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Spring Cleaning Your Laundry Room

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.

In this post…

  • Decluttering and getting rid of items
  • Tidying up, restocking supplies, and organizing supplies
  • Tips on deep-cleaning your washer and dryer
  • Cleaning the room from top to bottom
  • Managing laundry area storage space
  • How to keep yourself motivated
  • How to keep your room a bit tidier year-round through inspiration and routine
  • Conclusion

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.

Quick Tips

  • Clean in whatever order works for you.
  • Break things down into smaller tasks if you need to.
  • Don’t hesitate to use a timer to help you stay on task, move at a good pace, and challenge yourself or turn it into a game as a form of entertainment.
  • Regardless of the order you move in, try to work from top to bottom and in the same direction while working the room to prevent re-doing steps.
  • Try to prep the area with whatever tools you’ll need before you get going, such as a vacuum, trashbag, donation box, cleaning tools, etc.

1. Declutter the space.

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

  • Old or unwanted laundry products, such as detergents, dry balls or sheets, fabric softener, etc.
  • Old, worn, linens and towels that you no longer need.
  • Cleaning products or other category items such as batters, light bulbs, and other items that you may keep in that space and that need to be decluttered.
  • Nearly-finished detergents and related products.

Additional Tips

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.

2. Deep clean the washing machine.

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.

Spring clean the washing machine

Washing Machine Methods

  • Store-bought cleaners, as instructed. Plus thoroughly cleaning all removable parts and the door and gasket.
  • 2-cycle method: a method using 1-quart bleach –or- 1-quart vinegar on the hottest setting, followed with a scrub or wipe-down of all parts, and following up with a rinse cycle using water only.
  • 3-cycle method: a method where the first load is used with about 1-quart bleach only, followed by another load using only 1-quart vinegar. Then wiping or scrubbing down the gaskets, door, drum, and dispensers before performing a final rinse with only hot water.

Basic Washing Machine Cleaning Tips

  1. Check your manufacturer’s instruction manual for their cleaning suggestions first.
  2. Make sure the machine is empty.
  3. Determine which cleaning method you’ll be using (store-bought cleaners, 2-cycle, and 3 cycle methods, vinegar, etc.).
  4. Run a cycle on the hottest setting using whichever is your preferred cleaning method. If you have Tub Clean mode, use that instead.
  5. Once the cycle is over, make sure to clean out the tub, dispensers, and gasket using a cleaning towel or microfiber cloth. You may also need an old toothbrush or cleaning brush.
  6. Clean out the hot point filter. This great video by Five Minute Fix It details how to go about cleaning the filter on a Kenmore, which should be similar to your unit. You may also be able to find the manufacturer’s guide as well. This post details how to spot your filter and how to clean it as well.
  7. Clean the exterior and all around the unit (including walls, sides, behind, and the floor underneath it).
  8. Run a final, water-only cycle on the hottest setting to ensure that any bleach or residue is removed.
  9. Leave the door open to allow things to air dry, or wipe the inside and gasket down with a dry cloth.

! 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.

3. Deep clean the clothes dryer.

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.

Dryer Steps

  • Unplug the machine.
  • Clean the lint trap and remove debris from the crevice.
  • Inspect the vent duct and clean out as necessary or enlist some help.
  • Wipe the inside of the drum.
  • Clean the exterior, including the floor beneath, walls, baseboards, etc.

! 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.

4. Dust and clean storage spaces.

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.

Quick Tips

  • Shelving
  • Cabinets
  • Utility and storage carts
  • Laundry hampers and hamper carts
  • Tables and counters
  • Laundry baskets, bins, and organizers
  • Dry racks, lines, and clothing rods
  • Hooks, knobs, handles

! 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.

5. Dust the room.

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

  • Walls, corners, and ceiling.
  • Cabinets (including on the top) and storage cabinets.
  • Furniture and decor.
  • Doors, baseboards, trim, etc.
  • Washer and dryer as well as around them and, if possible, underneath.
  • Vents or any fixtures (i.e., lighting, plumbing, electrical).
  • Vacuum or sweep up the floor to pick up initial dirt, dust, lint, and large debris.

Quick Dusting Tips

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.

6. Deep clean the laundry room.

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

  • Try to clean your walls if possible.
  • Clean any cabinets and furniture if you haven’t already.
  • Clean the washer and dryer if you haven’t already.
  • Clean the baseboards, doors, switches, and any trim or fixtures.
  • Clean knobs, handles, and points of contact.

7. Sweep and mop.

Take some time to thoroughly sweep or vacuum and mop your laundry room floor if you haven’t done this step already.

! Check out our reviews on the O-Cedar Easywring Spin Mop and the Tineco S5 Wet-Dry Vacuum for quick take on these best-selling floor-cleaning products.

8. Clean, refill and restock items.

Before you return any items to your laundry area, try to assess what you need to refill and restock. Clean off the items and refill what you need to.

9. Return and organize items.

Return items to their appropriate spots and organize them in whatever manner you see fit.

This is also a great time to think about things you can add to the space, such as bins and organizers, which can be ideal if you have trouble keeping the area clean or find that you might be lacking space.

10. Consider creating a simple routine.

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.

11. Inspire and motivate.

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.

Conclusion

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.

  • Declutter the space.
  • Deep clean the washing machine.
  • Deep clean the clothes dryer.
  • Dust and clean the inside and outside of any storage spaces.
  • Dust the area.
  • Deep clean the laundry room.
  • Sweep and mop.
  • Clean, refill, and restock items you plan to keep.
  • Return and organize items.
  • Consider having a routine.
  • Inspire and motivate yourself.

Happy Spring Cleaning! 🙂


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