It takes a lot of time and effort to completely deep clean a home. With that being said, there is perhaps no better feeling in the world than having a home that is clean and ready to go. It can feel like stepping into a brand new home.
I know the word “deep cleaning” sounds scary but it’s not as scary as you might think. It actually can be quite entertaining. Seriously, you can make it cleaning your home fun by blasting some music while you clean, inviting friends to keep you company, make it a game or a workout session.
It’s best to do one room at a time and if you can, delegate tasks to your family members. So what are some tips on how to deep clean your home and save some time? Let’s take a look at everything by category.
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How to Deep Clean the Kitchen
No area in the home gets dirty as quickly as the kitchen. Not only is it costly in use, but food and grime can add up in a hurry.
1. Completely clean out the refrigerator
It’s very easy to see food pile up that has been ignored or expired. Clean out every inch of the refrigerator (and freezer) and throw out what is not useable. Wipe down shelves and drawers, toss out expired items, and group like items together for a more organized space.
2. Clean your dishwasher
Is the dishwasher supposed to do all the cleaning? While it serves a definite purpose, sometimes it needs to be cleaned as well. One of the easiest and natural ways is to put together some vinegar and baking soda for an easy-to-use cleaning solution.
3. Clean out all small appliances
The tricky thing with small appliances is that they do not get used all that much. It can be easy to not give them proper care throughout the years. Go through every small appliance and clean it up as needed.
4. Organize the pantry
When you are in a hurry, it is very easy to throw things into the pantry without much consideration. All of a sudden, it starts to look like a completely unorganized mess. Organize everything to save time in the future and open up more room. Need ideas? Here are 17 pantry organization ideas for a more organized home.
5. Clean off the surface of cabinets
You likely focus most of the deep cleaning in the kitchen on the inside of things, but the outside surface is very important as well. All that opening and closing of cabinets can lead to some grimy surfaces. Here are some ways to clean your cabinets so they look brand new again.
6. Give every pot and pan attention
When doing a deep clean, it’s worth that little extra bit of time to give every pot and pan some added shine. Clean all of them off so that they are useable in the future. Use baking to get rid of stubborn stains and lemons to leave them sparkling!
7. Clean Your Vent Hood
This is one area of the kitchen that is often overlooked. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I deep cleaned the hood?” Yea… if you can’t recall, it’s time to get to scrubbing. A lot of grease has piled up so make sure you have a good degreasing soap like Dawn, baking soda and boiling hot water.
8. Organize Underneath The Kitchen Sink
Have you piled up of load of items underneath the sink that’s been sitting there for months or even years? Pull out everything and throw away items that have expired, broken, or no longer need. Put the rest back in an organized matter. Putting all the cleaning supplies in a caddy is a great option to keep it clean and clutter-free.
How to Deep Clean the Living Room/Common Areas
It’s important to make sure that the living room and common areas are cleaned if there is ever hope to have visitors. This is where most visitors will spend their time, so having a dirty location is a huge no-no.
9. Clean and vacuum under all cushions
This is the area where a lot of crumbs and dust build-up through time. It’s a good place to start and if you end up spilling anything on the floor, you can vacuum it up later.
10. Dust off everything hanging on the wall
Everything might look clean at first glance, but anything on the wall can collect dust on the top. This is another thing to handle in the beginning, as you want to work your way down when cleaning.
11. Clean off all electronics
This is pretty similar to handling wall decor. Electronics can collect dust pretty quickly, and you definitely don’t want them to be damaged if left untreated. Take the time and effort to not only dust them off, but wipe them down as well. This goes for the TV remote, television screens and the top of your TV and DVD player.
12. Wipe down anything that sticks out
Baseboards, window sills, light fixtures and anything else that sticks out is going to collect dust through time. Make sure to address all of these locations instead of glossing over a thing or two. It is going to stand out like a sore thumb, and it will be more difficult to clean the longer you wait.
13. Properly clean all rugs and carpets
Some people are going to hire a professional to clean their rugs or carpet. You can do that too but if you don’t have the funds, should always try and shampoo your carpet/rugs yourself. It really isn’t incredibly difficult, and it saves a lot of money.
14. Clean and vacuum the floor, twice if needed
The final step to putting together a clean living room area is to give the floor the attention it needs. Not only is it going to be dirty by itself, but some of the dirt and grime from other locations have now fallen to the floor. If you have hardwood floors, disinfectant with a product like Pinesol and maybe a polish as well.
How to Deep Clean the Bathroom
The bathroom is one area of the home nobody enjoys cleaning. There are a lot of gross parts of the process, but it needs to be done. The longer it is put off, the worse the cleaning process will be.
