Our All-Encompassing Spring Cleaning Checklist for 2022

It’s that time of year again when old clothes need to be sorted through, window crevices need to be scrubbed, and outdoor furniture needs to come out of hibernation. It’s the season of spring cleaning!

Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! With a clear plan of attack, spring cleaning will be a breeze. Now is the perfect time to stock up on some cleaning supplies if you ran out of your favorite cleaning products within the last year.
We have compiled a few of our best spring cleaning tips to add to your spring cleaning to-do list!


The home is where the heart is, which is why this is the perfect place to begin your spring cleaning journey. Feeling clean in the space you spend the most time in can help with more than just visual serenity. A clean space can help you feel more at ease mentally as well.
Taking control of your environment can help you feel as if you are in the driver’s seat of your life, something that some of us feel we often lose to the hustle and bustle around us.

Little things such as cleaning your window screens and ceiling fans are something we rarely take the time to do but are extremely needed.


Kitchens are graveyards for the remnants of burnt-on food stuck to the stove, month-old toaster crumbs, and long-forgotten items in the back of your kitchen cabinets. Your kitchen probably needs some TLC even if it doesn’t look like it on the surface.
You can clean the majority of kitchen surfaces with mild cleaning products like dish soap, but tougher stains might require stronger chemicals or steel wool. We recommend using rubber gloves when working with harsher chemicals that can be toxic to your skin in large amounts.

Melt away any clogged remnants of food that could be contributing to an odd stench coming from your kitchen sink. You can do this by mixing baking soda, hot water, and white distilled vinegar to clean out your garbage disposal. This is an easy cleaning solution made with products you most likely already own.
Another one of our cleaning tips is to pay attention to areas of your kitchen you often tend to overlook. For many of us, this is our oven. Luckily, cleaning your oven is relatively easy by utilizing an oven cleaner to get rid of old food buildup inside.


Spring cleaning is all about taking time to clean the little details of a space. In tile bathrooms, grout lines collect dirt and appear darker in color which makes them more noticeable. These can be scrubbed out with a crevice tool, scrub sponge, or hard-bristled toothbrush.
Similar to kitchen drains, you can pour a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar down your bathroom sink and shower drain to dissolve any clogged hair that is slowing the water drainage rate.
Is the water pressure in your shower getting weaker? The solution to this is to soak your shower head in a plastic bag filled with vinegar to clear the build-up of mineral deposits that are blocking water from flowing out. Clearing this will restore the water pressure of your shower and eliminate the need for buying a replacement.

Mold and soap can begin to coat the bottom of plastic shower curtains. Fortunately, these are machine washable on a cold water setting with a mild detergent and a little bleach. To prevent wrinkling in the washing machine, add in a few bath towels with the curtain. Another shower hack is to keep a shower cleaner spray bottle to use after you finish showering that will prevent soap scum build-up. You can also wipe down the walls of your shower with a dry cloth or squeegee to prevent mildew build-up.


A clean room can help clear your mind and make you feel more at ease. When you start each morning in a clean space, you are more motivated to keep it that way.

Simply taking dirty clothes out of your bedroom and into the laundry room can make you feel more productive. Clean out your closet and bring out your spring and summer clothes. Your closet can be home to hidden dust bunnies that never see the light of day, but it is time for them to go!

Next, start a machine wash of your sheets utilizing your favorite scented laundry detergent. Following this, pick items up off the floor and vacuum the area. Now you are ready to dive into a deep clean of the rest of your room.
This can be done by using a clean cloth to dust surfaces, wiping down mirrors with glass cleaner, and clearing out any cluttered items you no longer need.


Frequently used furniture can be susceptible to stubborn stains. The majority of stains are easy to get out with a little elbow grease and a cleaning solution.
For stubborn dirt, soak removable pillow and couch covers in your bathtub or a bin with hot water and baking soda, then throw them into a gentle wash in the washing machine. This will return them back to their original color and make them look brand new!

Wooden tables and chairs are susceptible to scuffs around the legs from frequent kicks with shoes. Wood furniture can look brand new with a glossy wood polish to dust and make it shine.
There is furniture made out of certain fabrics that require special cleaning. One of these is leather. Surface stains can typically be wiped away with a wet cloth, but you need to be careful when using cleaning solutions to not damage the material. Stay away from cleaning products with acetone because this will wear away at the leather’s protective layer and can cause discoloration. When leather gets worn down and splits, a leather upholstery repair is needed.


We spend a lot of time in our cars and in the busyness of life, it can be hard to find time to frequently clean it out. Luckily, we have several spring cleaning tips for you!
If you have children or pets you know that the carpet in your car can suffer from tough stains. Sprinkling baking soda on your carpets prior to using a vacuum cleaner can help deodorize any stench that has been stewing. Soaking caked-in stains in warm water prior to scrubbing them can make it easier to get them out.

Spring cleaning is the perfect time for getting in between hard-to-reach places around the buttons of your center console. A damp microfiber cloth can wipe away any surface dirt on the doors and dashboard.
If your car has a leather interior it is important to clean and condition it regularly. This helps to preserve, protect, and keep the leather smelling new! The best practice is to condition the leather at least once a month, but we suggest putting it on your spring cleaning to-do list as well.


This one is something many of us might not think of when constructing our spring cleaning checklist. If you are a restaurant owner, or if you work in a restaurant as an employee, it is time to take initiative and clean the spaces that are sometimes neglected.

For example, the coffee maker in your restaurant could be in desperate need of deep cleaning. We’re talking about taking apart every piece and soaking in soapy water kind of cleaning. A thorough cleaning of your restaurant should happen regularly, but spring cleaning is a time to dig a little deeper to set yourself up for success as traffic increases due to warmer weather.
Here are a few spring cleaning tips for restaurants:

  • Take your soda machine apart and clean each part thoroughly
  • Organize your storage room and freezer and throw out old supplies and food
  • Go through the silverware and get rid of damaged utensils
  • Wipe down walls and clean floors behind your equipment
  • Shampoo your dining area carpets
  • Deep clean your all of your kitchen equipment

Wipe down stainless steel appliances to get rid of grease coatings that collect higher up towards the ceiling. Additionally, you can sponge mop your tile floors to lift any dirt buildup that has been accumulating.

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