When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, it’s time to close up the windows and hunker down inside your home – and get to work on your winter deep cleaning checklist.
This winter, we’ll all be spending more time indoors than ever. This means that it’s a good time to make sure your home is clean, comfortable, and ready for whatever the season might send your way. A clean home is a healthy home, after all, and there’s never been a better time to do as much as you can to stay healthy.
What Should Go On Your Winter Deep Cleaning Checklist?
Over the summer, lots of dust and dirt can come inside your home from open windows and doors. It’s important to clean all of that up before we close ourselves in from the chilly air. Plus, the “back to school” rush may have left messes all over the place this fall – not to mention all the clutter that’s sure to have cropped up with everyone working and learning from home.
Ready to get everything back in shape before you settle in for winter? Here are a few handy spots to add to your deep cleaning to-do list:
1.) Fabrics and Upholstery
Dust, dirt, and pet dander can all get stuck in the weaves of your drapes and upholstered furniture, such as your sofa. Check the care instructions on your drapes, and either wash them in your washer or have them dry-cleaned. To get your sofa clean and help it look fresh and new, start by removing any cushions you can and vacuum underneath them. Use your brush attachments to vacuum the tops of the cushions. You can also hire a professional to steam clean any fabrics or upholstered items you’re not comfortable cleaning on your own.
2.) Carpets and Rugs
Carpets and rugs can hold a surprising amount of dirt, dust, and food debris. Rugs can also hide lots of dirt on their undersides. Vacuum any carpets or rugs thoroughly. Consider using a brush roller or specialized vacuum attachment to pick up as much fine dirt and dust as possible. Then, roll up any rugs and clean the floor underneath. If the underside of your rug is rubber or plastic, you can usually wipe it down gently with a damp cloth and mild detergent. If it’s a woven rug, you can vacuum the underside, too, or “beat it” outside to shake loose stubborn dust and debris.
3.) Underneath Appliances and Furniture
You’ve probably been cooking at home much more often than usual this year. While it doesn’t make sense to clean under your stove every day, now is a good time to clean under your appliances as you get ready for the winter. Be careful as you move them out – be sure to unplug them if necessary, watch the gas or water lines, and enlist help so you don’t get hurt. Once you’ve moved your oven and stove out of the way, sweep up any crumbs, dust, and wash down any sticky areas. Be sure to check the counters next to the appliances and wipe up anything that might have dripped down the sides. You should also take care to get to those easy-to-overlook spaces underneath your bulky furniture, such as large chairs and couches.
4.) Cabinets and Pantry
When winter comes, mice and other rodents like to move to warmer places – and they look for spots with easily available food. Don’t make them feel more welcome! Clean out your cabinets and pantry by removing everything from the shelves and wiping them down with a dampened microfiber cloth and your favorite mild detergent, taking care to clean up any sticky spots or spills. Toss any food that’s expired, then make sure ingredients are visible when you replace them so you can easily keep track of what needs to be taken care of throughout the winter. Consider using an all-natural pest repellent. Don’t forget to polish your cabinet hardware, and get those hard-to-reach spots above your kitchen cabinets!
5.) Ceiling Fans
The blades of your ceiling fans can collect a lot of dust, pet hair, and dirt from the air. Now that your fans will be doing less work, it’s time to clean them off. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the blades, being careful not to pull down too hard on them. For a quick clean, you can try the pillowcase trick; that is, use an old pillowcase to gently wipe down both sides of your fan blades at once, while minimizing the threat of knocking dust and debris down onto your furniture. With that said, many fans are positioned over beds, so it’s a good idea to remove bed linens and cover your mattress with either a plastic tarp or a sheet you’re planning to wash anyway before cleaning the fan itself. Wear a mask if the dust bothers you!
You don’t want dust and dirt coming through your vents when you turn your heat on! To clean your vents, first remove the covers and dry dust them, then wash them with a mild detergent and a dampened cloth. Dry them right away. Then, use a vacuum attachment to suck out any dust from the vent area and wipe the inner walls down with a damp cloth if necessary before reattaching your vent covers. This is also a good time to replace the filters in your air ducts, a task which should be taken up regularly throughout the year!
7.) Bedrooms and Beds
While you may not have as many guests as usual this year, it’s still a good time to prepare your spare beds and bedrooms – and to clean your own! Wash your bedding, towels, and other bedroom linens, and don’t forget to clean underneath the bed. If you can, move the bed at least a few feet away from where it usually sits and vacuum the flooring underneath. This is also a good time to dust anything that was stored under the bed before you move it back into place. Finally, don’t forget to dust your dresser, desk, and other bedroom furniture. Take out your bedroom trash, polish your mirrors, and do whatever you can to make this important space feel comfy and inviting for the hibernation days to come.
Closets can hold a surprising amount of dirt, especially if you store your outerwear in them. To deep clean your closets, we recommend first removing everything. Wipe down the walls and clean the floor, vacuuming any dirt or dust that’s collected over the course of a busy spring and summer. It’s a good idea to wash things before you put them in storage, and to check your winter gear for moths or other stowaways before hanging them up. Consider adding a shoe rack to keep boots organized, and a boot tray to prevent melting snow and salt from causing water damage.
9.) Inside the Oven and Refrigerator
Most ovens have an automatic cleaning option, so you might think this item is the easiest on the list! But be careful: Sometimes, the automatic option is not all it’s cracked up to be. To clean the inside of your oven and your fridge, first remove any food items or pots and pans. You can remove the racks and the shelves and wash them in the sink. Then, wipe down the inside walls using a homemade solution of baking soda, water, and vinegar, leaving it on longer to break down more difficult stains.
Speaking of the dishwasher, start give it a good deep clean by running an empty cycle to remove any built-up gunk and food waste. Then, remove any baskets or racks and wash them with a sponge and mild detergent in the sink. You can also use a cloth and some vinegar to clean any mold or other grime that has collected in the gaskets or around the door. Be sure to wash the filter, too!
Looking for Help Getting Ready for Winter?
Hopefully, preparing your home for winter is easier with this checklist in mind. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing, enjoying yourself, and getting ready for all of your favorite winter holiday celebrations – no matter what they might look like this year.
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