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The Best Ways To Tackle Your Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

This post is sponsored by Endust. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.

Depending on what kind of person you are, there are probably certain spring cleaning tasks you enjoy more than others. Personally, I prefer taking on the organizing tasks, because watching a closet or drawer go from chaotic to clean is really satisfying! But there are several cleaning tasks that I tend to put off, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

So today I’ll be talking about 10 of those less desirable cleaning tasks, and ways to make them easier. Who knows, maybe with these tips, your least favorite cleaning task just might become a lot more enjoyable! :-)

Appliances

Your large kitchen appliances need to be given a thorough cleaning every once in a while, inside and out. Check out my homemade fridge cleaning solution, which makes it easy to clean up spills and grime inside your fridge. If you’re tackling your oven, don’t miss my post about a scrub-free way to clean inside your oven!

Now, onto the outside of those appliances. For those with stainless steel appliances, look no further than Endust Stainless Steel Cleaner. This one handy spray can clean, shine, and protect all of your stainless steel surfaces. No streaks, and no film or residue. Just spray it onto your stainless steel, and buff to a shine with a clean cloth.

As for non-stainless steel appliances, you can use your favorite all-purpose cleaner and cloth to wipe them down. Make sure to have a scrub brush or sponge handy for tougher messes.

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Wood Floors

You probably clean your food floors regularly, but when was the last time you really saw them shine? Luckily for us, cleaning and shining your wood floors is now easier than ever!

Endust Wood Floor Cleaner is a great one-step solution for your wood floors. This cleaner is powerful enough to break up sticky messes without leaving behind any dull residue. Simply spray the cleaner directly onto your floors, and use a microfiber mop to clean and shine. Or better yet, make the task hands-free by donning a pair of microfiber cleaning slippers! You’ll have a blast skating across your floors, and they’ll sparkle when you’re finished!

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Blinds

There are a few ways to clean your non-fabric blinds, depending on how dirty they are and how many sets of blinds you have in your home. For detailed instructions and ideas, check out my post about the best way to clean your blinds.

Honestly, cleaning my blinds is one of my most dreaded spring cleaning chores! The quickest and most painless way I’ve found to clean my faux-wood blinds is by using a good dusting spray, like Endust Multi-Surface Dusting Spray. This spray is great because it really cleans the surface of my blinds, instead of just removing the surface layer of dust. Plus I can’t resist a good lemon-y fresh scent. :-)

I’ve used all sorts of cleaning “tools” on my blinds, from clean socks to a dedicated blinds dusting tool. I like this duster because it is tall enough to clean the bottom of one slat and the top of the one beneath it, which cuts my cleaning time in half. Using the duster and the Endust Multi-Surface Dusting Spray, I can dust and clean my blinds in one step, and get on with my day!

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Baseboards

We got to talking about cleaning baseboards during one of our planning meetings, and we all seemed to have a different opinion on the best way to do it. I tend to find a lot of loose dust on my baseboards, so when I’m cleaning them I prefer to vacuum the dust up first using the brush attachment. After vacuuming, I use a dusting spray and cloth to finish them off.

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

My daughter Britta mentioned that in her bathroom, the moisture causes the dust to form a more stubborn layer of dirt on the baseboards. So she goes straight for her Endust Multi-Surface Dusting Spray, which helps break up that grimy layer and makes it easy to wipe away. It also repels dust, meaning that once her baseboards have been cleaned, they’ll be easier to clean in the future. Smart!

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Outlets & Light Switches

Dust tends to gather along the tops of outlets and light switches, but it’s easy to take care of. I like to use a Q-tip or a cotton ball to wipe the dust away. It may seem silly, but paying attention to the little things like outlets can make a big difference in how clean your home looks!

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Air Vents & Ducts

When I clean the air vents in my home, I like to do them all at the same time. I remove the metal vent covers and place them in my bathtub, then add a squirt or two of grease-cutting dish soap. I fill the tub with enough hot water to cover the vents, and let them soak while I attend to the ducts.

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

While the vent covers are soaking, I use the crevice attachment on my vacuum to clean out the dust and dirt from the air ducts. Then I take the vent covers out of the tub and lay them out on a towel to dry off a bit. If any of the covers still look a bit grimy, I wipe them clean with a microfiber cloth.

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Finally, I spray them with Endust Multi-Purpose Dusting Spray to repel dust and dirt, and then put them back. I try to do this once a year or so, and it only takes me about an hour to complete.

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Window Sills & Tracks

If I had to venture a guess, I would guess that “clean the windows” appears on most people’s spring cleaning task list. But what about the window sills and window tracks? These are less obvious areas, but they can get really grimy over time!

To clean window tracks, start by removing any loose dirt, dust, and dead bugs with the crevice tool on your vacuum. (There’s probably quite a bit of it!)

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Then I like to spray a liberal amount of dusting spray into the track, and place a length of cotton coil into the track. I let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes, then I use the cotton coil to wipe the dirt and dust towards the center of the window track.

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

For hard-to-clean nooks and crannies, I keep a flathead screwdriver nearby. I just wrap the tip of the screwdriver in an old rag or cloth, and use it to scrape stubborn dirt and grime out of the cracks. It works like a charm! Then I just finish the tracks off with a final pass with a soft cloth, and they look good as new!

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Window sills are simple. Just spray them down with dusting spray and wipe them clean!

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Car Dashboards

You may not think of your car when making your spring cleaning task list, but I try to make a point of it! I’ve spent a LOT of time in my car this winter driving to and from the Wound Care Center for treatments, and I’ve seen how quickly dust collects on my dashboard and center console.

