Summer is the perfect time to deep clean your home. The weather is warm, the days are longer, and you likely have more free time than usual. However, the process of deep cleaning your home can be daunting.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 18 tips and tricks to help you have the best summer cleaning experience possible. From de-cluttering hacks to cleaning hacks, we’ve got you covered. So grab your cleaning supplies and get started!
1. Establish a system
Establish a system is the first step in achieving a clean and organized home during your summer cleaning. Take the time to create a cleaning plan that includes a cleaning schedule for yourself and each family member. It will also help to create checklists for each room in your home that details items that you need to clean or de-clutter in each room. Checklists will help ensure that you don’t miss any important cleaning tasks. Lastly, don’t forget to create a reward system for yourself and your family. This will help keep everyone motivated and make cleaning more enjoyable.
2. Work room by room
When making a cleaning plan and checklist, it is best to clean one room at a time. This will help you cover all areas of the room effectively and efficiently. Start with the kitchen, which is the heart of your home and one of the dirtiest rooms. Begin by de-cluttering and getting rid of items that you no longer need. Then, wipe all counters, cupboards, and appliances. Don’t forget to sweep and then mop the floors as well.
After the kitchen, move to the living room and bedrooms. Vacuum the carpets and upholstery in the living room, and sort and organize items in the cabinets and closets. Do the same for the bedrooms, paying special attention to all bed linens, pillows, and blankets.
Finally, don’t forget to clean the bathrooms. Clean and disinfect sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets. Wipe down all other surfaces and sweep and mop the bathroom floors.
By tackling your cleaning schedule room by room, you’ll be able to achieve the best and most organized clean
3. Get everyone involved
Getting the whole family involved in the summer cleaning is a great way for everyone to have fun and bond. Assign tasks to family members according to their ages and abilities. Don’t forget to reward them at the end of their diligent efforts!
If you have children, you can assign tasks like wiping down counters and shelves, wiping baseboards, dusting furniture, vacuuming floors, and more. Older family members can be asked to organize tins and jars in cupboards and drawers, clean and de-clutter items, sort out seasonal clothes.
To encourage everyone to participate, why not make a game out of it? Who can finish the tasks fastest? Who can do the most tasks? You can also make it a race to clean the entire house within a certain amount of time.
Making cleaning fun for the whole family will make it more enjoyable and increase everyone’s motivation. In no time, you’ll have a sparkling clean house just in time for summer!
4. Do a deep clean once a week
No matter how clean you keep your home, a deep clean once a week should be part of your regular routine to keep everything in top condition. Deep cleaning involves cleaning those areas of your home that you may not usually pay attention to during regular cleans. This can include areas such as ceilings, baseboards, door frames and window sills and venetian blinds.
If you want to ensure that your deep clean is thorough, you may want to resort to the help of professionals, who can provide you with a detail-oriented cleaning. Alternatively, if you are hardworking enough and have the necessary supplies, you can get the job done on your own.
To start deep cleaning, pick one task a week to work on, such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and polishing. The goal is to be thorough, so make sure you don’t rush the job and pay attention to every corner. Taking your time will help you make sure that no area is overlooked.
5. Keep a tidy entrance
A tidy entrance can help keep the rest of your home in order and set the tone for a positive and welcoming environment. Here are a few tips to help you keep your entrance neat and orderly:
1. Establish a designated spot for the items frequently carried in and out. This may include a couple of hooks to hang jackets, a basket to store small items, and a shelf or cabinet to store your backpack, keys, and shoes.
2. Have a trash can or recycling bin nearby. This will help ensure that unwanted items do not end up in the wrong places or cluttering your entryway.
3. Make sure all the items kept in the entryway have a purpose—everything should have a designated spot, and if it’s not in use, put it away.
4. Eliminate any unnecessary items. Things that don’t get used or are only necessary for a short period of time can be stored elsewhere.
5. Place a rug near the door. This will help prevent dirt, mud, etc. from being tracked throughout the house.
6. Create a schedule for cleaning. Spend a few minutes a day wiping away dirt and cobwebs, and make sure to vacuum and mop regularly. This way, your entryway will always be looking its best.
6. A place for everything
Your entrance should be neat, orderly, and most importantly, functional. To do this, make sure everything has its designated place. Here are a few tips to ensure that each item in your entrance has an assigned spot:
1. Use shelves or cabinets. These will come in handy for storing backpacks, keys, jackets, and other items that are frequently brought in or out.
2. Install hooks. Hang jackets, umbrellas, bags, and other items that take up little space.
3. Utilize baskets. Place smaller items in baskets, such as hats, scarves, sunglasses, and gloves.
4. If you have narrow shelves, use baskets or bins to store belts, hats, and other accessories in an organized way.
5. Designate a special place for frequently used gadgets. This could be a small shelf for your smartphone and earphones, or a spot to stow away your laptop or bicycle.
6. Add a bulletin board. Use it to post notes, reminders, and even photos that can help spruce up the space.
7. Keep a dustpan and brush accessible. This will make it easy to sweep up dirt and dust that may have been tracked in from outside.
