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If you’re wanting to harness a little bit of the spring cleaning bug but don’t have time or energy to do a full whole house cleaning, you can still get a lot accomplished in a short period of time. Carve out an hour of time, grab a couple tools, and start cleaning!
Grab your tools:
- Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller
- Vacuum cleaner
- Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge
- Rubbing alcohol and cotton pads or cleaning wipes
- Dish cloth and dish soap
Set your timer for 1 hour – timing yourself will keep you on task and focused. Put away any potential distractions so you can concentrate on spring cleaning. If music or podcasts motivate you, put on your favorite station or music before you start.
Start in the kitchen:
OVEN (2-3 minutes of active time): If you have a self-cleaning oven, start it. This can be smelly; open a window or two to air out the smell. Most ovens take a couple of hours to finish this process. Once it has cooled you’ll only need to spend a minute or two wiping out the residue with a damp sponge.
MICROWAVE (2 minutes of active time): Place two cups of water in a glass bowl with a halved and squeezed lemon. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until the water boils for a minute or so. Don’t open the door for at least 5 minutes, but let the steam work to dissolve any grease, drips, and grime.
COUNTERS (10 minutes of active time): While the microwave is running and the steam is working, quickly clear your kitchen counters. Wipe down kitchen counters with a Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and a small bucket of warm water and a teaspoon or so of dish soap. Use your sponge to wipe the counters clean. Put items back on the counter and wipe out the microwave.
REFRIGERATOR (10 minutes of active time): Quickly remove the contents of the refrigerator, tossing any expired food or old condiments. Wipe out the refrigerator with a damp sponge. Dry thoroughly. Return food to refrigerator.
PUT OUT FRESH HAND TOWELS (30 seconds of active time): Clean hand towels will finish the look of your spring-cleaned kitchen.
Move on to the rest of the house:
DUST LAMP SHADES (3 minutes of active time): Use a Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller to quickly roll the dust up onto the lint roller. This method is quick and it works. Change the lint roller sheet often and quickly move from room to room.
VACCUM VENTS (10 minutes of active time): Getting rid of dust and dirt in vents is quintessential with spring cleaning. Take your vacuum cleaner with the hose attachment around your home and vacuum away the dust and dirt.
VACUUM BASEBOARDS (10-15 minutes of active time): While you’re vacuuming vents, run your vacuum attachment over your baseboards and corners of the house, concentrating on any dust bunnies and dirt.
CLEAN MOST-TOUCHED AREAS (5 minutes of active time): Use a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol and wipe over phones, remotes, keyboards, and light switches. Rubbing alcohol will kill any germs as well as quickly cleaning hard plastic.
FINAL SWEEP (5 minutes of active time): Do a final sweep of the house and pick up clutter, fluff pillows and arrange throw blankets so your home has that neat and tidy touch.
Spending just an hour on a little spring cleaning might be just what you need to get your home ready for spring. Stop here or keep going with some more spring cleaning tasks.