Admittedly June is a little late for spring cleaning, but technically it's spring until Wednesday, June 20, so I’m counting any cleaning I do in the next week as spring cleaning. So don’t fear, you aren’t too late—and neither is this article. Really, we’re all winning.
Except that immediately after reading this, you’re going to want to clean your entire house because I tell you about all the things you thought were clean, but really aren’t. (What a kick in the pants!) Here are five things you should think about spring cleaning this year but probably haven’t:
Have you noticed that no matter how often you wash your towels, after a while they have a bit of a funky, mildew smell and they don’t absorb as well as they used to? Good news: it’s not just you! Better news: there is something you can do about it!
This handy trick works on towels of all colors, not just white ones, which makes it a better trick than bleach.
You know how your towels get a little funky? So does your washing machine. Which makes sense when you think about all the sandy, muddy, and plain grody clothes you put in there all the time.
Below is an instructional video for how to clean a front-loading machine. A top-loading machine wouldn't be much different, just fill up the drum with the hottest water possible before adding the vinegar and baking soda.
Lots of people do this more often than just spring cleaning—but I'm not going to judge you if you don't. (I have lived in my place for 2+ years and never done it.) Here are a few things you can do to stretch out the time between intensive machine cleanings:
Remove wet clothes quickly
Leave the lid/door open when not in use (to discourage moisture and mold)
Wipe down the rubber seal in a front-loading machine
Are you sensing a pattern yet? The things we use to clean our stuff also tend to get dirty! Over time, little bits of food and grease build up in the dishwasher. This not only looks and sometimes smells gross, but it also decreases the machine’s efficiency and leads to less-than-sparkling-clean dishes.
Spring cleaning the dishwasher is super-simple, and once again it calls on the cleaning all-stars that are plain white vinegar and baking soda. Here's a video with all the deets:
You’re probably thinking that you wash this thing all the time, so you’re good. Jk, you’re far enough into this article to know that nothing is ever as clean as you think it is! Scrubbing down your wooden cutting boards every once in a while will keep them looking new and also helps ward off potentially hazardous bacteria.
There are tutorials all over the internet about how to clean your own air ducts. But no one in the history of air has probably ever wanted to clean their own out. Honestly, I feel like a rockstar adult if I remember to change the air filter once a year. I'm not even going to link you to more information. Just hire the professionals.