Like most people, you spend a little time tidying up your house each week. You clean the floors and counters and whatever else you can get done before a new project pops up. At least once or twice a year, though, it’s a good idea to do a deep cleaning. Since this is National Cleaning Week, it’s a perfect time for a true deep cleaning!
1. Wipe Down Ceiling Fan Blades
Chances are your ceiling fans don’t get a lot of attention. Look up and take a good look at them. Pretty dirty? Use a pillowcase around each blade to completely contain the dust and wipe them down. Then, shake it outside and toss it in the wash.
2. Cabinets and Drawers
When was the last time you emptied out your kitchen cabinets and drawers to clean inside? If it wasn’t within the last few months, it’s time for a detailed washing and oil if they’re wood. It’s a perfect time to declutter any drawers that have accumulated excess junk and items no longer needed.
3. Clean Your Faucets
Limescale and other hard water stains build up on faucet heads and aerators in the kitchen and bathroom. You can easily clean them using equal parts white vinegar and water in a plastic bag. Attach the bag around the faucet and leave it overnight. In the morning, everything is nice and clean!
4. Fridge and Freezer
Deep cleaning of the fridge and freezer is an essential task that should be performed regularly to maintain a clean and hygienic environment for storing food. The first step is to empty the fridge and freezer, discarding expired or spoiled food. Next, remove all shelves and drawers and wash them with warm soapy water. For tough stains or grime, use a non-abrasive cleaner. Finally, wipe down all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth and dry them thoroughly before reassembling the fridge and freezer. Also, use this time to vacuum the condenser coils, bottom grille, and kick plate.
5. Window Blinds
Cleaning your window blinds can be daunting, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done quickly and easily. One effective method is to use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove loose dust and debris from the blinds. Next, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down each slat, starting from the top and working your way down. Next, you can use a mixture of water and mild soap for stubborn dirt or stains to help dissolve and remove them. Finally, wipe blinds thoroughly with clean water and let them air dry completely before opening or closing them.
For blinds that are too dirty to clean this standard way, you can remove them and place them in the bathtub with warm water and dish soap. Let them soak for a few minutes, then wash each slat, rinse, and dry with a microfiber cloth. This is not recommended for wood, fabric, or any other material that would be damaged when wet.
Properly cleaning electronics requires some care and attention to avoid damaging sensitive components. Start by turning off and unplugging the device. Next, use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe down the surfaces, being careful not to press too hard or use any abrasive materials. For tougher grime, lightly dampen the cloth with water or a mild cleaning solution specifically designed for electronics. Avoid harsh chemicals or excess water that could seep into the device and cause damage. If you need to clean small crevices or ports, use a can of compressed air to blow out any dust or debris. Finally, let the device dry completely before plugging it back in and turning it on.
7. Don’t Forget the Dishwasher
I know this sounds a little crazy, but you do have to clean your dishwasher. It’s easy; instead of your usual detergent, run it empty with a cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda. Doing this at least once every few months will keep your dishwasher working longer and give your dishes the best clean possible.
Or this option uses Tang Orange Drink Mix. Pour a packet of Tang powder (or use the top of the container as your measurement guide) into the detergent dispenser or directly into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a hot water cycle. The citric acid in Tang can help break down and dissolve mineral deposits and grease, leaving your dishwasher fresh and clean. Repeat the process every few months to maintain your dishwasher and prevent foul odors. Make sure to clean the dishwasher filter regularly and wipe down the interior with a damp cloth to keep it in top condition.
Clean grout can brighten up a whole bathroom. It’s also healthier. Use a small scrub brush and cleanser to scour the grout in your bathroom at least a few times a year. If your bathroom has a fan, running that during your shower will reduce how often the grout needs to be cleaned. Never use vinegar on grout. The acidic liquid can eat away at the grout and dissolve tile finishes.
9. Scrub the Stovetop
You probably wipe this down every time you cook, but how often do you do more than that? Remove the pot grates, knobs, and any slide-out trays. Wash them all in soapy water and wipe down the area around them before replacing them. Try Bar Keepers Friend for anything baked on or stained. The cleaner is impressive on multiple surfaces. Also, don’t forget the hood and filter too!
Any other tricks and tips you have? Let us know.
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