7. Store summer gear properly
Summer activities have a number of items associated with them, like a beach towel, sunscreen, and hats to keep the sun off. It’s important to store items like these properly so that you always have them on hand when you need them. Here are some ways to store your summer gear in the most efficient way possible:
1. Hang seasonal clothes on hooks. This allows them to air out between uses, and avoids wrinkling and stretching.
2. Install shelves for quick access to beach towels, sunscreen and hats. You can also add a basket for extra items like flip flops, sunglasses, and baseball hats.
3. Keep activities separate by designating labeled storage containers for each type of gear. For instance, one container could be labeled ‘beach’ with sunscreen and flip flops, and another labeled ‘pool’ with goggles and inflatables.
4. Use over the door shoe organizers to store shoes, water toys, bats and balls. This works especially well for the garage.
5. Utilize vertical wall space with stackable shelves to store tubes, rafts, and larger items.
By taking the time to store gear properly, you’ll save yourself time and energy when it comes time to access it. Plus, you’ll be able to keep your home tidy and well organized.
8. Pre-treat stains
Summer activities often mean muddy shoes, sandy floors, and dirt and grass stains on clothing. To keep your home looking its best, you’ll want to make sure to pre-treat any stains before they have a chance to set in. Pre-treating stains is a simple process and can be done with either a store-bought detergent or a natural solution you can make at home.
Here are some tips for pre-treating stains this summer:
1. Always blot the stain with a paper towel before beginning pre-treatment. This will pull any excess dirt from the fabric.
2. Make a natural pre-treatment with white vinegar and baking soda. Mix the two together until it forms a paste, and then generously apply the paste to the stain. Let it sit for about 30 minutes before laundering.
3. If using a store-bought pre-treatment, launder it according to the instructions on the label. Be sure to treat the stain before placing it in the washer, as this will give the detergent more time to work.
4. If the stain has already set in and is still visible after laundering, repeat the treatment and let it sit for 2-3 hours before washing again.
By pre-treating stains before they set in, you’ll be able to get your summer items looking and smelling fresh and clean. With the right pre-treatment and a little bit of
9. Don’t forget the windows
When you’re in the middle of your summer cleaning routine, it easy to forget about some of the major cleaning tasks. One of the most important is cleaning your windows.
Here are some tips for making sure your windows are squeaky clean this summer:
1. Start by removing any window screens and washing them with soap and water and drying with a microfiber cloth.
2. To clean the window frames and sills, use soapy water and a soft brush.
3. To clean the windows themselves, use a microfiber cloth and a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar.
4. If you have stubborn spots, switch to using a non-abrasive scrubbing pad.
5. To finish, use a clean microfiber cloth to remove any streaks.
Cleaning your windows is an important part of keeping your home looking and feeling its best this summer. Taking the time to properly clean them will ensure they are looking sparkling clean, and you can fully enjoy the view!
10. Dust from top to bottom
One of the earliest steps to tackle during a summer clean is to remove dust from top to bottom. Dust is a sure sign of an untidy house and it accumulates quickly. It’s important to dust every surface in your home–from furniture, to bookshelves, to light fixtures–before cleaning the floors.
A great way to dust efficiently is to start at the top and make your way down. Begin by dusting the tops of cabinets and shelves then move down to the center and lastly the bottom. This way, any leftover dust will fall down and be swept away instead of building up.
Be sure to use a microfiber cloth when dusting. It’s the best tool for the job since it attracts dust like a magnet and is eight times more effective than a traditional cleaning cloth.
Finally, don’t forget to dust your ceiling fan blades with an extendable duster. This will remove dust and dirt, making sure your fan runs properly and efficiently.
11. Vacuum the right way
Summer cleaning just isn’t complete without a good vacuum session. Vacuuming effectively can make a huge difference to your home’s appearance, so it’s important to do it right and not rush through the process.
To start, use a cordless vacuum with different attachments. This helps get into tight and narrow places like between furniture and under the couch. Also, be sure to empty the dust cup after each use. Following this simple step will save you from a lot of frustration and help maintain your vacuum cleaner’s performance.
When vacuuming, divide the room into sections and clean each one at a time. This will ensure your vacuum cleaner gets the best coverage possible and you don’t miss any areas.
Also, pay special attention when vacuuming around stairs and furniture and use the crevice tool to collect dust in the corners.
12. De-clutter regularly
Another important tip to help keep your home clean this summer is to de-clutter regularly. Clutter can take up not only space, but your time and energy as well. Many of us tend to hang onto things that we don’t need and this can make our space feel cramped.
Start by clearing out drawers and shelves. Don’t be afraid to purge items you don’t need anymore. Once that is done, organize what’s left. Keep in mind that a clutter-free lifestyle doesn’t mean keeping everything in its place. It is about changing habits and being mindful about what you bring into your home.
You should also consider getting rid of items that are difficult to store and don’t provide much use. These items will only take up precious space and need to be cleaned regularly. It is wise to donate items you may no longer need or use so you can free up space and make someone else’s life a little easier.
By taking the time to de-clutter regularly, you will be able to determine which items need to stay and which need to go. It is a great way to save time and make your home a more comfortable place to be.
