Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget These Tips

Woman with purple gloves holding basket of spring cleaning supplies

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s that time of year when we all take a look at our homes and realize that they could be, shall we say, a bit less dirty? Or if you’re the type who does a great job of keeping a clean home year-round, you might take this as an opportunity to take care of something that you’ve been putting off for a while.

No matter how you look at Spring Cleaning, this is likely the only time of the year where the idea of spending time to freshen up your home is even a little bit exciting.

When it comes to cleaning our homes, some things like clearing out dressers,  shelves, cabinets and closets are obvious targets for updates.

There are many more parts  of your house that you can probably think of that need some attention, and they should absolutely get it. But there are also some things that you may not think about. You know, the stuff that kind of gets forgotten or lost in the shuffle.

With that in mind, here are six surprising things you don’t want to forget as you go about creating and checking off your Spring Cleaning list.

1.  Dishwasher

 Removing white plates from dishwasher

Is there some irony in needing to clean a device that’s intended to clean other things for us? Perhaps, but that doesn’t change the fact that a dirty dishwasher doesn’t clean as well as, well, a clean one.

The trouble with dishwashers is they don’t really look dirty, and we don’t normally think about how much better they could be cleaning. But with some vinegar and baking soda, along with a couple of empty cycles, yours could be back in top form, ready for all the dishes you can throw its way.

Not sure how to do it?  As this video shows, it’s quite simple.

2.  Washing Machine

Man loading washing machine with colored clothes

Notice your clothes aren’t coming out as clean as they used to? Or is your dryer not as effective as it once was? It’s possible they need to be replaced, but first why not check to see if they’re just dirty?

Grease, grime and everything else from cleaning your clothes can build up and severely hamper a washing machine’s ability to remove those things from your laundry. The machine’s filter should also be checked, as it can get clogged and lead to a host of other issues.

All washing machines are a little different, but the general concepts are the same. Watch this video for more on how to go about cleaning yours.

Oh, and as long as you’re taking care of your washer, you might as well tackle the dryer, too. For that, take a look at not only the lint trap, which could use some deep cleaning, but also the dryer vent. Make sure it is not clogged or showing signs of needing to be replaced. If it is, the dryer won’t operate at maximum efficiency, costing you more in time and money each time you use it.

Take some tips from this video to keep your dryer running in tip top condition.

3.  Window Coverings

Venetian blinds over claw-foot tub and sink in all white marble bathroom

No matter what kind of coverings you have in your home, be it honeycomb/cellular treatments, aluminum minis, faux woods, bamboo, etc., they all need a little dusting off every now and again.

Different types of window treatments require different cleaning methods. To make yours look like new again, just follow the few simple steps here in our handy cleaning guide.

4.  Toothbrush

White and blue electric motorized tooth brush next to standard blue toothbrush

This one should seem pretty obvious, but it’s worth pointing out that simply running your toothbrush under the faucet when you’re done brushing isn’t enough to really get it clean.

If you use a non-electric toothbrush, the easy solution is to just get a new one. However, if electric is your thing, look into replacing your brush head. It  probably won’t cost  much and will allow you to have an even cleaner — and healthier — mouth.

5.  Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Hands removing white bathroom exhaust fan faceplate

The bathroom fan does a good job of sucking  in moisture,  keeping the bathroom fresh and mold-free. The flip side to that is while your bathroom may be protected from mold, the fan itself is not.

The dirtier the fan gets, the more susceptible it will be to developing mold and mildew of its own. So, make sure you pop the vent cover off (clean that with a vacuum cleaner), and then unplug the fan and clean it up, too. The dusting attachment on the vacuum should work, though you may need another tool to get into the tighter spaces.

None of it’s too complicated, but  watch this video for more on how to do it the right, safe way.

6.  Range Hood Filter

Granite kitchen counter top leading to stainless steel range hood

Cleaning the kitchen,  and we mean really cleaning it  — scrubbing/waxing the floor, cleaning the oven and clearing out the fridge — is usually the first job most people tackle this time of year. Besides changing the baking soda box in the freezer, don’t forget to check under the hood that hangs above your stove. Similar to how the bathroom fan sucks in moisture, the range hood fan pulls in the grease that is released into the air when you cook.

You can clean the filter with a good degreaser, or replace it. Here’s how to make your range fan more efficient and  help keep your newly-cleaned kitchen that way longer.