The Lost Art of Cleaning – Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning Baseboards

Do you ever think about those lowly and easily ignored baseboards?  They do need to be cleaned you know!

No problem!  My sister Jody Meza is the queen of clean; we learned this from our mom, Connie, and she is back to help us with those too often forgotten baseboards.  

It isn’t difficult at all to do, and when the baseboards are clean in a home; particularly with the trick Jody will show us, the whole house seems fresher and almost like a new coat of paint happened in the entire house. 

Click to the next page and see how easy and quick it is to give your house a shine, and see what trick Jody has up her sleeve!


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  1. Oh my gosh, I needed this post! By the way, my name is Niki, and I’m one of your fellow Merry Monday hosts, and wanted to let you know that I love your blog and hope to catch up on several of your other projects this week, too! Pinned! Have an awesome week!

  2. These are really good tips, and I can use them, b/c my baseboards are usually pretty gross! :D I love my Magic Erasers- they do sooo many things- now I can add baseboards to the list of things they can do. Thank you, Jody and Carrie!

  3. For whatever reason I never thought about the vents! Great tips here!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  4. This is great! I’ve also found that scrubbing bubbles works. Spray the baseboard and let it foam up and then wipe off.

    By the way, I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home ( It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you’re interested.


  5. Please come clean my house! ;)
    I feel like I’m a clean person that keeps a clean house but after reading this I looked at my baseboards….they desperately need cleaning! I guess I know what I’m doing tomorrow. Thanks for the great post!

  6. Baseboards are neglected at my house, too. I am going to pay them attention next time. Love your idea of cleaning them with ammonia. I am going to try it definitely. Best regards!

    • Hello Gwendolyn, I am thrilled you would stop by. Baseboards are so easily forgotten and glad you like the idea of ammonia; it works well for us. Hope to see you again soon.

    • I am so glad you were able to get some help on cleaning baseboards, they are not so bad if you have some tips and tricks. Hope you saw our other links for how to clean walls too!

  7. This is just the reminder I needed to get off my duff and get some cleaning done! Like some others have said, my baseboard have been slightly neglected and need some TLC.

  8. Great tips on cleaning the baseboards. I used to get down and scrub more when I was younger, but I still manage to give give a good dusting and occasional wipe down when I see it needs it. Nothing is more pleasing than a clean house.

    • I agree totally! I’ll take Lysol anytime, the smell is much better. I LOVE magic erasers and wish I would have invented them ($$$), along with toilet paper, soap, matches, etc. All the necessities and then I’d be set right! lol. Thanks for coming by Kathryn.

  9. So with you on the baseboards thing. We used to have a chore jar for the kids and as a result, my baseboards would get a frequent cleaning. I might need to reinstate it.
    Happy Cleaning


    • Lynn, that’s funny you mentioned that. When my kids were home I had a list of things they could do to earn extra money and a list of things they had to do if they were in trouble. Baseboards were at the top of both and mine were always so clean with 5 kids. I miss that…I have to do my own now.

  10. This is so helpful! I almost never clean my baseboards. Then, I notice how bad they look and I don’t know what to do to fix it. I appreciate how you laid all of the different ways out. Pinning this for later!

  11. I love a good clean house and baseboards (especially white ones) show the dirt but are easily overlooked. Great cleaning tips for those of us who are prepared to get down on our knees with some serious cleaning!

    • Leanne, I agree, maybe we should paint them brown so the time between cleanings is further apart, haha. I’m glad you found some ideas you can use, and happy cleaning.

  12. Your post has made me look at my skirting boards. Oh dear, that’s another job for the list! Some of them are actually muddy thanks to the pooch!!

    • Hello Stacy, I usually clean the baseboards as part of a spring and fall cleaning and then once in between as needed; so quarterly is a good target. I hope that helps and thank you for your question and for stopping by. I hope you find many posts with helpful information and enjoy A Mother’s Shadow. Carrie