Easy Weekday Tasks to Make Spring Cleaning Easier
Spring is almost here! This means it’s almost time to roll up our sleeves and get cleaning! If the thought of spring cleaning your entire home is daunting, don’t stress. A little effort goes a long way in the lead-up. We share the essential spring cleaning tasks that you can easily tick off this week.
Monday: Spring Cleaning Checklist
Organizing with lists is a good way to take stock of what you need to do. You’ll also get a sense of accomplishment after you check tasks off as ‘done’.
Start by walking around your home and listing the spaces you want to clean. Think about how you can separate big rooms into more manageable sections. For example, you might want to separate your kitchen cleaning into ‘cupboards’ and ‘fridge’. You can also refer to our complete spring cleaning checklist for inspiration.
Next, make a list of all the cleaning supplies you will need. Some basics include a good vacuum cleaner (preferably with High-Efficiency Particulate Air type filters), cleaning cloths (preferably microfiber), sponges and a mop (again, microfiber if possible). For this, basic soap (like castile soap), baking soda and vinegar will do, but for highly effective natural cleaners the AspenClean Whole House Cleaning Kit is a great place to start!
Be sure to run your current supplies through the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Guide To Healthy Cleaning’ to ensure that you are using cleaners that won’t harm your health. We explain how and why here.
Tuesday: Food Inspection
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you clean the inside of your fridge on a school night! But something relatively easy (and essential) is to inspect contents for spoiled items. Start by getting your compost, recycling and general waste bins ready, as well as a clear table. Then work your way through each shelf and go through all your food containers.
Once this is done, you should be left with a much emptier fridge which will make deep cleaning it a lot easier. If you have space you might want to have an “eat me first” shelf for things that need to be eaten within the week.
Wednesday: Unblock Drains
Unplugging your drains prior to spring cleaning will help your pipes deal with the inevitable deluge of spring cleaning muck. It’s also better to find about any serious clogs now rather than in the middle of your cleaning day!
Use a plunger to dislodge any build-ups. Then pour boiling water down the drain and pump the sink vigorously for roughly 20 seconds using a plunger. If you have a double sink you will need to cover one of the drains while you pump the other. Water should swirl down with ease, but if the sink is still clogged you will need to repeat the steps until it flows.
If you're stuck, pour some natural scouring powder down the drain followed by white vinegar and leave it to sit for roughly 30 minutes. This solution creates a reaction which should help dissolve the blockage. After 30 minutes rinse the drain with boiling water. Remember to only use septic safe products! If the drain still seems clogged, you may have to call in the services of a plumber.
Thursday: Take Appliances Apart
The dirt in our appliances is well-hidden, but deep cleaning them is important for food safety. Unfortunately, during a big day of cleaning, it can feel like one of those tasks that just doesn’t matter. This makes it an excellent candidate for a pre-spring clean task.
For your safety, triple check that the appliances you are about to clean are off and unplugged and, after cleaning, that they are completely dry again before use!
Take each appliance apart (as per manufacturer’s instructions) and hand wash the washable components or place them in the dishwasher if applicable.
Things that need a thorough wash include the blender gasket, the blender lid, blender jar, food processor bowl, etc. Wipe up non-washable components such as appliance bases with a natural kitchen cleaner. And don’t forget to shake out the toaster!
Friday: Organize Junk Drawers
We all have that drawer. The home for random bits and pieces that don’t have anywhere else to live. Again, this is one of those jobs that seems insignificant (and easy to hide away) when you’re doing a big day of cleaning. But if left undone, can lead to the accumulation of unnecessary cluttered junk - especially when you are looking for places to put things during your spring clean.
Cleaning your junk drawer can be incredibly cathartic and rewarding. Even better, you can do it while you watch TV! Gather reusable containers such as old glass jars, small boxes or plastic containers that you can repurpose as drawer organizers. Set yourself up in front of the TV (we recommend a little bit of Marie Kondo for inspiration) and get to task.
Our Best Eco-friendly Spring Cleaning Tips
Use Water Wisely
Your spring clean will likely involve a lot of washing, especially when you give your kitchen a deep clean. If we aren’t mindful of water while we clean then we’re likely to keep the tap running or use water inefficiently.
One of the easiest ways to save water during your spring clean is to use tubs for soaking. For example, when you are cleaning out the fridge, have a tub of hot soapy water on hand for empty containers soak in. Once you are ready to wash them, you’ll only need to remove them from the tub and rinse, and occasionally scrub anything that needs it. Soaking in a tub will use much less water than if you soaped and washed each piece individually.
Use Biodegradable Products
The second part of being water-wise is being conscious of what drains from our homes. The term “water pollution” conjures up images of oil spills and industrial waste, but household water pollution can be just as damaging, especially if you live close to waterways.
Use Microfiber Cloths
Another easy eco-friendly spring cleaning switch is to clean with hardy reusable tools such as microfiber cloths. You could go through an entire roll of paper towels while cleaning your kitchen, or you could use a few microfiber cloths - wash them - and use them again. We would recommend washing microfiber cloths in a machine with a filter or in a laundry bag to stop fibres from the cloths (or any synthetic clothing) from entering our environment.
Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to declutter your home which is fantastic for feeling fresh but can be bad news for the environment if your clutter ends up in landfill.
It’s also a good idea to make yourself aware of how your municipality collects different types of waste such as recyclables, hazardous waste and electronics. Hazardous waste and electronics that end up in landfill can leak toxic chemicals into the environment. A single item recycled incorrectly can contaminate recyclables which could send them to landfill.
Another eco-friendly tip to keep in mind while you purge is to remember all the junk you ended up with. Seeing the amount of unwanted stuff come out of the dark can leave us bewildered. How and why did we accumulate all this?
After you check these jobs off your list, you’ll find that you’ll already be ahead in your spring clean. They’ll also help make your big clean run smoothly. But if you’ve had all you can handle, you can always call in the assistance of professional cleaners. There’s no easier way to get your spring cleaning done than having experienced experts do it for you!