How to Clean Window Tracks

Cleaning windows is an integral component of spring cleaning but cleaning window tracks is definitely one of those yucky jobs that no one likes doing.  As far as I’m concerned, cleaning the tracks is just as important as cleaning the windows themselves.  Depending on where you live you’ll find different types of dirt in your window tracks – dust, dirt, pollen, mold, insects, spiderwebs, etc. Any or all of these particles can be found in your window tracks – no one wants to open a window only to let dirt in to the house.  If you suffer from allergies you’ll definitely find some relief once you’ve cleaned the pollen and dust from the window tracks. The good news is if you clean your window tracks in the spring and fall you’ll be cutting down on how long this task takes.

Want to tackle this not-so-fun spring cleaning task?

Gather your supplies:

  • castile or dish soap
  • warm water in container
  • sponge
  • bath towel for the floor
  • microfiber cloth
  • soft cloths for drying window sills and tracks
  • scrub brush or old (but clean) toothbrush
  • vacuum if necessary

Get started:

Place a bath towel on the floor to catch and drips and dirt.

Carefully remove the window screens. If these are dirty, take the time to spray them with your hose outside or wipe them clean with your sponge.

Vacuum up any loose dirt or debris with the hose attachment of your vacuum cleanerif your window tracks are really dirty. Make sure you clean the attachment when you are done with the job.

Put about 1 teaspoon (or a good squirt) of dish soap to warm water in a container.  

Add warm water to the soap to make a soapy solution for cleaning your window tracks.

Dip your sponge in the warm, soapy water and scrub over the tracks.

If the sponge isn’t working, use a scrub brush to help loosen up the dirt and debris.

Rinse and repeat scrubbing until all the dirt is removed.  Change the water if it gets dirty. Yuck, right?

Don’t forget to wipe the sills and latches clean.

Dry thoroughly and admire your clean windows.


This month is all about spring cleaning and decluttering.  If you haven’t grabbed the free checklist, go to this post to grab it and get started.

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

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Go to this post for my favorite methods and recipes for washing windows.

 

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Simply Spring Cleaning (and decluttering) Challenge

Are you getting ready to do some spring cleaning?  Or did you already start?  I’m so excited to finally share a little spring cleaning challenge with you – it has a bit of a twist and works perfectly with or without my brand new book Simply Clean.  

Simply Spring Cleaning (and decluttering) Challenge

Think of this challenge like a choose your own adventure for spring cleaning – take on the challenge and do it at your own pace.  I’ve aligned traditional spring cleaning tasks with decluttering tasks.  This works really well because you can do the two things in tandem OR do one on one day and the other the next. I think you’ll find that this approach works well for cleaning AND clearing clutter. Follow along step by step or skip around – do what works for YOU and your schedule.

Notice in the decluttering section that I’ve included some helpful decluttering tasks like zeroing out your inbox and decluttering 10 minutes in your basement or storage area.  I’ve included a few decluttering tasks that I need and maybe you do too 😉

Grab your FREE checklist here – you’ll need to put it in your cart and checkout – it’s still free!

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.  It might take you a weekend, two weeks, or a month or more.  The goal?  You decide! Clean neglected areas of the home, lose some excess stuff that’s causing you stress and cluttering up your home, and get ready to open those doors and windows and breathe in that wonderful spring air from your beautifully clean home!

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

 

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

A couple favorite recipes for spring cleaning – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

Clean Mama Home Bar Mop Towels

Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out my shop and product line, Clean Mama HOME!  Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANING for 15% off!

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Tackle Your Spring Cleaning Checklist in Just 1 Hour + Pinterest Party

Spring Cleaning Checklist in Just 1 Hour

I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve partnered up with Scotch-Brite™ to bring you homekeeping tips and hacks this year.  Make sure you join me this Sunday, May 22nd from 5pm-7pm EST on the Scotch-Brite Pinterest page for a Homekeeping Hacks Pinterest Party complete with tips and tricks and prizes!  Hop on over to the party and enter to win one of FIVE Scotch-Brite + Clean Mama Home Gift Baskets at the bottom of this post during the party!

