Keep your home clean with this deep cleaning house schedule and free printable checklist. You’ll discover a room by room list of cleaning hacks too.
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Keeping your house clean is easier with a schedule. All those tasks that you didn’t know when to complete? They are all here.
Everything you need to know about deep cleaning
I hope this printable and guide will help you as you tackle your home. All your questions are answered in this helpful post.
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Here’s what you’ll find in this guide.
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Deep Cleaning House Schedule
Breaking up deep cleaning chores into weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual tasks makes them more manageable.
You’ll be sure to keep your home in top shape with these easy lists.
Keep in mind, this is an article about deep cleaning tasks. Things like doing your dishes and making your bed won’t be on the list. The things in this article go beyond daily cleaning tasks to chores you might not think to do, but still need to be accomplished.
Weekly Deep Cleaning Tasks
Depending on your schedule and energy level, weekly chores can be approached in different ways.
One is to focus on one area of your home each day. For example, Monday do the bathroom stuff, Tuesday
The other is to just knock it all out on your days off, or you could just pick a few chores each day. Whichever approach is best for you works just fine.
The following chores should be done weekly. If necessary put them right on your calendar so you remember to do them.
- Scrub shower, tub, sinks, and countertop in bathrooms – If you do this once a week, they will be a lot easier to clean. It should just be a matter of wiping them down.
- Dusting – This might not need to be accomplished every week if your home isn’t very dusty.
- Change bedding
- Vacuum and mop floors.
- Clean sink and countertop. Wipe off appliances and cabinets in the kitchen.
- Clean any mirrors in the home
- Organize any clutter – Put loose items away and decide if you need better organization systems.
- Organize refrigerator – throw away expired food or food your family didn’t eat that week.
A helpful way to remember what to clean each week is to create an index card system. You can create tabs for weekly tasks, monthly tasks, quarterly and annual chores. Then you just need to pull out the cards, do the chores, and put them back in as done! Here is a really helpful post if you need a visual.
Monthly Deep Cleaning Tasks
These chores only need to be done once a month and do not require a huge time investment. Just fit them in wherever you have a few extra minutes.
- Test smoke detectors and inspect fire extinguishers
- Clean range hood and filter
- Organize pantry and remove anything that is expired or unused.
- Vacuum furniture
- Wash windows and mirrors
- Wipe down baseboards and any marks on the walls
Keep in mind that some of these tasks might need to be accomplished sooner if you have pets or children. For example, if you have a dog that sheds, you might want to vacuum your furniture daily or at least weekly.
At the end of each season, make sure to do these things. You’ll be amazed at how uplifting it feels to really purge and clean your home at the beginning of a new season.
Deep cleaning doesn’t have to just happen in the spring.
- Check water softener salt if it applies to your home
- Pull out the refrigerator and clean behind it. Vacuum the coils
- Move furniture and clean underneath it when you vacuum and mop the floor
- Clean windows inside and out
- Check the filter on your HVAC system
- Clean kitchen appliances
- Purge unused items from closets
The start of a new season is the perfect time to assess your current organization systems and make sure they are working for you. Change them up, buy more tubs or baskets, and always donate or throw away anything that you or your family doesn’t use. This list is really helpful.
Annual Deep Cleaning
The following chores only need to be done once a year. Some of these things are easy to overlook, so keep them on your calendar.
- Clean siding and gutters on the home
- Clean and organize garage and basement
- Flush and turn off all outside water faucets in the late fall to prevent freezing
- Inspect for signs of plumbing leaks
- Clean the exhaust vent for your dryer
- Get chimney cleaned if you have one
There you have it! A complete list of all the deep cleaning tasks that need to be accomplished in your home and when to do them.
Deep Cleaning Hacks & Tips
Now that you know what to clean, let’s look at how to clean it. Here are some tips and tricks, all organized by room.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
The kitchen appliances are going to be your biggest problem. Here are some kitchen cleaning tips that should be a giant help.
Baking Soda, Vinegar, Salt & Lemons
Stock up on these 4 things. You can literally clean your entire kitchen with just these simple ingredients. Here are some popular hacks from other home owners.
- Oven cleaner – Follow this tutorial. It might take a little elbow grease, but using baking soda and water will really help get the gunk out of your oven.
- Easy microwave cleanup – Just boil 4 cups of water with a lemon cut in half sitting inside. This will create steam in the microwave that is super easy to wipe out.
- Scrub your sink – Just like the oven cleaner tip, using baking soda will really help your sink get all shined up too. If you need a little more “oomph” add a bit of vinegar.
