Spring has arrived! Along with the sunnier weather and longer days comes the perfect opportunity to clean and declutter your home. We’ve compiled the most essential chores to complete at this time of year so you know exactly where to start. Check out the tasks you should have on your spring cleaning to-do list, and how to accomplish them.

1. Restock Cleaning Supplies

Spring is the perfect time to take stock of the cleaning supplies you have and purchase what has run out. Plus, a complete set of cleansers and products will certainly be needed to complete the rest of the tasks on this list.

Make sure to have in stock:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Sponges and rags
  • Scrub brushes
  • Rubber gloves

cleaning2. Clean Windows

Wipe down all windows with a mild dish soap or make your own natural glass cleaner: Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 2 cups water. Mix in a spray bottle.

Use warm water and a sponge for a better clean than with a washcloth. Grab a squeegee with an extendable handle for higher or hard-to-reach areas. Wash windows in downward direction from top to bottom, then overlap in a snake pattern to make sure all dirt is removed. Dry with a cloth.

3. Wash the Blinds

Blinds should be washed once a year and dusted in between to fight dirt buildup. Wipe wooden blinds with a gentle wood cleanser and a slightly damp sponge. Wash aluminum blinds with water and a gentle cleanser. Make sure to completely dry with a towel to prevent rust. It is best to wash aluminum blinds outside if possible. A hose will make for easier rinsing, and the space outside will ensure a quicker dry time. Place the blinds on an old towel or sheet and the ground or a slanted surface.

4. Clean Curtains

Curtains, generally aren’t touched at all, so a deep cleaning probably won’t be necessary. The major concern is dust accumulation, which can be easily remedied with a hand vac or feather duster if needed. Spot treat any stains with a gentle cleanser approved for the fabric material. Older or heavily stained curtains should be dry cleaned.

5. Clean Out the Refrigerator

Give your refrigerator a thorough cleaning, preferably every few months. But if haven’t kept up with it, spring cleaning is a great time to do so. Sort through the items and throw out anything that had expired unnoticed,  such as condiments, dressings, and frozen desserts.

Wash the shelves and interior with a natural cleanser: Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water. Avoid using any other cleanser that may contain toxins or chemicals because these could permeate into the food. Remove drawer to wash for a more thorough clean. Soak any spills or stains with the solution for a few minutes for easier removal. A old toothbrush can be used to scrub any small areas if needed.

mattress storage6. Change Sheets and Bed Covers

Clean sheets and bed covers can instantly make the room feel like new! This is a great time to update the bedding or switch to a lighter cover in preparation for the warmer weather.

7. Clean Furniture

Dust and vacuum couches and sofas to remove any loose dirt particles. Remove the cushions for a better cleaning at this time of year. Make sure to use a cleanser specifically made for the type of fabric or material if there is any staining.

For wooden furniture, be extra careful with the cleanser you choose because this material is prone to damage. It is better to simply use water to wipe pieces clean, incorporating a mild soap if need be. Allow furniture to completely dry in an open area, then wipe it with this natural wood polish: Combine 1 teaspoon of olive oil with ¼ cup lemon juice.

carpet8. Clean Carpets and Rugs

If you’ve got any high-traffic carpeted areas that appear stained or just worn out, spring is a great opportunity to clean them. It is recommended only if necessary because it can be a more involved task. Contact a professional for a deep cleaning. Carpet shampooers and extractors can be purchased or rented from home improvement stores, but these are often very expensive and complicated. If the carpet is in fairly good condition, it may be a better idea to thoroughly vacuum and spot treat any stains. Also, clean any throw rugs in the washing machine.