It's time to deep-clean your entire home. If you're not certain where to commence, start with these tried-and-true cleaning tips. Room by room or one small appliance at a time, until everything is free of grime, mildew, dust, and whatever else makes it seem and feel dirty. After everything is said and done, your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and every other area in your house will appear brand new.
Tidying Up as You Go, Throughout Your Day
Clean up after yourself and invite the rest of your family to join in and assist.
To begin, soak any used pans and plates in hot water and detergent in the sink. Next, clear the counters and put away the food.
Make the beds, gather clothing and place it where it belongs or in a laundry basket, and place documents and trash in a trash bag you carry with you.
Pick up someplace you left off in the living room. Place the toys in their proper locations. Dust the coffee tables with a feather duster, then sweep or vacuum the center of the floor with a carpet sweeper or vacuum. Pillows should be rearranged, and rugs should be straightened.
Return to the kitchen and finish the dishes.
Cleaning Room by Room Weekly, or At Least Every Other Week
Cleaning is more thorough once a week. Stains on the refrigerator, handprints on the walls, cobwebs, dirty floors, hazy mirrors and windows, lint and grime on the carpet, a ring around the bathtub's edges, a toilet that doesn't look its best, and so on. Clean under the mattresses, dust the beds and change the sheets.
Make use of a strategy. For example, bathrooms and kitchens may be completed one day, while the remainder of the house could be completed the next.
Methodically clean each room.
At all times start at the top and work your way down when cleaning high areas and stains.
Clean cobwebs with a vacuum extension. Using an upward motion, pull them off with a rag; downward movements tend to spatter them on the walls.
To remove static that gathers dust, wipe mini-blinds with a damp fabric softener sheet.
On pleated lampshades that are difficult to clean, use a blow dryer.
A roller lint brush helps effortlessly remove pet hair from your upholstery.
Mix one teaspoon lemon oil with two cups of mineral oil to make your furniture polish.
Water rings on wood furniture can be removed by rubbing petroleum jelly into the affected area thoroughly.
Deep Spring-cleaning at least Once A Year, But Ideally Twice A Year
This is the time to get your hands dirty. This is the most extensive task and may take several days, so divide your home into pieces.
Clean all light fixtures, fan blades, exhaust fans, furnace vents, stove, baseboards, and cobwebs throughout the house.
Inspect the bathroom for mould and mildew, and clean the entire shower cubicle.
The walls and cabinets should be cleaned. Window and window frame cleaning
Sort your clothes as you put them away or hang them up. Make a pile of clothes that don't fit or that you don't want for a garage sale or a giveaway.
Clean dirty carpets.
Steps to a Clean Kitchen
Gather the following items: trash can, recycling bins, basket or bag for non-kitchen items, dish soap, disinfectant, other cleansers, dishrag or sponge, scrubber for stuck-on food, broom and dustpan, mop or old large towel.
Fill a sink halfway full with hot, soapy water. If you have a double sink with one side with the garbage disposal, make sure to utilize the side without the removal. Keeping the disposal side open will allow you to scrape scraps down it while working swiftly. Scrape any food from the plates into the trash or the garbage disposal, then soak any dishes that require it in hot, soapy water. Place the dishes that are the most highly filthy on the bottom. Large plates, such as pans and bowls, can be soaked in hot soapy water.
Place ingredients and culinary supplies in the refrigerator or cupboards. Remove any old leftovers from the fridge and clean up any spills on the interior. Sweep behind your refrigerator and slide it out from time to time.
Rub the front of the stove and clear and clean the stovetop. Next, wash the oven, if necessary, by scraping any burned food onto a piece of newspaper. Then put a small glass bowl in the oven overnight with half a cup of full-strength ammonia, and clean the oven the next day.
Clean the counters and clean them with a disinfectant. Next, move the appliances on the counter, clean under them, and then re-line them up neatly.
Dishes should be washed and put away.
Wipe down the faucets and scrub the sink. Pour a few droplets of hydrogen peroxide over the stain and sprinkle with cream of tartar to take away rust tints from sinks and tubs. Agree to sit for half an hour before wiping off and thoroughly rinsing.
Remove rubbish from the wastebasket and place it in a trash bag for removal. Bottles, cans, and containers should be separated and placed in recycling bins.
Gather all belongings from other rooms and arrange them in a bag or box.
Sweep and clean the floor.
Steps to a Clean Bathroom
Gather the following items: a glass cleaner and rag, a toilet brush and bowl cleaner, disinfectant, a broom and mop, a laundry hamper, and a trash can.
Gather all of the filthy clothing and place it in a hamper or wash bag.
Remove rubbish from the wastebasket and place it in a trash bag for disposal.
Gather all of the items from other rooms and put them in a bag or box.
Clean the sink, as well as the faucets and counters.
Using toilet cleaner and a brush, scrub the toilet. First, fill the bathroom with a cup of white vinegar and a handful of baking soda, then soak for 10 minutes before swiping with the toilet brush.
Rinse and wash the toilet's exterior, including the seat.
Clean up the mirror with a glass cleanser or a solution of vinegar and water.
Wipe down the shower cubicle or scrub the tub ring. Spray a disinfectant on the shower floor and a cleaning solution on the shower curtains, then wipe them clean.
Clean the floor with a brush and mop.
Additional Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Have a home rule that the last person to shower or bathe wipes down the walls and rinses out the bathtub ring to reduce how often you need to clean.
For a quick cleanup, drop a denture-cleaning tablet into the toilet.
For a quick sheen, wipe bathroom fixtures with rubbing alcohol.
Unclog a hair-clogged drain safely and efficiently without using dangerous chemicals. Mix equal amounts of vinegar, salt, and baking soda in a solution. Pour it down the clogged drain, wait 15 minutes for it to foam, and then flush it out with boiling water.
To clean mirrors, moisten a soft rag with rubbing alcohol and wipe the entire surface with it.
Keep the shower walls, which are made of tile or fiberglass, clean. After thoroughly cleaning them, apply a light coat of auto wax and buff them well. Most soap accumulation will be prevented, and any that does form will be quickly removed.