A deep clean might mean something different to us all. How often you deep clean your home is different from others as well. It doesn’t matter how often you get it done, or in what way, we’re not here to judge others. What I’m here to do is to tell you my top favorite tips and hacks for deep cleaning your house.
I love a clean house, but I’m also a busy, soon to be mom of 4. I also can’t afford to hire cleaning help on a regular basis. So the way I clean daily vs (what I consider) a deep clean are two entirely different topics.
A deep clean is when I have a day to focus on just cleaning my house….and when the cleaning bug hits me.
Those two things have to happen in sync for me to be motivated enough for a deep clean lol. If I’m not motivated to clean then the bare minimum, “you’re lucky it happened” clean is what happens.
Some days I just don’t clean my house at all. It is what it is and this is real life people. Even those Pinterest homes get messy.
So let’s talk about how to clean it up together.
“Where do I even begin?”
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I’m sure we both have many times. Where do you start when your house is out of control? Where do you start when you know something more needs to be done, but you can’t think of all the little details?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed so I always say one thing, pick a room.
For me personally, I like to start with the kitchen. Well, maybe not like, but it’s where I spend a ton of time and it’s also where I begin my day…with a cup of coffee.
I always try to start my day by making a cup of coffee and doing the dishes, always. It’s a part of my morning routine. Usually I’ll know at this point if a deep clean is going to happen or not lol. So after the dishes, and while drinking my coffee, I’ll start wiping down the counters and the backsplash, and eventually make my way to wiping down the cabinets.
I have white cabinets in the kitchen so they really show everything. After the dishes, counters, and cabinets are done, I’ll either go for the fridge or the floor.
And by that I mean sometimes I deep clean the fridge too, and sometimes I don’t. Again, it just depends. But if I do, I clean the fridge before the floors because of course crumbs and other gunk will be on the floor as I’m wiping out the inside of the fridge.
And you never know if you might accidently drop and break something messy. Speaking from experience lol.
I like to sweep and mop with a deep clean. I’ll check out the baseboard areas during this time too, so I can know what areas need to be wiped down. This helps me keep my baseboards somewhat in check.
I end the kitchen clean by taking out the trash and finishing any coffee if it’s left lol. One room at a time is the best way to go when you ask yourself where to begin.
But don’t I need fancy cleaning products for a deep clean?
Look, you can clean your entire house with a cloth and clean water. You don’t need anything special. Although cleaning products and scrubbers come in handy, don’t get down on yourself if you can’t afford to buy what you see other “mom gurus” using.
But trust me, when I’m banking big bucks, I’ll probably have every cool product under the sun haha.
Anyways, start with a cloth and clean water and go from there. This is how I wipe off my counter tops in the kitchen and the bathrooms. I’ll usually go over it afterwards with a cleaning spray if I see real messes that need a little extra scrubbing power. Nightstands and coffee tables normally only need water too. And lets be honest, I’ve used nothing more than a baby wipe most times.
Obviously showers and toilets may take a little bit more just for that comfort clean, but if all you have is water and a cloth, go for it. Use some elbow grease and get dirty. You’ll appreciate a clean bathroom afterwards.
I seriously don’t use many cleaning products at all. And no, my house isn’t filthy and we aren’t always sick lol. Life fact: you don’t need chemicals to protect yourself and your household.
You can also make your house smell amazing with nothing but fresh air from the open windows, and boiling a nice mixture on the stove.
One of my all time favorite hacks that I have found on my Pinterest is the Stovetop Potpurri topic. There are so many different mixes to try with things like sliced oranges, sliced lemons, eucalyptus, rosemary, vanilla extract, and soooo many other items that you may already have in your kitchen. It doesn’t take much to make a clean house feel more homey.
Little details we forget
Have you ever happened to really look at one of your doors and been like “holy shit has this ever been wiped down?” haha because I have. Scrubbing doors and walls is one of the things on my list that rarely happens simply because I don’t think about it.
This is where a bristle scrubbing brush comes in handy. Especially for walls. Just be careful not to scrub any paint off, again speaking from experience. Sometimes I apparently get too into it lol.
Another thing we sometimes forget is to wipe down appliances. We use things like the coffee maker, toaster, and kitchen aid mixer often. So they definitely should get a good wipe down every now and then. Don’t forget your utensil holders, microwave, and dishwasher too.
Something I also forget to do often, dusting the ceiling fans. Gahhhhhleeeee. I’m going to blame this on the fact that we live in Texas and 99% of the time, our ceiling fan is on lol so if it’s not off, you can’t see the dust. But that still doesn’t change the fact that it needs to be cleaned.. especially since we do use it so often.
Also, have you ever cleaned your dishwasher?
Yes. The cleaning product needs to be cleaned. I could write a whole post just on cleaning your dishwasher and the trap at the bottom. If you notice your dishwasher getting gunky at the bottom and collecting things, or funk around the edges where it seals, you definitely need to take the time to clean it.
How do I keep up with all these tips while learning a new routine?
I know I’ve shared a lot of tips and your head may still be spinning, but hopefully this advice has just simplified your process. If it hasn’t, I’ve created an easy to follow checklist to help out. It’s added below at the end of the post.
You can follow it exact or just use it as a guideline. Hanging it up on your fridge is a great way to have quick access and always have a reminder of what you could tidy up quickly.
Of course, you can always just save it to Pinterest and come back later!
Thanks for reading my tips on how to make your deep cleaning process easier!
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