How to Deep Clean Your Home Year-Round

Deep Cleaning Checklist for Your Kitchen

Useful Deep Cleaning Supplies

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

What to Clean Every Week

  • Countertops: Spray down with all-purpose cleaner to keep stains and germs at bay. If you have stone countertops, use mild dish soap and water instead.
  • Floors: All you need is a bucket of dish soap and water, and a good mop.
  • Microwave, Stovetop and Cabinets: Wipe down each surface with an all-purpose cleaner or dish soap and water (test cleaners in a discreet spot on your cabinets first).

What to Clean Every Month

  • Cutting Boards: Use a small amount of vinegar, then hydrogen peroxide to sanitize your board. Rinse it off, then cut one lemon in half and rub across the board to eliminate any lingering odors. Condition your wood cutting boards with olive or mineral oil to extend their life and keep them looking spiffy.
  • Garbage Disposal: Place 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, then pour a cup of white vinegar on top. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with hot water while the disposal is running.
  • Dishwasher: First, make sure there’s no detergent in your dishwasher to avoid making a bubbly mess. Then, fill the dispenser with 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda and run it empty. This will clean up any grime or grease inside the appliance.

What to Clean Every Three Months

  • Coffee Pot: Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into the reservoir, then run until half empty and switch off for 30 minutes. Turn it back on until the reservoir is empty. Fill it up again with clear water and let it run with a new filter.
  • Oven: Either use your oven’s “self-cleaning” feature (if you don’t mind smoke and burning odors) or scrub with a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Refrigerator: Remove all containers, throw out expired food and wipe down shelves.

Deep Cleaning Checklist for Your Living Room

Useful Deep Cleaning Supplies

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Duster
  • Vacuum
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner
  • Squeegee
  • White vinegar

What to Clean Every Week

  • All Surfaces: Dust bookshelves, light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Carpets and Rugs: Simply run the vacuum over them, making sure you get the corners of the room.
  • Wood Furniture: Clean with a damp cloth dipped in a mild soap, wipe down with a clean cloth to dry and then apply a wood polish to help protect your furniture from stains.

What to Clean Every Month

  • Baseboards, Molding and Ceilings: Wipe down with a damp cloth or use the wand attachment on your vacuum.
  • Couch: Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to clean under and on top of couch cushions.
  • Windows: Spray with a glass cleaner and wipe down with a squeegee, following a reverse s-pattern. Make sure to wipe the dirt off the blade after every pass.

What to Clean Every Three Months to a Year

  • Under Furniture: Clean or vacuum the floor underneath your furniture.
  • Curtains, Drapes and Blinds: Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for washing curtains and drapes. Clean your blinds using a cloth dipped in equal parts vinegar and water.
  • Carpet: Why carpet twice? While you should vacuum your carpets at least once a week, you should also steam clean them at least once a year to extend their life and improve air quality.