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30 Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Home

Wipe Floorboards

You also want to make sure that as you clean each room, you bend down and wipe the dirt and dust off the floorboards where the floor meets the walls.

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Wipe Down Doors and Door Jams

If you have children and/or pets, your doors can get pretty icky. Make sure to take a Mr. Clean Eraser to both sides of your doors to remove handprints and stains.

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Dust Lamps and Lamp Shades

Still cleaning from the top-down, brush off your lampshades first with a duster or rag. Then you can use a damp rag to wipe down the lamp from lightbulb to base to remove all excess dust.

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Buy Contractor Bags

Unlike large trash bags, contractor bags can handle sharp edges, large items, and heavy weight without breaking or leaking.

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Clean the Sides of the Stove

When deep cleaning, you will want to move the stove out completely to clean off stuck-on food that can get stuck between the sides of the stove and the counters it sits next to.

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Twist Pipe Cleaners Into Hard-to-Reach Places

The tiny brushes and flexible core of pipe cleaners make them ideal for cleaning tight, hard-to-reach spaces.

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Rent a Dumpster

If you have serious clutter, rent a large dumpster for a weekly or monthly fee. This will save time and keep your property neat while you remove unneeded items.

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Dedicate Gloves to Toilet Cleaning

Using gloves to clean the toilet will keep harsh chemicals off your hands, but don't use the same gloves to clean the kitchen later.

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Disassemble the Fridge

Take your refrigerator completely apart and put it back together from the inside-out. Make sure to wipe down the seals on the doors as well to remove mold and muck.

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Clean Out Cabinets

Remember to take everything out of the cabinets to wipe them down. Also make sure to wipe off the doors and knobs, as they can also get dusty and collect bacteria and germs.

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Wipe Down Windowsills

To effectively clean your windowsills, open your windows to allow you access to the inside of the sill as well as the exterior. Use a damp rag to clean the easiest parts to reach and pipe cleaners to fit into the spaces where your fingers won’t reach.

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Wipe Counter Baseboards

These are an area that also gets missed a lot. Those backsplashes behind your bathroom and kitchen sinks need attention as well. Don’t forget to wipe those down to remove dust and stains.

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Clean the Curtains

Don't forget to clean your curtains, an often forgotten item during cleaning sprees. Follow the printed tag instructions to dry clean, wash on a delicate setting, or hand wash using dish soap. Renew sheer or lace curtains by soaking them in a sink full of water and 1 cup Epsom salt. Then, hang to dry.

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Take Down Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are easy to remove and replace once they’re clean. You can use a regular soap and water solution to remove dust and debris and help your lights shine brighter.

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Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Before your get started deep cleaning, you should carve out a good portion of your day and devote yourself to it. Schedule it into your planner, put your phone on silent and put it away so you won't get distracted, and get started. Deep cleaning takes a while, so make sure you've alotted yourself enough time before diving in.

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Dust Ceiling Fans

Many people forget or disregard their ceiling fans and the amount of dirt and dust they can spread around the house. Grab a stepladder and a dust cloth and wipe the ceiling fan off from the top to the blades.

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Start at the Top

When you clean things situated at a high level (think ceiling fans, light fixtures, the top of cabinets, or oven hoods), dirt is bound to fall. Leave the floor for last so you don't have to clean it twice.

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Muck Out the Garbage Disposal

Gather ice cubes, table salt, baking soda, white vinegar, a wooden spoon, a small stiff brush and a disposal brush. Using the wooden spoon, push the ice and a cup of salt into the running disposal, then push a half cup of the baking soda into the running disposal and follow with a cup of white vinegar. Once the disposal is off, use the brushes to clean inside and the rubber stop at the top.

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Wear a Mask

If dust and mold allergies make you reluctant to clean, a disposable mask can minimize the discomfort you normally experience.

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Move Everything

Over time, dust, hair, and grime collect under electronics, behind appliances, and under couch cushions. Moving everything off the surface you are cleaning (beyond simply the exposed usable area) will reveal hidden dirt.

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Remove Stains With Toothpaste

Smear a difficult stain on a white sink or tub with a layer of whitening toothpaste, and allow it to sit. Toothpaste can also remove hard water spots from windows.

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Clean the Oven With Baking Soda

Rather than harsh chemicals or high heat, a baking soda paste is an effective way to remove baked-on food residue. Allow it to sit overnight, and wipe with vinegar to cleanse.

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Use a Brush on Grout

Mild cleaners are best to prevent damage on grout. Spray with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, then scrub using a stiff brush.

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Occupy Two Rooms

While you're cleaning one room, use another to hold the furniture and decor from the one you're cleaning. Disinfect each item before moving it back into the cleaned room.

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Iron Out Carpet Stains

Spray a stain with one part white vinegar and three parts water. Cover with a clean towel, then place an iron on top of the towel for about 10 seconds while set to its highest setting.

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Scrub Stainless Steel With Cream of Tartar

Mix one cup of distilled white vinegar and 1/4 cup cream of tartar in a plastic container. Scrub stainless steel, then rinse the item with warm water.

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Clean Out Dryer Vent

Lots of people don’t realize how much dirt and lint can get stuck in the dryer vent that leads outdoors. When deep cleaning your laundry room, don’t forget to remove it and vacuum it out.

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Remove Wall Art

Remove all wall art from your walls when wiping them down. Wall art can leave a rectangle on the walls that is cleaner than the rest of the walls, so ensure that the rest of the wall matches those clean spaces left by wall art.

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Vacuum Air Vent Covers

These often get missed during deep cleanings. Take a vacuum brush to the outside and inside of the air vent cover to remove the dirt and dust that gathers there.

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Clean the Fireplace

To deep clean your fireplace, once all soot and debris has been removed from the floor and the walls, you can mix a solution of one cup of bleach, a half-gallon of water, and six tablespoons of Trisodium Phosphate to deep clean the area. Make sure to use gloves and a nylon brush for best results.

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