April 22, 2015
Week 3 : Spring Clean in 30
It’s officially spring cleaning season and this month A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are making our way through our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge! We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week by way of a weekly update on the blog. If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks. We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30. Grab the FREE checklist here! And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.
Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:
- Day 15: Vacuum couches/chairs and clean slipcovers
- Day 16: Clean kitchen cupboards and drawers
- Day 17: Clean washer and dryer
- Day 18: Wash windows and mirrors
- Day 19: Vacuum mattresses and rotate
- Day 20: Wash window sills
- Day 21: Clean bathtubs and showers
Day 15: Vacuum couches/chairs and clean slipcovers – working quickly, use an upholstery attachment to clean your chairs and sofas. Use a microfiber cloth (barely damp) with a little dish or castile soap to wipe leather furniture. A lint roller also works well when cleaning up furniture.
Day 16: Clean kitchen cupboards and drawers – I mix up a solution of 8 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons castile soap (add up to 5 drops lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power if you have it). Dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and wring it out so it’s barely damp. Wipe in the direction of the grain and dry as you go. This solution will clean and polish your cupboards and remove dust, oil, and fingerprints. If you have extra time peek inside those cupboards and drawers and get rid if anything don’t use and love. Check out this post for more info on cleaning woodwork!
Day 17: Clean washer and dryer – If you have a couple extra minutes grab your vacuum and get the extra dust and lint from underneath, behind, and on the sides of your machines too. Don’t forget to wipe out the dispenser trays too! Go to this post for instructions on cleaning any washing machine naturally.
Day 18: Wash windows and mirrors – washing windows doesn’t have to be difficult – go to this post for my favorite method AND my peppermint window and mirror spray recipe.
Day 19: Vacuum mattresses and rotate – I mix up a mattress freshener of 1/4 cup baking soda with 3 drops lavender essential oil. Put in a container with a shaker top and LIGHTLY sprinkle over the mattress. Let it sit for 30 minutes and vacuum it up using an attachment on your vacuum cleaner ( I use an upholstery attachment but you can also use the hose attachment – clean it first!). Once you’ve vacuumed your mattress rotate it 180 degrees if it’s a pillow top and rotate and flip if it’s standard mattress. Need more info? Go to this post for all my tips on cleaning and caring for your mattresses.
Day 20: Wash window sills – after windows are washed, it’s time to wash the window sills. I like using a solution of water and a drop of castile or dish soap and a microfiber cloth that’s almost rung dry. Start at the top of the casings and work your way down and around the window. If you didn’t get to the dirty part of the windows (the jam and the sash), wipe those clean today.
Day 21: Clean bathtubs and showers – take the time today to deep clean your bathtubs and showers in your home. Today is your day to soak shower heads, scrub tiles, and get those little areas taken care of that you’ve been overlooking. Check out this post for my favorite tips on de-gunking your bathrooms.
Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:
Follow along on Instagram or check back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks. Happy Spring Cleaning!