I enjoy having a clean home, so I've worked hard to develop strategies and schedules to keep it that way.
Deep Cleaning Your Home
You have decided that it is time to get your house in order and to keep it clean. After you have followed my plan for decluttering your home, you are ready to give it a deep cleaning. If your housekeeping has been neglected for a while, or if you have just moved into a pre-owned house, this may be a big project. You may be able to knock it out in one weekend, but if not, follow my seven-day plan for deep cleaning your home.
Once you are done, you can follow my weekly cleaning schedule to keep it sparkling and beautiful. You will be amazed to discover how much a clean home positively affects your mood and those in your family.
Seven-Day Deep Cleaning Plan
- Day 1: Kitchen
- Day 2: Bathrooms
- Day 3: Bedrooms
- Day 4: Drapes and blinds
- Day 5: Light fixtures and fans
- Day 6: Floors
- Day 7: Porch
Day 1: Deep Clean Your Kitchen
Your kitchen needs a general cleaning every night after supper. For the deep cleaning, you need to focus on the large appliances, as well as all kitchen surfaces. Here are some items that will need special attention:
- Refrigerator: Starting at the top, take everything out, cleaning each shelf as you go. If a shelf is removable, take it out and clean it with warm soapy water. Most drawers are removable and should also be washed this way. Don't forget the small shelves inside the door. Wipe down the outside of the fridge, paying special attention to the handles.
- Oven: If you do not have a self-cleaning oven, use a cleaner such as Easy Off. For standard ovens, consider lining the bottom with aluminum foil for easier future cleaning. This will not work with convection ovens.
- Microwave: Take out any removable trays and wash in warm, soapy water. Wipe out and scrub if necessary with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Small appliances: Clean out all the crumbs in your toaster and toaster oven. Wipe down the surfaces of all small appliances.
- Cabinets, shelves, drawers: Grab a damp rag and clean spots, spills and splatters with an all-purpose cleaner like Fantastic. This is a job kids can help with.
- Countertops: Remove everything from the counters and wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner.
Day 2: Deep Clean Your Bathrooms
Bathrooms can get pretty nasty if they have not been cleaned regularly. The problem areas will most likely be the tub and shower. Follow these tips for deep cleaning your bathrooms:
- Showers/tubs: If you have a shower caddy, take it out and wash it. It may even need to be replaced. Clean the showerhead with an old toothbrush and bathroom cleaner, like Soft Scrub. You may need some heavy-duty cleaners for soap scum build-up or mildew stains. The toothbrush works well on tub jets and other small, hard-to-reach places.
- Sinks and countertops: Take everything off of the counter and wipe down with a bathroom cleaner. Use a toothbrush to scrub away dirt around the drains and faucets.
- Toilet: Squirt some cleaner into the toilet, swish it around with the toilet brush, and leave it to soak awhile to fight any stains.
- Cabinets and drawers: Wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner.
Day 3: Deep Clean Your Bedrooms
If your bedrooms have already been decluttered, then this job will not take too long. The dust bunnies have nowhere to hide. These are a few tips for deep cleaning bedrooms:
- You might be surprised to see all the dust that collects on the backs of furniture such as dressers. Use your vacuum cleaner attachments to reach these spots.
- Clean all mirrors with a little glass cleaner.
- Wipe down the headboards, footboards, and bedposts of all your beds.
Day 4: Deep Clean Drapes and Blinds
Your vacuum cleaner attachments can be very handy for cleaning drapes and blinds on a regular basis, but if they are really dirty, you may need to take a different approach. Here are some tips:
- Drapes may need to come down to be washed.
- Blinds will have to be wiped down with a damp cloth.
- Don't forget to wipe down the window sills as well.
- Take the time to give your windows a good cleaning with Windex or another glass cleaner.
Day 5: Deep Clean Light Fixtures and Fans
A feather duster is not going to be good enough to get rid of thick dust on ceiling fans and light fixtures. Here are some tips on how to deal with these hard to reach areas:
- Use a ladder to reach ceiling fans and high light fixtures. Be careful as you wipe the dust clumps up.
- You will need a slightly damp microfiber cloth or rag.
- If a light fixture is very dirty or has bugs trapped inside, you will need to take it down and wash it out.
- Check lightbulbs to see if any need to be replaced.
Day 6: Deep Clean Your Floors
After you vacuum and mop your floors, you may still notice a build-up in corners and around the edges of the floors. There is no easy way about this—you will need to get on all fours with a damp rag and wipe this up. These are some basic tips on cleaning your floors:
- Use a broom or vacuum cleaner attachment to get under all furniture and in hard-to-reach places.
