How to Deep Clean Your House
How you choose to handle a deep clean is entirely up to you! You can tackle a couple of rooms every week for a month, or if you’re really ambitious you can tackle the whole house in a weekend.
If you want to be efficient with your cleaning time and accomplish as much as possible, it’s crucial that you make a game plan.
We suggest thoroughly cleaning one room at a time before moving on to the next. You’re more likely to stay focused and clean faster when you work in smaller areas.
Deep Cleaning Quick Tips
- Gather Your Supplies In Advance
Good items to have on hand in a cleaning caddy are:
- Baking soda
- A scrub brush
- Dish soap
- Dustings cloths and old rags
- A lint roller
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- White vinegar
- Wood polish
You will also want easy access to a broom, mop and mop bucket, vacuum, and a long-handled duster.
- Set A Timer
A simple egg timer is going to be your best deep cleaning friend – especially if you’re known for getting distracted.
Whether you are committing to spending 20 minutes in a bathroom, or 2 hours in the kitchen, having a set start and end time will help you stay focused, on task, and be as efficient as possible.
- Have A Trash Bin And Basket In Each Room That You’re Cleaning
Having a container to gather items that don’t belong in the room you’re working on (rather than trying to individually run and put things away as you go) is a huge time saver when you’re deep cleaning.
Gather misfit items up in a basket, and put them away all at once when the room is clean.
Similarly, make sure you always have a garbage bag or can ready so you don’t need to leave the room to dispose of trash
Now that you’re prepared, you can pick a room and let these deep cleaning tasks guide you through the process room by room.
Deep Cleaning Tasks By Room
- Dust your oven hood and all light fixtures
- Throw away any expired food in your cupboards and fridge
- Organize your pantry
- Wipe down the exterior of your cupboards and fridge
- Clear countertops and thoroughly wipe or scour counters
- Scrub out your sink with a powdered cleaner like Ajax
- Run a cleaning cycle on your oven
- Run stove plates through the dishwasher or replace if needed
- Wash and scour stovetop
- Run a clean cycle on your dishwasher
- Grind a cup of ice and a half cup of rock salt through your garbage disposal to deodorize
- Clean interior and exterior of garbage cans
- Wipeout inside of fridge and microwave
- Defrost and clean out the freezer
- Thoroughly sweep and mop floors
- Run a wash cycle on your washing machine
- Clean out and wipe down your lint trap
- Wipe down the exterior of your machines
- Organize laundry supplies and toss empty bottles and old dryer sheets
- Scrub out soap scum in showers and bathtubs with a mildew remover
- Wipe toilet with an antibacterial spray
- Scrub the interior of your toilet bowl with an antibacterial cleaner and a brush
- Wipe down light fixtures, fans, and countertops
- Wash bathroom rugs and shower curtains in the washing machine
- Purge and organize unnecessary items from your bathroom drawers and cupboards
- Wipeout trash cans
- Polish mirror and fixtures with a non-streak glass cleaner or white vinegar
- Sweep and mop floors
- Pick up the floor, and any other clutter from chairs, dresser tops, and closet floors
- Wash bedding and curtains in the washing machine
- Dust all lamps, ceiling fans, and surface areas like dressers and shelves
- Flip or rotate your mattress
- Dust blinds and wipe down all window sills
- Start a donation center box and purge seldom used clothing (if you haven’t worn it in the past year, toss it in!)
Living Room/Dining Room
- Dust all light fixtures, knick-knacks, and ceiling fans
- Polish any wood furniture with a wood safe cleaner
- Dust shelving, coffee tables, end stands, and mantles starting from the top down
- Organize your entertainment stand and any bookshelves
- Move furniture and sweep underneath
- Vacuum out couch cushions, and spot wash any upholstery stains with a fabric-safe cleaner
- Wash curtains in the washing machine
- Dust blinds and wipe sills
- Move area rugs
- Sweep and mop your hard floors
- Vacuum any carpets
If you can’t get enough of deep cleaning, here are some other tasks you can tackle!
- Wash baseboards
- Wipe down doors and door frames
- Shampoo or wax your floors
- Change all smoke detector batteries
Some people love cleaning, while some people loathe it. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, it’s likely that we can all agree that a clean house makes you feel more organized, more peaceful, and more at home.