The Busy Girl's Guide to Spring Cleaning

The blossoms have bloomed and there’s a spring in your step, but your home is looking less than lustrous… What do you do when your crazed schedule leaves you with little time for that deep “spring-clean” you’ve been dreaming of?

The answer lies in prioritization; the careful selection and sprucing of one or two elements from each area of your home.

By focusing on these otherwise unnoticed items, you’ll go from dingy to delightful in no time at all! Still don’t know where to begin? Keep reading as we present to you our condensed guide to all things clean!

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

Area # 1: The Bedroom

Element: Pillows

You change and clean your bedding regularly, but ever stop to think about the pillows themselves? These little fluffs of happiness can quickly turn into your own worse nightmare.

Try the following method to rid your headrests of invaders like mites, dust, and mold.

  • Press out as much air as possible before loading your pillows into the washer.
  • Using a gentle detergent, run a full cycle with warm water. Run a second spin cycle to help remove moisture.
  • To dry, secure a tennis ball in each of two socks and place them in the dryer along with pillows. Use a low heat setting, running as many cycles as necessary until pillows are fully dry.

Area #2 : The Bathroom

Element: Shower Head

Given your shower head a good once-over lately? Elements like this one can be both easy to overlook, and hard to get clean.

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The following method uses white vinegar, and other materials you probably have on hand, to naturally loosen water deposits while sanitizing every nook and cranny. Your hair, skin, and respiratory system will thank you.

You’ll need:

  • Vinegar (about 1 cup)
  • Zip top bag
  • Rubber band

Pour vinegar into the zip top bag and carefully place around shower head. Using the rubber band (and tape if necessary) position the bag so the shower head is completely submerged.

Allow to sit for approximately one hour. Remove, lightly scrub, and allow water to run, removing any remaining residue.

Element: Tub

While you’re standing there, it’s time to give your tub a scrub, and not the lackadaisical pseudo-scrubbing you’re used to. We’re talking down and dirty, rough and tough, featuring a few all natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 c. white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Original Blue Dawn Dish Soap
  • 4 T. Baking Soda
  • Glass measuring cup

Microwave vinegar for approximately 90 seconds. Cool slightly. Add baking soda and Dawn and combine. Use paste to coat bottom and sides of tub, allowing to sit for approximately two hours. Scrub well and rinse.

Area # 3: The Kitchen

Element: Refrigerator

A space that’s neck-and-neck with the bathroom for being the most ‘used,’ your kitchen can be a sanctuary for you, or a home to all sorts of unpleasant surprises. Empty your refrigerator, making sure to discard all expired foods, sauces, and condiments.

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Give surfaces a good scrub and strategically place your items back inside with ‘refrigeration optimization’ in mind.

Foods should be organized based upon their frequency of use, designated refrigeration zone (fruits in the fruit drawer, please) and the order in which they’ll be used — AKA later expiration dates to the back.

The Busy Girl's Guide to Spring Cleaning

Element: Microwave

Next, try giving your microwave a fabulous scent while also removing accumulation from prior explosions.

Begin by filling a mug with hot water and adding 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, remove, and wipe away.

The combined steam of the water and alcohol content of the vanilla work to not only loosen and lift debris, but also helps sanitize the entire unit — leaving you with nothing but sweet-smelling goodness.

Area #4: The Car

Element: Interior

A less than typical item during the cleaning of spring, it’s nonetheless your second home. Show your wheels some love by removing any trash from inside the vehicle.

Next, wipe down surfaces with auto interior cleaning wipes or a slightly dampened paper towel to remove dust, smudges, and fingerprints.

Finally, sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the carpets and vacuum with a carpet cleaner or handheld vacuum.

Element: Exterior

Feeling like getting extra-fresh? Take your ride to a car-wash and get her outsides shining just as much as her interior!

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Area #5: The Living Room/Entry Way

Element: Clutter

Though our homes may be clean and fresh, they often don’t look like it due to the exorbitant piles of paper, mail, and wrappers that appear from out of nowhere. These little nuisances have the ability to not only wreck our freshly dusted bookcase, but can really play games with our sanity.

Initiate de-clutter mode by incorporating the following tips into your daily routine. Before you know it, you’ll be junk and clutter-free!

  • Throw away 10 things every day (this may be anything from old bills or junk mail, to ratty blankets. But 10 things a day can add up pretty quickly).
  • Power Cleaning Session: Set a timer (no longer than 45 minutes) and discard/organize as much as you can, as quickly as possible.
  • Create ‘Donation Boxes’ for certain areas of the home like bedrooms, living room, etc. Each time you come across an item that is unnecessary or you no longer enjoy, toss away! Try scheduling time to make bi-monthly trips to your local donation center; ensuring those discarded goods don’t pile up at home.

While your life may be busy, your home doesn’t have to be. Use the above guide to create a peaceful sanctuary for yourself this season as you ‘spring’ your way to a cleaner day!