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I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. 

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!

1 - Gather Supplies

Grab your tools:

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.

Wipe Out the Oven with the 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.

4 - Microwave

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.

9 - Use Non-Scratch Scrub Side for Water Spots and Stuck-On Grim

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.

12 - Remove the Contents of Refrigerator

14 - Use the Non-Scratch Scrubbing Side for Stuck on Food

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.

24 - Roll Over Lampshades

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 the Vents

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.

Finish up:

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.

Don’t forget to come back this Sunday, May 22nd from 5-7pm est for a Homekeeping Hacks Pinterest Party!

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Washing Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

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Window washing and spring cleaning go together, don’t you think?  If you’ve ever spent a good part of a day (or more) washing windows, you know that it can be a tedious task.  If you’re looking for a better (quicker and easier) way to accomplish a house full of clean windows, I have 2 methods to share with you today.

The first method is great for small windows or a couple windows at a time.  This recipe is one I’ve shared before here on the blog (and it’s in my book) – it’s seriously the best recipe for cleaning glass and mirrors that I’ve ever mixed up.  It works because it harnesses the power of vinegar for cleaning and the rubbing alcohol works to help the solution dry quickly and streak -free.

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Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle (I recommend using glass spray bottles), spray liberally on surface and wipe clean with a window + mirror cleaning cloth.

Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

My favorite way to wash windows?  I do them as quickly as possible and this method is how….

Heavy Duty Window Washing Solution

  • 4 tablespoons castile soap (or your favorite dish soap)
  • 4 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
  • about 1/2 gallon of warm water

Start with a large flat container and put in 4 tablespoons of castile soap (or your favorite dish soap) and 4 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.  Fill the container with about 1/2 gallon of warm water and bring the container over to your windows.  Place the container on a large bath towel or two in case there are any drips or spills.

Big Batch Window Cleaner - Clean Mama

In order to wash windows this way, you need a squeegee.  I’m using this one, it’s extendable and has a washable microfiber scrubbing pad.  Here’s a similar one – but you need a pole with it if you have tall windows.

Washing Windows with a Squeegee - Clean Mama

Dip your squeegee in the window washing solution, press the excess water out, and apply the pad to your window (do one window at a time).  Once you have scrubbed your window, work left to right and top to bottom with the rubber side of your squeegee.  Wipe off any excess water on the squeegee as you’re working.  Use a microfiber cloth to wipe up any streaks and drips on your windows.  Bonus: a microfiber cloth will keep your windows streak and lint-free.

Wipe Up Drips with a Microfiber Cloth - Clean Mama

If your windows are dirty (like mine were) you’ll see dirty water drips on your window sills.  Tackle two cleaning tasks at the same time and take a minute to wipe up each window sill as you go.

Have you tackled any windows yet?  I hope this post gives you a little bit of motivation and direction for washing windows this spring (and beyond).

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

Essential Tools for Spring Cleaning - Clean Mama

Come Spring Clean Challenge - main Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

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FREE SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST

FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist - Clean Mama

Spring is FINALLY here and so is my free spring cleaning checklist!

I like to break chores and tasks down into musts and maybes – and that’s how I approach seasonal cleaning. I might not get to everything on the list but at least I’ve gotten a couple musts out of the way first. Here’s a little explanation of my spring cleaning checklist – I hope you give it a whirl!

BASICS – SEASONAL CLEANING

These items are cleaning tasks that I rotate through 4 times a year or seasonally. Hence the spring cleaning checklist. Some of these items (dust, vacuum) are on my weekly cleaning checklist, so I do those on that day of the week, but I do a more thorough job. For instance, instead of just vacuuming the family room I move the furniture and vacuum under the couch. I dust all surfaces, but I also dust the corners and corners at the ceiling. If this is the only portion of the checklist that you complete, you have still done a great job. These basics will make a big difference in your home!

