It’s that time of year again!
Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer.
It’s also at this time of year that some of us think about our annual spring clean. It’s time to blow away the cobwebs of the previous year, and welcome the spring with a tidy house and tidy mind.
If you already do an annual spring clean, your laundry room is likely to be a low priority.
Laundry, the never-ending story - or nightmare - is a chore we are often tempted to finish as quickly as humanly possible. The less time we spend doing laundry, the more time we have to enjoy the finer, more satisfying things in life.
But essentially, neglecting your laundry room is like cleaning your dishes with a dirty rag. Just like the rest of your house, your laundry appliances and surrounding area will be collecting dust, dirt, and grime all year round - and this will affect the cleanliness of any ‘finished’ laundry.
Here’s what you can do to spring clean your laundry room in 2022.
That rhymes very well. If you could clean your machine with that rhythm throughout the year, you’d certainly know the difference.
However, if you’re just starting now. It’s no fret.
Here’s what you can do:
Some washing machines have a dedicated washer deep-clean cycle. If yours doesn't have one, run on a regular cleaning cycle. You can add a variety of cleaning solutions, such as peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, or pre-made washer solution or tabs (use according to manufacturer’s instructions), but as a precaution, always check for safety advice should you choose to combine products.
Bleach is an option, but again, always check the manufacturer’s advice first. It may also be overkill if your washing machine isn’t that dirty.
Once you’ve run the cycle, and given the inside a wipe, you’ll want to clean the removable parts such as the soap dispenser drawers. You can also clean the rubber seal, beneath the agitator (if your machine has one), and ensure that the filter trap is free from debris.
Finally, run a water-only cycle to reveal… your sparkling new washing machine!
You’ve deep cleaned your washing machine, your dryer now needs the same care!
First of all, unplug the dryer and pull it away from the wall. Clean the entire exterior with a lint-free cloth and soap, clearing away any grime build-up. You may also want to use this time to clean the wall behind the dryer.
We all know that we should be cleaning the lint traps after every cycle. But when deep cleaning, you’ll want to use this time to pull away any trapped threads or hairs in the lint trap, check the vent duct, and clean the interior of the drum. Lastly, you’ll want to remove the back panel - if you’ve never done this, you’ll be surprised at how much lint gathers here!
If you’ve noticed that your clothes are taking longer to dry, or the room feels more humid during a drying cycle, these simple steps will make all the difference.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, you may find that your laundry room has accumulated more dust than before. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to dedicate time to dusting.
Rid yourself of the dreaded dust bunnies.
It’s also a good time to declutter and deep clean. Any nearly-finished detergents that have been hanging around for a while? Old towels you know longer use? Time to get rid and scrub away at the grime.
With the space feeling more clean and tidy, you may even find that laundry is more… fun?
We all know that the longer we wait to clean something, whether this is a kitchen, a car, or a shed, the dirtier it becomes, and the harder the job we create for ourselves when we do eventually clean it.
Adding the laundry room to your cleaning schedule could just be the change you’ve needed.
Even if you deep clean it just twice per year, it’s better than not doing it at all.
There you have it, some easy steps to creating a nicer laundry room environment. If you want to take it one step further, check out these laundry room decor ideas.