We have been outside as much as possible this summer enjoying the summer weather. So if you’re anything like us, you’ve put aside organizing and deep cleaning since last spring’s quarantine….
Now that the weather is turning cooler, it’s time once again to think about organizing our living spaces to get ready for more time indoors. Fall is the perfect time to deep clean your home for the new season. We like to pick one area a day to really do that space justice with deep, thorough cleaning. Every little bit counts!
We started our Fall Cleaning with our windows. They were full of cobwebs and summer dust and grime. Here are some tested tips and tricks to get those windows shiny and squeaky clean again.
Wash All Window, Window Sills and Window Groves
Use plant based glass cleaner and for extra cobb webby panes, use a squirt of dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to remove and wash those screens, too. The essential oils will leave you feeling energized and ready to do fun Fall things! Pick a cloudy day so you can better see the streaks and put on a great book on tape to listen to. Nothing feels better than a morning of mindful cleaning!
If window coverings are dirty, check labels for cleaning instructions.
Some cotton, polyester, rayon and wool drapes can be machine washed on the delicate cycle. You’ll want to use an extra gentle Plant Based, USDA-Certified Organic Delicate Wash as well. Always send lace, linen, silk and satin window treatments, drapes and shades of these materials to a professional cleaner.
Don’t forget to wipe down walls. Dust, wash, rinse, dry painted or wood paneled walls.
Here are some other areas around your house to add to your Fall Cleaning List as suggested by Apartment Therapy, our go-to resource for home.
All Around The House
- Clean your washer and dryer.
- Clean your doorknobs, doors, and lightswitch plates.
- Vacuum under all beds, couches, and other furniture.
- Dust the tops of doors and door frames.
- Spot clean carpets and rugs.
- Clean floors underneath area rugs.
- Wash your washable vacuum cleaner filters.
- Clean your baseboards.
Kitchen & Bathroom
- Clean your kitchen grout.
- Clean your bathroom grout.
- Clean your refrigerator coils, if applicable.
- Clean under your refrigerator.
- Clean the inside of your dishwasher.
- Clean and condition the wood of your bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
- Clean your oven.
- Wash and disinfect all the garbage cans.
- Seal and/or polish granite countertops
In the Bedroom (and Closet)
- Refresh bedding that isn’t regularly washed (comforters, pillows, etc.).
- Vacuum and flip mattresses.
- Put cold-weather linens on the beds.
- Switch out seasonal clothes.
In the Living Areas
- Vacuum upholstered furniture.
- Vacuum under your upholstered furniture cushions.
- Polish your wood furniture.
- Wash artificial plants.
- Dust living plants’ leaves.
- Wipe down your screens (TV, computer, etc.).
- Clean all keyboards and remote controls.
Tackle Some Seasonal Maintenance
- Change your HVAC air filter.
- Replace your fire alarm batteries.
- Condition your leather furniture.
- Dust your ceiling fans and set them to turn so air circulates upward.
- Sweep the chimney and/or have it checked.
- Clean out rain gutters
This is quite the list, so just tackle one thing at a time and you should have a spotless house in just a few weeks!
With us all at home so much these days, it’s more important now than ever to protect your family from toxins found in conventional household cleaning products like those found in room sprays. Indoor air pollution is often worse than outside air pollution and conventional household cleaning products are often the worst offenders!
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