Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is one of the few books that offers us solutions and a how-to for keeping our homes spring clean fresh. This book provides valuable time-saving information on how to keep the items in your home working, clean, efficient, and usable plus a surplus of information on caring for your home that you never knew you needed.
Though there’s a long list of items Martha recommends keeping on your spring cleaning checklist, here’s an abridged version of the essentials:
1. Check home safety devices.
Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and recharge fire extinguishers. Now is as good a time as any to make sure you’re prepared and protected.
2. Clean ceiling fans.
Sitting stagnant in the winter causes a build-up of dust you may not be able to see from below. So before turning on the fan and sending dust bunnies flying all over your furniture, wipe each fan blade clean with a dry or wet dust cloth.
3. Clean the refrigerator and freezer.
Spills, splatters, drips and long-forgotten produce—we’ve all been there and seen worse. Empty out your fridge and freezer, wipe down everything with a non-toxic solvent and toss out any expired food or condiments.
4. Deep clean carpets.
A season of forced-air heating or a lack of fresh air intake can make your carpets and rugs dirty, dusty, smelly and probably pretty sad looking. Spend a little extra time vacuuming them, and then either shampoo them or rent a good steamer.
5. Dust light bulbs.
You’d be surprised how much dust sits on a lightbulb. It’s always a good idea to make sure your lamps and bulbs are dust free to help prevent a fire, and wiping them off will improve the brightness of your bulbs.
6. Turn off the heating system and have it cleaned.
Baseboard heating can collect dust, and therefore make your entire house even dustier. Clean them at the end of every winter season to ensure the build-up doesn’t get out of control.
7. Wash windows.
Between the dust and smudges inside, to the unfavorable weather and bugs on the outside, give your windows a good scrub. Be sure to include the panes and window sills as well. There’s nothing like taking in the sunshine, and the budding trees and flowers through a clean, clear glass window.
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