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The Ultimate 2021 Spring Cleaning Checklist

There are few things that feel better than opening the windows on the first warm day of spring. Forget the first of January; we think the real fresh start comes when you give your home a solid spring cleaning. Of course, deciding you want to spring clean your home and actually cleaning it are two different things. Use our 2021 spring cleaning checklist to help you deep-clean each room without getting overwhelmed, so your whole house can feel “spring fresh.”

Bedroom closet checklist

For a fresh start in the bedroom, let’s start with your closet:

  • Dust shelves and dressers
  • Empty shelves and drawers to get a full inventory of your clothing
  • Sort through clothes, shoes, and accessories and decide to keep, donate, and throw away. (Note: Like Marie Kondo recommends, touch each item and really think about whether or not you need it!)
  • Launder everything in your bedroom with gentle laundry detergent to refresh the fibers! We mean everything:
    • Clothes (even the ones in the way back of the closet!)
    • Bedding, including sheets, blankets, and other fabrics that have been sitting in the closet all winter
    • Winter coats and accessories
  • Once everything is laundered, put clothes away, fold linens, etc.

Bedroom cleaning checklist

Your bedroom is your oasis — a deep spring clean can help it feel like it once again. For a deeper clean in the bedroom:

  • Remove all linens and prepare to wash
    • Throw curtains, duvets, comforters, and throw pillow covers in the washing machine, using liquid or powder laundry detergent that washes free and clear on a “gentle cycle.”
    • Vacuum and hand-wash large rugs. Bonus points for letting them dry in the sun, which can help kill bacteria!
  • Vacuum or sweep carpets and hardwood
  • Mop floors with water or a diluted surface cleaner
  • Clean your mattress
  • Dust all surfaces, including headboards, shelves, nightstands, and vanities
    • For sealed surfaces, use a natural surface cleaner to get a deeper clean. Use a microfiber cloth to spray and wash, and a dry cloth to finish!

Living room cleaning checklist

The living room can accumulate books, toys, electronics, work-from-home essentials, clothes, laundry — you name it. Organization is the name of the game for this room’s cleaning list.

  • Remove fabrics like blankets and curtains
    • Wash fabrics on their appropriate settings, using a gentle laundry detergent
  • Vacuum and remove large rugs
    • Hand wash stains if needed. Bonus points for letting them dry in the sun, which can help kill bacteria!
  • Gather everything that doesn’t have a designated place and sort it into your three piles: keep, donate, throw away
  • Empty shelves of electronics and other items
  • Dust surfaces, starting from the top down
  • Scrub surfaces with an environmentally safe surface cleaner
  • Return items that you’re keeping to their designated places
  • Vacuum or sweep carpets and hardwoods
  • Mop floors with water or a diluted surface cleaner
  • Treat wood furniture

Bathroom cleaning checklist

Even if bathroom organization and cleaning are on your weekly cleaning list by room, it deserves a little extra attention during your annual spring cleaning.

  • Empty your cabinets and vanity
  • Throw away expired medication and recycle old makeup containers with TerraCycle or a similar program
  • Remove curtains, decorative towels, rugs, and other linens
    • Wash them using their appropriate settings, using a hard water booster to remove built-up gunk and to refresh the softness of your towels
  • Donate old towels or rags to a local animal shelter
  • Give all surfaces a thorough scrubbing. Charlie’s Soap Environmentally Safe Natural Kitchen & Bath Cleaner is concentrated yet gentle — let it soak on your surface for a few minutes and get to scrubbing! Our surface cleaner is perfect for your:
  • Tub and shower
  • Sink and vanity
  • Toilet
  • Inside drawers and cabinets
  • Organize drawers and shelves with the products you use
  • Polish mirrors and faucets
  • Sweep and mop the floors

Kitchen cleaning checklist

Between expired food, unused gadgets, and random utensils and dishes, the kitchen probably feels like the biggest spring cleaning battle. When you reach the kitchen on your spring cleaning to-do list, follow these steps:

  • Empty all cabinets and drawers
  • Sort gadgets, cookware, crockery, and utensils into the keep, donate, and trash piles
    • Wash items that haven’t been used lately and have collected dust
  • Empty the pantry and fridge and throw away old and expired food
  • Gently pull the fridge, oven, and other large appliances away from the wall
    • Dust or vacuum debris
    • Use a damp cloth to clean the floor, walls, and cabinets
  • Wipe the inside of your cabinets, pantry, fridge, and drawers with warm water with a diluted mix of our Environmentally Safe Natural Kitchen and Bath Cleaner.
    • Dry with a microfiber cloth
  • Spray the countertops, sink, oven, and stovetop with kitchen cleaning spray. Our cleaner contains no abrasives, so it’s safe for washable surfaces!
    • Leave Charlie’s Soap on surfaces to soak in for a few minutes before wiping
    • Wipe with a damp cloth, scrubbing where needed
  • Optional: Turn on your oven’s self-cleaning setting
  • Organize cookware, crockery, utensils, and gadgets and put away
  • Run dishwasher on a high-heat sanitizing cycle
  • Sweep and mop floors

Garage and basement cleaning checklist

Tidying up your garage and basement can increase your home’s liveable space and transform your storage capacity. Here’s how to spring clean these spaces:

  • Remove everything from shelves, and open storage boxes to assess their contents
  • Organize everything into keep, donate, and throw away piles
  • Use Charlie’s Soap Natural Indoor & Outdoor Cleaner to scrub all surfaces, including storage shelves, cabinets, doors, bins, and tools
  • Make a plan for your storage, whether by season, category, sport, or family member
  • Dust and vacuum hard to reach, cobweb-prone areas
  • Wash windows
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • If the room is unfinished, consider a fresh coat of paint or a new shelving unit to help you create a more pleasant and usable space

Charlie’s Soap is your spring cleaning partner

Spring cleaning is not always a breeze, but hopefully, this 2021 spring cleaning checklist helps you stay on track. You deserve a shiny, clean, spring-fresh home!

Our naturally derived, biodegradable cleaning and laundry products are gentle for the family but tough on dirt and stains. When you make your spring cleaning checklist, don’t forget Charlie’s Soap products for every room. Get 15% off our 32 oz Natural Indoor & Outdoor Surface Cleaner, our 32 oz Kitchen & Bath Cleaner, and our Oxygen Bleach with promo code SPRING15.

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