You don’t have to spend hours cleaning your house. You just need to be smart about how you do it. That’s the philosophy behind the one-day deep clean, a simple but effective way to make your home look its best without spending all day on chores. Here’s how:
Clean your kitchen
- Clean the floor. Sweep up any dirt and crumbs, then mop or vacuum.
- Clean the walls. Use a damp cloth to wipe down baseboards and windowsills, or use an all-purpose cleaner if you want to make sure everything is extra shiny.
- Clean the ceiling. Get up high with a broom and dustpan, or use an extension ladder if necessary! This will make a huge difference in how much light gets into your kitchen–and also how dirty it looks when you’re done cleaning!
- Clean inside cabinets & drawers by removing items one at a time and wiping them down thoroughly on both sides before replacing them (you can even clean shelves this way).
Wipe down the stove, microwave, and refrigerator
You’ll want to use a sponge or dish cloth for this task. You can use a disinfectant spray on the stove and microwave if you like; just be sure not to spray it directly onto any electrical components (the liquid might cause them to short out).
Next up is your refrigerator: if you have time before work in the morning, open up all of its doors so that they’re fully exposed while you sleep! Then when it’s time for work again in the evening–or whenever else during this deep cleaning day–go back over each surface with some more cleaning products.
Organize your pantry and cabinets
If you have a ton of clutter in your pantry, it’s time to get rid of it. Start by cleaning out all of the expired food items that are taking up space in your pantry, then move on to organizing everything else by category (e.g., baking supplies next to condiments). This step is especially important if there are multiple people living in the house who don’t know how much flour they need or where they left the peanut butter!
Tackle bedrooms next
If you’ve got a lot of kids or pets, your bedrooms may need a little extra attention. Vacuum under the bed and wipe down the headboard. Dust lamps and light fixtures, and clean window blinds with a dry microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to clean behind them too.
Next up is the bathroom
Start by cleaning the sink and toilet, then move on to the tub or shower.
Scrub down fixtures with a sponge, mild dish soap and warm water, then dry with a towel. Remove soap scum from tile with an all-purpose cleaner or baking soda paste (just mix equal parts baking soda and water). If you’ve got hard water stains in your shower tiles, apply a paste made from equal parts lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide to stains; let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing gently with an old toothbrush. For more stubborn spots, try mixing one part vinegar to two parts water as a cleaning agent — it’ll smell better than bleach!
However, if you feel like you can’t do it yourself and that it’s too much work, it’s best to hire professionals, such as Simply Spotless Cleaning. You will save a lot of time, and your home will look like from a magazine.
The fastest way to get rid of dirty clothes is to do a load every day or two. If you wait until it’s piled up, you’ll end up spending hours folding and putting away clothes — time that could be spent doing other things around the house!
When you do laundry, wash only what needs washing; don’t just throw everything in the wash on autopilot. And if you’re running low on detergent or bleach, buy some more before starting your next load so that it doesn’t sit in your machine for days on end with no soap or bleach at all!
Wash windows inside and out
This step is easy if you have access to a ladder or stepladder — otherwise, do what you can without one! Apply all-purpose cleaner to the window sills, then wipe them down with newspaper or paper towels before washing them with warm water and vinegar. Rinse well with cold water; dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
I hope this guide has given you some insight into what it takes to deep clean your house in one day. I know from experience that when my place starts getting messy (and let’s face it — it always does), I feel better about myself and my life when everything is back in order again. And even if all else fails, at least now we have some good tips on how to get started.