If you're lucky enough to have a washer and/or dryer in your home (and trust me, I remember the days when I didn't and did a little dance of joy when I finally got one) you want to keep the space clean. Here are tips for cleaning your laundry room to keep it looking its best all the time.
The reason is that not only is it more pleasant to wash your clothes in a clean space, but you need to keep your tools in their best condition.
To help you with these tasks I've gathered tips from several of my blogging friends around the web to get all the major parts of your laundry room cleaned up today.
The two biggest "tools" in your laundry room are your washer and dryer. It's next to impossible to actually get your family's clothes clean if you don't have clean machines so the first step in the spring cleaning challenge, as it relates to your laundry room, is to clean those two major appliances.
The first task is to clean your washing machine. Technically you should do this every month or two, but this is a good opportunity to do a deep cleaning, or start the habit of a more frequent cleaning of this appliance.
With all machines, but especially HE varieties, the drum can get soap scum, hard water build up, and can develop a stink caused by bacteria or fungus from the damp environment over time, and regular cleaning stops these problems.
Here's a couple of links that share exactly how to clean your machine to keep it both sanitary and smelling good:
Next, you should clean your dryer. There are several parts of this task including wiping out the drum itself, but also clearing the lint from the trap and hose, and also doing a quick scrub of the actual lint filter.
All of these lint related cleaning tasks not only help the efficiency of your machine, but are also very important tasks for safety to help prevent fires. So definitely do this at least every spring cleaning, if not more frequently!
Here are some links that give you instructions for how to do all these different tasks:
If the first two tasks are all that you've got time for during this challenge that's more than enough. But if you want to reboot your whole laundry process while you're getting a fresh start the next step I suggest is creating or sticking to a laundry schedule or routine.
A routine sounds like it might chain you to your washing machine, and consist of drudgery, but I know from personal experience that once I started using a schedule I felt much more free than I ever had before, at least where the laundry was concerned.
Here are a few posts that can help you with setting up a routine:
Also, don't forget to check out Clean Mama's 5 steps to make sure you're doing laundry the right way.
The final task of this laundry room spring cleaning challenge is to organize the room.
The organization, along with a nice clean space, really can take a task that many people find drudgery and turn it into something pleasant to do.
Here are several articles which can give you ideas for organizing your room, whatever its size and no matter you store in there.
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