5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Outdoors
I am sure many of you have been doing some spring cleaning inside your homes. Have you considered doing some Spring Cleaning Outdoors? Now that warm weather has arrived most of us will be spending more time in our yards, grilling with friends and family on our patios, and using our garages more often.
Our first really nice day, the kiddos were anxious to get outdoors to shoot some hoops, hang on the porches, play on the swing set and play catch in our yard. Every spring, I take time on that first warm day to enjoy the warm weather with them outdoors. Each year, I always have the same overwhelming feeling that I did this spring. I see the dirty garage doors, cloudy windows, cobwebs around the eves, nasty scents from the trash cans, etc.
Here is my list of Outdoor Cleaning that we plan to tackle this next couple of weeks at our house. If you are planning to start your Outdoor Spring Cleaning, here are a 5 Tips for making your outdoor cleaning a breeze.
1. Clean that Dirty Garage Door- This task is really quite simple and the kiddos will be more than happy to help out if your kids are like mine. Any task that involves water, they are more than willing to lend a hand, ha ha. Dawn dish soap, some multi-purpose towels and hose or pressure washer is perfect for this dirty job.
Just add a small amount of dish liquid in a bucket with water. Then grab yourself a towel or rag. Begin scrubbing your door, working from top to bottom always works best. After scrubbing down your garage door just give it a good rinse with your hose or pressure washer.
2. Wash the Windows– When spring arrives, I find myself looking out my windows more often. Unfortunately, the rain and snow from the winter leaves my windows dingy and all hazed over. Do yours look super cloudy too? If so, grab yourself a ladder, squeegee, window cleaner and some multi-purpose towels.
Just spray on your window cleaner and squeegee off the cleaning solution working from top to bottom. If your windows are super stubborn like mine can be, try some hot water to get off the real grime. Then use your multi-purpose towel to wipe up excess water and dirt from the bottom of your windows.
3. Clean the Trash Cans- There is nothing worse than the smell of a dirty trash can come spring. Our boys are in charge of the trash in our home. It was their first official household duty. So I will be letting them tackle this smelly job. This job is best after your trash collection has been done for the week. That’s Friday’s at our house.
Just grab some dish soap and a hose or power washer to get your cans smelling fresh again. Remove any trash that may have been left, add a bit of dish liquid soap to your cans, toss them on their sides and spray those suckers out. After rinsing tip them upside down to get them as dry as possible.
4. Collect Cobwebs in the Eves– This task is always my least favorite. I will be recruiting the hubby for this job, ha ha. Do your eyes draw to all those nasty cobwebs under your eves? The thought of all those spiders and yuck that collects in the eves over the winter months is just plain nasty.
Grab yourself a dusting wand, preferably one that has a pole attached or an angled broom. Walk around the entire perimeter of your home to collect all the webs. Be sure to clean off your duster as needed.
5. Clean Debris from Patios, Stairs and Walkways– This is a task that I do not mind doing myself, ha ha. During the winter months we have leaves, papers, and other debris that collect on our patios, stairs, and walkways.
This task involves a broom and a trash can or a power washer works too. I usually use our large push broom we purchased for this very task. Work your way around your home. Be sure to collect up anything that may be clogging drains or downspouts.
We completed a few other small tasks this morning outside. It feels good to be able to start making plans for sprucing up the outside of our home. The warm weather is a sure motivation. Are you planning to work on your outdoor spring cleaning? What areas are you planning to tackle?