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Ready for RV Spring Cleaning? (Tips, Products & Resources)

| Updated Mar 13, 2024

No matter what season it is, these RV spring cleaning tips and products will help you clean, declutter, and organize!

Spring is always a great time to give your RV a thorough cleaning. There's something about spring showers and fresh flowers that inspire us to refresh our living spaces.

But, really, any time is a good time to declutter and spruce up your RV.

So, whether it's Spring or Winter, Summer or Autumn, here are the tools, tips, and tricks you'll need for RV spring cleaning.

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Tools Needed to Get the Job Done

Ready for RV Spring Cleaning? (Tips, Products & Resources)

Just like any project, the right tools make a job easier! So, the best way to begin is to gather your tools and cleaning products for a good Spring cleaning.

The following items really come in handy:

  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Q-Tips
  • Favorite Interior Cleaning Solution
  • Favorite Exterior Cleaning Solution
  • Mop or steamer
  • Bucket for warm water
  • Garden Hose
  • Hand Vacuum or Vacuum with Hose Attachment
  • Ladder
  • Power Washer (if using)

Make Your Own Cleaner

If you're worried about toxic chemicals and would rather not use commercial cleaning solutions, you can make your own!

A damp cloth and hot soapy water go a long way. Or you can add a cup of bleach to a gallon of warm water for bleach-safe surfaces. You can easily google how to use household items like lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda to make DIY cleaning solutions.

Or, you can buy more natural cleaners, like the very popular Mrs. Meyer's All-Purpose Cleaner Spray. It's made with plant-derived cleaning ingredients and essential oils.

RV Spring Cleaning: The Interior

Ready for RV Spring Cleaning? (Tips, Products & Resources)

It's a good idea to start with the inside and work your way out. Or, you can divide and conquer with your travel companions.

Jennifer and I usually divide and conquer, but be aware of the biggest pitfall of splitting RV duties down the middle!

However you tackle the job, you'll want to thoroughly clean the interior, including the furniture, appliances, floors, and walls. That means vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and removing any built-up dirt and grime.

You'll also want to sanitize surfaces to prevent the spread of germs. This includes wiping down counters, sinks, and toiletries and disinfecting high-touch areas like door handles and light switches. (Cue the Clorox Wipes!)

Clean the Kitchen

Wipe down all countertops and cabinets (inside and out). This is a great opportunity to declutter your kitchen cabinets!

Take out all of the items and only put back the ones you've actually used on your last 3 RV trips! You'll be surprised at how much space you've been wasting with unused kitchen appliances, excess pans, etc.

You will also want to wipe out and sanitize your fridge. RV fridges are known for getting a musty smell over time. To avoid this, take out everything and clean every nook and cranny. And use this opportunity to throw out expired products (Yep, we're coming for you, Mustard!)

RV Bathroom

Give your RV toilets a good cleaning by scrubbing the bowl and wiping down the outside. Then wipe down the sink countertop and the outside of any cabinets.

This is a good opportunity to use Happy Campers Holding Tank Treatment, too.

Finally, wipe down the shower walls and bathtub or shower floor. This is also a good time to check your shower curtain for rips, tears, and mold.

As you clean, consider how you can better organize your bathroom. Check out this shopping list of the best RV bathroom products.

Ceiling Fans & Vents

If your RV has ceiling fans, giving them a quick wipe is a good idea. These are often overlooked and have many dust bunnies hiding in plain sight.

The same goes for vents! Use a vacuum, duster, or those nifty Swiffer Dusters to remove dust from vent covers. If you have air filters, swap them out!

RV Floors

Sweep, vacuum, and mop the floors in each room. Notice I said ‘and,' not ‘or'. Granted, you don't want to mop your carpet. But my point is to clean your floor in multiple stages.

For hard surfaces, sweep any debris out from corners, vacuum everything, and mop or steam for the final touch. Check out The 5 Best RV Vacuums (Top Reviews) to get the job done right.

Of course, it's a good idea to do this last so you can exit the RV while the floors dry. That way, you avoid making them dirty again by walking on them.

You will also avoid having to wait until they dry to clean other spaces in the RV.

Organize As You Go

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RV spring cleaning isn't just about scrubbing. It's also about decluttering and organizing. This is especially true of storage spaces, kitchen cabinets, and closets.

Here are some helpful resources:

Springtime is a great time to look for great dollar-store finds for your RV, including organizers for closets and drawers.

RV Spring Cleaning: The Exterior

Keeping the RV's exterior in good condition not only enhances its appearance but also helps protect it from the elements. This may involve washing and waxing the paint and repairing any chips or scratches to maintain its shine.

Wash the exterior of your RV to remove any built-up dirt and grime. This may be done by hand or with a pressure washer and may also involve cleaning the wheels and undercarriage.

Giving your RV a good wax will also help protect it over time from the elements. It will also make it look nice.

Here are some helpful resources:

Ready for RV Spring Cleaning? (Tips, Products & Resources)

Storage Areas

Over time your RV storage space can get crowded. Many people toss items they might need on a trip that never gets used. Some forgotten things take up precious cargo space and unnecessarily add weight to your rig for years!

A storage area is a small space, so thoroughly clean it to make the most of it. Organize the items that you want to leave in there. Take out and discard unused or expired items (like chemicals).

Here are the 5 Best RV Basement Storage Ideas to help!

Check for Damage & Perform Routine Maintenance

While washing the exterior, inspect the RV for any damage that may have occurred over the winter months. This includes checking for cracks, dents, or other damage to the body, roof, and windows.

You will also want to check for any leaky seals on the roof and slides. Don’t Let a Leaky Roof Ruin Your RV Trip: Try These 7 Sealants & Caulks (2023)

Plumbing System

This involves checking the pipes, faucets, and toilets for leaks or damage and ensuring that all systems are functioning correctly. It may also include flushing the water tank, cleaning the filters, and checking the water pressure.

This is a great time to clean your holding tanks and sanitize your water system.

how to sanitize camper water tank

Electrical System

This involves checking the electrical system for any issues, such as loose connections, frayed wires, or damaged components. It's essential to ensure that all electrical systems are functioning correctly, including the lights, fans, and appliances.

HVAC System

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be checked for proper function, including the thermostat, ductwork, and fans. This can help to ensure that the RV is comfortable and energy efficient.

Other Important Systems

In addition to the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems, it's essential to check other vital systems such as the brakes, suspension, and tires. Regular maintenance can help prevent issues during the camping season, ensuring a smooth and safe trip.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-03-13

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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