Is winter cleaning the new spring cleaning? Read over our ultimate winter cleaning checklist for your home and decide for yourself!
Winter is a polarizing time for many. Some people love snow days, hot chocolate, and lit fireplaces, while others just wish they could be on a beach from November to March. But no matter where you stand on the season, we all live somewhere, and winter is actually one of the best times to straighten up that somewhere! But why, you might ask? Well…
Why Winter Cleaning Is Well Timed
Friends and family are on the way!
If you didn’t already spend the week before Thanksgiving deep cleaning your home, the few weeks that fall after turkey day but before Christmas are the second-best option! Maybe your house is the holiday social hub, or maybe you just spend time with immediate family on the 25th, but either way, it’s always easier to relax when everything’s organized and clean.
You’re already getting into the garage and closet anyway
As you start digging around for that box of ornaments, artificial Christmas tree, or various other seasonal decorations, chances are you’re going to have to look through the garage, one or two closets, or maybe even an attic or basement. This is the perfect opportunity to clean, declutter, and organize these lesser-visited spaces!
Winter = more time spent inside
As the sun begins to set before it’s even 6:00 p.m. and the temperature gets lower than it has in seven or eight months, you’ll notice you’re spending a lot more time inside than you did in May or September. And if this is the season that you spend the most time in your house, shouldn’t it also be the season that you keep it the cleanest?
What Should Be On Your Cleaning Checklist
Before you begin working your way down this winter cleaning checklist, note that we’re covering less common cleaning tasks that you likely haven’t performed in a while (or maybe ever). For example, we’re not going to tell you to make sure that your dishes are washed or your kitchen is swept, so go ahead and get your usual chores done first if you haven’t already. We’re also going to break our checklist down by room so you can stay organized and not get overwhelmed. Now with all of that out of the way, let’s get started!
Clean the sides of your toilet(s) with a disinfecting surface cleaner
While the inside of the toilet gets cleaned on a regular basis, sometimes the sides (all that area beneath both the bowl and tank) aren’t touched for months at a time. Just use a paper towel that’s dampened with product to wipe these areas clean, then dry with a separate paper towel.
Clean any toilet brushes and their corresponding holders
This is definitely not the average daily chore, but it should be accomplished at least occasionally. Start by putting your brush and holder in a bucket filled with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water or two to three cups of washing soda crystals. Let everything soak for several hours, then finish up with a rinse and dry.
Clean any shower curtain liners
Shower curtain liners are the unsung heroes of keeping your bathroom dry, but they can grow mold over time if they aren’t cleaned at least occasionally. If you’re starting off mold-free, a simple bathroom cleaner-wipe down should get the job done. If any mold has already started to grow, however, a more serious option, like bleach, may be required.
Disinfect your trash can(s)
This one doesn’t have to be kitchen-specific, as you should probably go ahead and hit every trash can in the house at once for convenience, but don’t worry, the process is quite simple. Start by either reusing that 50/50 solution of vinegar and water or grabbing some hydrogen peroxide, but be careful not to use both, as mixing vinegar and hydrogen peroxide creates a dangerous acid. Put whichever cleaning solution you chose on a paper towel and wipe everything down, then use a separate paper towel to dry everything up.
Sweep behind and under appliances
Lots of ovens, refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances are not as stationary as they appear, as they’re often designed to be accessible should repairs ever be needed. Check to see which of your large appliances, if any, can be pulled out, then sweep and mop the newly exposed floor. Prepare for the worst here though, as you might find quite the unexpected mess!
Living Room & Bedroom
Vacuum the bottom of furniture
No, we’re not talking about vacuuming under furniture. Think, when was the last time you flipped your armchair, loveseat, or couch onto its back and looked underneath? If your answer is “never,” now’s the perfect time to change that. Get a second pair of hands and tip each piece of soft furniture back so the underside is visible, then vacuum said underside. Note that pull-out couches and recliners can be exempt from this task if needed, as your safety comes first and we know how heavy those can be!
Dust any ceiling fans
As windows start being closed to keep out the cold, ceiling fans are often used to pick up the air circulation slack. Now is the perfect time to be sure your fans are both dusted (to keep dirt, dust, and hair from being slowly sprinkled down from above) and set to spin in the opposite direction (to push warm air down).
Pair these tasks with your general wiping, dusting, sweeping, mopping, and organizing, and your home will be sure to sparkle this holiday season. For more tips regarding specific household chores, like cleaning the oven or showerhead, visit our blog.
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