Here in South Carolina the spring bug has hit hard! The weather is warming, and the need to open the house and let the fresh air in is overcoming me.

spring cleaning list

It’s time to get out my spring cleaning checklist and get to work! I found a wonderful spring cleaning checklist that I am using from Living Well Spending Less, but I do have a few spots that I have added to that list.

Ceiling Fan
How many times have you turned on the ceiling fan after a long winter, to have those dust balls fly in your face? I know I have. Now is the time to use a gentle cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap to wipe down the blades and wash and dry the light fixtures of all your ceiling fans.

Dryer Vents
Clogged dryer vents are the number one cause of dryer fires across the country. We all clean the lint traps after using the dryer, but how many of us remember to take the lint trap off and clean the vent. You also want to pull the dryer away from the wall and clean out the dryer duct. You will be surprised at how must faster your clothes dry once everything is cleaned. 

Lamp Shades
I was amazed at how much brighter my lights seemed after I cleaned my shades. I take my shade off the base and use a wide clean new paint brush to wipe the dust away from the shade. Then I take my hair dryer and blow any leftover dust. If they are dirtier than just dust, I have taken a mild cleaner, like Murphy’s Oil Soap and wipe then down with a damp cloth.

Shower Head
Who would of ever thought a shower head gets dirty? Well it actually does…it gets filled with soap scum. If your shower head can be easily removed, soak it in a pot of one part-vinegar and one-part water and bring it to a simmer for 20 minutes. Then brush off any deposits with an old toothbrush.

Sliding Door Tracks
We live in the country, with no sidewalks, and mostly sandy soil, so my sliding glass door tracks get really dirty. I take an old toothbrush or small paintbrush and scrub the tracks to loosen the debris, then using my vacuum hose I remove the loose dirt. Once I get the debris all up, I use a small sponge to wipe them clean.

I would love to hear if you have any spots that might get overlooked at spring cleaning time.

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