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 one's challenge is to like us on Instagram and to download our free printable "30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge" form below:
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.
STEP 1) Brush off all the dirt that is currently on the baseboards with a brush.
STEP 2) Use one of our favorite cleaning tools, a cleaning eraser sponge. Dampen the sponge and wipe the baseboards clean.
STEP 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 we are tackling the dishwasher!!! You do not want to clean your dishes with a dirty dishwasher.
Remove 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 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.
Pour 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.
Pour 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.
Light 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.
Using 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.
Another 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.
This day’s challenge is a great one to get our little’s involved in the spring challenge as well.
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.
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 is the day to catch up on any challenges that you were not able to get to this past week.
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!!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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"