15. Scrub all the major areas
It’s important to give the shower, bathtub, toilet and sink a lot of scrubbing to get things as clean as possible. Work on areas twice if needed. One trick you can use to help with the process is to soak the areas with a cleaner beforehand. This will help to break down some of the build-up.
16. Clean mirrors and glass in a swirl motion
The best way to properly clean these areas is to scrub in tiny circles instead of up-and-down. This is going to leave these areas looking brand new.
17. Clean what you can in the washing machine
If something is capable of being machine washed, save some time and throw it in there. Just make sure to also check for drying instructions. Let things air dry if they seem a little delicate. Most people will clean bathmats and shower curtains this way.
18. Go over the crevices
There are a lot of different crevices in bathrooms, and the build-up can get pretty nasty. It’s important to go through the entire area to make sure everything is treated properly.
19. Unclog drains
Hair really starts to build up in drains, and so does some other grime. Even if the drain is working just fine, take the extra bit of time to clean it out to avoid issues down the road.
20. Disinfect all doorknobs and the floor
You will find that it is next to impossible to make sure the bathroom is clean at all times, but disinfecting some of the most important areas is important. A lot of people walk barefoot in the bathroom, so a disinfected floor makes a lot of sense. As far as the doorknobs are concerned, no one wants to be cleaned off in the bathroom, only to get a lot of grime back on them using the doorknob.
How to Deep Clean the Bedroom
If you stay on top of everything, a bedroom shouldn’t be all that difficult to deep clean. However, a lot of people find themselves with just too much stuff stored.
21. Strip your bed down
A deep clean means making sure the entire bed is clean from top to bottom. Don’t just clean the sheets. Wash the bedding, bed skirt, pillow cushions, shams and more. They might not seem dirty, but everything collects dirt over time.
22. Flip the mattress
It’s recommended to flip a mattress once in a while, to ensure that no lumps are forming by laying in the same area every time.
23. Don’t ignore headboards, ceiling fans, window treatments, and other often overlooked areas
You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, so that means you’re also surrounded by a lot of dust. Clean off all these areas to help out with the quality of air.
24. Pull out furniture and clean underneath
One of the dirtiest spots in the house is often underneath the bed. You probably don’t clean it that often, so pull it out and clean as much as possible under there.
How to Deep Clean the Closet
A closet is a great storage option, but it can also be a place people throw things into last minute. It needs cleaned just like every other part of the house.
25. Go through every item
It’s important to first look at your current wardrobe situation during any deep clean. If you are not using the clothes, it is time to get rid of them. They are just taking up a lot of space. The same goes for shoes, bags and more.
26. Move in-season items to the front
If it’s the summer, you don’t need your sweaters to be front and center in the closet. Make sure that the current season is being highlighted. Another way to get more space out of your closet is to take out items that are not in season and move them to the garage.
27. Clean out the carpet area
After moving a lot of things around in the closet, the carpet is going to be pretty dirty. Make sure to vacuum to remove all excess dust and grime.
28. Add an air freshener or dehumidifier
My closet is often closed off to the rest of the house, and sometimes it can develop a bad smell or even mold. Adding an air freshener or dehumidifier can help with that.
How to Deep Clean the Laundry Room
The area of the home responsible for keeping a lot of things clean needs help as well. Some people like to start their cleaning process in the laundry room, especially if they plan on using it quite a bit for other tasks.
29. Wipe down all machines and countertops in the room
There is a lot of dust and lint in any laundry room, so get rid of all that noticeable build up right away.
30. Organize the area
Most of the time, laundry rooms are not exactly big. Organize everything so that time in the laundry room is minimal.
31. Keep it sanitized
After every single use, a washing machine and dryer builds up a lot of lint, dust, grime and more. In some situations, even mold can start to develop. Keep everything sanitized to avoid that situation. Here’s a great list of ways to keep your washing machine clean.
32. Treat the machines with respect
It’s easy to throw loads of laundry into the washer, slam doors shut and even avoid minor maintenance. That all adds up over time, so avoid that if possible. Make sure the machines are in great working order. Clean out the lint filter and the dryer vent as well.
How to Deep Clean the Garage
A garage can have a little bit of everything. Some people like to keep a small number of items there, while others will use it for storage.
33. Organize everything
It might seem overwhelming at first, but organizing the entire garage will help out a lot. Throw out what you don’t need, and you’ll see just how much more room you will have.
34. Sweep and power wash the floor
If you keep your car in the garage, chances are there are some pretty nasty oil stains that developed over time. Clean the entire floor area, because it can get dirty very quickly.
35. Need more space? Look up
It might tempt you to use the garage as storage at the end of any deep clean. To maximize storage, build up as much as possible. This still allows people to store their cars in the garage.