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Deep Cleaning Your Home’s Kitchen and Bathroom: A Guide

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Deep cleaning can be tough but not once you know these hacks and tips!

Hacks and tips for deep cleaning

Whether you’re ready to do some deep cleaning because it’s spring or just want to clean your home from the inside out, deep cleaning is very important once every few months. We miss out on so much dirt, dust, buildup, and other types of messes in our homes even if we clean regularly, and that’s why a deep clean gives you that satisfying and very thorough cleaning that your space needs. Plus, you can do most of it with some incredible DIY cleaning products.

Here are some tips that work great for both bathrooms and kitchens, although we recommend splitting each cleaning on separate days, so you’re not tired:

Empty out cabinets, counters, and shelves

The first thing you should do is clear all worksurfaces. Empty out all your cabinets, counters, shelves, and place everything in baskets or a different room. This will give you unobstructed views of every surface and show you where there’s hidden dirt, grime, and buildup. It’s easier access, too, allowing you more opportunity to see your space and everything you own separately.

Throw out expired items that you have

Next, throw out everything that’s gone bad, has passed its expiration date, smells funky, or seems stale. Use this guide to clean out your pantry, and follow the same rules for your bathroom too. Throw out old cosmetics, skin and haircare, medications, and anything else you don’t need or use. Decluttering isn’t just for closets.

Run a laundry load with towels, rags, and rugs

Speaking of closets, run a load for all the rags, towels, cleaning cloth, counter covers, table covers, and rugs in your space. You may need to do multiple loads and follow a few extra steps for kitchen cloths and rags, vs. floor rugs and mats, or your regular clothing, but it’s pretty convenient to wash them as you clean and get multiple things done simultaneously.

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Descale faucets, showers, appliances, and fixtures

Descaling is very important for both bathrooms and kitchens. Fixtures like showerheads and faucets should be descaled using vinegar, baking soda, some airtight bags, or dedicated descalers. The same goes for appliances that need to be cleaned out to prevent buildup and limescale on them. Regularly descaling them keeps them clean, safe and prevents you from getting sick.

Here are some homemade descaling solutions that are both safe and effective for use on different surfaces.

Sprinkle baking soda on all surfaces and in drains

If you didn’t already know this, baking soda is your best friend when it comes to cleaning. It’s such an all-purpose cleaning essential, in addition to being cheap, safe, and easy to use. Sprinkle baking soda and vinegar into your drains for both bathrooms and kitchens, and then pour hot water down them to clean and unclog them. Plus, it kills odors and stench too.

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