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It’s time for a 30 day Spring Cleaning Challenge! Often times I want to clean my house, but I don’t know where to start. I get stuck doing every day house cleaning and I slack on the not so noticeable places (think under the stove).
Here is a simple 30 day house cleaning challenge, complete with a spring cleaning calendar. Now you can feel relieved to have a clean house in time for summer!
If you’re looking to get organized beyond this challenge, you’re going to LOVE the Organized Home course by Hilary over at Pulling Curls.
The course is perfect if:
- You get anxiety from all the clutter around your house
- You don’t know where to even begin when cleaning
- You feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get all the cleaning you need done
- You have no motivation to clean your house, but it just won’t clean itself
If that sounds at all like you, this course will change your life! It’s available at a VERY low price right now, so get your house organized before the price goes back up!
I’ve included a PDF print so you can print your Spring Cleaning Challenge calendar. Come back to this post for instructions on how to clean each place. Each day contains a “how to.”
Scroll down for immediate access to the 30 Day Spring Cleaning printable calendar!
Let the 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge Begin!
1. Clean Blinds
Cleaning blinds can be such a pain if you don’t know how. Take an old sock and put it on your hand like a sock puppet. Spray a multipurpose cleaner in between your fingers and then use your hand to swipe each blind.
If you have smaller blinds, soaking them is a better option. Fill a tub with about 3 inches of hot water and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Place blinds in the tub and make sure they are fully covered.
Let your blinds soak for about 30 minutes, then spray the blinds with hot water. Drain the tub and let the blinds dry.
It’s important to clean both the windows and the window sills and spring cleaning is a perfect time of year to do it.
If the weather is nice, open the windows while cleaning them to let in some fresh air. Your house needs it!
3. Linen Closet
Go through your linen closet and remove any towels or products you no longer use. Donate, toss, or reuse as cleaning rags as needed.
This is an often overlooked spring cleaning task, but you would be amazed how much of a difference it will make. Take a wet E-cloth and wipe down the baseboards. The microfibers should pick up the dust without residue so no bucket of water is needed.
5. Light Fixtures
Do you know how much dust gets in that chandelier hanging above your table? If you can take apart the light, I recommend doing this and using a wet cloth with multipurpose cleaner to really get in there.
Let it dry before reattaching. If you cannot take it apart, use this paintbrush method to clean it in minutes!
Don’t forget about your other lights in the house too. Use the same techniques to clean those bathroom lights, living room ones, and bedroom lights.
6. Smoke Detectors
This one really isn’t spring cleaning, but it is a safety precaution, so I’ve included it in the 30 day challenge.
Check every smoke detector in the house, even the one in the basement, to ensure the batteries are still working. Replace the batteries immediately if you find one not working.
If you haven’t changed the batteries in a while (a year or more), I recommend just changing out the batteries anyway. It’s better safe than sorry.
Yes, your remote is dirtier than you think. It touches multiple hands a day, falls on the floor, and I’m sure you’ve used it while you were sick.
Use a Lysol wipe or multipurpose cleaner to clean all the buttons and front and back of the remote. Repeat with all remotes in the house.
8. Dust Like a Pro
If you’re like me you love your Swiffer duster, but somehow that dust comes back within 2 days!
Drop the Swiffer for this 30 day house cleaning challenge and dust with an old rag with this homemade dusting cleaner or Pledge.
Take the time to get all those crevices you may miss usually like tops of pictures, the bottom of standing lights, etc.
Vacuum about an hour or two after you finish dusting to catch any dust that moved around to the floor.
9. Air Vents
When’s the last time you cleaned your air vents in your house? You can clean the air vents while the grates are still on the wall, but you will get a better cleaning using this technique at Organized Mom.
10. Bottom of Vacuum
I know you use your vacuum all the time. I’m sure you clean out the bagless compartment and keep it clean.
Well have you ever looked at the bottom of your vacuum? If you have long hair, it’s getting tangled up on the reel and affecting the efficiency of your vacuum without even knowing it.
Use scissors or a box cutter to get all the tangled hair and threads off the reel. You will be surprised at how much dust is in there too.
11. Light Switches
This one is similar to the remotes. You touch those light switches every day. Clean them with a Lysol wipe or multipurpose cleaner.
