One of my favorite quotes comes from Jillian Michaels, of all people: If you want results, they’re not coming for free! I say this because in order to totally deep-clean your home in one day, you need to go-go-go! I allot about one hour to each area for a total of 6-8 hours depending on how many bedrooms/bathrooms you have. That means you’ve got to give me 6-8 hours of serious, mostly non-stop of going at these cleaning tips and I promise you will finish with a sparkling home within that time frame.
I will have the cleaning tips to help you get this done in the most effective and efficient way sprinkled all throughout this post. Right before I’m about to give you a cleaning tip, I’ll indicate it like this: (#) Example tip…
(1) If you’re like me, and can’t ACTUALLY have Real Housewives on in the background without getting even a bit sucked in, don’t have it on! Blast your favorite “Pump Up” music and get to work! Trust me, you’ll work so much quicker.
Remember, we’re talking about a Deep Clean, specifically. If you’re going to spend just one hour in each room of your house doing the things that you may only get to every few months, you sure don’t have time to be wasting on the day-to-day things. (2) You should be starting off with a surface-level clean slate.
This means that you want to set yourself up for success for implementing these cleaning tips by waking up on your Deep Clean morning to a fairly clean house. The dishes are done and put away, things are tidy for the most part, etc. Basically, make sure that before you begin your deep clean, everything that you do on a daily basis is already done. Oh, and this deep clean certainly doesn’t include folding your daily laundry!
That kind of goes hand in hand with the fact that cleaning isn’t organizing. Organizing can take a lot of time. (3) If you feel like your home needs to be re-organized/purged, you’ll want to do that before you attempt to deep clean for about ~1 hour per room. We both know you can’t organize AND deep clean in that amount of time.
(4) Bonus points if you can get the kiddos out of your hair during this. 😉 We all know how they can slow you down!
You ready? Here we go!
Before you begin really digging into your deep clean, I want you round up all your linens. (5) Round them all up so you can be constantly switching them out throughout the day so you’re always ahead of the laundry game. You’ll want to wash your duvet covers, couch cushion covers, machine-washable curtains, pet bedding, throw blankets, shower curtains, bath mats… Basically anything that you don’t wash on a weekly basis and can go in the washing machine, should.
One last thing before you begin… You’ll want to check out my post on Seriously Genius Cleaning Hacks That Actually Work for some awesome tips and shortcuts!
Okay one more “last” thing! Open your windows if the temperature allows and light a few fresh smelling candles. Only thing better than a clean home is a fresh smelling one!
Applicable to most rooms
- dust your ceiling fan/light fixtures (6) Start cleaning from the top down to avoid having to re-wipe anything!
- dust anything that you don’t on a weekly basis. Likely the things/surfaces way up high, like the tops of bookshelves.
- clean the windows
- dust/wipe your floor boards down with a (7) dryer sheet. This will repel future dust for a bit longer.
- give your walls a scrub wherever necessary
- dust the tops of your cupboards and appliances
- wipe your cupboard doors and handles/appliances
- clean your stovetop and oven
- vacuum up any cereal bits and cracker crumbs in your cupboards
- take everything out of your fridge and give each shelf a disinfecting wipe down
- run a “cleaning” cycle on your dishwasher
- clean the inside of your microwave
- give your counter top appliances a wipe
Cleaning the kitchen will probably take you more than an hour but you’ll make that time up when it comes to the bedroom which shouldn’t take a full hour.
- scrub your tub and shower walls (8) Call me crazy but I actually make this my very last task of the day and clean while I’m there… I find it so much faster and I would always get messy while trying to clean it anyway. Please don’t judge me!
- vacuum behind the toilet, in your drawers/cupboards, any other hard-to-reach areas and your ceiling fan/vent
- wipe down the shelves of your medicine cabinet
- clear your drains with some solution if necessary
- vacuum in the closets
- wipe down your dresser doors/handles
- dust any shelving in your closet that might be out of mind when you dust your regular surfaces on a weekly basis
- vacuum behind the washer and dryer
- clean out your dryer vent. (9) Get out as much as possible with your narrow vacuum hose
wipe your washer and dryer down
- run a “cleaning” cycle on your washing machine
- vacuum the couch if fabric or wipe down with a damp cloth if leather
- move the couch and vacuum under there. I hope you find some quarters and that bracelet you lost!
- dust any “knick-knacks” or whatever. Honestly, just dust everything. Dust is the enemy
I think I covered it all! If you think I’m gross for not including basic things like “clean the toilets,” remember that this method applies to a DEEP clean specifically. It’s not intended to include the day-to-day/week-to-week stuff.
What I want you to take away from this is that deep cleaning your home doesn’t have to be daunting or all consuming. You just need to be sure to set yourself up for success and be efficient. You can so do this and have lot’s of time to relax, too. I promise!
I hope you found these cleaning tips to be helpful and will help you to have a more efficient Deep Cleaning day. Even for those of us who kind of like cleaning, things like playing with your kids, catching up with girlfriends, snuggling your husband or reading your favorite book are always way better. So my goal is to help you clean faster and more effectively so it’s done RIGHT!
Now I have one last thing that I need you do for me . Please, have a cocktail or hot chocolate and some popcorn on the couch. I insist. You deserve it! I would also accept you relaxing in a bubble bath. That would be okay too. Just be sure to treat yourself!