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The Busy Parent’s Guide on How to Deep Clean Your House

As a busy parent, it can be hard sometimes to find the time to get your home clean, let alone give it a good deep cleaning. Unfortunately, I think that deep cleaning is a must if you have kids at home. If you’re wondering how to deep clean your house on top of all of the other things you have to do with a full schedule, don’t worry! This simple guide will help you get your home clean and organized in no time at all.

The busy mom’s guide on how to deep clean your house
The busy parent’s guide on how to deep clean your house.

How to Deep Clean Your House Fast

The best way to deep clean your house fast is to be as prepared as possible before you even start. That means organizing all the supplies you’ll need and preparing your home to be clean before you start. First, gather all your cleaning supplies and put them in the central location. To deep clean your house, you’ll need:

  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Scrub brush
  • Dusting cloths
  • Sponges
  • Duster with extendable handle
  • Dish soap
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Wood cleaner

After gathering your supplies, it’s time to prepare your home for cleaning by clearing away the clutter. Take a quick inventory of each room in your house, picking up items and putting them back in their proper place.

As you move through the house, toss anything that doesn’t belong into a bin or basket. While you’re moving from room to room, place those out-of-place things where they belong and pick up additional clutter along the way.

Plan Your Cleaning Schedule

Wondering how to deep clean your house when your schedule is jam-packed? Fitting deep cleaning into your schedule might be the hardest part! Whether you plan to do the entire house in one day or break it up across multiple days, having a game plan will make getting the job done much easier.

In addition to planning when you’ll clean, it’s also a good idea to decide which rooms you’ll focus on during your cleaning sessions. Schedule the times you plan to clean in your calendar, then stick to your plan as you go to ensure your entire house gets cleaned.

Deep Cleaning Your Bathrooms

Next to your kitchen, your bathrooms may be the place you spend the most time as you’re deep cleaning your home. There are several steps you need to take to deep clean your bathroom.

Start by giving the toilet, bathtub, and/or shower a spray of multi-purpose cleaner and fill the toilet bowl with toilet cleaner. Let the cleaner soak into those areas while you begin cleaning the rest of the room. Then, remove all curtains and bathmats and place them in the washing machine.

While the cleaner is soaking, take a few minutes to declutter the bathroom cabinets. Remove all expired makeup and beauty products, then clean out any other products you no longer use. Wipe down the cabinet shelves and inside of the drawers, then return everything you plan to keep to the cabinets.

Next, dust the ceiling and corners of the room with a dusting wand. Choosing a wand with an extendable arm will make dusting out-of-reach spots quicker and easier. Use the wand to dust the light fixtures and tops of the door and window frames. Then, use a damp rag to wipe the window treatments, window frames, door frame, and cabinet exteriors. Remove the glass shades from the light fixtures and wash them in warm, soapy water (top rack in the dishwasher works for light fixtures too).

Go back to the toilet and shower and wipe away all the soaked-in cleaner, then scrub the inside of the toilet with a brush. Wipe the sink and vanity countertop, then spray the mirrors with glass cleaner. Finish by washing the shower doors.

Another hack I like to do sometimes is to take my daily shower in the bathroom that I’m cleaning that day and do the shower scrub-down when I’m already wet and can spray everything down without caring if I get myself wet.

Use the vacuum to clean the dust and debris from the floor, then mop the floor to remove product build-up and stains. Finally, apply a grout cleaner to the grout and scrub the cleaner away after it soaks for a few minutes.

How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

Deep cleaning your kitchen is another big job in learning how to deep clean your house. There are a variety of spots you need to clean in your kitchen, including:

  • The kitchen cabinets. Remove everything from the cabinets and throw away expired food and unwanted kitchen items. Wipe down all the cabinet shelves, wait for them to dry, then replace everything in the cabinet. Wipe down the exterior of the cabinets, as well as all the knobs and pulls. I use a bucket filled with warm soapy water, and a rag for this. I sometimes also use a vacuum to reduce the mess before I wipe things down, or in drawers that are laden with crumbs.
  • The refrigerator. Remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer. Throw away all expired food and place the rest in a cooler. Wipe down all shelves inside the refrigerator and freezer, then replace all the food you plan to keep. Finish by wiping down the exterior of the refrigerator and vacuuming the refrigerator coils and vent in the back.
  • The stove and oven. Remove all the removable pieces from the stovetop and place them in a sink filled with warm, soapy water. Allow the pieces to soak while you scrub the stovetop and vent. If your oven has a self-cleaning function, turn it on while you finish cleaning the kitchen. If it doesn’t have a self-cleaning function, make a paste of water and vinegar and coat the oven interior and door. Allow the mixture to soak while you clean, then wipe it away when you’re finished cleaning the rest of the room.
  • The countertops. Start by removing all the countertop appliances and containers and wipe down the counters and backsplash. Clean all the items that go on the countertop and replace them after they’re clean.

Deep Cleaning Your Living Areas

Your family probably spends a ton of time in your living areas, which means you should pay special attention to these spots! To clean your living areas, start by dusting the room. Begin at the top and work your way down, cleaning the ceiling, light fixtures, walls, woodwork and molding, wall décor, wood furniture, window treatments, and all decorative items.

Next, focus on your furniture by removing all the cushions and vacuuming the areas underneath. Launder the cushion covers, if needed, then replace all the cushions on the furniture. After the furniture is clean, move each piece of furniture out and clean underneath.

Vacuum the floors to clear away all dust and debris, then take the time to wipe down the baseboards throughout the room. Finish by shampooing the carpets or mopping the floors.

Bedroom Deep Cleaning

Your bedrooms need to be a place for rest and relaxation, so taking the time to give them a deep cleaning is always a good idea. Luckily, there are just a few places to deep clean in your bedroom, including:

  • The bed. Remove all bedding and launder everything, including the mattress cover, pillow covers, and pillows. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the mattress and let it soak while you clean the rest of the room. When you’re ready to come back to the mattress, vacuum the baking soda up and replace all the bedding.
  • The décor. Just like in every other room of the house, dusting is essential in the process of how to deep clean your house. Start at the top of the room and work your way down, dusting the ceiling, walls, furniture, light fixtures, window treatments, frames, decorative items, and baseboards.
  • The closet. Declutter your closets by removing all the clothing, shoes, and accessories you no longer need. Then, dust the shelves and drawers. Vacuum the floor and ceiling to remove dust and cobwebs inside the closet.
  • The floor. Finish cleaning your bedrooms by focusing on the floor. Take the time to vacuum not only the visible floor but also the areas underneath the bed and behind the furniture. Treat the carpets or mop the hard surface flooring the room.

There are a great many things that you could add to my list, but this is a good base to help you get started on tackling your home.

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