Tackling spring’s toughest cleaning jobs

A glass-front kitchen cupboard with its contents nicely organized from a fresh spring cleaning job.

The annual spring cleaning ritual of scrubbing and reorganizing is increasingly popular among Americans.

A recent survey from the American Cleaning Institute found that 76% of U.S. households engage in this deep cleaning each year, up from 72% just a few years ago.

But it doesn’t mean all those people look forward to it. Some spring cleaning chores are especially dirty, time-consuming or daunting. Instead of avoiding them, however, you can easily tackle them by forming strategies to make those tough tasks manageable.

Here are a few ideas.

How to clean out kitchen cupboards and pantry

Tackle the pantry first. Remove all the items so you can vacuum and wipe down the shelves. Before returning anything, decide what is going where so your items will be nicely sorted and easy to find.

Toss anything beyond its prime, like rumpled tea bags, stale chips or any canned food past its expiration date. Any nonperishable items that are still good but you know you’ll never eat? Donate to the local food bank.

Moving onto the cupboards with dishes and utensils, use the same strategy and have a box ready for donations.

A boy sits at kitchen counter while a man and woman prepare a meal in the kitchen. A sliding glass door opens to a deck. Sliding glass doors are one of the toughest spring cleaning jobs.

How to clean the tracks of sliding doors and windows

This dirty job brings you down to the nitty gritty. The narrow tracks at the bottom of sliding doors and windows are where dirt, pet hair and even mold can congregate.

To prepare, you’ll want to grab a cleaner that kills bacteria or is designed to tackle mold. Use a vacuum attachment to pick up any loose items, then apply your cleaner. Scrub the track with the small brush and wipe clean with a cloth or paper towel.

How to clean a ceiling fan

These breeze-makers can spread dust around your room if they are not cleaned occasionally. To start, you’ll need a sturdy stepladder and an old, damp pillowcase.

When you’re safely able to reach the fan blades, open the pillowcase and put it over one blade at a time. Wipe the blade as you pull the pillowcase slowly toward you. Once most of the dust is captured in the case, you can use a spray cleaner and cloth to quickly finish the job.

Shake the dirty pillowcase outside, then toss it in the laundry.

How to wash your walls

This can be a sprawling task, depending on the size of your home. Make it manageable by doing one room at a time. To prepare, grab a soft sponge or a cloth. Fill a pail half-full with warm water and add a gentle cleanser like dish soap or a multipurpose cleaner. Once you wash a section, wipe it with a damp cloth and let it dry.

A woman sorts through a pile of clothes on a counter to decide what will go back into her closet she just cleaned out.

How to clean out your closets

Many people put off this job until they absolutely can’t cram another hanger into their closet. Before you begin, set out two bags. One is for donations—items that are still good but you no longer wear. The other is for trash—items that are ripped or broken and can’t be turned into cleaning rags.

Remove all items from your closet or drawers, vacuum out the space and wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Assess each item you removed to determine if it’s staying or going into one of the bags. If it has sentimental value but you won’t wear it, put it in a keepsake bin stored elsewhere to free up space. (Read more tips for weeding out clothing and other items here.)

Products for spring cleaning

These spring cleaning jobs might loom large on your list, but a little planning and having the right supplies on hand can make tough jobs a lot easier to accomplish.

The Amway Home™ cleaning collection has several products to help you. Check them out at Amway.com.


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