Now that the weather is starting to warm up and the snow is melting, it’s time to think about spring cleaning. While most homeowners know to complete obvious tasks like packing up winter coats and sweeping the floor, it’s easy to forget some spots that are out of sight and often out of mind. Here are some of the most common places that homeowners forget to clean as they complete seasonal cleaning.

Cleaning Out Your Pantry for Spring

Most homeowners keep the pantry tidy throughout the year, but there is no replacement for removing everything from the shelves and thoroughly vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping down the space. 

During your spring cleaning, go through everything in your pantry and dispose of expired items. Set aside any food that is still good but won’t use and donate to a food pantry. Reorganize everything you’re keeping when you place it back into storage. 

Spring Cleaning Includes Your Garbage Cans

When was the last time that you cleaned out your garbage cans? If you’re like most people, the answer might be “never.” However, it would be best if you regularly cleaned out your garbage cans to get rid of debris that might attract pests or lingering odors that stink up your kitchen.

Use an antibacterial cleaner inside and outside your trash cans and let them soak for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Finish the process by allowing them to air-dry outdoors.

Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinets

Expired prescriptions and medications that you no longer take should not be kept around your house. Expired drugs can still be dangerous, particularly if you have curious small kids or teenagers. 

Check the expiration date on all medications in your cabinets when you go through your spring cleaning process. If you need to dispose of anything, take it to a pill disposal site rather than flushing or discarding it with the trash.

Cleaning the Tops of Your Cabinets

Most people never look at the top of their cabinets unless they are searching for something, which means that they are a commonly neglected spot you should tackle during your spring cleaning. 

Use a step ladder to get up safely, and then use a microfiber cloth to remove dust before cleaning with a multipurpose dusting spray. If there are cobwebs or a good amount of dust, use a handheld vacuum first before wiping them down with the cloth.

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