Deep cleaning checklist: How to clean up after the holidays

Whole Home Deep Clean January

How can I get my house back to normal?

The holidays are over and it’s time to restore some order to your home. Whether you need to clean up from houseguests, vacuum up the never-ending tinsel, or just get your house looking like new again, we’ve got you covered. Simply follow this list of deep cleaning dos and don’ts for the month of January. We want to help you get your New Year off to a squeaky clean start!

Deep cleaning kitchen appliances

1. Deep Clean Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the best place to start your New Year cleaning project because it was undoubtedly busy over the holidays cooking, baking, or entertaining guests. Start with the appliances that did the most heavy-lifting over the past few months. Give your refrigerator a deep clean by getting rid of leftovers and wiping down the inside. Throw out expired condiments. Make sure to check your oven and microwave for food residue. Try an oven or stovetop cleaner, so you don’t have to scrub as long. Most cleaners can be sprayed on any type of food, left for a few minutes, and then easily wiped clean. For best results, try Lysol Kitchen Pro or Clorox Clean-Up with bleach

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Clean Kitchen Cabinets with a Damp Cloth

2. Spruce up Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets get layers of grease, dust, and grime. Wiping down your cabinets with a damp cloth daily or weekly, depending on how often you cook, can go a long way to making sure your cabinets stay clean. If you can’t keep up this routing, and now you’re stuck with a mixture of grease and dust it might be hard to remove. Don’t fret! We have just the solution for you! Try an all-purpose cleaner or oil, like Murphy Oil Soap or Orange Oil. This will help to degrease your cabinets and cut through the grime. Once you have the grease removed, use a wax or polish to really make your cabinets shine! In two simple steps, you’ll have your kitchen cabinets looking like new again. Don’t forget the inside of your cabinets. Simply use a damp rag to wipe down the insides. It’s recommended to wipe the inside of cabinets every few months. Doing so ensures that you don’t have crumbs or other debris building up and creating a welcome invitation for bugs and other pests.

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Deep Clean Bathroom

3. Make Bathrooms Sparkle Again

The one place in your home that can always use a cleaning is the bathroom. These rooms are used daily and can always used some cleaner and a sponge in the shower or on floors where hairspray mixes with dust to create a horrible film. Quickly clean your bathroom with a few hacks to speed up the whole process!

  • Remove everything from it’s normal spot, then dust and sweep.
  • Clean the rest of the bathroom working from top to bottom or left to right, so you get everything. Use a sponge or cloth with your all-purpose cleaner to remove any grime. 
  • Head back to the shower and bathtub to remove your cleaner. A light scrub should easily remove any buildup.
  • Wipe down your vanity top with an all-purpose cleaner and lightly scrub the top, sink, and the mirror. Finish with your cabinet doors using a damp rag to remove any dust. 
  • Don’t forget the mirror! Use a glass cleaner and slow even strokes for a streak-free shine. 

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Changing air filter in home

4. Protect Your Home's Air Quality

Furnace filters should be replaced often, but how often depends on the size of your filter and if you have any animals in the house. For a four-inch filter, you should replace it every two months while a five-inch filter should be replaced every three months. If you have one or more pets in your house, it’s best to change the filter every two months or less no matter what size it is. Other factors that affect your filter include the amount of dust that’s naturally in your home, whether you run heat or the air conditioner non stop, and even open windows. All three can be reasons to change your home’s filter even more often. Another way to ensure your home’s air quality is up to par is to regularly clean your vent covers. You can do so by removing the covers and putting them in hot, soapy water. Let them soak for a few minutes to remove any dust and allergens. Once they’re clean, make sure they are completely dry before replacing.

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Refresh bedding

5. Refresh & Clean Your Bedding

Whether you had overnight guests or it’s just time to give the whole house a really good clean, bedrooms are great places to start. Bedding should be washed using the hottest water setting to kill any unwanted critters and followed with the drier on high heat. It’s best to wash the comforter by itself because of the size. Removing bedding and first sweeping the entire surface will clean your mattress of any surface debris. Next, spot treat stains with any stain remover and deodorize the mattress by sprinkling baking soda over it. For best results, leave the baking soda on for 24 hours. This requires you to sleep elsewhere, so if that isn’t any option the longer you can leave it on the better. Once you’re ready to remove the baking soda, simply sweep it off and rest easy knowing you’re once again sleeping on a clean bed!

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Giving your home a nice deep clean is great to do anytime during the year, but winter is the best time because everyone is cooped up inside and germs tend to spread like wildfire. Following these simple steps will help you clean your home faster and keep your family healthier.  Make it even easier by picking one room a day to clean. Tackling your whole home room-by-room is just plain easier, and you can always enlist help from your kids or nieces and nephews!

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