As you enter a new season, you’re gearing up for an intense session of cleaning. Spring cleaning calls for a total overhaul of your home, and going room by room requires plenty of effort and attention. But can you make the process more streamlined and efficient this year?

Start fresh this spring with a productive approach to cleaning. Pull out an effective strategy, practical tips and creative hacks for ridding your living area of wintertime dust and grime. Check out the following checklist and helpful hacks to cleanse your home.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

To tackle your mess and sanitize every room, you need a checklist to make sure you hit all the nooks and hidden spots holding dirt. Use this general spring cleaning checklist to mark off tasks as you go:

  • Sweep, vacuum and mop floors and rugs
  • Wipe down ceilings, walls, and baseboards
  • Clean doors, door frames, and doormats
  • Disinfect and polish appliances and fixtures
  • Dust shelves and drawers
  • Clear and wipe counters
  • Clean window glass, screens, and treatments
  • Clean cabinets, closets and storage compartments
  • Reseal grout
  • Dust furniture
  • Replace smoke detector batteries
  • Disinfect outdoor area

Practical Hacks for Spring Cleaning

After a straightforward sweep through your home, you can encounter tougher messes. Built-up crud and gunk can take up your time and frustrate you during your spring cleaning project. Try these five hacks to address cleaning obstacles.

1. Revamp Your Stainless Steel Kitchenware With Vinegar and Baking Soda

When your stainless steel pots and pans develop signs of aging, you might think it’s time to purchase new ones. But you can reverse some of the wear and tear, like a burnt bottom, with the strength of vinegar and baking soda. Afterward, you can enjoy cooking with your shiny kitchenware.

Put equal parts vinegar and water in your pan or pot, then place it on the stove to boil. Remove it from the heat and pour out the vinegar solution. Then sprinkle baking soda over the bottom and scrub it around to rub away the burnt areas.

2. Slip on Rubber Gloves to Clear Pet Fur

Your cuddly pets can contribute to the mess in your house if they’re prone to shed.

Gathering their hair from the furniture and carpet is an involved task. But with rubber gloves, you can easily scoop up their fur. Pet fur effectively sticks to the gloves, and you can dunk your gloved hands in the sink to detach and toss the fur.

3. Donate and Sell to Declutter

As you purge your home of germs and dirt, an excess of items can get in your way. Clutter can keep your house from appearing orderly, and your unused possessions can unnecessarily take up space. To cut down on clutter, donate or sell your unwanted things.

One classic option for selling your goods includes hosting a yard sale to display items and negotiate with customers for an immediate sale. When you resell your used clothes or household items, make sure you present them in decent shape and price them appropriately for better results.

Alternatively, you can post your items on apps geared toward selling your goods. Poshmark can help you get rid of your old wardrobe, and LetGo can help you pass on things like furniture, books or electronics.

4. Dust Your Air Vents With a Foam Brush

Vents can accumulate dust and dirt over the months, but wiping out the little sections can be an intensive chore. However, a small foam painting brush can expedite the task. Run the spongy top through the dividers to collect dirt.

5. Use Grapefruit and Salt to Scrub the Bathtub

For an all-natural way to combat tub stains and grime, grab a grapefruit and coarse salt. With the acidic juice and grainy particles, you can eliminate rust on the fixtures and unsightly marks on the porcelain.

Slice the grapefruit in half, then coat one section with a layer of salt. Cover the tub with a generous dusting of salt. Start rubbing the grapefruit half pulp-side down on the bathtub, and rinse to complete the process.

Efficiently Clean Your Home This Spring

To prepare yourself and your home for a fresh season, find creative ways to get your house back in pristine shape. Use cleaning hacks to move through spring cleaning with fewer setbacks and frustration productively.

Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is the owner and editor of Productivity Theory, a blog about lifehacking and self-fulfillment. To read more posts by Kayla, you can subscribe to her blog or follow her on Twitter.