Tis the season, right? We all have family coming and excitement growing. So let’s get started with the wonderful list, the top 10 cleaning checklist. The most important part to this is to get it done, don’t procrastinate! Ugh, I hate that feeling, don’t you? You wait and just procrastinate until the last minute, and then you’re losing your mind. Not fun.
Declutter first, that is always helpful! Nothing wastes more of your time than moving a purse, jacket, or piles of mail from room to room while you’re doing your cleaning. Start your cleaning by putting everything away in its specific place and everything will go much faster.
Kitchen: Since we’ve already decluttered the house this should be pretty simple, tedious yes but simple!
Wipe/Vacuum cupboards and drawers
Wash out refridgerator and throw out anything old.
Clean the oven and stovetop
Sweep and mop floors
Wipe baseboards and doors
Clean blinds and window treatments
2. Living room/ Family room
Clean Mini Blinds
Wipe down baseboards
Dust bookcases and shelves
Wipe down pictures and frames
Clean out books, toys, videos, games, etc.
Clean toilets, sinks and shower/tub.
Wash shower curtains and window treatments.
Organize drawers and shelves.
Wash out trashcans
4. Dining Room
Wipe down table and chairs
Clean linens (table cloth, runners, place mats)
Vacuum/ Mop Floors
Dust and wipe down any pictures/frames
Clean blinds and window treatments.
I do hope this helps! I also have the downloadable version for you to print! Don’t put off your cleaning until the last day, no one wants to feel nervous and I want you all to have the happiest, warmest holiday season.
The kitchen is the room that you prepare your favorite dishes, meals are shared, and dish washing occurs, so it’s no wonder that cleaning this space can feel like a pretty daunting task. To make everyday cleaning easier, an occasional deep cleaning is necessary, especially in those tough-to-reach areas. With some Earth-friendly formulas and elbow grease, your entire space will shine again in no time at all!
Kitchen cabinets are one of the very first things people seem to notice upon entering the room, and with such a prominent display comes the need for a thorough scrub. Whether they’re covered in a coat of dust or a film of grease I know exactly what you need to do in order to make them look as good as they did the day they were installed. The next spot to pay extra attention to you ask? Your oven! It’s prone to baked-on stains and charred fragments of previous recipes, it requires a deep clean every few weeks. Don’t skip the inside! Be sure to wash the racks separately with soap and water for a thorough cleanse.
When’s the last time you gave your fridge a good once over? The refrigerator deserves a serious wash at least twice a year, including a full soak of the inside bins. A stainless-steel exterior should be wiped down with a homemade solution and microfiber cloth.
One of the most frequented areas is your entire kitchen is the sink, including the garbage disposal if you have one. As a place to scrub everything from fresh produce to pots and pans, the sink often gets overlooked—it’s where everything goes to get clean, so many assume it needs no care itself. But with food scraps and a build-up of grime, cleaning the sink and disposal is an absolute must. We’re recommending techniques for getting both back in sparkling order.
After you clean your cabinets, appliances, and the sink, there’s one more spot to tackle: the kitchen floor. The technique you use to clean it will depend on what it’s made of, but we’re showing you how to give both hardwood and tile surfaces a good wash. Ready to get cleaning? Our best advice is just ahead.
All you need to give your kitchen cabinets a serious deep clean is Castile soap, a microfiber cloth, and a little elbow grease. If your cabinet doors are greasy, wipe them down with a solution of one-part vinegar to two parts water.
Freshening Up the Sink and Disposal
You might think a spot where regular washing occurs wouldn’t need such a heavy cleaning, but you might be surprised. Food scraps and grime can leave your kitchen sink looking anything but new. Clean the sink itself with baking soda and lime. For the disposal, try a vinegar-soaked loaf of bread stuffed in the canister. We recommend letting it sit for 15 minutes, then turning on the disposal and flushing it with cold water before following up with frozen citrus rinds.
Cleaning the Oven
The oven is susceptible to baked-on messes and burnt fragments of meals long gone. That’s why it’s important to scrub this appliance every few weeks and to be sure that it gets a deep clean immediately after spills happen. Don’t forget the inside! The oven racks need to be cleaned separately, while the oven itself can be wiped down with a homemade paste.
Cleaning Out the Refrigerator
One of the number 1 biggest projects to tackle during your kitchen deep clean is your refrigerator. As a home to perishable foods, it’s often prone to spills, leaks, and rings left behind from containers. For a serious clean, I recommend removing everything inside and giving the bins a good soak with baking soda and water. For a stainless-steel exterior, mix one-parts vinegar to two-parts water and wipe down with a microfiber cloth!
Cleaning the Floor
Get your kitchen floor looking shiny in no time. I recommend cleaning this easily dirtied surface weekly. The cleaning techniques you use will depend on the material of your floors: for hardwood, sweep or vacuum before mopping; for tile, mop with warm water and all-purpose cleaner.