Your guide to spring cleaning
While you've been in hibernation during winter, the dust has settled into all the nooks and crannies of your home, and little pockets and even walls may have become damp. There's no better time to open the windows, let some fresh air circulate through the house and clear away the signs of winter.
It might be a tiring chore, but the satisfaction of a 'spring clean' will last the season. Think about how you'll tackle the job and who in the household needs to be involved, and go about it one room at a time. Use our handy room-by-room checklists to work your way through the task.
Before you get started, have a think about what tools you'll need for each room and get them all ready to go. Some cleaning tools you might need include:
Get in the zone
Get motivated and make the job more enjoyable with some good tunes – turn on the radio or put on your headphones and get in the zone.
- Clean your fridge. Give the inside and outside a good clean, following the tips in our fridge maintenance guide (or if you find yourself thinking it's time to look for a new fridge, check out our latest fridge reviews).
- Clean your oven. If you have a pyrolytic oven, cleaning it will be a breeze. If your oven has catalytic liners it'll still do a lot of the grunt work for you. If your oven boasts neither of these features, you'll probably need to buy an oven cleaner to get the job done. We offer more instructions on how to clean different kinds of ovens in our oven cleaning and maintenance guide. How easy an oven is to clean plays a big part in the ease of use scores in our ovens reviews.
- Clean your cooktop. It's best to do this regularly, but if you've let grease and grime build up, our cooktop cleaning guide will give you some helpful tips. If it's time for an upgrade and ease of cleaning is important to you, you'll find induction cooktops and ceramic cooktops easier to clean than gas cooktops; some gas cooktops are easier to clean than others.
- Clean your dishwasher. Maintaining your dishwasher properly will help to give it longevity and if you've held onto your manufacturer's manual, they'll give you some helpful instructions on how to keep it clean. If not, our dishwasher cleaning guide will help.
- Clean your rangehood. It's also probably a good time to clean or replace your filters. Our rangehood reviews tell you if a particular model's filters can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Don't forget your benchtop appliances too:
- Clean out the crumbs from inside your toaster – your toaster's crumb tray should be easy to slide in and out for emptying. You should do this frequently to prevent build-up; for a more thorough clean it's also a good idea to give the toaster a good shake.
- Descale your kettle.
- Clean inside your microwave.
- Clean your espresso machine.
Other kitchen areas:
- Remove whatever is on your kitchen benchtop to give the surface and your splashback a thorough clean. If you have tiled surfaces, you may even notice spots that need to be re-grouted.
- Go through your kitchen cupboards – ditch any items you no longer need or use and re-organise areas that have become cluttered.
- If you've got food items hidden in the depths of your pantry, now is a good time to clear it out, check the expiry dates and reorganise your pantry (e.g. move items with earlier expiry dates to the front to remind yourself to use them up).
Living room, dining room and family room checklist
- Give cushion covers a wash, or take them outside to dust them.
- Vacuum your rugs and lounges. Note: If your home has more carpet than hard flooring, you'll want a vacuum cleaner that can tackle this task. Most vacuums generally perform well for cleaning hard floors but some can struggle when it comes to carpet. See our vacuum cleaner reviews for the models that do best on carpet.
- Use a carpet cleaner to give your carpets or rugs a deeper clean.
- Clean or replace your air conditioner filters.
Don't forget to give your electronic equipment a clean, including:
- Remove and wash winter bed linens and blankets before storing them for the season.
- Dust furniture.
- Vacuum and rotate your mattress. If this is the year for a new mattress, check out our buying guide.
- Clean and store electric blankets, making sure to roll rather than fold them to avoid damaging the insulation.
- Spring clean your wardrobe – sort through your clothes and decide what needs to be discarded, donated or stored.
- Clean out your bathroom cupboards.
- Use your bathroom cleaner to give your bath tubs, showers and sinks a thorough cleaning.
- Clean your toilet with a toilet cleaner.
- Give your laundry sink and benchtop a thorough cleaning.
- Clean out and reorganise your cupboards.
- Clean your washing machine – our troubleshooting guide will run you through how to give it a good clean, plus there's tips for fixing other issues you may be noticing.
Home office/study checklist
- Sort through and reorganise your desk drawers.
- Clean the electronic equipment in your study – including computers, printers and keyboards. You can even take this opportunity to reorganise your desktop.
- If you have piles of paperwork, bills, and other documents lying around in your study, now is the time to sort them out. File away your paperwork as necessary, or use a paper shredder to destroy any documents you no longer need.
Things that'll need to be cleaned all around the house
- Remove cobwebs and built-up dust from ceilings, windowsills and cornices.
- Follow our guide on how to remove mould where it's started to grow.
- Dust and clean light fixtures and lamps and replace light bulbs as necessary.
- Use a window cleaner to give your windows a clean.
- Clean your ceiling fan blades.
- Vacuum and mop floors in each room.
- Check and test your smoke alarms.
- If you have a fire extinguisher, now may be the time to get it inspected.