Spring Cleaning Odd Jobs: Don’t Forget These Important Chores

Maybe you think you’ve already finished spring cleaning. The house is aired out; closets and pantries have been cleaned and tidied. The garage is empty and you can actually fit a car inside. You’ve switched out your fall/winter wardrobe for your spring/summer one.

But are you really?

Aside from all the usual chores you take care of during spring cleaning, there are a few oft forgotten, but critical places around your home that need some extra TLC this season.

Outdoor Light Fixtures

The first of many outdoor chores, you’re going to want to take care of your exterior lights. So go ahead and fill up a bucket with warm soapy water, grab a microfiber cloth, some spare light bulbs and a screwdriver before heading outside.

Disassemble each fixture, swoosh it around in the soapy water, rinse with your cotton cloth and dry with the microfiber one. The cotton cloth should be filthy by the time you’re done.

If the bulb is dead, go ahead and replace it. If you don’t want to wait for night or run inside to flip the switch, simply shake the bulb. If you hear something rattling, you should replace it.

If the spring air has put a little extra pep in your step, you may even want to take this time to wipe down your house numbers and mailbox.

Exterior Windows

You may have gotten the inside of them just perfect, but the majority of dirt is going to be on the outside of your windows. This isn’t going to take as long as you think, we promise.

The key to a fast and efficient job is using the right tools. So get yourself a double-sided squeegee, a bucket filled with hot water, a cup of white vinegar and couple squirts of dish soap.

Pro Tip: Try to clean your windows on a cloudy (not rainy) day. Direct sunshine can cause the windows to dry too fast and leave them looking streaky. You’re welcome!

Dip the squeegee in your cleaning solution and swipe the windows with the big spongy side, then quickly flip it over and wipe everything off with the rubber blade. (It’s probably best to go window-by-window here.) Once you’ve wiped it down with the blade, remove any excess water with your microfiber cloth.

Each window will take you about two minutes and the results will be amazing. More sunlight inside, a better view outside. Totally worth it!

If you have screens and notice that they’re looking less than perfect, you can feel free to pop them out and hose them down. Or bring them inside and let them soak in the tub if they’re especially nasty.

Indoor / Outdoor Rugs

Take these guys outside and shake them out. If you’re feeling especially energetic, toss them over the balcony or clothesline and give them a good beating with your broom. A rug is like a big sponge, and it holds onto almost everything that’s smooshed into it. So do whatever it takes to get all that deeply ingrained crud outta there.

Now leave it outside to air out. If you notice that it’s extra stinky, feel free to sprinkle a little baking soda over it while you let it air out. This will help eliminate odors. Just make sure you give them a quick vacuum before bringing them back inside.

Furnace Filter

This handy device is responsible for cleaning the air in your home. It should be switched four times a year, once with each change of season. If you have allergies or dust is an issue for you, you should notice a big difference in your air quality once you put in the new filter. It only takes a minute. Once you pull that dirty filter out and compare it to the new one, you’ll see just how important this task is.

Cabinet and Appliance Tops

While you may have cleaned inside and outside, you may have forgotten to clean off the tops of your cabinets and appliances. So grab a step stool, an all-purpose cleaning spray and a microfiber cloth. Remove everything sitting on those surfaces (and rinse them if necessary) while you clean. This will help eliminate pesky dust bunnies and give you the opportunity to find things you may have stuck up there and forgotten about. Either throw them away or find a permanent home for them.


If you have one, the soot could be the cause of your allergies and breathing problems. To make cleaning the ashes easier, sprinkle some wet coffee grounds or tealeaves in the fireplace.

Once absorbed, use a fireplace shovel to scoop everything into a bucket or paper bag. Wipe down the fireplace with a damp cloth and then finish it off with a soft, dry microfiber one.

If you notice that things are especially dingy in there, you can even mix one part vinegar to one part warm water in a spray bottle and give the surfaces a good coat before you wipe them down.

Artificial Plants

If you’re not the best plant parent but like the way they look in your home, you may opt for their artificial kindred. What you may not realize, however, is that these fake plants can become magnets for dust.

For fern-style plants, dampen a microfiber cloth and run it over each leaf. For flowers and more cloth-based plants, cover them in a paper bag, seal off the bottom, tip them upside down and give them a good shake.

If you notice that some dust still remains, take them outside with a blow dryer and/or toothbrush to get rid of the rest.

You likely won’t realize how dirty they are until you see how vibrant they look when they’re clean.

If you have any other tips or tricks for spring cleaning, let us know in the comments!

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