It’s week two of our spring cleaning challenge & we are in full swing of things. The windows are open & the house is getting a good scrub down. If you’re new to the challenge, Clean Mama and A Bowl Full of Lemons kicked off “Spring Clean in 30” last week. We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days & sharing daily on Instagram. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week – here on the blog. If you have an Instagram account, follow us @abowlfulloflemons and @cleanmama to see our daily tasks. We would love for you to join the challenge & share with us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30. Don’t forget to tag us so we can see your progress. Print out the schedule here. Here’s an overview of what we accomplished during week two.
- Day 8: Wipe door knobs & doors
- Day 9: Dust light fixtures
- Day 10: Freshen garbage disposal & all drains
- Day 11: Dust ceiling fans
- Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer (including coils & under)
- Day 13: Clean oven and microwave (& under oven)
- Day 14: Clear and clean kitchen counters
Day 8: Wipe door knobs & doors. Using a vinegar spray & clean cloth, wipe down all doors & knobs in the house. Move as fast as you can.
Day 9: Dust light fixtures. With a slightly damp microfiber cloth, go through each room and dust all light fixtures.
Day 10: Freshen garbage disposal & all drains.
- Garbage disposal: Save up used lemon wedges & freeze them. Once a week, toss a lemon wedge in the garbage disposal and run it for a few seconds.
- Drains: To freshen up drains, run very hot water for a few seconds. Next shake a little baking soda down the drain (¼-½ cup). Add ½ – 1 cup of vinegar to the baking soda and close the drain. Let sit for about 10 minutes then rinse well. Repeat whenever your drains start to smell stinky.
Day 11: Dust ceiling fans. With an extendable duster, clean all ceiling fans. I use a Casabella duster.
Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer (including coils & under). Empty out the fridge & freezer completely. Toss expired food. Using a non toxic vinegar spray, wipe down all shelves, doors & drawers. Dust underneath & vacuum out the coils.
- Cleaning Stainless Steel: Wipe down stainless steel with a dish cloth & mild soap. Scrub clean but don’t worry about smears or water marks. Next apply baby oil (I use the lavender scent found at walmart) to a microfiber cloth and wipe the stainless steel in the direction of the grain. Flip over the cloth and wipe one more time to polish it.
Day 13: Clean oven and microwave. Pull out the oven and sweep & mop underneath.
- Oven: Remove oven racks & wash in sink. Make a baking soda paste using water & baking soda. Apply to the inside of the oven and let sit overnight. The next morning, spray with 50% vinegar & water solution and let bubble. Scrub until the oven residue is loosened. Wipe down with a vinegar spray until clean. Degrease the stovetop, front and sides of oven with a 50% water & vinegar spray. Wipe clean.
- Microwave: Fill a bowl with a cup of water & a cup of vinegar. Run the microwave for 5 minutes then leave it sit closed for 5 minutes before opening. Be extremely careful when removing the bowl of vinegar/water. Using a damp cloth, wipe away the grime. Vinegar really is the miracle cleaner!
- Range Hood Filter: Remove filter and place in a pan. Cover with vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda all over and let sit overnight (clean the same time as the oven). In the morning, wash the filter with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Day 14: Clear and clean the kitchen counters (and wipe down backsplash). I love using the Mrs. Meyers multi surface cleaner for my countertops.
Revisit the 30 day spring cleaning challenge.
We’ll see you tomorrow on Instagram or back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks. Have a great week!