I was delighted to discover that I could use Endust Multi-Surface Dusting Spray on my dashboard, too! I spray it directly onto a clean microfiber cloth, then wipe down the dashboard and console areas. It only takes 10 or 15 minutes, but it makes a world of difference!

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Walls

Ugh, talk about another dreaded chore! Cleaning my walls is probably one of the tasks that I put off the most. But I recently learned a brilliant simple way to tackle this task, so I doubt I’ll be putting it off for much longer! All you need is a good all-purpose cleaning spray, and a microfiber mop or duster.

Start by pulling any furniture away from the wall you’ll be working on, then spray the whole wall with your cleaning spray. Then take the microfiber mop and wipe the wall clean, starting at the top and working down in side-to-side motions. You’ll be surprised at home much dust, dirt, and hair the microfiber pad will pick up! And your walls will be as clean as the day you moved in. :-)

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can be another tricky place to clean and dust, but ultimately it’s much easier than it sounds. My favorite method involves a good dusting spray and a clean pillowcase, and it happens to be great for people who are sensitive to indoor allergens.

For allergy sufferers, I highly recommend using Endust Free Dusting and Cleaning Spray. It has a hypo-allergenic formula that is fragrance-free, and it’s certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. Spray it liberally onto the tops and bottoms of your fan blades.

Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chores

Take your clean pillowcase and slip it over one of the blades. Use both hands to press the fabric against the top and bottom of the blade, then pull the pillowcase towards you. You’ll wipe the dust and dirt off of the blade and trap it right inside the pillowcase. It’s a quick and easy way to clean your fan, and it traps the dust and dirt so they don’t get airborne and irritate your allergies further.

Using these tips and tricks, you’re sure to get your spring cleaning done in record time this year! :-)

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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    Ceiling fans. I will be doing this tomorrow …. with Endust!
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  • I have been dreading to clean my ceiling fans and blinds. It’s been 2 yrs since we moved in. Yikes! I am hopeful it won’t be such a daunting task with the tips you provided and buying some Endust. We have another dusting spray that just made the dust smudge. I plan to tackle this before the weekend’s end. Thank you!!

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    Thank You!!

  • My husband just purchased some wipes for his dash…I’ll be sure to pick up some Endust for my convertible dash, which gets loads of dust and pollen on it, to clean it thoroughly. Thank you for posting these tips…I had no idea Endust could be used in the car!

  • I was excited to hear about Endust’s dust repelling qualities! I’m actually looking forward to using it on my baseboards, ceiling fans and blinds this weekend (I can’t believe I just said that…)

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    Thanks!

  • I’ve been procrastinating over cleaning my blinds so the first thing I’ll do with the Endust Multipurpose Cleaning Spray are my BLINDS! I can’t wait to try it!

  • With With my With my large family and two huge dogs, my spring cleaning has to be done almost every day! Enduro would defy help me save time cleaning!

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      Prevention:
      Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking. Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source. Pressurized container: Do not pierce or burn, even after use. Avoid breathing dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapors/ spray. Use only outdoors or in a well- ventilated area. Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves. Intentional misuse by deliberate inhalation may be harmful or fatal.
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      IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/ physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/ attention.
      Just saying…

  • I noticed when you were cleaning the fridge that the door handle was near the wall. That handle can be moved to the other side of the door giving you easier access to the interior. I liked all of
    your cleaning suggestions and will try them very soon. Thanks

  • I appreciate the positive attitude but am concerned that this sounds like an advertisement for Endust products. I know Jillee is making a living with her very useful blog, so I get it.

    For the record, however: the Endust site provides the information below. I am concerned about the overexposure we all have to unnecessary chemicals in our world and believe there are other cleaning solutions that can achieve the same goals as the Endust line. without a bunch of ingredients derived from petroleum – I counted 5 below, I love orange terpenes – extracted from orange rind – as my go-to solvent. A gallon is expensive but lasts for years, and is food grade so completely safe. Plus it smells great.

    What’s inside Endust Multi-Surface Dusting & Cleaning Spray?
    Endust Multi-Surface Dusting & Cleaning Spray is a blend of premium cleaners. It does not contain waxes, silicone, alcohol, vinegar, ammonia or acetone.

    Ingredient Purpose
    Water Solvent
    Mineral Oil Solvent
    Isoparaffin Solvent
    Propane Propellant
    Fragrance Fragrance
    Hexoxyethanol Solvent
    Sorbitan Oleate Emulsifier
    Ethoxylated Alcohol Emulsifier

  • I am without a mutipurpose cleaner at this time. So I am excited to buy some Endust Mutipurpose Cleaning Spray and tackle my cleaning chores!

  • Wow, I’m going to try all the different Endust products for my home. I didn’t realize they offered so many. Looking forward to using the Multi Free Purpose Endust. I have three family members with severe Allergies and Asthma and I’m thrilled it’s going to make my cleaning time more efficient and a family happy!!

  • I’m anxious to try the Endust Free multi purpose cleaning spray. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest and please continue to keep us informed of so many better ways to make our lives better.

  • My first thought was to hire it done, but the last time I did that, he spent 45 minutes in an already clean bathroom and 5 minutes vacuuming! Lol

    Endust has been a staple in my home for decades. I use it to trap dust and dirt on all of the surfaces except the ones I clean with a cleaner and warm water, i.e., floors, bathroom fixtures and everything in the kitchen except the cabinets (I don’t fry any foods so there won’t be a grease buildup).

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter the Endust contest.

  • I like the ceiling fan idea. I always use a pillow case but hadn’t thought about the Endust. I love the smell, it brings back memories of helping my grandma dust when I was little, that’s all she would use, and that’s been a long time ago

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