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Maintaining your life and household can be a lot to keep track of at times. This is whether it involves annual or personal to-do’s, seasonal cleaning, regular chores, or checking off all the items on your house maintenance checklist. Here are 16 important and often missed spring cleaning chores for your home, some of which may not be high-priority but may save you a few bucks in the long run.

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This post covers 16 different and essential spring cleaning chores that are more general or miscellaneous in nature. This list can also function as part of your house maintenance checklist and covers information and brief how-to steps or tips on the following:

  • Washer and dryer maintenance
  • Various recurring replacement tasks (i.e., filters, batteries)
  • Cleaning specific tools and appliances
  • Disposal of certain hazardous materials
  • Performing checks and tests on essential household items and critical structural concerns
  • Small repairs and fixes
  • Conclusion

General Household Spring Cleaning Tasks

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These tasks can be done at your own pace, in chunks, or even at other times throughout the year. In some cases, certain tasks should be done more frequently than just during spring cleaning miscellaneous items around the home or once a year.

Some things may also be a lot easier or shorter to complete than others. So don’t forget to bookmark us so you can pick up where you last left off.

Find Some Inspiration or Motivation

Try to find some inspiration or a little motivation to get you going on this spring house maintenance checklist, particularly if you find yourself procrastinating or struggling.

  • Listen to music, podcasts, videos, or audiobooks as you clean.
  • Journal or think about why you want to work on these tasks or hope to have a better cleaning routine in general. What are the benefits?
  • Reward yourself, whether that’s taking a day or even an evening off from any chores, having a spa day, going out with friends or family, etc.
  • Hustle as you clean and remember cleaning is a form of exercise. Why not make the most of it?
  • Challenge yourself by finishing in x-amount of time, doing x-amount of chores, or even setting a timer.
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Note: You can expand and contract each task to see more or less information of these miscellaneous spring cleaning tasks and chores. You’ll also find helpful habits and spring cleaning tips about certain chores and how to work around them or improve the situation under some tasks.

1. Check and clean all general household filters.

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Take some time to check and clean any filters within your home as part of your spring cleaning chores or DIY annual home inspection.

Keep in mind that most filters may need more frequent changes, such as AC return filters and air purifier filters, depending on the product. Therefore, it may be beneficial to set a routine with it to stay on top of it.

Common filters that need cleaning:

  • AC/Furnace filters
  • Air purifier filters
  • Fan filters
  • Kitchen exhaust filters (i.e., under the microwave)
  • Vacuum and automatic mop cleaner filters
  • Kiddo-related filters
  • Pet-related filters (water fountain bowls
  • Fridge filters
  • Water filters
  • Coffeemaker water filters

Tip #1

Set reminders: Try to set reminders to check, clean, or replace any filters within your home on your digital devices, such as a phone or home hub. This is a great way to ensure that your various filters are always seen to and not forgotten about. Simple set the reminder to the level of frequency based on each product’s requirements and/or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip #2

Try a subscription: Some filters, such as AC filters, may be available through a subscription service. With these subscription services, you not only get reminded of when to change your filter and can often set the frequency for deliveries, but you also get one or more delivered to your door, all ready to go.

Tip #3

Extra, Extra! Rather than relying on ordering filters to change them out, consider having more than one ready to go in advance. This way, you can quickly get the job done, will have fewer reasons to procrastinate, and won’t have to rely on the next time you go to the store or have it delivered, ensuring that it’s changed out on time.

4. Clean your washing machine.

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Just as with the dishwasher, as we covered in Part 1 of our Kitchen spring cleaning post, cleaning your washing machine a few times a year can be crucial to keep it working well and to prevent things from breaking.

Cleaning your washing machine will also help you to avoid mineral build-up and odors in the future, not to mention other potential issues.


Method for cleaning a washing machine.

There are usually several ways to go about cleaning your method. To keep things simple, we’ll just stick to explaining lighter cleanings vs. deeper cleanings. However, 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.

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, always check your instruction manual or view the manufacturer’s website.

Typical 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.

Note: Please use bleach with caution and only if okayed by the manufacturer. Always double-check with your instruction manual or ask the manufacturer first before using any cleaning method. We recommend bleach for only severe cases, such as excessive mold or mildew buildup and foul odors that don’t seem to quit.


Lighter washing machine cleanings.

Lighter cleanings usually involve tossing in a machine-cleaning tab or a quart of vinegar on the hottest setting (or Tub Clean mode), generally for descaling and deodorizing. Some wiping out of the tub may be required to remove residue.


Deeper washing machine cleanings.

And then there’s more in-depth cleaning, which generally means running bleach, vinegar, or a cleaning tab through the washer, wiping it out, and scrubbing any removable parts such as soap or bleach dispensers.

Vinegar is the most common method, followed by store-bought products, though some individuals like to use bleach in situations with mold or severe build-up and odors.

Deep-cleaning a washing machine may also involve more in-depth steps, such as cleaning the rubber seal or door gasket, cleaning beneath agitators, and making sure the filter trap at the hot point is free and clear of debris.


