Time required to complete all of your kitchen, bathroom, and general spring-cleaning tasks: about 3 hours and 28 minutes.
De-grime outside of fridge
Time allotted: 5 to 10 minutes
Be sure to clear debris out of the rubber seal around the door while you’re at it.
Clean outside of kitchen cabinets
Time allotted: 10 to 15 minutes
Wood: Use a mild detergent-and-water solution or a wood cleaner like Minwax.
Laminate: Use a sponge and all-purpose spray cleaner.
Clean bathtub, sink, toilet, floor
Time allotted: 15-20 Minutes
Install new shower curtain liner
Time allotted: 8 minutes
General Cleaning Tasks
Spot-clean walls, light switches, and doorknobs
Time allotted: 20 minutes
Time allotted: 15 minutes (not counting mirrored walls)
Tip: Never spray window cleaner directly on mirrors, because it can seep into the panel and ruin the backing.
Vacuum baseboards, windowsills, heating vents, and tops of bookcases
Time allotted: 45 minutes
Toss old newspapers and magazines
Time allotted: 15 minutes
Time allotted: 1 hour
“Thoroughly” means removing everything from tables, shelves, and other surfaces so you can sweep away the dust that’s usually invisible.
Polish chrome fixtures
Time allotted: 10 minutes
Tip: To leave a shine, wipe chrome with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar.
Shop Before You Mop
Keep your focus. Tips include: gathering your tools and supplies, your bags for trash, and snacks like sandwiches or raw veggies that can be eaten in a hurry. Go into the room you want to clean and don’t leave until you’re done.
Here are the seven essentials for your spring-cleaning:
- •Vacuum cleaner
- •Trash bags
- •Paper towels
- •Sponges/scrubbing pads
- •Dusting/cleaning cloths
- •All purpose cleaner
- •White vinegar
By Jason Gignac