The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Playbook

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Playbook

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Get our smart strategies to win big against your most-dreaded spring cleaning chores.

You voted, and the results for the most-dreaded spring cleaning chores are in! We know you don’t like the thought of doing any of them, but take heart: With the trick plays we have up our sleeve, you’re sure to be named the spring cleaning MVP. (It doesn’t come with a trophy, but we all agree that it should.)

The Top Three

The top three most dreaded chores are real doozies. But with the right game plan, a spring cleaning victory is in sight.

Cleaning Blinds and Window Treatments

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You might be pressed for time, but it’s actually quick and easy to clean your blinds and window treatments – especially when you’ve got the right players on your team.

Blinds

  1. Open your blinds
  2. Use a dusting tool to clean each slat from left to right and then from top to bottom. Try Swiffer Dusters for this task – they trap dust, dirt and hair so you’re not just pushing it around

Curtains and Drapes

Check the laundry tag for care instructions first.

If they’re washable:

  1. Follow the instructions on the tag
  2. Wash and dry the curtains
  3. Then simply rehang them

For styles or fabric types that can’t easily be laundered:

  1. Remove dust and hair with a vacuum tool or lint roller
  2. If the curtains aren’t difficult to detach, you can even take them outside and shake them like a rug
  3. After rehanging, spritz with Febreze FABRIC to eliminate stale odors

Cleaning the Microwave

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Put 5 minutes on the clock and remove grease and grime from the inside of your microwave:

  1. Fill a glass bowl or measuring cup halfway with water
  2. Place it inside the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes
  3. Leave the door shut for a few extra minutes to let the microwave get really steamy
  4. Wear oven mitts while carefully removing the bowl or cup of hot water
  5. Use a Bounty Paper Towel to wipe down the inside of the microwave. The grime and stuck-on food should wipe away easily

Cleaning out the Car

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After a couple of months of being exposed to rock salt and sludge from traveling winter roadways, your car will be ready for a recovery rubdown. Here are our top five tips for a complete car cleanout:

  1. Vacuum: Use the hose extension for hard-to-reach spots, and don’t forget to move the seat so you don’t miss anything!
  2. Clean the interior: Use a cleaner suitable for the seat material inside your car
  3. Clean the exterior: Spray with water to rinse, washing the wheels first and moving from the bottom of the car on up. Then rinse from the top down. Dawn Dish Soap can be used to remove grease and grime from dirty hubcaps
  4. Dry: Use 100 percent cotton bath or beach towels to dry the exterior
  5. Windows: Wash windows last using glass cleaner and Bounty Paper Towels. Wash the inside horizontally and the outside vertically. That way, if you get streaks, you’ll know which side of the window they’re on

The Runners-up

These chores may have lost in the showdown, but they’re still strong opponents each spring. Read on for our winning strategies.

Cleaning Wood Floors and Baseboards

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Maintain home-court advantage with our easy weekend ideas for cleaning wood floors and baseboards.

For baseboards, you’ve got a couple of game plans to consider:

  • For your everyday routine: Grab your Swiffer Duster and extendable handle to take a swipe at your baseboards. The Super Extender can reach up to 6 feet to make dusting easier, so you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees
  • For a more thorough clean: After dusting, remove scuffs and marks on your baseboards with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Just wet, wring and wipe

For wood floors, it’s easier than you think to keep your playing surface clean. Simply clean the floor with a Swiffer WetJet Wood mop to help trap dirt and grime deep into the pad.

And remember, there’s no “I” in “TEAM,” so get the whole family involved to make this task go faster. You know what they say: “Teamwork makes the dream work (and the baseboards shine)!”

Cleaning the Dishwasher

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Give your dishwasher the attention it needs with our three-step game plan (we recommend going through the whole routine once a month):

  1. Soak the racks:
  • Remove the racks and utensil holder
  • Soak them in the sink with water, dish soap and 1 to 2 cups of vinegar
  • Rinse, dry and return to the basin of the dishwasher
  1. Wipe down the interior:
  • While the racks are out, scrub the edges of the door and around the gasket using water and dish soap on a microfiber cloth
  • Use a toothbrush to get into all those tiny, hard-to-reach areas
  1. Remove hard water deposits:
  • Place 1 to 2 cups of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher or 1 cup in a glass on the top rack of your dishwasher
  • Run the empty dishwasher on the hottest wash possible
  • Pause the cycle approximately halfway through and allow the vinegar to sit overnight
  • The next morning, complete the cycle and dry the interior with a cloth

Tip: Check your owner’s manual to see if your dishwasher has a filter. Those need to be cleaned as well, but the instructions can vary.

Cleaning the Grill

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Last year, you waited until just before your first cookout to clean your grill. Don’t make that rookie mistake again! Whether you’re cooking with gas or charcoal, our cleaning instructions will have you scoring major dinner points with your family.

Charcoal Grill

Your grill game is lit! But be sure to clean your charcoal grill when it is completely cool:

  1. Remove grates from inside the grill
  2. Remove all the old ashes
  3. Clean grill grates with a spray-on oven cleaner. While you're at it, spray the inside of the grill and let it sit. Spray all surfaces heavily with the oven cleaner and leave it on long enough to soften stuck-on grease
  4. While the oven cleaner is doing its job, make a solution of Dawn Dish Soap and warm water to wash the outside of the grill. Use Bounty Paper Towels to clean the grill's surface, being sure to remove built-up grease and grime from any crevices
  5. Rinse all outside surfaces with water
  6. When grease has loosened on the grill grates and the inside of the grill, wipe cleaner off with Bounty Paper Towels
  7. Follow by spraying the grates and inside of the grill with a mild detergent and water
  8. Rinse well and wipe dry

Gas Grill

Getting your gas grill ready for cookout season is easy, and it’s fundamental to keeping it functioning at peak performance. You’ve heard it all your life: “It’s all about the fundamentals!”

  1. Turn your lit grill on high for 10 to 15 minutes with the lid closed
  2. Turn off the grill and let it cool slightly
  3. Loosen the residue from the grill rack with a metal brush. This not only prevents sticking but also helps avoid flare-ups
  4. When the grill is completely cool, wipe the inside and outside surfaces with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water
  5. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry

How did your most-dreaded chore fare in our Spring Cleaning Showdown? Which chore should we have included? Weigh in with a comment!

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