DEEP CLEANING

If you’ve never done a deep or thorough cleaning and you have extra time on your hands, you’ll want to check these items off your list. If you just washed your windows last month, you probably won’t need to wash them, check your home and see if any of these tasks should be completed.

TRADITIONAL SPRING CLEANING TASKS TO ADD IF YOU’D LIKE

Seasonal cleaning goes back generations, these tasks are ones that are generally associated with spring cleaning. If you’d like to complete them and it makes sense for you it will be time well spent. If you don’t have time and have never completed them, no need to feel bad – they are just suggestions.

Spring Cleaning Checklist - Clean Mama

Grab your FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist here!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free printable AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

I also have a spring cleaning challenge going on too (I love spring cleaning)!
Grab the Come Spring Clean Challenge worksheet here.

Come Spring Clean Challenge - Clean Mama

 

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY (April is Spring Cleaning Month) and the organizing printables in my shop!

This printable matches Clean Mama’s Spring Cleaning Kit AND the Everyday Cleaning Planner – both are in the SPRING CLEANING BUNDLE – grab yours now before it ends!

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Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out Clean Mama HOME!

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DIY Cleaners : All-Purpose Spray

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This week I’ll be sharing my 3 favorite DIY recipes for spring cleaning.  It’s spring cleaning season and you need a go-to all-purpose spray to clean all those spots on your checklist.  I promise you this All-Purpose Spray recipe is the perfect clean just-about-anywhere spray.  Want the kids to help?  Hand them a bottle of this.  Not to be used on marble or granite (because of the white vinegar).

All-Purpose Spray Ingredients - Clean Mama

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon and clove is my favorite blend)

Use a Funnel to Pour Ingredients into Spray Bottle - Clean Mama

Mix in a spray bottle, spray liberally on surfaces and wipe clean with a soft cleaning cloth (I prefer microfiber).

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Mama

You can find the aqua microfiber cl0ths here and if you’d rather purchase this recipe (with up to 7 others) already on an adorable label with or without a glass spray to store it in – look no further than Clean Mama Home:

All Purpose Spray - Clean Mama Home

If you’re looking for a DIY granite recipe go here and if you’re looking for an all-purpose disinfecting recipe go here.  More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

Essential Tools for Spring Cleaning - Clean Mama

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DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

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Come SPRING Clean Challenge + Free Printable

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Hooray – it’s March 1st!  I just love Spring Cleaning season – it feels like the new year but better, because spring is so much closer!  I am so, so ready to open the windows, shake the dust off, and get every inch of the house really clean.  If you’re looking for some spring cleaning inspiration, guidance, tips and tricks, you’ve come to the right place!  Today I have a free printable just for you and your own spring cleaning adventure. This year, I’m tackling spring cleaning on the blog differently than I ever have – SELF-PACED.  I hope you love it and find that it works with your schedule and days and the best part?  It can be done anytime this month, next, or even in six months.  You can spring clean anytime and you’ll find the benefits are there regardless of when that spring cleaning is completed.

Come Spring Clean Challenge Checklist - Clean Mama

Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. Print the free Come Spring Clean Challenge printable – keep reading to grab it!  It pairs up perfectly with March’s free printable calendar.
  2. Get started as soon as you are ready!  You’ll see that the first 3 tasks are all preparing for spring cleaning.  I’ll be back soon to detail some of those specific tasks and to give you ideas on SIMPLE products, recipes, and tools that work!  I LOVE my Clean Mama Home microfiber cloths seen in the images – you might want to grab some for your spring cleaning!
  3. All of March and probably part of April 🙂 I’ll be talking spring cleaning – tips, tricks, DIY recipes, supplies.
  4. You’ll notice that the checklist has 31 days on it – you can easily complete it this month or work even more quickly and get it done in a week.  That’s the beauty of a self-paced challenge.
  5. Follow along so you don’t miss a thing.  Follow on Instagram and definitely sign up for my newsletter and blog posts with your email address below:

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Ready to grab your free printable checklist and get started with your spring cleaning?

