I was looking up at some cobwebs in the ceiling corners of my living room and they’re always a good reminder that it’s time for a deep clean. Many of us get motivated to do spring cleaning when the flowers start blooming, the days warm up and the sunlight lasts longer. In fact, one survey found that more than 70% of us do some form of spring cleaning every year. So, take our quiz to see how prepared you are for the job at hand. Good luck!

1. What materials should you use to clean mirrors and windows so they have a lint-free shine?
a. Paper towels
b. Dust cloths
c. Newspapers or coffee filters


2. How often should you clean your refrigerator’s coils?
a. Every three months
b. Once a year
c. Every two years


3. If you’re cleaning your entire house, what’s the best way to do it?
a. Work from the top floor down
b. Clean from the bottom floor up
c. It doesn’t matter


4. What should be changed at least twice a year?
a. Furnace filters
b. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries
c. Both should be changed twice a year


5. You can make your own environmentally-friendly, all-purpose cleaning solution. Which solution works best?
a. Baking soda and water
b. Baking soda, vinegar and water
c. Baking soda, ammonia and water


6. How often should you launder or dry clean your pillows?
a. Once a year
b. Every four to six months
c. Every other month


7. Should you dust before or after cleaning your floors?
a. Before
b. After


8. The idea of an annual cleaning ritual originated long ago. What are some terms used in other countries for this ritual?
a. Clean Week
b. Little New Year’s Cleaning
c. Shaking the house
d. All of the above


9. True or false: You should do the worst spring-cleaning job first.
a. True
b. False


10. What is the most hated spring-cleaning chore?
a. Dusting blinds and windows
b. Washing windows inside and out
c. Cleaning baseboards
d. Cleaning the oven
e. Washing the refrigerator inside and out


1. C
2. B
3. A
4. C
5. A
6. B
7. A
8. D
9. A
10. B

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