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helloglow.co · Apr 1, 2016

No-Fail Plan: How To Spring Clean Your House (and Keep It Clean!)

It’s that time again! Here in Minneapolis, we can still barely leave the house without a parka, let alone open a window or turn off the heat (sigh, maybe by May….) Yet every year, as soon as March hits, I go—mentally, at least—into spring mode, with cleaning and organizing at the top of my priority list. Right behind Girl Scout cookies, of course.

It’s easy to put off or dread spring cleaning because it feels like you’re unearthing a year’s worth of dust bunnies and clutter, but there’s no need to fret. Here’s how to clean a house in one day: what needs to be done in every room—and how often you should do each task to keep it clean—plus our favorite homemade eco-friendly cleaning product recipes.

Bedroom

  • Do a bedroom detox, including a deep clean of your mattress, pillows and sheets // repeat every 6 months
  • Clean out your closet, donating or upcycling old or ill-fitting clothes, and organize it in a way that makes sense for you // repeat seasonally
  • Humidifiers can actually make you sicker if you don’t clean them regularly. A little hydrogen peroxide (or vinegar) and water, plus a good scrub with a toothbrush, can work wonders // repeat seasonally
  • Clean makeup brushes (you know, those things that touch your face every day?) and hairbrushes with this quick tutorial—which includes a guide to makeup expiration // repeat monthly
  • Dust nightstands, lamps, dressers and other surfaces with natural cloth dusters // repeat every 2 weeks
  • Your sheets will smell amazing with the help of this DIY lavender linen spray // repeat weekly
  • Don’t forget to add air-cleaning plants, like these

Living Room Office

  • Clean or vacuum floors under furniture // repeat seasonally
  • Wipe down baseboards and molding, dust/vacuum corners and ceilings // repeat monthly
  • Dust surfaces (don’t forget light fixtures, ceiling fans and bookshelves) with natural cloth dusters // repeat every 2 weeks or as needed
  • A DIY citrus floor cleaner will disinfect wood floors and leave them smelling and looking great // repeat every week or 2, more often if you have kids or pets
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs // repeat weekly, more often if you have kids or pets
  • Organize books, toys and magazines // repeat weekly
  • Go through and file paperwork, organize and sort through digital files // repeat weekly
  • For carpet and furniture stains, consult our guide to no-fail stain removers, and try this one-ingredient (yes, one) carpet stain remover // repeat as needed
  • Mix up a homemade air freshener (try these blends) with just a few drops of oil, some vodka and water // repeat as needed
  • Don’t forget to add air-cleaning plants, like these

Kitchen

Bathroom

What are your go-to green-cleaning methods for spring cleaning?

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