Week three of our spring clean up challenge and we are starting some deep cleaning!  This week is the main living areas of the house.  For us, it’s the first floor, which includes the entry way, living room, play room, dining room and kitchen.  Since we cleaned the kitchen last week, I don’t need to clean that space again.  Week one was all about the closets, so our entry way closet is all nice and clean as well!  Each week we are going to be tackling one area of the house that needs a spring refresher, making spring cleaning not as daunting as it can appear.  Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for motivation throughout the week!

Spring Clean Up Challenge Week Three - Spray

So what does deep cleaning look like, you may ask.  Well, it entails getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing your house spotless.  I am planning on slowly tackling each room of the main floor each day during nap time.  My kids usually sleep through the vacuum, so I am not concerned about waking them up.  But, my oldest loves to vacuum, so I might just do the major vacuuming when the kids are up so they can help!

Deep Clean Main Level/Main Living Areas:

  • Remove all items and clean all shelves
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Dust lights
  • Vacuum Curtains
  • Dust Blinds
  • Move all furniture and rugs to clean under
  • Wash all baseboards
  • Wash all floors
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Steam clean carpets and rugs

Spring Clean Up Challenge Week Three - Swiffer Floors

Tips and Tricks:

  • Do Dusting First.  Always start with the highest thing you are dusting and work your way to the floor.  I start with the fans and lights, then our shelves, and finish by vacuuming the floors.
    • Using a microfiber cloth, spray your all-purpose or wood cleaner on the cloth, then wipe down your area you are dusting.  This helps reduce the amount of liquid on your furniture, which, over time, could cause wear and tear.
    • Remove all of your items on the shelves, then dust.  As you place the items back on the shelves, dust them off as well.  This makes for a quick and speedy way to dust effectively!
  • After dusting everything, vacuum floors then wash.
    • Once you finish dusting, Swiffer and/or vacuum the floors.
    • Finally, give them a good wash.
    • I use our Swiffer sweeper and an old rag to wash the floors.  I get the rag wet with a mixture of water and Murphy’s Oil in a bucket.  I take the rag, attach it to the Swiffer, and wash the floors.  If there is an area that is tougher to clean, I will get down on my hands and knees to scrub.  But by using the Swiffer and a rag for the majority of the floor, I save my back from getting down on the floor and scrubbing!

Spring Clean Up Challenge Week Three - Dust

For deep cleaning, there are some products that I love to use.

  • Murphy’s Oil Soap for Wood Floors- I mix this stuff up with some water and use old rags on our Swiffer sweeper to get the floors looking sparkly and clean.
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavendaer Multi-Surface Cleaner- I love that you can use this on all sorts of surfaces and the smell is fresh and clean.  I spray it directly onto a microfiber cloth and wipe everything clean.
  • Dyson Vacuum- This truly is such a fantastic vacuum.  We have had ours for over five years and it still works like it’s brand new.  The suction is seriously amazing and it is easy to clean…our toddler loves taking it apart!  And all of the attachments are on the vacuum, making it easy to use the different parts for the different areas of the house you are cleaning.  This post from A Bowl Full of Lemons on using the vacuum attachments is really helpful!
  • Swiffer Sweeper- I only use the Swiffer sweeper without the cloths that come with it because I like using rags and washing them.  For some reason, I feel that things get cleaner using the rags rather than those cloths anyway.
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloths- I love these things.  They are fantastic for wiping up and dusting everything around the house.  Since they are soft, they don’t scratch the surfaces I am cleaning.  They also work well when using them dry to pick up dust around the house.  We get dust bunnies in our front hall closet so I will just use a cloth to wipe up the floor and all of the dust is picked up without having to wet the cloth!
  • Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner- I really like how clean and disinfectant everything in the house gets after using this product.  It also smells really nice!
  • Old Baby Blankets We Took From The Hospital- You know the blankets I am talking about.  The swaddle blankets that have the blue and pink stripe on it.  Well I took the old ones, cut them in half, and now have some fantastic rags.  These are the rags I use to wash the floors using the Murphy’s Oil and Swiffer.  They are perfect for cleaning the floors and if it gets too gross, I can throw it out.
  • Large Bucket- I use this large bucket for holding the water and Murphy’s Oil mixture in.  I take the rag, get it wet in the bucket.  After squeezing the excess water out, I put it on the Swiffer and wash the floors.
  • Cleaning Carrying Caddy- I thought this caddy was just adorable and the perfect place to keep all of my cleaning supplies.  I can carry it around while I clean the house and it looks cute!

Well, there are some of my tips for keeping your main living space clean.  For this week’s challenge, I hope you spend some time getting your main living space clean for spring and the upcoming holidays (Easter and Passover).  While cleaning, always start with dusting the highest things first and working your way down to the floor.  Once you get to cleaning the floor, remember to vacuum before you wash the floors.  Use old rags on a Swiffer sweeper to wash the floors so you don’t have to bend down to scrub the floors.

*Disclaimer: All of the products mentioned in this post are products I actually use.  I was not paid for acknowledging any of these items, nor was I given products to use in exchange for acknowledgement in this post.  I actually use every product I have mentioned, which is why I am recommending them to you!