Come SPRING Clean Challenge - Clean Mama

Go here for your FREE Come SPRING Clean Challenge Checklist!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the checklist in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free and purchased printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)  You can also access the free printable and many more on my free printable page here.

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

Essential Tools for Spring Cleaning - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

Washing Windows - Two Ways to DIY - Clean Mama

Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out my brand new shop and product line, Clean Mama HOME!

Clean Mama Home Bar Mop Towels

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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Limited Time Offer- Clean Mama’s Cleaning Bundle + Spring Cleaning SALE

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It’s almost March and that means it’s time for my favorite cleaning time of the year – SPRING CLEANING!  March 1st, I’m kicking off an awesome spring cleaning challenge and a month (or more) filled with spring cleaning tips and tricks sure to help you get your home ready to welcome in spring!  SPOILER:  There will be a Clean Mama Home sale in March if you’re looking for the best (and cutest) tools to get your home clean 🙂

To get things started, I’ve bundled up two of my favorite kits AND my favorite ebook/guide just in time for Spring Cleaning! If you’re looking for some essential cleaning checklists, calendars, and inspiration, you’ll LOVE this bundle and you’ll flip for the price!

Clean Mama's Cleaning Bundle - Clean Mama

 

What’s included?

Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning Kit
CLEAN MAMA’S SPRING CLEANING KIT – the essential guide to spring cleaning your home – DIY recipes and checklists for kids too!

Everyday Cleaning Planner - Clean Mama

THE EVERYDAY CLEANING PLANNER – over 50 pages / 2016 cleaning calendar included

CLEANING AROUND THE SEASONS ebook

CLEANING AROUND THE SEASON (an ebook/guide with checklists) – 22 pages with printable worksheets and checklists

Grab Clean Mama’s Cleaning Bundle while it’s available – this is a limited time offer, don’t miss out!

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How about a Spring Cleaning Sale too?  Use the code 25SPRINGCLEAN for 25% off your entire printables order – hooray!  You can use the coupon code here on the blog or go to Clean Mama Printables on Etsy.

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Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for March 2016

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It’s almost March and that means that it’s time for March’s FREE cleaning calendar!

FREE Cleaning Calendar for March 2016 via Clean Mama

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.

Stay tuned for a BRAND NEW Spring Cleaning Challenge coming on March 1st – it fits perfectly with my cleaning calendar and will help you spring clean your home.  Make sure you’re subscribed in the sidebar and following along on social media so you don’t miss it!

If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’re going to love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a solution for busy households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for MARCH 2016 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist.  How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

Come Clean Infographic - Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for March and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a new private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.

FREE Cleaning Calendar for March 2016 - Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for March 2016!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

Come Spring Clean Challenge - Clean Mama

Want to spring clean too?  Grab the Come Spring Clean Challenge worksheet here.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out Clean Mama HOME!

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Week 2 : Spring Clean in 30

It’s officially spring cleaning season and A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are half way through our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge!  We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram.  If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week by way of a weekly update on the blog.  If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks.  We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30.  Grab the FREE checklist here!  And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.

spring clean in 30 via Clean Mama

Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:

WEEK 2

  • Day 8:  Wipe door knobs and doors
  • Day 9:  Dust light fixtures
  • Day 10: Freshen disposals and all drains
  • Day 11: Dust ceiling fans
  • Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer
  • Day 13: Clean oven and microwave
  • Day 14: Clear and clean kitchen counters

 

Day 8: Wipe door knobs and doors – use a wipe on the door knobs and this method for cleaning doors.

Day 8 Wipe Door Knobs and Doors via Clean Mama

Day 9: Dust light fixtures – I love using this filament extendable duster for light fixtures because it easily and gently cleans light fixtures.

Day 9 Dust Light Fixtures via Clean Mama

Day 10: Freshen disposals and all drains – check out this post for the simple how-to on cleaning drains and garbage disposals.