- For mopping, use a small amount of cleaner in warm water and a damp (not drenched) mop.
- While you are working on the floor edges and corners, wipe down all the baseboards as well.
Day 7: Deep Clean Your Porch
Now that the inside of your home is really clean, it is time to work on your porch. Dust, pollen, and bugs have taken over, so here are some tips to deep clean your porch:
- If you have water-resistant porch furniture, move it out to the yard or driveway and spray it down with the water hose.
- For cushions and pillows, spot clean them or wash them if the fabric covers are removable.
- Use a pole duster to get rid of spider webs.
- Wipe down any glass table tops with glass cleaner.
- While the furniture is drying, use a blower or broom to sweep out all the dirt, bugs, and leaves.
- Using a water-hose nozzle, jet spray the entire porch. Use a scrub brush for stubborn spots.
- Wipe down any railings or woodwork.
- Replace furniture when everything is dry.
Now your house is spotless, so you can sit back and enjoy your accomplishment. Or invite a few friends over for a meal—you are ready to entertain! Maintain your clean house with a weekly cleaning schedule, and you will only need to do spring cleaning about once a year.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Sarah Johnson
laura decote on March 09, 2020:
Can i just say you are an absolute god for putting these steps into writing
Jane Snow on May 04, 2019:
No mention of cleaning any of the walls baseboards or ceilings????? Not a clean house.
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Sandygoose7 on August 16, 2018:
Thanks. Need all the help I can get. Great organization of tasks.
I hate houseclean on April 12, 2018:
Cleaning ceiling fans
We have a small country house.
And a cat.
And we heat with wood.
And so we have a lot of ceiling fans.
Which have always been covered in cat hair (don't ask).
I used to just vacuum the damn things when they got to the point where it looked like there was more fur on the fans than on the cat. It hurt my back and shoulders and neck. And it seemed only to last about 32 seconds.
A couple of months ago, my husband, bless him, climbed up, washed down the blades, both sides, of all the ceiling fans.
And then coated them with paste wax. Which he buffed when it was dry.
It's three months later. There are fur bunnies all over the floor, but they're much easier to trap there. Not a single one on the fans.
Oh! Oh! And for those who (like me) just want someone else to do all of the icky stuff: decades ago, someone brilliant realized that every one has one housecleaning task they loathe, and one that they kind of like. And so they suggested a sort of job pool: I'll clean your oven, and you'll scrub out my tub & shower--a one-for-one trade.
KNOCKTHEDOOR on February 06, 2018:
Jessica on November 20, 2017:
This is a good job my house is shiney and spotless now
Glen Rix from UK on July 26, 2015:
I resolve to do better. Or perhaps I should save my pennies to hire somebody who actually enjoys cleaning.
Nancy on February 11, 2015:
All of the instruction are easy to follow particularly if your kids is there to help.
Tony Sky from London UK on January 29, 2015:
An 'inch is a 'sinch' and a 'yard is hard'. That;s my motto for what you have detailed about spreading the cleaning over a week to fully clean everything.
My tip I'd like to add is have a tube of strong, flexible and white silicone. When used correctly (after the cleaning is finished), it can make all parts of the house very clean and is perfect for quick-fit repairs.
Linda Crist from Central Virginia on June 29, 2014:
What a great plan now where do I find the cheap labor to help me get it done? ha ha! Seriously, some of us really do need a plan or we just keep putting things off. Yes, I'm guilty. I am going to give this a shot and see how far I get. Thank for making it look so simple.
Sushma Webber from New Zealand on October 30, 2013:
I liked the seven day plan, tackling different parts of the house each day sounds possible instead of being overwhelmed. Thanks for this great article. Voted up and shared on Facebook.
Grace-Wolf-30 from England on June 03, 2013:
Oooo I love my house being clean. It's can be fun to get your kids involved too (it really can, I'm not making that up!). There are some great tips here, thank you for sharing them : )
ExpectGreatThings from Illinois on June 02, 2013:
This is a great and really organized list. I usually feel hopelessly behind with my house cleaning schedule. A seven day plan makes it sound doable. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!
slawsik122 on January 16, 2013:
The informations here are very useful. I like to keep my house clean and fresh and every suggestion helps :) For the last few years Ive been using My Cleaning Lady-cleaning service in northern NJ and they are great. They have so many cleaning tips and the teams are fantastic.