Spring Cleaning Project # 6: Deep Cleaning Around the House

It’s time for round 3… the final round of our spring, deep cleaning projects.  Today, we deep clean around the house and take on the bedrooms, living room, office, laundry room, dining room, and outdoors.  In case you missed round 1 or round 2, you can catch them there.

I am seriously amazed at how well these simple ingredients can clean a home!  Also, I feel that the “clean” feel lasts a little bit longer when using the homemade solutions because there are no residues left behind for dirt and dust to stick to like with the old chemical cleaners.

Once again, here are the supplies I’ve gathered for today’s list of chores:

  • Homemade all-purpose cleaners
  • Baking soda
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket

Special Note- the recipes for making your own all purpose cleaners were shared in the post: Spring Cleaning Project # 4: Deep Cleaning the Bathroom.  Click the link above for round 1 to get those recipes.

 

Say hello to my new “around the house” cleaning supplies!

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And say good-bye to the old ones!

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As a reminder, here is the list of the deep cleaning tasks around the house that I will be tackling today.  The full list of deep cleaning tasks can be downloaded and printed out from the post Cleaning Routines and Schedules.

Around the House Deep Cleaning Tasks:

Bedrooms

– Wipe down

  • doors
  • doorknobs
  • switch plates

– Wash or dry clean curtains

– Clean

  • mirrors
  • walls
  • baseboards
  • windows
  • window sills

– Dust

  • ceiling fans
  • light fixtures and lamps
  • wall artwork, picture frames, etc.
  • furniture

– Remove all items from shelves, nightstands, dressers and dust

– Remove items from drawers and wipe inside of drawers

– Move bed and

  • clean out items underneath
  • vacuum underneath

– Vacuum (and/or shampoo) carpets

– Sweep and mop hardwood floors

 

Living Room/Office/Playroom

– Wipe down

  • doors
  • doorknobs
  • switch plates

– Clean

  • mirrors
  • walls
  • baseboards
  • windows
  • window sills

– Dust

  • ceiling fans
  • light fixtures and lamps
  • wall artwork, picture frames, etc.
  • electronics
  • furniture

– Remove all items from shelves, tables, etc and dust

– Remove items from drawers and wipe inside of drawers

– Tidy electronic wires and tuck them out of sight

– Organize CDs, DVDs, books and magazines

– Wash or dry clean curtains

– Wash (hand wash) large area rugs

– Wash couch pillow slip covers

– Spot clean sofa

– Launder children’s stuffed animals

– Wash children’s hard plastic toys with warm soapy water

– Vacuum (and/or shampoo) carpets

– Sweep and mop hardwood floors

 

Dining Room

– Wipe down

  • table
  • chairs
  • doors
  • doorknobs
  • switch plates

– Clean

  • chair pads
  • mirrors
  • walls
  • baseboards
  • windows
  • window sills

– Dust

  • ceiling fans
  • light fixtures and lamps
  • wall artwork, picture frames, etc.
  • furniture

– Remove all items from shelves and dust

– Remove items from drawers and wipe inside of drawers

– Wash or dry clean curtains

– Wash (hand wash) large area rugs

– Wash table linens

– Shine silver

– Vacuum (and/or shampoo) carpets

– Sweep and mop hardwood floors

 

Laundry Room

– Wipe down

  • washer
  • dryer
  • door
  • doorknobs
  • switch plates

– Clean

  • walls
  • baseboards
  • dryer duct
  • inside of washer
  • inside of dryer

– Vacuum out lint trap area

– Sweep and mop floors

 

Outdoors

– Sweep front porch (ceiling, walls, floor) and walkway

– Clean or replace front entry mat

– Wash

  • exterior doors
  • siding
  • windows

– Organize garage

– Sweep garage floor

– Yardwork

  • rake leaves
  • pull weeds
  • trim hedges and trees

This list is pretty lengthy and will require a pretty big chunk of your day.  Here is what I did, step by step, working from one corner of the house to the next:

