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
  • Gloves
  • A lint roller
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Wood polish
  • Sponges

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

Laundry Room 

  • 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!) 
  • Vacuum 

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

Bonus Chores

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. 

If you’d like help with your next deep clean, contact us at Hollister House Cleaning for a FREE quote!