Day 10 Freshen Disposal and Drains via Clean Mama

Day 11: Dust ceiling fans – I use the fan cleaning attachment from this kit to clean my ceiling fans.  If you don’t have a fan cleaner, you can place an old pillowcase over each blade one by one and turn on the fan or wipe it clean.

Day 11 Dust Ceiling Fans via Clean Mama

Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer.  This task is often overlooked, but it makes a big difference!  Clean it really well (see my favorite method here) and then stay on top of the task by wiping off your shelves before you go to the grocery store.

Day 12 Clean Refrigerator and Freezer via Clean Mama

Day 13: Clean oven and microwave – I use this method for cleaning my oven.  I love that it’s safe and natural and it really works!

Day 13 Clean Oven and Microwave via Clean Mama

Day 14: Clear and clean kitchen counters and you might want to see this post on how to keep them cleared off for good!

DAY 14 Clear and Clean Kitchen Counters via Clean Mama

 

Follow along on Instagram or check back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks.  Happy Spring Cleaning!

Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:

 

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Week 1: Spring Clean in 30

It’s officially spring cleaning season and this past week A Bowl Full of Lemons and I kicked off our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge!  We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram.  If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week by way of a weekly update on the blog.  If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks.  We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30.  Grab the FREE checklist here!  And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.

spring clean in 30 via Clean Mama

Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:

WEEK 1

  • Day 1: Dust all edges and corners at the ceiling level
  • Day 2: Dust all edges and corners at the floor level
  • Day 3: Dust or vacuum vents and change filters
  • Day 4: Vacuum edges (where the floor meets the baseboards)
  • Day 5: Wash baseboards
  • Day 6: Clean front and back door
  • Day 7: Wipe switch plates

Day 1: Dust all edges and corners at the ceiling level.  This is one of those tasks that moves quickly and and is a great start to get you going.  It also produces a lot of dust you never knew you had 🙂  I love using this filament extendable duster to get into all the nooks and crannies.  I shake the extendable duster outside as I’m working and rinse/hand wash when the duster looks like more dust than duster.

Day 1 Dust Ceiling via Clean Mama

 

Day 2: Dust all edges and corners at the floor level.  Using the same process and duster I used for the ceiling, I quickly dusted the lower edges and corners in the house.

Day 2 Dust Floor via Clean Mama

Day 3: Dust or vacuum vents and change filters.  Depending on how dusty the vents are, I either use a filament duster or my vacuum cleaner with the hose/brush attachment to get into the vents.  This is also a great time to change those furnace filters.

Day 3 Clean Vents via Clean Mama

Day 4: Vacuum edges (where the floor meets the baseboards).  This is easily accomplished with your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment.

Day 4 Vacuum Edges via Clean Mama

Day 5: Wash baseboards – check out this post for some great tips on how to clean baseboards and other woodwork.

Day 5 Wash Baseboards via Clean Mama

 

Day 6: Clean front and back door – use a microfiber cleaning cloth and a small bucket of castile or dish soap.  Dip your cleaning cloth in the solution, wring it out and wipe from left to right and top to bottom, alternately you can follow the method in this post for baseboards too.

Day 6 Clean Doors via Clean Mama

Day 7: Wipe switch plates –  use a disinfecting wipe or rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad or cloth and work quickly!

Day 7 Wipe Switch Plates via Clean Mama

Follow along on Instagram or check back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks.  Happy Spring Cleaning!

Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:

 

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Spring Clean in 30 Challenge

It’s officially SPRING CLEANING SEASON and Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are kicking off our ‘Spring Clean in 30’ Challenge TODAY on Instagram!  We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram.

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If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week – here on the blog.  If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks.  We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30.  I will also post an overview of my week each Wednesday (4/8, 4/15, 4/22 and on Thursday, 4/30).   Grab the FREE checklist here!  And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.

spring clean in 30 via Clean Mama

 

I’ll see you on Instagram or back here next week with a review of the first week.  Happy spring cleaning!  Go here to see all the posts in this series.

