60 Things You Need to Clean This Summer to Give Your Home Its Deepest Clean Yet!

published Jun 8, 2024
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Spending sunny days inside cleaning might be the last thing you want to do as summer approaches, but to keep dirt and dust from getting out of hand (and therefore harder to clean later), it’s important to maintain all the hard work you put in during the spring season. Not to mention, springtime brought in its own set of dirt, like an influx of pollen that increases allergens in the home, which needs to be addressed. 

Heading into summer means the end of spring’s volatile temperature changes, which means it’s time to stash your cool-weather clothing, accessories, and bedding and get ready to hang out outside! This summer cleaning checklist highlights 60 indoor and outdoor tasks; most are pretty quick and easy, and all of them will help keep your home nice and clean so that, even if you’re indoors less, you can enjoy it. 

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  • Clean your range hood if you have one. 
  • Clean your range hood filters.
  • Wipe down cabinet and drawer fronts
  • Wipe down and disinfect garbage cans and recycling bins. 
  • Clean your disposal.
  • Wipe down soap dispensers (outsides and rims).  
  • Clean your dish rack
  • Wash oven mitts. 
  • Descale your coffee maker
  • Wipe down dirty walls. 


  • Clean showerhead
  • Wash shower curtain and liner
  • Wash bath mats. 
  • Clean shower walls and floors. 
  • Deep-clean bathtub. 
  • Wash the outsides of personal care product containers. 
  • Wipe down the vanity exterior.
  • Deep clean toilet
  • Declutter under-sink cabinets. 

Bedroom (and Closet)

  • Declutter winter clothes that weren’t worn. 
  • Put away winter clothing, shoes, and accessories. 
  • Wash, dry, and store winter bedding. 
  • Clean mattress
  • Wash pillows and throw pillows. 
  • Dust surfaces. 
  • Polish wooden furniture
  • Go through nightstands. 
  • Wash laundry hamper bags. 
  • Vacuum under furniture. 
  • Dust and clean picture frames. 
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Living Areas

  • Inspect upholstered furniture for stains and treat them.
  • Vacuum upholstery. 
  • Clean and polish leather furniture
  • Wash throw-pillow covers. 
  • Wash blankets and put away extras. 
  • Dust bookshelves
  • Straighten books. 
  • Spot-treat carpet stains. 
  • Clean under couch and chair cushions and vacuum. 
  • Vacuum under furniture. 

All Around the House

  • Dust light fixtures. 
  • Dust door frames. 
  • Wipe down light switches. 
  • Dust and wipe down doors. 
  • Clean baseboards
  • Dust window ledges. 
  • Clean dirty walls. 
  • Dust plants or shower them. 
  • Inspect exterior doors for weather-proofing damage and fix as needed. 
  • Wipe door handles. 

Outdoor Areas

  • Clean front door. 
  • Clean front entryway. 
  • Clean exterior light fixtures. 
  • Clean grill
  • Clean outdoor seating and dining furniture. 
  • Wash outdoor cushions
  • Make sure there’s no standing water (check extra planters, etc.) to prevent mosquitoes.
  • Wipe down outdoor planters. 
  • Shake out doormats. 
  • Sweep porch or deck areas and wash if needed.