible move the bed and dressers and vacuum behind them
Clean the closet / dresser
  • Look at every piece and within 30 seconds place the item in a ‘keep,’ ‘donate,’ or ‘garbage’ pile
  • If you haven’t worn it in a year, or probably wouldn’t wear in the next year, it’s time to let it go
  • If you’re having trouble letting go of sentimental items, including your children’s clothing, check out some awesome DYI projects here
  • Select second-hand stores, like the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store, have awesome coupons to help rejuvenate your wardrobe after a big purge. Salvation Army is our recommended organization to support with donated goods as they have the highest recognition for reinvesting earnings back into their programs and the communities they serve. As well, their executives have modest salaries. This means you can feel good about donating to a charity knowing your contribution will actually help those in need.

Walls and Ceiling Cleaning List

Vacuum walls / ceilings
  • If you live in a dusty house now is a good time to (yes, really) vacuum your walls and ceilings
  • Attach the bare floor brush to the end of your wand and gently vacuum
Clean the ceiling fans
  • Using your vacuum and dusting brush clean all fan blades and light fixtures
  • Don’t forget to clean the exhaust fan in the bathrooms!
Using the dusting brush:
  • Vacuum all baseboards
  • Vacuum all door / window frames
  • Vacuum all art / frames on the walls

Glass Cleaning Guide

Clean the windows
  • Open the window and use the crevice tool on your vacuum to clean the sills
  • If possible remove the screens and vacuum them with the dusting brush attachment
  • Using a Glass and Polishing eCloth clean the inside and outside of the windows
Clean glass surfaces
  • Using a Glass and Polishing cloth clean all glass surfaces including pictures, display stands, glass doors, and mirrors

Floor Cleaning Guide

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Vacuum all floor surfaces
  • Move furniture if possible and vacuum underneath
  • Roll up and set aside all area rugs and vacuum the floors underneath
  • When finished place the area rug back, but rotate the rug to help reduce wear patterns
Clean floor surfaces
  • Use the Hoover FloorMate to thoroughly deep clean the floor surfaces. It’s the best way to get the down-on-hands-and-knees clean without all the work.

Furniture Cleaning Guide

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Dust wooden furniture
  • Dust any wooden furniture with an eCloth microfibre cloth
  • Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum and clean all of the seat cushions, backs, and arm rests
  • Remove the cushions and vacuum any accumulation underneath
Clean Upholstery

General Cleaning Tips

  • Donate or dispose of broken, dated, or unused electronics through the Recycle Your Electronics program
  • A poorly performing vacuum isn’t going to make Spring Cleaning any easier – make sure your vacuum is properly maintained before you begin
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