There’s nothing like the feeling of coming home to a clean house. Whether your family struggles to control the number of dirty dishes in the sink or can’t seem to pick up clothes that are laying around, a nice clean can do lots of good for everyone.
A clean house clears the mind. It puts you at ease, invites you to kick back and relax, and of course, impresses any company you have over. But, sometimes you have to go above running the dishwasher and doing laundry.
It’s good to do a home deep cleaning every once in a while, too. Even if you only do this once or twice a year, a deep clean can do wonders for the whole house.
Here are a few cleaning projects to consider taking on this year.
1. Clean Out the Closet
When was the last time you took a good look at everything in the back of your closet? This task is arguably the easiest one on the list, but it’s also a deep cleaning project that often gets ignored.
It’s easy for old clothes and ripped garments to pile up over time. Not to mention, a few boxes and old toys tend to end up there, too. You may end up with two or three large garbage bags filled to the brim when you do a deep clean of the closet.
If so, try to find a local organization where you can donate old clothes! Maybe try selling the nice clothes you don’t wear anymore as well.
2. Scrub the Whole Bathroom
Another project you can add to your list is the bathroom. Have you ever noticed how grime adds up around the toilet rim or in the cracks of your bathroom tile?
These are hard areas to clean every single week. But, you can’t let them be dirty forever. Find the best bathroom cleaning products, put on some old clothes you don’t mind staining, and get to work.
3. Mop the Floors
While some people mop the floors every week, others don’t pay much attention to this cleaning task. It’s not one to overlook.
This is especially true if you have young children who love to hang out on the floor or small pets walking around the house. Mopping the floor helps you control germs and keep everyone in good health.
4. Clean the Carpets
Mopping works if you have tile and it’s good for wood as long as you don’t use any harsh chemicals. Homes with carpet flooring, though, need professional carpet cleaning.
There’s no way around this. Sure, you can vacuum as much as you want and use DIY stain removers for fresh spills on the carpet. But, every carpet still needs a good deep clean from time to time.
Deep carpet cleans get rid of all the dust and dirt that has settled into the carpet. It makes every room in the house look good as new, and the fresh scent from the wash is a nice bonus, too.
5. Organize the Garage
Don’t forget about the garage when you’re planning all your deep cleaning projects around the house. This is one of the spaces that’s easy to forget about all year long, which means it’s where all of your old junk and unwanted items tend to pile up.
Open the garage door and start putting all the things you don’t want in your driveway. You may discover a few things worth trying to sell for cash or restoring to keep. Either way, get everything out and do a deep clean of the floor to minimize dirt and dust.
Then, do some pest management and start thinking about how you’d like to organize everything. Moving forward, make more of an effort to maintain the garage so your next cleaning project in this room doesn’t have to be as in-depth.
6. Fix Everything Under the Kitchen Sink
In addition to the bedrooms, the bathrooms and the garage, there’s also the kitchen to consider. This may be where you spend the most time when you’re deep cleaning.
Since you’re going to need plenty of cleaning supplies, it’s best to start under the kitchen sink where most people keep their counter sprays and dishwashing items. Think about all the products you use and any bottles that may have spilled in there. Take everything out and separate what you use all the time to the things that barely get touched.
This helps you start to reorganize everything under the kitchen sink. If you’re feeling crafty, consider making a custom storage area or using DIY organizing hacks to make this part of the home more efficient.
7. Scrub the Oven
The next thing to do in the kitchen is to scrub the oven.
Take all the pans out and the oven racks, too. Scrub the entire interior and give the racks a good spray. While you’re at it, wipe down the microwave and the toaster oven if you have one.
8. Focus on the Fridge
Once the oven is done you can move on to an even larger kitchen task: cleaning out the fridge. Think about all the spills that happen in the fridge and the random jars you use a few times then move to the back of the fridge.
It’s worth throwing all your unused and old items out from time to time. Check the expiration dates on everything and set all the other materials to the side. This allows you to remove the drawers and shelves in the fridge in order to wipe them down.
9. Seal the Counters
What do you do with items in the fridge? A lot of these things get taken out and put on the counter as you cook with them. This wears down the counter, creating scratches and stains as time goes on.
As such, it’s a good idea to seal the counter once or twice a year. This is a protective layer of coating that maintains the counters’ shine and strength. Use it on every corner of the kitchen to keep everything clean and beautiful.
10. Remove Unwanted Stains
Last but not least, remove all the unwanted stains around your home. You know, the huge stain on the back of a couch pillow and the one you can’t seem to get out of the bedsheets, too. There may also be a stain in the carpet somewhere or a chip in the paint along one of the walls.
Fix these. Scrub at fabric stains and put special cleaner in the floors to remove spill stains. Get a little it of paint to touch up the walls, and you’re good to go!
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Home deep cleaning doesn’t happen every day. But, it’s worth scheduling a weekend to focus on it every once in a while. A little cleaning here and there can go a long way, especially when you’re doing more than the basics.
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