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Laundry room looking a bit grubby? Check out our 11 ultimate spring cleaning chores for your laundry room area.
We’ve also included plenty of tips to make things easier and faster for yourself as you clean and aim to keep it that way.
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Spring Cleaning the Laundry Room
Here are our top chores for efficiently spring cleaning the laundry room area that you can customize or time as you see fit.
Make sure to declutter your laundry room or space before starting your spring cleaning chores for the laundry area.
This usually means cleaning up trash and getting rid of items that you no longer need or have a use for, especially since these things can certainly pile up in the laundry area.
If you plan to clean your laundry area in one day, this can also be a good time to remove items from the area so you can clean the space properly. Hampers, boxes, and bags can be great for sorting, storing, and transporting decluttering items.
Places to Declutter
Tip #1 Refill.
Consider purchasing refill products instead of entirely brand new bottles.
Refill pouches, such as laundry soap, are usually more environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and easier to dispose of when the time comes.
Refill bags are also a lot easier to store and tend to be more space-saving than full-sized detergent bottles.
Tip #2 Know where to take unwanted items.
If you plan to get rid of items such as fabric softener, laundry detergent, batteries, lightbulbs, or cleaning products that you may be keeping in your laundry room, make sure to dispose of them properly.
You can do this by donating them to a friend or family member who might have use for them or take them to the appropriate drop-off location at your local waste management facility.
You can usually find information for each kind of item and where to take it by referring to your local waste management’s website or contacting them directly.
Some trash companies may also offer pick-up services, which might be free, usually once or twice a year, or with a service fee charge.
Tip #3 Be prepared.
Before you start decluttering, make sure to have spots to put the items you plan to do something else with or plan on keeping, especially if you’ll be cleaning the room on the same day.
For instance, it’s good to have a donation box, a trash or recycling bag, and a box for items like batteries or light bulbs that you need to dispose of at your local waste management facility.
You may also want a box or bin to house items you want to keep but need to clean off and/or have out of the way as you clean the laundry room. That way, you’ll make fewer steps back and forth.
Tip # 4 Condense.
If you have a little detergent leftover in a bottle and a new one ready to go, consider combing the two inside the newer bottle so that you can properly discard the older one.
Making this a habit each time you bring home a replacement bottle or refill is a good way to reduce clutter automatically.
! Make sure to dispose of any laundry products or cleaning products properly, usually through your local waste management facility. The same goes for any batteries, light bulbs, or other items that would be considered hazardous household items.
Cleaning your washing machine a few times a year can be crucial to keep it working well and prevent things from breaking.
Deep cleaning your clothes washer will also help you avoid mineral build-up and odors in the future, along with other potential issues.
We generally recommend doing a deeper cleaning as part of your washer’s miscellaneous or general spring cleaning and light cleanings for monthly or bi-monthly maintenance.
Washing Machine Methods
! The proper method or cleaning product to use can also vary on your unit and its type, such as front-loading vs. top-loading options.
! It’s also typical for any issues that you might be having with the washing machine, such as mold or odors, to factor into choosing the best cleaning option. When in doubt, refer to the user’s manual.
Several times a year, particularly for general chores or doing spring cleaning chores for the laundry area, you’ll likely want to inspect and clean your clothes dryer thoroughly.
Cleaning the dryer usually involves cleaning out the lint trap filter and the filter’s crevice. It also often entails checking the vent ducts that lead to the outside to prevent fire hazards.
! Keeping your dryer vent, lint trap, and the rest of your unit clean can help to prevent fires. It’s also great for keeping the machine running more efficiently while ensuring your clothes dry faster.
Take the time to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of any laundry room storage areas.
This can include cabinets, shelves, utility carts, baskets, and so forth.
You can use your favorite cleaning method or consider using a microfiber cloth and a little bit of warm water, depending on the mess involved or how dirty things are.
! Make sure to work your way top on down to avoid getting places you’ve already cleaned dirty again later.
! If you use a microfiber or cleaning cloth to clean up laundry-related spills and messes, make sure to clean it when you’re done. Check out our 14 Tips on How to Wash, Use and Maintain Microfiber Cloths, Towels, and Pads post for more tips.
It can be highly beneficial to dust your laundry room consistently throughout the year. But if you haven’t done so in a while, now would be a good time get that started.
Places to Dust
Tip #1 Dust first; ask questions later.
Always try to dust before you use anything wet to clean a space. More so in lint-prone areas like the laundry room. This will help you avoid the dread moments where lint smears as you try to wipe things clean.
Tip #2 Prevent dust as much as possible.
One good rule of thumb for dusting is to prevent it as much as possible in the first place.
Unfortunately, that’s not always easy to do where the laundry room is concerned — especially if it’s a garage, on a balcony, or someplace where environmental factors may come into play besides lint from clothing.
You can, however, use things like air purifiers in the space to help reduce lint. And keeping up on dusting consistently before humidity has a chance to cause dirt and lint to adhere to surfaces can help reduce cleaning effort.
Shaking things out outside before washing and brushing your pets regularly are also a few steps you can take.
Try to spend some time cleaning the actual room or area, such as any walls, fixtures, baseboards, trim, furniture, decor, or storage items.
It’s also helpful sometimes to work in the same direction, such as clockwise or counterclockwise and from top to bottom. This will help you avoid dirtying areas where you’ve already dusted or cleaned later.
You can clean around and on the outside of your washer and dryer units at this stage or earlier.
Laundry Room Tips
While spring cleaning your laundry room is something you can do once a year, it’s something you’ll want to keep up on throughout the year in order to maintain it properly.
One way to do this is by doing a deep clean it every quarter and then perform a monthly cleaning chores or maintenance tasks to keep it as tidy as possible. Or consider penciling in a task or two into the rest of your daily and weekly cleaning tasks until you get the job done.
! Set reminders for yourself to deep clean your washer and dryer so that you can stay consistent with it. You can set reminders in your planner, on your calendar, or on your devices.
Set helpful or hilarious visual reminders and signs, convenient gadgets, and other kinds of inspiration to keep up your laundry habits.
Maybe that would entail decorating or renovating the space to suit your liking so that you’ll want to keep on it.
It can also be something as simple as some small decorative pieces, plaques, a cute or funny rug, or clever-looking laundry pieces.
This post covered some of the best 11 spring cleaning chores for the laundry room that you can do, regardless if you want to get it all done in one day or prefer to break things up as needed.
We also provided some tips and information on some of the following to help out folks who are newer cleaning or spring cleaning their laundry room and plenty of helpful habits and tips.
Happy Spring Cleaning! 🙂