I have a secret… I’m a living, breaking, swirling, natural disaster when it comes to keeping our house tidy. In fact, I’ve been known to be called “Hurricane Savannah” a time or two. I’m the kind of person that would rather have a lived in space, where everything is a bit of organized chaos. Like seriously, I can find my black cami in the pile on the floor way easier than I can when it’s actually folded and where it’s supposed to be. (Not my hubby tho! He’s a very Type A “neat freak” for lack of a better word. He can’t go to sleep without all the dishes done. He can’t concentrate on anything if there is a mess around him and he probably spends at least half of his time picking up the trail that I leave behind. Bless him.)
But every Spring I get this BURST of energy when I want to clean and unclutter everything. I want my house to smell like lemons and I want it to look like it just came out of the newest issue of Magnolia Journal.
And every Spring I VOW to keep my house cleaner than before. I get the big picture of a beautiful, sparkling clean house with everything in it’s place. However, after a few weeks it tends to look a little something like this…
LOL JK. I do find comfort in clutter, but not THIS much “clutter”. So, to keep my house from looking like an episode of hoarders, I’ve been trying to Deep Clean all throughout the year, instead of just every Spring. And guys… it’s been working so good!
Now… these are things I’ve been doing in edition to my “covid” cleaning and disinfecting. Since covid began this time last year, I’ve gotten into the habit of wiping down touch points and counters daily with a disinfecting spray or wipe. I wash dishes every night simply to get germs off our water cups and lunch dishes that we’ve taken to work with us. And all our things are dropped at the door, so they aren’t laying all around our house like they used to.
So let’s get to it! Tonight, I’m sharing 10 Deep Cleans that you can do in less than an hour that will get your house in sparkly, tip-top shape!
10 Easy Deep Cleans You Can Do In Less Than An Hour
Freshen Up Your Mattress. I’m sure you know that the fastest way to make your bedroom feel cleaner is by washing your sheets. But did you know cleaning your mattress is actually really simple?! I mean, think about just how much time you spend in your bed… and think about all the germs that end up in it. Ew. For a quick deep clean, vacuum your mattress, then sprinkle baking soda with a few drops of your favorite essential oil on top. Let it sit for at least a half hour (longer if you can!) then vacuum one more time. It’s seriously THAT easy to get a “so fresh and so clean clean” mattress.
Get to Dusting. Everyone remembers to dust the places that you can see, but do you remember to get the dust bunnies off your ceiling fan? What about your baseboards, blinds and your HVAC vents? Grab a swifter duster and quickly run it over those often forget about spaces for an instant cleaner appearance throughout your home.
Clean the Dishwasher. How bad are you at cleaning your dishwasher? I think I remember to do it like twice a year. And every so often I catch myself thinking “is that thing REALLY cleaning my dishes?!” when I see just how much gunk (and funky smell) has built up in there. Cleaning your dishwasher is SO dang easy! Just remove the filter and soak it in warm, soapy water for 10-5 minutes. Rinse it off and replace it. Then pour one cup of white vinegar into the dispenser and run a heavy cycle. (And personally, I can really smell the vinegar afterwords and get worried that all my dishes will taste like vinegar and make all my food taste like vinegar. So I ALWAYS throw a dishwashing tablet in and run one more cycle before I start using it again.) OR use a dishwasher cleaner. (I really love Lemi Shine!)
Scrub Your Cabinets. For an instantly cleaner looking kitchen, scrub away the dirt and grime that is piling up on your kitchen cabinets. You can use a scrubby brush and soapy water, your favorite cleaners, or just a warm wash cloth to make them look sparkly and brand new. Sometimes, the littlest things make the biggest impact when it comes to cleaning! Because our cabinets are painted, I fill up a bucket with some warm water and a bit of my favorite Mrs. Meyers Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner spray. (I love the Honeysuckle scent for this time of year!) It’s gentle enough to not take paint off my cabinets but powerful enough to get rid of gunk. Plus, it makes my kitchen smell sooooo good!
Descale Your Faucets. It’s easy to wipe your Faucets down with cleaners throughout the year. But every Spring, I always take the time to descale them. I saw this trick on BuzzFeed once, where you submerge them in a ziplock bag filled with warm white vinegar and let them sit for a half hour. And it totally works!!
Clean the Small Appliances. Take an hour out of your day to clean the littlest loves in your life… like your Keurig or your Microwave. You’d be amazed what you can clean with a little white vinegar! (And lemon juice too!) From running it through your Keurig, to heating up a little bowl in your microwave, it will do the trick to make all the Small appliances in your kitchen feel brand new! (I also like to wipe them all down with my favorite cleaners so they’re sparkly and disinfected too!)
Clean Your Floors… and by that I mean actually CLEAN them. Not just vacuum up the dirt. That means treating your carpet to it’s own personal spa day, and making your hardwoods shine like they’re the newest star on Broadway. Your Dyson and your Swifter will be your very best friends for the hour you spend cleaning your floors. And I pinky promise, your house will have never looked better! (Oh! And while you’re at it, clean all your accent rugs too! Shake them out and vacuum them!) And if you really want to give them a good scrub, use a steam cleaner! We can’t steam mop our laminate floors, but we do steam clean our carpets up stairs! We have two different steam cleaners and love them both. (Sounds extra, I know.) I like this one for our hallways and bedrooms, and this one for the stairs. We’ve been using this solution with them and really like it!
Get Rid of Stains. Whatever stain you’ve got, chances are there’s a hack to clean it. Just head over to Pinterest and search for your specific kind of stain! (And if you can’t find a hack on Pinterest… try Folex.)
Scrub Your Tub. While most of us might clean our showers and tubs on a weekly basis, chances are we don’t really, really scrub them. And that’s how all that soap scum and build up ends up in your shower. Use your favorite natural cleaner, or a tough on grime foaming cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles and your favorite scrub brush to really get the soap scum out of every nook and cranny in your shower.
Organize. Choose one spot in your house and organize it! Get rid of things you no longer need and want and make sure everything has a place. It’s AMAZING what clearing clutter can do to make your space feel cleaner! May I suggest starting with your closet? Check out the link below for my tips and tricks!
Or, if you feel like taking on a project, give your closet a makeover like we did!
And if you’re looking for a complete list of everything you need to clean this Spring, click here!
Alright my loves, I’m signing off. It’s been a long day, and I’m ready for bed! I’ll be back tomorrow with a #WhatUpWednesday… Spring Cleaning style! Spoiler alert… it’s FILLED with all my favorite cleaning products of the moment. And they’re all easy to get your hands on 🙂
Have a great rest of your night everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow.