I aim to declutter and give the house a really good deep clean at least twice a year, usually in spring and then again in Autumn just before the cold of winter sets in. Making your home nice and clean, fresh and clutter free really does help elevate your mood going into winter.
In this article I aim to outline a generic deep clean routine to use on each room of the house plus a handy deep cleaning checklist for every room that you can use throughout the year to keep track of what you have done to keep your home in order.
This can be an overwhelming task for many so a good option is to take a whole week or a long weekend and deep clean one or two rooms each day. If you're not one for a big deep clean once or twice a year you can break it down into sections and tackle a room per month and do a deep clean for one room each month.
Give Each Room a Deep Clean
For each room you tackle, open any windows so you can let fresh air in while you work plus it will get rid of any musty smells that may be lingering. Dust lights fittings, wash walls and skirting boards.
Wash doors, door knobs, light switches, power points and mirrors. Empty out any cabinets, cupboards, storage units and wash inside and out then clean any appliances or items that are to be put back away BUT only put back away what you will use in the next year, be really strict with yourself and throw out or donate anything that you haven’t used in one year.
Dust or wash window coverings and any mats. Wash floors and for tiles scrub grout with good quality grout cleaner to bring back to new. Don’t forget to move any furniture so you can also wash those areas as well. Finally close windows and wash them both inside and out.
Our handy printable Deep Cleaning Checklist includes an extensive list of chores for each room in the home making it easy for you to keep track of what has been done and what still needs to be done.
The best one I have found is from Bunnings labelled Heavy duty Grout Cleaner in a yellow spray bottle you can also buy refills in bulk.
I am a big fan of Shower Power for cutting through the grime in the shower and you can get it at most big supermarkets.
I love Koala Eco Glass Cleaner. It is Eco-friendly but really does a great job of cleaning windows and mirrors. You can also view or shop a wide range of cleaning products in bulk on our website here.
Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray cleans, disinfects and freshens killing 99.9% of germs. It is ideal for use in the home or office and great for disinfecting children's toys and highchairs. It also smells delicious!
Handy Andy is a good choice and can be used on all types of floors even polished floor boards just make sure you dilute it more than you would on other floor surfaces.
Terry Towelling or Flannelette Traditional Cloth Nappies or Nappy Squares are the best cleaning rag ever! Surprisingly hard to find these days but you can use them for absolutely anything. The Nappy Shop always has plenty of stock. You can shop for them here.
We hope this deep cleaning article has helped make the task of spring cleaning feel less daunting. Many of the jobs are small ones that can be done quickly and easily and the rewards of a nice fresh clean home will make it well worth the effort.