- Pots and Pans – Yes, baking soda and salt work great for scrubbing your pots and pans too. If you need a bit more help, use a lemon. It works wonders.
- Stainless steel appliances – You can safely use vinegar and water to wipe down your stainless steel appliances. But don’t forget to polish them with the mineral oil of your choice. Lot of people love using olive oil.
Vacuum Your Refrigerator Coils
This might seem like common sense, but use a vacuum with an attachment and clean your refrigerator coils. You will be shocked at how dirty they can become.
Garbage Disposal Deodorizer
A simple way to help your kitchen smell amazing (and to banish bad garbage disposal smells for good) is to chop up some lemons and put them in the disposal.
You can also add in some orange peels too if you want. This is a delightful way to clean up your sink drain.
What are your biggest challenges with deep cleaning your living room? Here are a few hacks that people use for stains and other living room cleaning issues.
- Cloth furniture stain removal – Use Dawn dish soap to remove stains. Squirt a little bit on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.
- Carpet Stains – Use an iron! Spray the stain with 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Place a wet rag on the stain and set your iron to “steam.” Iron the rag for about 30 seconds to remove the stain.
- Window Blinds – Put an old sock on your hand and use that to literally grab all the dust and dirt.
- Lamp shades – Use a lint roller to remove dust and pet hair.
- Clean your remotes – Squirt a tiny bit of hand sanitizer on them and use a paper towel to clean them up.
- DIY Wood Polish – A few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil help restore your wood furniture and make them shine like new.
Bedroom Deep Cleaning
If you can keep your bedroom organized, it is a lot easier to deep clean. So these tips will help you with both.
- How to wash & dry comforters – You can machine wash and dry your comforters. Just remember to wash in cool water. To dry them, set the temperature to low and add a clean tennis ball to the dryer to help prevent lumps.
- Vacuum your vents – These places are notorious for accumulating dust.
- Dusting tip – when you dust, move from highest point to the bottom. This way, you won’t knock dust on your clean surfaces.
- Baking soda – yes, it works here too! Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and carpet/rug. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then vacuum it up. This will naturally deodorize them.
- Prepare donations – set up a corner of your room with a tub you can fill up as you go with things you need to donate. This will make purging and organizing your closets so much easier.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Don’t be scared of your bathroom. In fact, with these bathroom cleaning tips, your kids will be able to help out too.
- Mirrors – Use a lint-free cloth to wipe down mirrors. Microfiber is the best option.
- Shower scum – Fill a dish wand with half vinegar and half dish soap, then just scrub away. It will all come off so easily.
- Lemon – Rub a cut half of raw lemon on your faucets. This will polish them up and remove hard water stains.
- Vinegar in the toilet – Vinegar breaks down stains in your toilet so well. Add some drops of your favorite essential oil for a much more pleasant smell.
- Keep extra trash bags in the trash can – This tip saves you time and space. Put a few extra trash bags in the bottom of your trash can. Then, when you go to take the trash out, you already have a bag ready.
Home Repair Tips
If you catch a home repair early, it will be less expensive to fix. Here are some home repair hacks that will save you time and money.
- Squeaky hinges – use cooking spray to lubricate squeaky doors
- Check for toilet leaks – Pour a packet of Kool-Aid into the back of your toilet. Then, just don’t flush it for 30 minutes. If you return and your toilet bowl water is tinged the color of your Kool-Aid, you know you have a leak you need to fix. This will save you a lot of money if you catch it early.
- Keep screws in place – paint over them with clear nail polish. This acts a glue and keeps screws where they belong.
- Potato for broken light bulb – Cut a potato in half and lightly press it into the light bulb, then unscrew it.
- Fix small holes in screens – Another use for clear nail polish. Paint some clear nail polish on small tears in your screen before they get too big.
These are just a few home repair hacks. There are so many more. Always fix something when it is a small issue before it becomes worse. The sooner you catch it, the easier it will be to fix and the more money it will save you.
There you have it! This is everything you need to know about deep cleaning your home. Getting your home it’s cleanest shouldn’t only happen in the spring. Stay on schedule and clean things before they become too much of a hassle to want to mess with.
Don’t forget to print the deep cleaning checklist. Put it near your cleaning supplies so you can find it. It will help you stay on schedule and prevent you from forgetting important chores.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Deep cleaning refers to any type of cleaning that is more involved that merely picking up and organizing things. This includes mopping, scrubbing, washing out the tub, and even dusting.
This depends on how long it has been since the last time you deep cleaned. If you deep clean your house regularly then you won’t have very much work to do and it can be finished in less than a day.
A home should be deep cleaned at least once every few months at a minimum. Lots of people prefer to deep clean their homes once a week.
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