13. Purge your pantry
When you think of summer cleaning, your pantry is probably the last place you think of. However, it is the one place that needs to be de-cluttered the most.
Purchasing non-perishable items in bulk and forgetting about them is very easy to do. If you haven’t used a certain item in a while, there is a good chance it will expire soon and cause clutter in your pantry.
Take inventory of what you already have in your pantry and purge items that are expired, unopened, or not used as often. Make sure to check for items that have been broken open or spilled. Anything that is moldy or does not look or smell right should also be thrown out.
If you have a lot of non-perishable items, consider donating some to a local food pantry. Seeing your pantry de-cluttered will be liberating and make it much easier to keep clean.
Clearing out your pantry during your summer cleaning routine will help keep your pantry organized and more accessible. Plus, you will always have the ingredients you need to make those delicious summer recipes.
14. Wipe down appliances
The refrigerator and other kitchen appliances can build up dirt and grime over time. That’s why it’s important to wipe them down during your summer cleaning routine. This will also help keep them free of bacteria and mold that could cause food contamination.
Start with the door handles, which are a breeding ground for germs. Use a warm, soapy solution to clean and disinfect your door handles. Then, clean the exterior of the appliance with a dusting cloth. Avoid harsh or abrasive detergents that could damage the surface of the appliance.
If your refrigerator or stove has cracked or looking dull, deep cleaning and sanitizing is a must. Make sure you scrub any grease or dirt buildup and stay away from harsh chemicals that could damage the appliance.
Wiping down appliances can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Spend as much time as necessary to make sure that your appliances are free from dirt and bacteria.
15. Organize your Tupperware
Organizing your Tupperware can save you a lot of time and frustration in the future. It’s easy to experience sinking feeling of dread when you open the pantry or cupboard expecting to find a stack of matching Tupperware, only to find that you can’t find the matching lids.
To avoid this in the future, take some time during your summer cleaning to organize all your Tupperware. Start by grouping all your lids together, so they are easy to find. Then place all the containers in another tray and place them back in the pantry or cupboard.
Another helpful tip is to attach a label to each individual container with the container’s size and type listed on it. That way, you don’t need to open each lid one by one trying to find the right one.
As with any other cleanup tasks, it’s helpful to take your time and invest the necessary effort to make sure your Tupperware organization is done correctly. That way, you can find what you need quickly and won’t have to deal with those lost lids again.
16. Keep the fridge clean
Food stains, spoiled leftovers, and funky odours make the fridge one of the most difficult spaces to keep clean and organized. Here are some tips to make sure the fridge is always spotless:
1. Start with an empty fridge –To make the cleaning task easier, take everything out of the fridge and throw away anything that’s expired or spoiled.
2. Wipe down shelves and drawers – Some shelves and drawers may be removable, so take them out, wash them separately, and let them dry before inserting them back on the fridge.
3. Clean the inside walls and top of the refrigerator – Use a clean cloth and an all-natural cleaner like white vinegar or baking soda to scrub off any dried splatters.
4. Wipe the outside of the refrigerator– Don’t forget to give the outside of the fridge a good wipe down, too.
5. Put food back in the fridge – After everything is cleaned and dried, start placing the food and beverages back inside the fridge in organized drawers and shelves.
By following the steps above, you’ll be sure to keep your fridge clean and ready for the next grocery shopping session.
1. Strip the bed – Start by removing all the sheets, blankets, and pillows. Place them in a separate laundry basket.
2. Vacuum the mattress – Use a handheld vacuum or an attachment brush to remove any dust or pet hair from the mattress. If you have a mattress protector, this should be all you need to do.
3. Clean the bedding – Wash all sheets in hot water with detergent, don’t add bleach. Be sure to check the labels for washing instructions.
4. Hang the bedding to dry – For best results, hang sheets and blankets outside to air dry in the sunshine. Let pillows sit outside for a few hours, but if possible, avoid putting lightweight materials in direct sunlight for too long.
5. Replace the bedding – Once your sheets, blankets and pillows are dry, hang them up, tuck them in, and throw on a few decorative pillows.
By washing your bedding weekly, you’ll be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep without any worries.
18. Flip your mattress
Flipping your mattress twice a year is an essential part of keeping it clean and in good condition. This will give it an even wear and tear, as well as help reduce the build-up of dirt, dust, and allergens.
Here are few steps to take when flipping your mattress:
1. Vacuum the mattress – Use a handheld vacuum or an attachment brush to remove any dirt or pet hair from the mattress. This will keep your mattress free from dust and dirt that could potentially cause allergies and other health problems.
2. Flip the mattress – Lift the mattress from one side and place it on the other side. Make sure the head goes where the feet were and the feet where the head was. Ensure that the mattress is evenly suspended and there are no gaps between the mattress and the bed frame.
3. Rotate the mattress – Rotating the mattress will make sure the mattress wears evenly and makes sure it lasts longer. It’s recommended you rotate the mattress 180 degrees once every season.
By flipping and rotating your mattress every six months, you can maintain a healthy and clean sleep environment in your home.