The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist for Canadian Homeowners
As the days lengthen and our energy levels increase, Spring is the perfect time to clean your house. This room-by-room Spring cleaning checklist shows you everything you’ll need to declutter, dust, and clean your entire house after the winter months.
Your home will look better, and you’ll also feel better after cleaning your home. Studies show that living in a clean space can help you focus, improve your mood, and make you feel more in control of your life.
What to use for Spring Cleaning
Basic cleaning supplies:
Warm soapy water
Vacuum and mop
Vinegar - sanitize and disinfect
Baking soda - combat tough stains and odors
Castile soap - dilute with water for a counterstop spray
Deep cleaning products:
Magic erasers for really tough marks or stains
Floor and tile cleaner
When Should You Start Spring Cleaning?
You should start your spring cleaning when the air warms up and you can open your windows to let fresh air into your house.
If you live in British Columbia, Canada, the weather warms up for the year starting in late March or early April, making those months perfect for spring cleaning.
How to Start Spring Cleaning
Staring down a full-length spring cleaning checklist can feel a little overwhelming. Get a head start by decluttering your house during the winter. Since the hardest part is often getting started, pick one room or area of the house to begin your spring clean.
Window Cleaning Checklist
Start your spring cleaning by washing your windows and window screens as soon as the snow is gone.
Window sills: dust and wipe down
Window dressings (curtains, blinds and screens):
Fabric curtains: shake out or launder
Blinds: dust and wipe
Screens: wash with soap and water
Glass: wash with glass cleaner, vinegar, or water and a microfibre cloth or old t-shirt
Tip: Clean the glass last, so that the dust from blinds, curtains or window sills will not create more work. Pick a dry overcast day so that your cleaning product doesn’t leave streaks on the glass when it dries.
Doors and Walls
Doors and walls are easily forgotten spots to clean in your house. Attack fingerprint marks and stains with baking soda or a magic eraser. Wipe down and sanitize vertical surfaces - especially ones near door handles and light switches.
Throughout the House
Check smoke alarm batteries and light bulbs and replace if needed
Sanitize all door handles and light switches
The Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist for Homeowners in Canada
Our home’s entryway makes an important first impression on visitors. Eliminate clutter and keep your entryway clean so that your entryway is equally welcoming and convenient.
Dust & Clean:
Dust light fixtures
Check and replace light bulbs
Dust and wipe ceiling fan blades
Dust and wipe baseboards
Wipe furniture legs
Wipe shoe shelves
Wash plastic shoe trays
Shake out/vacuum rugs
Carpet cleaner for carpeted flooring
Kitchen & Dining Room
A clean kitchen and dining room is more welcoming, easier to use, and helps to prevent food-borne illnesses like salmonella and ecoli.
Pots and pans
Kitchen junk drawer: take out menus, receipts, grocery list, papers
Refrigerator and pantry
Dust & Deep Clean:
Deep clean appliances:
Stovetop, ventilation screens & backsplash
Dishwasher (clean the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher)
Cabinet handles and doors
Drying racks and trays
Chair and table legs
Pro tip: Bar Keeper’s Friend is an excellent cleaning product for tough kitchen stains and build up.
DVDs & games
Dust & Clean:
Dust TV screens and stands
Sanitize remote controls
Couches & upholstered chairs with upholstery cleaner
Vacuum living room rugs and carpets
Plant stands (plants accumulate dust, gently dust foliage using a microfiber cloth)
Open the windows, tidy up the cabinets, and make the tile glisten!
Cupboards & drawers
Makeup and personal care products (Makeup products do have an expiration date, so check for expired products.)
Dust & Clean:
Shower walls and floor
Shower and bathtub drains
Showerhead (Taste of Home has a convenient how-to for cleaning your showerhead with a ziploc bag)
Replace shower curtain liner
Shelves & cabinets
Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean your closets, get rid of old clothes, and update your wardrobe. Check out our list of thrift, vintage and consignment stores in Kelowna for places to donate your old clothes or find something new.
Toys and games
Desk and side table drawers - paperwork, knickknacks
Under bed and closet storage
Dust & Clean:
Wash bedding and blankets (sheets, pillows, bed skirts)
Wipe out drawers and cupboards
Dust bedside tables
Wipe down chair and desk legs
Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans
Wash stuffed animals and soft toys
Clean carpets and wash floors
The laundry room and laundry appliances don’t always get the attention they deserve.
Laundry detergents and cleaning products
Pro tip: Let go of that pile of single socks that you might still be hoping to find pairs for.
Dust & Clean:
Outside of laundry appliances
Wipe out shelves and cupboards
Thoroughly clean dryer vent
Washing machine tub
Vacuum and wash floors
Keep your home office neat and tidy! Studies show that you can focus better when there’s less clutter in your field of vision.
Dust & Clean:
Desk surfaces, computer monitors, and chairs
Organize filing cabinets and paperwork
Tidy up your messy cables
Washing Machine Maintenance
It is important to clean your washing machine every year. The Home Depot has a guide for cleaning your washing machine with various cleaners including bleach, peroxide, or their own DIY cleaner.
Get your yard ready for new growth by removing the pinecones, leaves, twigs, and branches that show up when the snow melts after Winter.
When to Clean up the Yard
It’s important to catch your yard in the short weeks after the temperatures remain above freezing in the night consistently, and before buds start forming on perennial plants and shrubs. In the Okanagan, this tends to happen around mid to late March.
Here are some basic spring cleaning tips for the yard:
Cut back plants that were not pruned in the fall
Clean up dead foliage and stalks from perennials
Rake leaves and twigs that might have fallen during winter storms
Clean out garden beds and rake soil where bulbs are planted
Trim hedges and shrubs
Cut dead or damaged branches out of maple, spruce and pine trees
Rake thatch out of your lawn and remove dead patches of grass to prepare for seeding
Prepare garden beds for planting
Check irrigation lines
Sweep up sand or salt deposits on your driveway and walkway edges from snow removal
Power wash driveway and walkways
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