Tis the season for spring cleaning. I absolutely LOVE that amazing feeling you get after deep cleaning your home- it’s one of the very best! Am I right? Do you guys feel amazing afterwards too? It’s like the equivalent of me finishing a half marathon or something momentous (if that were to ever happen, I can imagine that’s how I’d feel). I spent the weekend deep cleaning while Emmett was away on a work trip and man, did it feel nice. Talk about a hefty dose of cleaning therapy after the extra dusty kitchen reno. It was just what the doctor ordered. I thought I’d share my cleaning rituals with you guys, in case you’re also in the market to get your spring clean done and outta the way. Click through for my giant printable week-long spring clean checklist, that includes different tasks for every day of the week, as well as my newfound love for natural French cleaning products…
I’m just going to dive right in with the list, in case any of you want to get started this week. It looks intimidating at first, but it’s a deep and thorough clean that I do 3-4 times a year. It’s not as bad as it seems, and I get so much gratification crossing things off the list. Breaking it down by days of the week really makes it more manageable. Feel free to switch the days or do it in the order that makes the most sense for your lifestyle and home…
Click it, pin it, print it… do whatever you gotta do to make it happen. I promise you’ll feel SO much better afterwards! I feel like I’m officially ready to welcome spring, warm weather, and our new kitchen now. I’m a whole new lady.
If you’re wondering about my preferred cleaning products to get the job done, I’m not going to lie. I used to be one of those people who used harsh chemicals and cleaners throughout my home. I knew they worked and didn’t care if I was ingesting toxic ingredients or harming the environment for the sake of a clean home (that’s terrible, I know). I grew up watching my family use them, and we don’t have kids… so I had never really been too concerned about it. However, as I get older (and undoubtedly smarter), I’ve changed my outlook on the products I bring into our home. I’ve been using this French cleaning line for awhile now (per my friend’s recommendation) and love that it’s natural and contains zero toxins. If you’re in the market for new supplies, check it out.
It’s interesting that Americans always look to the French for secret methods or “tricks of the trade”. Everyone wants to learn how to dress like a french girl, or style effortless hair or ‘natural’ makeup like the French ladies do. I never would’ve imagined that I’d also start borrowing French cleaning secrets for my annual deep spring clean, but hey- crazier things have happened. I mean… the Europeans do have strict certifications and standards unlike us Americans, so I feel pretty comfortable bringing the organic products into my home. My best friend who had been using them suggested I give it a try, and I really ended up liking the products because they really only require water (easy peasy).
In addition to the cleaning cloths and water, I’ll occasionally use household items like vinegar and baking soda to scrub tough spots, build-up, or stains.
This mitt has come in really handy for grabbing and attracting pet hair from lots of different surfaces. I probably use it once a week. My mom flew into visit a few days ago and I definitely “de-doghaired” the house before she arrived. I’ll swipe it across furniture, the baseboards, the coffee table… anything really. I’ve also used it to remove stains from our WHITE slipcovered sofa and it worked like a charm (crisis avoided).
You might remember, I saved an Instagram story to my account titled ‘Hard Water Fix’ (if you want to watch it)… I’m happy to report, I found a product that’s a little easier than mixing up my concoction. Lately, I’ve been using Creme D’argile Cleaning Clay that takes the hard water right off. I follow up with the purple cleaning cloth to wipe it dry and voila… no more hard water spots.
I could seriously talk about cleaning stuff all day, and I thought you guys might be interested too. I feel like that’s part of loving your home… decor, renovating, and cleaning sort of go hand-in-hand in my book. I’d also love to know your favorite tricks, hacks, or cleaning products for keeping your home in tip, top condition! I’ll add them to my arsenal.
Has anyone else finished their BIG spring clean yet? What time of year do you guys usually doing that? Hopefully I’m not too early or late with this post. I just couldn’t take it any more with the dust and mess from the kitchen renovation. Factor in the 70 degree sunny weather over the weekend and I found myself really productive and happy spending my Easter weekend cleaning (don’t worry, I did make it church). Ha! Cheers to all my fellow neat freaks out there.