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Spring Cleaning 30 Day Challenge

Spring Cleaning 30 Day Challenge

To celebrate the arrival of SPRING we are having a Spring Cleaning 30 Day Challenge!!  We will be posting the daily challenge here on our blog along with posting it on our Instagram Stories.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram so that you do not miss out!!

Day 1    Print Calendar

Day one's challenge is to like us on Instagram and to download our free printable "30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge" form below:

 

Day 2     Baseboards

For day two's challenge, we are tackling the baseboards in our homes.  When was the last time that you paid attention to the these?  Today is the day that we are going to get these cleaned!! 

Here is a three-step process to help get baseboards clean and help keep them clean. 

Brush Cleaning BaseboardsSTEP 1) Brush off all the dirt that is currently on the baseboards with a brush.

Eraser Sponge Cleaning BaseboardsSTEP 2) Use one of our favorite cleaning tools, a cleaning eraser sponge.  Dampen the sponge and wipe the baseboards clean. 

Dryer Sheet Cleaning BaseboardsSTEP 3) After the baseboards have dried, take a dryer sheet and wipe down the baseboards.  This will help repel dirt and static but it will also put a coating on the area so that dust, pet hair, and more just fall right off.

Day 3     Dishwasher

Day 3 we are tackling the dishwasher!!!  You do not want to clean your dishes with a dirty dishwasher. 

Spray Vinegar in DishwasherRemove Bottom rack from the dishwasher. Spray the inside with vinegar and give the interior a good scrub be sure to also clean the rubber seal around the dishwasher door as well, using a soft toothbrush or cloth. Be sure to be gentle to not damage the seal.

Clean Spinning ArmClean the holes to the spinning spray arm using a toothpick, tweezers, soft toothbrushes or cotton swabs to remove any debris that has built up in the holes. Clean your filter by soaking it in soapy water for at least 10 minutes.

Baking Soda and Vinegar in DishwasherPour one cup of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. Sprinkle baking soda, with an optional three drops of your favorite essential oil on the bottom.

Vinegar in Cup in DishwasherPour a 1 1/2 cups of vinegar into a cup on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run your dishwasher on high temp light cycle. 

Day 4     Light Switches • Handles • Doors

Dirty Light SwitchLight switches and door handles are one of the most touched items in our houses.  Day 4 we are going to get these nice and clean. 

Clean Light SwitchUsing a disinfecting wipe is great for light fixtures and door handles.  Using a cleaning eraser sponge also does a great job to get these clean.

Dirty DoorAnother part of the house we are tackling for day 4 is our doors!!  There tend to be certain areas that get a little more handprints and smudges than other areas of our homes.  Take your cleaning eraser sponge and let’s remove those smudges. 

Clean DoorThis day’s challenge is a great one to get our little’s involved in the spring challenge as well.

  Day 5     Oven

For Day 5 we are tackling the inside of our ovens.  There are a few different ways of cleaning your oven.

1) Self Cleaning - Most newer models have a self-cleaning option.  The bonus of this is that it is fairly easy and is little effort. The downside is that it gets the house really hot and a little smelly.

2) Baking Soda - For a cleaning method that is chemical free and a way to use products that you most likely already have in your kitchen, the baking soda method is a way to go.  Somewhat Simple and Chaching Queen have great blogs that have a step by step way to get your oven cleaning using this method.

3) Ammonia - This is another method that uses ingredients that you may have in your home is by placing a pot of boiling water under a baking dish full of ammonia in your oven that was preheated, turned off and soaked overnight.  For a great step by step visit One Good Thing by Jillee.

Oven Before  Oven Cleaning with Ammonia  Oven Scrub  Oven After

This is also a great time to pull out your oven to clean underneath the oven.  Think of the long lost treasures you may find. 

Day 6     Catch Up

Day 6 is the day to catch up on any challenges that you were not able to get to this past week.

Day 7     Cuddle Up

We believe a day of rest is good for your body, mind, and soul.  Use this day to cuddle up with one of your favorite Leachco body pillows. Have a day of rest from our 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge!!

Day 8     Light Fixtures

For day eight we are going to deep clean our light fixtures.  For this day we are going to need a ladder or stool.  (Please be safe whenever using a ladder or stool to reach items that are not in an arm's length.) 

We are going to first unscrew the glass light fixtures. Wipe out all little buggies that have been attracted to the light source.  To do a deep clean we are going to gently place our glass light fixtures in a bathtub of soapy water (another suggestion was to place them in a bath with a denture cleaning product) and let them soak for a good fifteen minutes.  

After soaking give each glass fixture and good rubbing with a gentle cloth to remove any dust and grime that may have collected on them over time.  

Be sure to let the fixtures completely dry before replacing them.

One Good Thing By Jillee has a great article to help with today's challenge.

Day 9     Stovetop • Range Hood

For day nine we are cleaning the dreaded stovetop and range hood.  Here are some great suggestions for various stove tops:

Cleaning Glass Stove Top  For this method we are going to use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.  We first squirt hydrogen peroxide onto the glass service and then sprinkle baking soda on top of that.  Using a brush, mix it all together and give the stovetop a good scrubbing.  Take a damp paper towel and wipe the mixture off.

Stove Top Before  Stove Top Paste  Stove Top Cleaning Paste  Stove Top After

Cleaning Top Burner Grates For this method we are going to use a baking sheet, ammonia and a gallon size freezer bag.  Due to the ammonia, please do this in a well-ventilated area. Place the grate into a gallon size plastic bag, then add 1/4 cup ammonia.Seal the bag and put it on the baking sheet, which catches any drips. Do this for each grate, and let them sit overnight.

Cleaning Electric Burner

Cleaning the Stove Hood One way to tackle the top of the stove hood is to use oil to clean oil. Mineral oil is a good choice for this method.  If you can not find mineral oil a vegetable oil will also work. PLace a few drops of oil on a clean cloth and wipe the oily mess off.

Cleaning Stove Vents For this method you will need a large stainless steel pot of water and baking soda.  Bring the pot of water to a boil.  Sprinkle enough baking soda to where the water is fizzing.  Using tongs, place your filter into the pot and let it soak for 60 seconds.  Remove from pot using the tongs and let dry on a paper towel or cloth.  

Vent Filter Before  Vent Filter Insert  Vent Filter Soak  Vent Filter After

Day 10     Windows • Window Treatments

For day ten we are cleaning our windows and window treatments.  Over at "One Crazy House," they have 16 window cleaning tips: For cleaning the blinds, basic window cleaning solution, window tracks, mold on window sills, de-fuzzing your window screens, and using Rain-X to keep windows clean for an extended period of time. 

Day 11     Refrigerators 

For day eleven we are going to clean out our fridges. A great 20-minute refrigerator clean and disinfect can be found at "The Pragmatic Parent

Step 1) Remove Everything from Fridge
Step 2) Wash Down Every Surface
Step 3) Wash Outside and Seal
Step 4) Put Everything Back