Common steps to deep-clean a washing machine:

  • Check your manufacturer’s instruction manual for their cleaning suggestions first.
  • Make sure the machine is empty.
  • Determine which cleaning method you’ll be using (store-bought cleaners, 2-cycle, and 3 cycle methods, etc.).
  • Run a cycle on the hottest setting using whichever is your preferred method. If you have Tub Clean mode, use that instead.
  • 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.
  • 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 or how-to video as well. This post details how to spot your filter and how to clean it as well.
  • Clean the exterior and all around the unit (including walls, sides, behind, and the floor underneath it).
  • Run a final, water-only cycle on the hottest setting to ensure that any bleach or residue is removed.
  • Leave the door open to allow things to air dry, or wipe the inside and gasket down with a dry cloth or towel.

Because this can be an extensive process and might vary based on the machine, we’ll be covering this topic with more in-depth instructions soon. Either way, try to do light cleanings for maintenance at least every month or two, which should help with odors and mineral build-up.

We also recommend cleaning the tub, gasket, and dispensers during light cleanings as well. Deep cleanings can be done twice a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.

5. Clean the clothes dryer.

Several times a year, particularly for general chores for Spring Cleaning, 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.

  • 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

In the end, 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 well and ensuring that your clothes dry on time.

If you find your laundry doesn’t dry as fast as it used to, then it’s probably time to at least clean and vacuum out the lint trap, if not clean the duct system as well. We should have more detailed instructions in upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

7. Clean and tidy hobby zones, fitness equipment, and sports gear.

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Items related to sports, playtime, overall fitness, and other hobbies can start to get dirty, smelly, and accumulate more pretty quickly. Over time, those odors and dirt can leech into your home, car, garage, or wherever you happen to keep your household’s sports and fitness gear.


Therefore, it’s good to keep up on cleaning, organizing, and maintaining your gear throughout the year. Maintaining your equipment regularly should also help them last longer and look great year-round, not to mention help safeguard your spendy investment.

  • Sports gear
  • Dance gear
  • Band gear or regular musical instruments
  • Craft or scrapbooking
  • Sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, or knitting
  • Painting (i.e., clean up paints, etc.)
  • Photography gear
  • Gaming gear and computer peripherals
  • Audio collections (records, CDs, etc.)
  • Books
  • School equipment
  • Yoga gear
  • Fitness or Gym machines (treadmill, row machine)
  • Weights
  • Boating
  • Fishing

15. Test GFCI outlets.

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Depending on where you live, GCFI outlets are primarily used and required in areas where plumbing is located or where there’s a chance for flooding. This usually includes rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, basements, and wherever laundry machines and water heaters are kept.

GFCI outlets help protect against overheating and fires by tripping or cutting the power to the outlet automatically. They also trip whenever some imbalance is detected or flow moves in excess down an unintended pathway.

While they’re great at safekeeping us and our homes, GFCI outlets tend to wear out over time. Because of this, it’s essential to check them fairly regularly to ensure that your home stays protected.

How to check your GFCI outlet:

  • Have a GFCI tester ready (a small, portable lamp can work too).
  • Plug the test or lamp into the outlet.
  • Press the “Test” button.
  • Check for the power to go off on the lamp or GFCI tester.
  • NOT WORKING: If the power doesn’t go off, then you’ll need to have the GFCI replaced.
  • WORKING: If it does go off, the outlet is working correctly.
  • WORKING: If the power went off, hit the “Reset” button to make the power go back on.

Note: GFCI outlets should be tested monthly. This is something you can do fairly easily, even as you blow dry your hair in the bathroom or using your toaster before making some toast.

16. Check plumbing through the home for any leaks.

After previously living with a plumbing contractor for almost two decades, I’ve learned the importance of maintaining and keeping an eye out on your plumbing fixtures, which can gradually wear down over time.

And it can often happen when you’re least prepared or expecting or may build up into a bigger issue if not seen to early. Therefore, in order to prevent future damage or even just an increased water bill, it’s always good to routinely check for any leaks around your plumbing fixtures.

  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Under the sink plumbing
  • Water heater
  • Hose bibs or spigots (garage or outside)
  • Refrigerator lines and valves
  • Water filtration systems, hoses, and valves
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Shower and showerhead
  • Bidets, including seat-style bidets
  • Ceilings and floors where plumbing is known to be behind

Tip

You can use a small amount of toilet paper to detect small leaks, whether during inspection or as you install fixtures, by placing a little bit of it over the area you’re concerned about and waiting a few seconds to a minute.

Conclusion

In this post, we covered how doing these 16 important yet often missed spring cleaning chores in your home can be a great way to ensure that your family, home, belongings, and personal safety is a great way to help prevent issues from occurring later. You can also do these as a house maintenance checklist throughout the year.

Some of those areas or tasks included:

  • Checking and test detectors.
  • Clean or change filters
  • Checking structural integrity or for damage
  • Repair or making small fixes to hinges, windows, doors, etc.
  • Cleaning the washer and dryer
  • Managing hobby and sports equipment
  • Cleaning certain appliances and tools

Stay on top of it.

While some of these tasks and items may only need to be done or checked annually, others need to be done more consistently, which we covered in some of the sections listed above. Therefore, try to stay consistent by creating a schedule for yourself.

You can set reminders on your devices, on your calendar, or in your planner to keep better track. Some also find it helpful to note the date of when they last serviced or did maintenance on an item, such as on the sides of water filters or tanks, smoke detectors, or other things that need to be re-installed or changed out ever so often.

What are your favorite ways to declutter your personal life or to reset? Comment down below and let us know. We’re always up for new ideas!


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