Spring cleaning can begin with lots of enthusiasm but end with confusion if you’re unsure how to proceed. From washing shoes to appliances, the experts at Lake Appliance Repair created a guide to spring cleaning that checks the big jobs off your list!
A Step-By-Step Guide to Spring Cleaning Tasks
A clear plan of action goes a long way in getting a job done. With that in mind, our guide to spring cleaning provides simple steps to accomplish tasks quickly and easily.
Freshen Toys in the Dishwasher
Our spring cleaning guide begins with how to clean toys in the dishwasher so they can be fresh and germ-free:
- Only use the dishwasher for plastic toys
- Place larger items in the bottom rack and medium-sized items in the top rack, reserving the silverware basket for small objects.
- Run a regular wash cycle with detergent
- Skip the drying cycle and allow toys to air dry
Use Your Pre-Wash Cycle
Do you have clothes with stubborn stains but are wondering what the does the pre-wash cycle do to help? In just 5 minutes, the pre-wash cycle on your washer can help remove tough stains:
- Load the washer with stained clothing
- Add detergent to both the pre-wash and regular detergent compartments
- Select your wash cycle
- Choose the pre-wash function
- The main wash cycle will automatically begin after the pre-wash cycle ends
Clean School Backpacks in the Washer
Spring cleaning tips and tricks shouldn’t ignore school backpacks. After weeks of daily use and exposure to germs, here’s how to clean school backpacks effectively in the washer:
- Empty backpack and remove all loose parts
- Pre-treat stains by scrubbing with a toothbrush dipped in a solution of detergent and water
- Place backpack in a large laundry bag before putting in washer
- Run a complete wash cycle
- Allow backpack to air dry
Clean Dirty Shoes in the Washer
Can you clean shoes in the washer? The answer is yes, as long as you use the right techniques. Follow these steps to spring cleaning dirty shoes in the washer:
- Prep your shoes by removing laces and insoles and scrubbing caked-on dirt with an old toothbrush
- Place shoes in a wash bag or pillowcase to avoid damage from the washer drum.
- Select a gentle wash cycle with cold water and an extra rinse to ensure detergent is removed
- For best results allow shoes to air dry
Wash Blankets with Pet Hair
After a winter of snuggling, your pet’s favorite blanket is full of hard-to-wash hair and dander. Here’s how to spring clean blankets with pet hair without damaging your washer:
- Before washing, remove visible hair with a lint roller or tape.
- Place the blanket in the dryer for 10 minutes before washing to remove additional hair. Empty the lint trap after the cycle ends.
- After washing, wipe down washer drum and check pump filter for clumps of hair and dirt.
- Run a tub clean cycle to remove any left-behind dirt and hair.
Clean Your Kitchen Using Natural Ingredients
Our guide to spring cleaning doesn’t just rely on commercial cleaners, especially for the kitchen. Our tips for cleaning your kitchen with natural ingredients include items you may already have on hand:
- Clean your oven’s interior with a mix of baking soda and water, leaving it to soak overnight. Scrape off paste and spray down with vinegar and water.
- Use vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice to clean and eliminate odor in dishwashers and garbage disposals.
- Invest in good quality scrub brushes and scouring pads to lessen the amount of energy and cleaner you use.
Deep Clean Your Appliances
A guide to spring cleaning can’t ignore how to deep clean appliances. Here’s how to keep these key players in tip-top shape:
Refrigerator: Empty completely and clean interior with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Clean shelves and drawers individually, if possible, and dry completely before replacing. Wipe down gaskets and use an appliance brush to gently clean the condenser coils.
Range: Clean burner grates by soaking them in warm, soapy water and scrubbing with a heavy-duty scrub brush. Clean cooktop and burners with warm, soapy water or natural cleaners, if possible, allowing burner components to dry completely before replacing.
Dishwasher: Remove the dishwasher filter and clean with warm, soapy water. Wipe down the dishwasher gasket to remove mildew and trapped food. Clean the interior with a commercial dishwasher cleaner on a regular clean cycle with hot water.