Deep cleaning your home isn't just exactly the most fun in the world - but it is extremely beneficial to your home's overall health and happiness. My next post is straight to it - how to clean your dishwasher, your oven, etc. properly to maintain the appliance's full life expectancy. But, before we just DIVE right in - here are 6 tips to help you get to that "READY!" stage before you start feeling overwhelmed.
1. Calendar It.
You’re more likely to do something if its scheduled into your day (week or month). That’s a fact. Jot down a date on your calendar that you can clean the entire day – this one is a doozy.
2. Strategize a Plan of Attack.
Use this Cleaning Guide to go room by room deep cleaning. Organize your cleaning sessions by room rather than activity. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished more if you’ve finished an entire room-promise!
If you live with other people, and those people aren’t still in their diapers-and-nap-times phase, they need to be helping with the housework. Sorry! Make it easier on yourself and delegate tasks instead of asking others to “help clean.”
4. Pick Your Products.
I made a commitment to only bring in natural, clean cleaning products so that I can ensure that what I bring into your homes are safe for every single member of your family – down to the family pet. All of the cleaning products are natural in my year-long cleaning series and you can find a description and review of the products on my post here. This is something I’m extremely proud of! Listen, I’m not saying that I can be the next granola-girl on the block, but I am saying I’m making my best effort to live cleaner and promote products that are sustainable. :)
While doing research on all of this, I also came across a lot of sustainability efforts and initiatives for zero waste living. A recent 2018 study concluded that the regular use of standard household cleaning sprays can be as harmful to a woman’s health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. And that study only focused on adults, just imagine how damaging standard household cleaners could be for small children.
Do some internet research before you buy anything. But be on the lookout for the following in product formulas. In my Cleaning Products post, I’ve linked all products and they all list out the ingredients:
Products with ingredients lists in the double digits.
Products with a color listed on the ingredients label (Red 1, Yellow 5, etc.)
Products with any “dirty words” on the label:
Fragrance: AKA Phthalates, which are harmful chemicals that absorb into our organs and reduce sperm counts
Perchloroethylene or “PERC”: A carcinogen that causes lung problems
Triclosan: An antimicrobial chemical that lowers our resistance to diseases
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds: AKA “QUATS”. Similar to Triclosan, they lower our resistant to colds and the flu
2-Butoxyethanol: A “glycol ether” that can cause sore throats, liver and kidney damage
Ammonia: Causes chronic asthma or bronchitis
Chlorine: Causes respiratory irritation and thyroid imbalances
Sodium Hydroxide: AKA Lye, which can cause severe
You’ll want to declutter all of the rooms that you plan on cleaning prior to deep clean everything. This is a great decluttering guide from a fellow blogger to use that's really helpful and even includes some tips to get started!
6. Get to Work!
Just do it! I know it sucks getting it done and putting in the actual work – but it does pay off. Putting the work in now will help your appliances run better and more efficiently AND keep them lasting longer. That payoff is vastly worth the work you’ll put in cleaning your home.