How to deep clean your home in one afternoon with products you already own
Who doesn't love the feeling of a clean home?
Even if you are someone who doesn't love the cleaning process, I think we all breathe a little easier and feel a little happier when we can relax in a space that feels fresh and clean.
If I'm being honest, I was never a very good at cleaning in my early 20's. I kept things picked up, but I neglected the deep cleaning tasks that keep a home really feeling clean.
When Seth and I got married, I wanted to get a little better about managing the deep cleaning tasks. Especially since we had just gotten our pup, Griffey (and we all know dogs are wonderful but a little messy). I dove in to the challenge and did some research on cleaning schedules and routines and how to deep clean a home and there were 2 big things I realized:
1) I had a lot of work cut out for me and not a lot of time. This was the most intimidating part for me. I had no idea how much actually needed cleaning in a house. Did you know you were supposed to clean appliances? Me either. I had no clue how to do all that while working and staying busy already.
2) You can spend a ridiculous amount of money on cleaning products you really don't need. Have you ever looked in your mom and grandma's cleaning product pantry and thought "I didn't even know they make this many cleaning supplies"? I have. With the cabinet spilling out of half empty containers each with an extremely specific use, I started panicking that it was going to cost me hundreds of dollars just to clean my house! At that point why not just hire a housekeeper? Thankfully, I've found it doesn't have to be this way. And I've found that with about 5 products that you probably already own, you can accomplish A LOT of deep cleaning in your home.
So lets get to it! Here's some deep cleaning tasks that I'd recommend with instructions to get your home sparking clean.
- BATHTUB/SHOWER: Okay, so I've always cleaned my shower. But it really isn't enough to do the weekly spray down and wipe clean. I'd recommend also taking a little time each month to DEEP CLEAN it. After all, if your shower isn't super clean, can it really get you super clean?
To deep clean your shower, start but getting the walls and floor a little wet. Next, take some dawn dishsoap and apply it generously to all of the surfaces. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and use a srubby sponge (don't use steel wool, it may damage the shower) to get any remaining soap and grime off. Rinse clean.
- PILLOWS: Pillow cases are a pretty obvious cleaning task you should be doing weekly or every other week when you clean the rest of your bedding. But did you know that you really should be cleaning your pillows too? I'd recommend doing this twice a year, and it's super easy.
To clean your pillows, toss 2 pillows into your washing machine (no more than 2 or they won't get washed thoroughly). Next, add your favorite detergent, some baking soda (this helps with the odor), and a little white vinegar. When they are done in the washer, toss the 2 pillows into the dryer. Take 2 long socks and add 1 tennis ball in each. Tie them so that the tennis ball can't escape and drop a couple drops of essential oils on the socks. Add them to the dryer and dry on medium or high heat for 1 hour.
Note: always check your pillows tag to make sure it isn't dry clean only.
- MATRESS: You are going to spend a pretty good chunk of your life on your mattress. And even though they are covered with sheets, they still collect some serious dust and sweat and they really should be cleaned. To clean your mattress you will need your vacuum, a spray bottle, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.
First, vacuum your mattress to get any loose debris off. Next, sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress to deodorize it. After it's set for about an hour, vacuum the baking soda up. Next, mix some hydrogen peroxide and a little baking soda in a spray bottle and spray over the mattress to clean stains. Let air dry, and remake your bed!
- DISHWASHER: It may feel a bit overkill to clean the appliance that cleans your dishes. After all, it has to be clean, right? Wrong. It actually needs cleaned as well in order to keep it running and functioning properly. I'd recommend doing this quarterly, or whenever you notice dishes aren't as clean as they used to be.
To clean your dishwasher, you are going to need to start with it being completely empty. You don't want to do this with last night's dishes piled in there. Next, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to a mug or bowl and place this on the top rack. Start the dishwasher up on the hottest water cycle. Your dishwasher will be sparkling and smelling much better!
- WASHING MACHINE: Just like the dishwasher, this seems like overkill, but it really is necessary. After all, these appliances get hit with some pretty dirty jobs every day! This again, is a quarterly task in our house. Although we do A LOT of laundry (like 2 loads a day), so if you do less, you may want to adjust this.
Washing your washing machine really takes just one household product, vinegar. You'll see some tutorials out there also use bleach, but I try not to use a lot of bleach because it can be harsh on my skin. Start with filling your washing machine with hot water. To do this, just turn the water temp dial to hot, select normal wash, and start. Once the machine is full of hot water (before going to the "wash" cycle), add one quart of white vinegar. Hit the start/resume button and let the water and vinegar combine, then pause again and let it sit and soak for 30-60 minutes. Then hit the start/resume button one more time and run it through the remainder of the cycles. And ta-da, your washing machine is soap grime free!
- WALLS: Have you looked at your walls closely? Chances are, there's a lot more dust settled on them than you realize. This can affect the paint and overall appearance of the walls. I'd recommend wiping down your walls 1-2 times a year to keep them looking clean.
To do this, really all you need is a wash cloth and some hot water. It's really not necessary to use soap, and if you do it may affect the look of your paint. So to be safe, I'd just stick with hot water. You may want to lay some towels down at the base of the wall to prevent water from collecting on your floor!
If you put your mind to it, you can have all these deep cleaning tasks done in an evening and enjoy a sparking clean home!
If you have any other deep cleaning ideas, we'd love to hear them in the comments section!