9 things to Spring Clean this weekend

As the weather starts to warm up, we start to open the windows letting in some fresh air and start wiping away the dust that settled over winter.  I’ve put together a list of a few things that may have been neglected the past few months and you can spring clean this weekend. Have you been gripped by the urge to give your home a spring clean?

Do you find the idea a little daunting and have so much more to declutter, clean and organise and are unsure where to start? I can help by simplifying your cleaning processes and systems in your home so you can use them whenever you want, however you want without having to invest in expensive equipment or supplies.

What would it be worth to you and your family if:

  • You wake up and you walk through the uncluttered hallway to a kitchen that welcomes you with clean countertops and a spotless sink.
  • You look around the living room and smile contentedly. With floors free of sticky spots, unidentifiable liquids {is that the dog or the baby?!} and the dreaded Lego legion.
  • Clean laundry neatly folded and ready to be put away and wardrobes that make getting ready fuss-free.
  • A peep into the refrigerator tells you exactly what to make for breakfast, which you make in minutes, and you also pack the kids’ lunches with time to spare.
  • Ready-for-school, the kids walk into the lounge room, their faces happy and excited. There’s no whining, squabbling or shoving at the table and everyone has everything that they need so you are out of the door, well ahead of time, and with no embarrassing stains or spots on your clothes.
  • You’re no longer stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed and you are enjoying your home and new-found calmness.
  • Yes, it’s possible!

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1. Clean ceiling fans

Soon it will be warm enough that we can turn on the ceiling fans to circulate the air.  But before this happens it’s a good idea to give the blades on your ceiling fan a clean to remove all the dust built up on the blades over winter. Yes look up and see all that dust gathered on your fan, dust bunnies!  If not cleaned it will spread over your whole room which may cause allergies and hay-fever.

 Read more: How to clean ceiling fans


2. Clean the kitchen sink

I was away for a few days recently and when I came back the kitchen sink was filthy as it hadn’t been wiped down daily, it’s amazing how the dirt builds up quickly. Did you know that a dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than the toilet seat… ew.

Clean away any dirt build up around the base of the tap with some paper towel, all purpose cleaner and a toothbrush.  The toothbrush will help to remove any scum.  Use a toothpick to get into hard to reach places.  Clean and buff your sink and taps with a reusable wipe.


3. Clean the dishwasher

After time, the dishwasher can get a build up of food in the drain and get grotty around the door.  Thankfully cleaning the dishwasher isn’t hard work!!

  Read more: How to clean the dishwasher.

4. Clean the shower head

Shower heads are prone to build up of mineral deposits, dust, dirt etc which affects the water pressure and spurts water out in all different directions.  Cleaning the shower head in your regular bathroom cleaning routine will help prevent the build up.

  Read more: How to clean a shower head.

How to clean a shower head

5. Clean behind the fridge

I have to admit that I never cleaned behind my fridge in the old house, it just didn’t occur to me.  But, then when we moved I was horrified, there was so much dust and dirt build up I could have stuffed a teddy bear.  From that day I knew this was one task I would never neglect again.

6. Clean the washing machine

Have you ever washed your washing machine?  Sounds funny but it too collects a lot of dust, dirt and grime, therefore needing a regular clean to ensure your clothes are always clean and smelling fresh. Clean your washing machine to improve its efficiency, removes mould, mildew and grime and any odours.

  Read more: How to clean a washing machine.


7. Disinfect the food disposal

It didn’t take us long in our new house to realise that we needed to regularly clean the food disposal. Drop in a cut up lemon, some ice cubes and half a teaspoon of salt, turn on with running water.  The lemon will deodorise the disposal while the ice and salt will clean the blades.

8. Disinfect your kitchen sponge

The kitchen sponge is also an area where bacteria love to live.  Disinfect your sponge every few days by either popping into in the dishwasher when cleaning the dishes or dampening it and microwaving on high for one minute.

  Read more: How to clean your kitchen sponge and oily brushes.

9. Disinfect the toilet

Whilst we clean the toilet seat and inside the bowl in a regular weekly bathroom clean, under the seat can often be forgotten. It can be a scary place, especially if you have boys as we know their aim can be terrible!

  Read more: How to clean a smelly toilet here.


What is one thing you are not looking forward to cleaning?

This post has been republished, it was originally published 9th September 2016.

I've listed a few things to Spring Clean this weekend, jobs that aren't normally completed in a regular cleaning routine.

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Gail September 9, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Hi Katrina, I have just joined your blog and you have given me the inspiration that i needed to get organised, first on my list was the pantry,oh what a job, 4hrs later i have an organized panty, completely emptied it vacumed washed and sprayed for little pests, then two big bags of rubbish later i started putting things in clear glass jarsflour sugar salt stuffing mix cornflour etc, oh i forgot i lined the shelves too because my pantry is old so i used lining from ikea white so it looks nice and clean. Although my pantry is small it is now more organized, for how long i dont know but i will try to keep it looking good

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2016 - 5:56 PM

that is amazing Gail, how have you enjoyed looking at your pantry with your wonderful accomplishment. And you went all out as well, lining it, very impressive!

Megan September 10, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Great article! I will be doing the shower head, ducted aircon inlet vent and yucky rangehood vents. I just had to get a new washing machine so no need to clean that just yet (but now I know how) and this house doesn’t have fans. Actually, I need to clean the dishwasher too. Thanks Katrina. ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2016 - 8:40 AM

How did you go with it Megan? I need to tackle my range hood vents too, it’s on my list for the next 2 weeks.

Alison December 8, 2016 - 6:20 PM

I keep my kitchen sink clean with a minimum of fuss by using a ‘magic eraser’ every few days. I cut them into one inch pieces then scrub over the sink about every fourth day. So easy! Then I fill an ice cream container with hot water and 1/4 cup bleach and soak dish cloth, brush and anything else used in my sink. Soak for an hour or two. Everything clean, sanitised and sparkling ?

robyne bartlett August 31, 2018 - 10:03 AM

i already did these 9 jobs this morning took everything off the counters and scrubbed and reorganised them. also scrubbed down the splashback. i thought i would leave the kitchen walls till next week as its raining at the moment but at least ive made a start. i love your tips it helps me keep on track

Lisa September 3, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Amazing ideas

James November 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

I’m always forgetting about the ceiling fan! This may actually be the cause of my allergies. Loved the article, hope to read more in the future. Really useful!


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