The idea of giving your home a deep clean can be overwhelming. The list always feels extensive and like more work than you could possibly have time for. You can get past this by starting the process by creating your own checklist. Prioritize them by Must Do, Step Two, and Finishing Touches.
Now you’ve broken all of your tasks up into more manageable – and doable – chunks. Remember, the final outcome will deliver great satisfaction when you see your sparkling home looking like new.
Here is a brief list of steps you should consider when in your own planning stage.
Declutter Open Areas
Before you start cleaning every nook and cranny, take the time to remove any items in the way. Remove all decor, keepsakes, and other knick-knacks from the walls, tables, shelves, etc to create an open space to start your work.
To keep your most precious possessions protected, pack them up in a chic storage bag. Place your most frequently used items such as phone chargers, hairbrushes, etc, in drawers and cabinets to maximize your space.
Declutter Storage/Closed Spaces
While your decluttering, take the time to clear out your storage areas. Storage areas can get stuffed with belongings and essentials, so put aside time to sort between the essentials and the junk.
Once you’ve sorted out the items, attack your cabinets, drawers, closets, etc. with your favorite cleaning solution. This should be done at least once a month, particularly in the kitchen where food particles and grease can easily build up.
Clean the Electronics
Between busy work areas and tech-savvy kids, make cleaning high touch electronics a priority. Disinfect all phones, keyboards, computer mice, screens, and remote controls. A quarterly cleaning will go a long way to create a disease-free home.
Scrub Down the Appliances
To preserve that pristine glow on your appliances’ surfaces, take the time to scrub them at least once or twice a month. For an effective clean that won’t damage the surface, use an appliance spray, then scrub with a scratch-proof scrub or microfiber cloth. Pay attention to residue left from cooking surfaces, like messes in the oven or hard stains on your stovetop.
Freshen Up Your Fridge & Freezer
To remove any stale or skunky air in your cooking space, empty your refrigerator, throwing away any expired or unused items. Once you’ve removed your food waste, clean the interior using soap, water, and a sponge. For any stubborn stains, use a non-scratch scouring pad. Finally, clear out any contamination with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution. Make sure to wipe the rubber gaskets sealing in the door before disinfecting.
Once the main area of your fridge is complete, unplug the unit to let your freezer defrost. Scoop out all the gunked up frost, then rinse and repeat.
Don’t Ignore Ceiling Fans
When deep cleaning your home, do consider cleaning the ceiling fan. Simply use a soft cloth to remove any dust and debris. Before you wipe down your dusty blades, take the time to protect your furniture from dust by covering your chairs, table, or anything else under the fan with a well-fitted custom cover.
Over a time, food particles and other substances block the air and water in your faucet, restricting the flow of water through the aerators. To ensure your faucet runs smooth as silk, clean your faucet on a quarterly basis. Start by diluting 1 tablespoon vinegar in a cup of water. Then, pour this simple solution into a plastic bag, strap it in around the faucet, and leave it overnight. The next morning, remove all the grease caught in the pipe, then dig out any excess gunk with a brush.
Sanitize Garbage Cans
Despite being the place we throw all our rot and waste, garbage cans are often overlooked for cleaning. Simply wash the can with a dishwashing detergent two to three times a year for a odorless and bacteria-free home. This regular deep cleaning of your cans will help stop your home from becoming a petri dish.
Wipe Down the Grout
White grout offers a beautiful, clean look, but over time, the bright whites will fetch all the dirt from its surroundings. To restore your grout to a clean sheen, start by diluting bleach with water. Then, pour the solution onto your grout, and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards, scrub away all the grime, then rinse away. Give it a good clean two to three times a year, depending on your grout’s condition.
Scrub the Walls, Sink, & Bathtub
No matter how clean they look, your bathroom walls, sinks, and tub can easily become a warm, wet home for bacterias and pests. To keep your bathroom safe and sanitary, regularly clean with antibacterial spray and a good scrub. For a DIY disinfectant, try mixing baking soda, lemon, and water. And remember, to prevent cross-contamination, always use a disposable paper towel, or a designated washcloth for the area.
And if you’re feeling inspired after your deep clean, try these 12 home improvement resolutions of 2022 to elevate your housekeeping skill this new year.