45 Ways to Make Your Home the Cleanest It’s Ever Been

updated Nov 10, 2020
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A truly clean home is hard to come by. Sure you can remember to dust your bookshelves and wipe down your countertops, but when’s the last time you polished your cooktop or brightened your bathroom grout? No matter how housekeeping you feel you may be, there are tons of surprisingly dirty spots sprinkled throughout your space that are super easy to miss.

If you know where to look beforehand, you can make a point of minding the details during your next cleaning session. And while it might come off as a little hardcore for the average housekeeper, remembering to handle the minutiae can make a world of impact while cleaning your home—and likely only add a few minutes to your normal routine. So read on for 45 ways to deep clean your place like a pro.

In the bathroom and kitchen:

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In bedrooms and living rooms:

  • Lint roll your lampshades.
  • Vacuum window treatments (with a brush attachment).
  • Sweep and mop under furniture.
  • Spot clean carpets and rugs (or rent a professional-grade cleaner).
  • Vacuum furniture cushions and upholstery (with brush attachment).
  • Dust off art and picture frames with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • Launder all your throws and throw pillow covers.
  • Wipe down blinds with a damp cloth.
  • Dust electronics (don’t forget under, too).
  • Dust the tops of books on bookshelves.
  • Polish wood furniture (dressers, tables, chairs, etc.).
  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
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  • Dust light fixtures (including bulbs).
  • Wipe down moldings and ceiling trims.
  • Clean baseboards and floor trims.
  • Spot clean walls with damp microfiber cloth.
  • Dust and vacuum window sills.
  • Clean and buff glass windows.
  • Run air vents through the dishwasher.
  • Wash door fronts, knobs, and switch plates.
  • Sweep, vacuum, and polish all floors.