Keeping a whole house clean all by yourself can be a big undertaking, especially if you never learned how to clean a house while growing up. It’s also something that’s not particularly fun to do, so if there is a way to get it done quickly and efficiently, then it’s more likely to get done.

Keeping a clean house is not only important for our health…who wants to eat food cooked in a dirty kitchen?…but it is also a way that we can show love to our families by providing them with a tidy, comfortable place in which to eat, sleep and just be together.

Although I’m not big on Spring Cleaning (even though it’s not as bad as you think), this season is usually a good time to really give your house a good cleaning from top to bottom, as it’s been collecting dust all winter long and could use a good freshening.

No matter if you are a seasoned housekeeper or a brand new wife and mother that has no idea on how to keep up a house, you can benefit from this information.

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How to Clean Your House From Top to Bottom

When you clean a house, it’s best to start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. Why? Well, it’s the most efficient way. When you start at the top, the dust that you remove can fall onto the floor, which would be the last thing to clean. So if you’re asking yourself, “Should I vacuum or dust first?” you have your answer 😉

Cleaning experts also recommend that you work in zones, not room by room, as it can make the whole cleaning process faster.

Another tip from professional cleaning staff is to spray cleaning fluid onto surfaces then let it sit while you do other tasks, so that it has time to work.

Taking these tips into consideration, you might start your cleaning routine by clearing away any clutter, spraying non-porous surfaces, such as kitchen counters, toilets, etc., with cleaning fluid.

While the cleaning fluid is working, you might walk throughout the house, dusting furniture and cleaning windows, then return to the countertops/toilets to wipe them down. To finish, mop or vacuum the floors, working your way from inside to outside each room.

In addition to these regular cleaning tasks, you need to do a deeper cleaning from time to time. A deep cleaning will get to those parts of your home where dirt can build up over time.


How to Deep Clean the Living Room

Luckily, the living room isn’t one of those rooms that usually get very dirty, however, parts of it need to be deep cleaned from time to time.

If you have wooden or laminate floors in your living room, you’ll need learn How to Clean Wooden Floors so that they can stay in good condition while any dirt is removed.

Carpets can become stained over time with food spillage or from dirt being tracked in on shoes or by pets. If you want to save a good deal of money, you can see How to Clean Carpets Yourself rather than use an expensive carpet cleaning company.

Blinds can gather lots of dust and dirt over time, and they are a little bit complicated to clean correctly. This post on How to Clean Blinds will show you the tools you need to make them completely dust-free.

If you have a piano in your home, you know how it requires special attention to its cleaning. Read How to Clean a Piano before you attempt to do any deep cleaning to your instrument.

How to Deep Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the most used room in the house, therefore, it tends to need deep cleaning more often than the living room.

And because things like food preparation and cooking are done in this room, we have to take extra care to make sure that it is always very clean.

Cooking food can make a big mess in the kitchen, especially when oil pops out of a skillet or when a piece of roasted meat sizzles fat onto the walls of a hot oven. See How to Clean the Oven for those times when your oven needs help to remove burnt-on food.


The microwave is another place where food messes can accumulate over time. Learn How to Clean a Microwave so that you can keep this food prep appliance squeaky clean.

Even though we run the dishwasher to clean our dishes, did you know that the dishwasher needs cleaning itself from time to time? The post on How to Clean a Dishwasher can show you how easy it is to get this job done.

Another kitchen appliance that needs to be deep cleaned from time to time is the coffee maker. Even though it only runs water through its reservoirs, a coffee maker can accumulate mineral deposits that need to be cleaned out. See the post on How to Clean a Coffee Maker to see how easy it is to do.

Because we use them daily in order to prep our food, the kitchen countertops need to be in pristine condition. This post on How to Clean Countertops will show you, depending on what type of countertop you have, how to keep them clean and ready for food or dishes.

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How to Keep the Bathroom Spotless

Cleaning bathrooms can be a bit of a yucky job at times, but it doesn’t need to be! See How to Make Bathroom Cleaning Fun before you start your tasks.

The main fixture in the bathroom, the toilet can accumulate lots of germs and general yuckiness. See How to Clean a Toilet before you tackle it to make sure you are cleaning it thoroughly.

To make sure that you are getting into a clean tub in which to wash yourself, read up on How to Clean a Bathtub.

If your bathroom has vinyl, or lineoleum floors, you’ll want to read the post on How to Clean Vinyl Floors so that you’ll always have a sparkling clean floor to walk on.

Extra Clean House Tips

Want to get your house clean, but don’t like all those yucky chemicals and overwhelming and unhealthy smells in traditional cleaning products? You CAN get your home clean with more environmentally-friendly cleaners. See how to find them in this post on The Best Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Products.

Is dusting your least favorite cleaning chore? Me too! Minimize the time you spend on this task with these Dusting Hacks to Make Cleaning Easier.

Not sure how to go about cleaning the lampshades in your home? Read about how to clean lampshades so that you can keep every shade in your home spotless and dust-free.

Make sure that your washing machine is working efficiently by keeping it clean. Didn’t know that you had to wash the washing machine? Learn how to clean a washing machine the easy way.

Expecting lots of company for the holidays? Whip your house into shape for visitors with these Holiday Cleaning Tips.

Deep clean every area of your house over one month with this 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge, so that you don’t have to do it all at once.

Tell me: What are your biggest struggles in keeping your home clean?


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