Make this one a habit outside of spring cleaning after someone in the house gets sick as well.
12. Door Knobs
See Light Switches. Door Knobs can hold a lot of germs and bacteria. Make this one a habit of cleaning as well.
13. Inside Oven
The best way to make an oven easier to clean? Let it sit overnight. The website One Good Thing has a great technique on how to clean your oven without needing to scrub all day.
Just let everything sit overnight and clean it first thing in the morning!
Reorganize and check expiration dates of all food in the pantry.
Make note of anything expiring within the next 2 months and use this meal plan guide to help incorporate those ingredients.
15. Under Oven
Did you know you could clean under your oven without moving it? You can! If you remove the bottom drawer completely, it will expose the floor under it.
Vacuum, sweep, and clean the floor. Be prepared with how much food and dust may be under there if you haven’t cleaned it recently.
It only took me 10 minutes to clean the bottom of mine and I am sure glad I did!
You’re halfway through the 30 day cleaning challenge! I’m sure your house not only looks cleaner, but feels cleaner as well with this deep cleaning.
If you haven’t already, download the free spring cleaning calendar and checklist to follow along with the rest of the challenge.
And don’t forget to check out the Organized Home course to keep your entire house cleaner than you ever knew was possible!
Printable calendar available down below!
Take an E-cloth and wipe down the inside and outside of your microwave (It’s amazing how easy it is with it!).
If the food is caked on and won’t come off, use this technique to help loosen it up with just water and lemon juice.
17. Coffee Maker
If you have a standard coffee maker, follow these steps to clean it.
If you own a Keurig, it needs to be cleaned as well. Follow this guide on how to clean it.
19. Inside Fridge
Clean all shelves, drawers, and compartments with a multipurpose cleaner or E-cloth.
Take note of all expiration dates and use this meal planning guide for anything expiring soon.
20. Behind Fridge
Move the fridge out and vacuum and clean underneath and behind it with floor cleaner.
Also take out the grate on the bottom of the front of the fridge. Vacuum and clean the grate and vacuum the dust stuck under the fridge.
I am guilty of not cleaning our toaster as often as we should. Sunny Simple Life gives a clear step-by-step way to clean your toaster the easy way.
22. Kitchen Trash Can
Take the trash can outside, use a multipurpose cleaner and spray it down for the hose.
I recommend doing this with other trash cans in the house as well. We are spring cleaning after all!
23. Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal runs its best when it’s sharp, clean, and smells fresh. Use this guide to get all 3 in 1 using all natural ingredients.
24. Range vent
I recently found out those vents you use above your stove have filters and those filters need to be cleaned. It’s easier to clean than you think.
Plus it increases the efficiency of the vent when kept up. Here is a simple way to clean the filter.
25. Kitchen Faucet
This is an often overlooked spring cleaning activity, but it might be affecting your water pressure. I was amazed at home much better my faucet worked after cleaning the faucet head.
My husband even noticed we had more water pressure. This technique was very easy and very effective.
26. Washing Machine
Your washing machine cleans your clothes, so if the machine itself is dirty, are your clothes really that clean?
Here is a way to clean your washer making your clothes cleaner and smelling fresher.
27. Bathroom Vent
A dirty and dusty vent can cause issues down the line.
When a vent isn’t working properly due to being blocked, it can cause unwanted moisture in the room and ceiling. This can cause mold. Here is a way to clean the vent in just 10 minutes!
28. Dryer Lint Trap
Yes, you should be taking the lint off the lint trap before each load (or after each one depending on who you ask).
But did you know you should be cleaning the actual trap too?
It’s even more important if you use fabric softener sheets in the dryer. Keeping your lint trap clean will improve the efficiency of your dryer, meaning dry clothes faster. Here’s an easy way to clean it.
29. Shower Heads
Clean these the same way as you would the faucet head. Here’s the link again in case you forgot!
30. Garage Floor
If you live in a place with a snowy winter, your garage is filled with salt and leaves.
Brush the leaves outside and take a hose and carefully spray the salt off the floor. Use a push broom to push the water out of the garage.
Hopefully by now your spring cleaning has brought on some warmer weather.
Congratulations! You are officially done with the 30 day cleaning challenge and your house is CLEAN for summer!