 

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Gather Your Tools | The Best Tools for Spring Cleaning

The Best Tools for Spring Cleaning via Clean Mama

If you’re ready to do some SPRING CLEANING, you’ll need to gather your tools.  I find it most effective to gather from tools I have and then assess the situation and see if I need to get anything else.  This ensures that I am ready to do a little bit of cleaning every day and stay on track to meet my goal of having the whole house spring-cleaned by the end of April in under 30 minutes a day.   Grab a container, a basket, or a cleaning caddy and collect the tools you’ll need for spring cleaning.  You can carry this from room to room with you or keep it in a mudroom or storage closet and just take out what’s needed each day.

Spring Cleaning Caddy via Clean Mama

The best tools for spring cleaning also happen to be some of my favorite cleaning tools.  I am guessing you have a few of these already and if you don’t and you don’t have the budget for anything new, make do with what you have.  Spring cleaning is mostly about dusting and vacuuming and cleaning those not-cleaned-very-often places in our homes.  If you do end up purchasing new, you’ll have great all-purpose cleaning tools to use all year long.

The Best Tools for Spring Cleaning - details - via Clean Mama

Clean Mama’s Favorite Spring Cleaning Tools

(links go to the products – some are affiliate links – read my full disclosure here)

 

Spring Clean in 30 FREE Printables Checklist via Clean Mama

Don’t forget to grab and print your FREE checklist here!

Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning Kit

Can’t wait to get started?  The Clean Mama Spring Cleaning Kit is in the shop! You can see all the products in my shop here.

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FREE Spring Clean in 30 Checklist

Spring Clean in 30 FREE Printable Checklist via Clean Mama

We’re getting ready to do a little spring cleaning on April 1st – grab your free checklist in this post, print it out and get ready to spring clean your entire home in April in just 30 minutes a day!

Feeling like your home needs a little spring cleaning?  I love spring cleaning and am so excited to be teaming up with Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons to bring you a Spring Cleaning Challenge (SPRING CLEAN IN 30) on April 1st!  Today we have the FREE printable calendar and cleaning plan and this week I’ll continue to share ideas for gearing up for spring cleaning, and simple menu plans for getting food on the table while you’re busy spring cleaning (or just busy).  Then on April 1st, the challenge will start on Instagram with daily prompts and encouragement for each simple daily task (under 30 minutes/day).  I’ll post weekly updates on the blog too, but you’ll definitely want to follow on instagram – @cleanmama . We’ll also be using the hashtag #springcleanin30 and you can too!  Haven’t signed up to be on my email list?  Go here! so you don’t miss a thing!  Go here to see all the posts in this series.

Spring Clean In 30 Challenge Checklist image via Clean Mama + ABFOL

Go here to download the FREE checklist in my shop or go here to download the FREE checklist in googledocs.

Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:

 

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Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning Kit

Can’t wait to get started?  The Clean Mama Spring Cleaning Kit is in the shop! You can see all the products in my shop here.

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Spring Clean in 30 (Sneak Peek)

Spring Clean in 30 Challenge Sneak Peek

Feeling like your home needs a little spring cleaning?  I love spring cleaning and am so excited to be teaming up with Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons to bring you a Spring Cleaning Challenge (SPRING CLEAN IN 30) on April 1st!  From now until the start of the challenge I’ll have a FREE printable calendar and cleaning plan, ideas for gearing up for spring cleaning, and simple menu plans for getting food on the table while you’re busy spring cleaning (or just busy).  Then on April 1st, the challenge will start on Instagram with daily prompts and encouragement for each simple daily task (under 30 minutes/day).  I’ll post weekly updates on the blog too, but you’ll definitely want to follow us on instagram – @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons . We’ll also be using the hashtag #springcleanin30 and you can too!  Haven’t signed up to be on my email list?  Go here!

Can’t wait to get started?  The Clean Mama Spring Cleaning Kit is in the shop!  You can see all the products in my shop here.

Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning Kit

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