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Where Did Spring Cleaning Come From?

Spring cleaning goes back… way back. We’ve been spring cleaning for generations across different cultures all over the world.

On the first day of spring, just before the Persian New Year, Iranians used to (and many still do) practice the tradition of “khooneh tekouni” or literally “shaking the house.” They would clean their homes from top to bottom so that the entire household would be ready for a fresh start heading into the Iranian Nowruz (New Year).

Jewish tradition calls for a similar practice of spring cleaning just before the springtime celebration of Passover. Since those observing Passover avoid eating or drinking anything yeast fermented or leavened, Jewish people would participate in spring cleaning to rid their homes of any trace those types of products.

Chinese tradition calls for spring cleaning to get rid of any bad luck hanging around, represented by dust that has settled in the house over the winter season. Just before the Chinese New Year, people clean every corner of their homes to get ready for a new start to the year that is sure to bring good fortune. Making the home look like new, and even buying new things is a traditional Chinese way to welcome in the new year and get it started right.

What Does Spring Cleaning Mean?

No matter the origin of the spring cleaning concept, today the practice of spring cleaning is popular all over, now mostly for its functional purposes. In climates where winters are cold and long, spring cleaning is a chance to open the windows and air out the house before the summer heat comes along. Springtime is the chance to pull every dusty rug out and let the wind carry away the dirt tracked in by dusty days of a long winter.

In the day when only coal and wood heated our homes, spring cleaning was a chance to scrub the house free of all the film and soot from a whole season of heating. Spring cleaning is a chance once a year to get to all of the most neglected areas of the home, to give those places a little extra TLC, and start the beginning of the year off on the right foot.

No matter what the occasion, whether it be preparing for a new year or welcoming in spring, spring cleaning gives us a chance to reset our lives, starting with a clean, crisp, organized home inside and out. So what should be on your spring cleaning list? Look below for a list that includes all the cleaning jobs that may get passed over during routine cleaning.  We’ll take you room by room to make sure nothing is missed.

Where and What to Clean

Kitchen

  • Wash cabinet doors and handles
  • Vacuum out food cabinets
  • Clean and wash inside of fridge, oven, microwave
  • Deep clean stove top
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Wash and scrub sink and faucet handles
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Clean baseboard and crown molding
  • Wash underside and top of hood vent
  • Wash upholstered kitchen seating
  • Deep clean floors
  • Wash inside of trash can
  • Clean off and scrub top of refrigerator
  • Dust/wash hanging lamps
  • Change out burned out light bulbs
  • Wash vents

Bathrooms

  • Scour water stains
  • Wash around base of toilet
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub bathtub tile from top to bottom
  • Scrub faucets
  • Wash walls, doors, light switches
  • Wash baseboards
  • Deep clean floor
  • Recaulk rim around tub
  • Change burned out light bulbs
  • Wash entire mirror
  • Dust tops of lights
  • Scrub window sills
  • Wash vents

Living Room

  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Pick up rugs and deep clean floors
  • Have rugs washed or vacuum rugs depending on condition
  • Wash or vacuum drapery
  • Wash upholstered furniture
  • Wash and condition leather sofa with leather safe cleaner
  • Wash windows
  • Clean window sills
  • Dust pictures
  • Clean out fireplace
  • Have chimney cleaned
  • Wash vents
  • Move furniture and clean floor underneath
  • Dust or wash lampshades
  • Dust or wash ceiling fan blades

Bedrooms

  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Wash or wipe down headboard, runners, and foot board
  • Dust or wipe nightstands
  • Dust or wash lampshades
  • Vacuum or wash draperies
  • Move bed and vacuum underneath
  • Pick up rugs and clean floor underneath
  • Have rug cleaned if necessary
  • Dust pictures and furniture
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust or wash ceiling fan blades
  • Wash vents

Office

  • Clean out desk of unimportant papers
  • Dust bookcase
  • Deep clean floors
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Dust/wash ceiling fan blades
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, light switches
  • Check printer for ink and order more for the rest of the year
  • Dust electronics and clean with electronic approved wipes
  • Wash or vacuum upholstery
  • Wash vents

Laundry Room

  • Wash out gaskets and crevices in washer and dryer
  • Scrub laundry sink
  • Remove residual lint in corners of lint trap
  • Vacuum behind washer and dryer with vacuum extension
  • Deep clean floors
  • Clean out cabinets, remove anything you no longer use or need
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Wash vents

Entryway, Hallways, Stairs

  • Dust lights
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Sweep for cobwebs
  • Deep clean floors
  • Lift any runner rugs and clean underneath
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Wash vents
  • Dust/clean ceiling fan blades
  • Vacuum, wash each step
  • Wash stair rails

Garage

  • Get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year
  • Throw out old boxes, containers, broken household items that got moved to garage
  • Reorganize shelving
  • Donate any recreation equipment you no longer use
  • Dust all shelving
  • Scrub the garage floor
  • Wipe down doors, handles, and light switch
  • Find recycling options for paint, oils, and batteries

Front & Back Porches and Decks

  • Powerwash patios and decks or hose down
  • Power or hand wash railings and posts
  • Wash table tops and outdoor furniture
  • Clear crevices of cobwebs and dead insects
  • Remove leaf debris from front and back beds
  • Throw out old planters that may have been left out over the winter

Basement or Utility Area

  • Perform Preventative maintenance on your water heater
  • Check the functioning of your HVAC, clean the units of debris outside
  • Consider having your ducts cleaned
  • Dust and clean the area around your utility appliances