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- Remove everything.
- Vacuum or wipe down the empty space.
- Put back only what you want to keep.
If you have a bit more time, give your breakfast nook or dining area a once-over. Chairs and table legs (especially in households with kids) can use an occasional cleaning. Put pads on the feet of chairs to protect your floors, clean dust from the corners of the room and set something pretty in the center of the table.
- Use natural cleansers (or baking soda and white vinegar) to tackle cleaning projects like mopping, wiping counters and caring for furniture.
- Cut up old T-shirts to make rags and use them in place of paper towels.
- Replace disposables with reusable items, like glass water bottles, stainless steel straws, cloth shopping bags and cloth napkins.
To clean the air, bringing in an air purifier is a good idea — but don’t neglect simpler methods as well, like opening windows to let in fresh air and keeping plenty of healthy houseplants.
Here are a few tasks to consider putting on your deep-cleaning to-do list:
- Vacuum all of the hard-to-reach places you usually skip, such as deep under the beds and behind furniture.
- Clean out the dryer hose and vacuum inside the lint trap.
- Clean behind the fridge and vacuum the coils.
- Scrub the grout in the kitchen and bath.
- Clean out the garbage can and recycling bins.
- Dust the light fixtures.
- Clean the blinds.
This article was seen first on Houzz.com.