  1. Go around the house and take down all drapery.  Remove any sofa pillow covers, chair pads, and table linens.  Sort into laundry loads.  Start first load of laundry.  Complete laundry loads throughout until all are clean.
  2. Starting in the master bedroom, dust the ceiling fan, any wall artwork, picture frames, lamps, and light fixtures using a dry microfiber cloth.  Use a lint roller or duct tape on the lamp shades.
  3. Remove all items from the tops of shelves, dressers, nightstands, etc. and dust using a dry microfiber cloth.  Dust furniture in the room.  Put items back after dusting.
  4. Empty out contents of drawers.  Wipe inside of drawers with Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Put items back in drawers.
  5. Clean mirrors, windows, and window sill using vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  6. Spot clean walls with a baking soda paste {just baking soda and warm water} and a sponge.
  7. Wipe down switch plates and door knobs with damp microfiber cloth… I used the same cloth that I used to wipe the windows and mirror.
  8. Clean doors and baseboards using Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  9. Move bed and any other large furniture.  Clean out items stashed underneath and vacuum.  Put furniture back.
  10. Vacuum or shampoo the carpets.
  11. In the dining room, dust any wall artwork, decor pieces, and light fixtures using a dry microfiber cloth.
  12. Remove all items from the tops of shelves, tables, hutches, etc. and dust using a dry microfiber cloth.  Dust furniture in the room.  Put items back after dusting.
  13. Wipe down dining table and chairs using Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Dry with clean rag.
  14. Empty out contents of drawers and cabinets.  Wipe inside of drawers with Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Put items back in drawers and cabinets.
  15. Clean windows and window sill using vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  16. Spot clean walls with a baking soda paste {just baking soda and warm water} and a sponge.
  17. Wipe down switch plates and door knobs with damp microfiber cloth… I used the same cloth that I used to wipe the windows and mirror.
  18. Clean doors and baseboards using Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  19. Sweep and mop any floors.
  20. Moving into the living room, dust the ceiling fan, any wall artwork, picture frames, lamps, and light fixtures using a dry microfiber cloth.  Use a lint roller or duct tape on the lamp shades.
  21. Remove all items from the tops of shelves, TV stands, etc. and dust using a dry microfiber cloth.  Dust furniture and electronics in the room.  Put items back after dusting.
  22. Empty out contents of drawers and cabinets.  Wipe inside of drawers with Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Put items back in drawers and cabinets.
  23. Tidy all electronic wires and tuck them out of sight.
  24. Organize all DVD’s, CD’s, video games, books, and magazines.
  25. Clean windows and window sill using vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  26. Spot clean walls with a baking soda paste {just baking soda and warm water} and a sponge.
  27. Wipe down switch plates and door knobs with damp microfiber cloth… I used the same cloth that I used to wipe the windows and mirror.
  28. Clean doors and baseboards using Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  29. Spot clean the sofa using homemade laundry soap, water, and a rag.
  30. Vacuum or shampoo the carpets.
  31. Repeat steps #20-30 in the office.
  32. Repeat steps #2-10 in the guest bedroom.
  33. Head into the laundry room.  Wipe down washer with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth.  Clean the inside of the washer by running an empty cycle with 1-2 cups of distilled white vinegar.
  34. Wipe down dryer with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.  Clean inside of dryer as well.
  35. Clean the inside of the dryer ducts.  Check out a great how-to here.
  36. Vacuum out the lint trap of the dryer.
  37. Spot clean walls with a baking soda paste {just baking soda and warm water} and a sponge.
  38. Wipe down switch plates and door knobs with damp microfiber cloth… I used the same cloth that I used to wipe the windows and mirror.
  39. Clean doors and baseboards using Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  40. Sweep and mop the floor.
  41. Last but not least, head outdoors.  Sweep front and back porch floors, walls, and ceilings, and walkways.
  42. Clean front entry mat.
  43. Complete yardwork… luckily, my hubby takes care of this part so my work here is done!

Oh my goodness!  This girl is exhausted, but my house is looking oh so squeaky clean!  It took me just about all day to complete these tasks, so I highly recommend breaking the tasks up over a couple of days.  :)

Well, this marks the end of our March & April spring theme!  I hope your homes are looking absolutely fabulous as summer is drawing near.  I would love to hear about any of the spring projects you joined in on… comment below and tell me all about it!  Can’t wait to share with you my plans for May!  See you soon.

Crafting a life homemade,

{courtney}

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