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