Discover essential fall cleaning tips to prepare your home for the colder months. Download the free fall cleaning checklist and make your fall cleaning a breeze.
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As the leaves began to change colors and the air turned crisper, I can’t help but feel a renewed sense of energy and excitement for the arrival of fall.
One of fond memory I have from fall as a kid is the first time I made a jack-o-lantern. It was at my best friend at the time’s house. His dad was showing us how to clean out the pumpkin, which was not my favorite part! We had a lot of fun though and I appreciate my friend’s dad taking the time to teach us how to carve pumpkins.
Another fall ritual I enjoy is creating a cozy atmosphere by bringing out soft blankets, fluffy pillows, and warm throws. I find joy in arranging them around my living space, creating inviting nooks where I can curl up with a good book or sip a hot cup of tea. It’s amazing how a few simple additions can transform a room into a haven of comfort and relaxation.
While my approach to fall may differ from some fall cleaning routines you’ve seen, I’ve discovered that the essence of the season lies in embracing the warmth, comfort, and beauty that it brings. Whether it’s through the aromatic scents of pumpkin and spice, the softness of cozy textiles, or the joy of indulging in seasonal treats, I’ve found my own unique way to prepare my home for the enchanting months of fall.
In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my favorite fall cleaning tips and other autumn-inspired ideas that can help you create a cozy and inviting home during this magical season. So, join me in celebrating the beauty of fall, and let’s embark on a journey of transforming our living spaces into havens of warmth and comfort.
How to Start Your Fall Cleaning
Gather Your Supplies
When you getting ready for any big cleaning you want to make sure you have all of the supplies you will need. You don’t want to start a project and find yourself searching for the things you need or having to make a run to the store.
That’s why I like to go through the supplies I have and make a list of anything I’m running short on. Then I place an order with one of my favorite stores, iHerb. They carry over 30,000 different products and ship to over 180 countries.
They make it so easy to stock up before my fall cleaning, especially right now while I’m avoiding shopping in person. They ship from climate-controlled distribution centers to ensure product quality. And they have customer service 5 days a week in 10 different languages.
My order this time included some of my favorites and some new products I wanted to try. If you want some ideas of supplies to order, here is what I got-
- Aunt Fannie’s All-Purpose Cleaning Vinegar
- Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar Wipes
- Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch! Fruit Fly Trap
- Aunt Fannie’s Ant Remedy
- Aunt Fannie’s Probiotic Hand Soap
- Nellie’s Laundry Nuggets
- Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener
- Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Dish Soap
- Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- The Honest Company Disinfecting Spray
- Now Foods Clove Essential Oil
- Now Foods Orange Essential Oil
- Full Circle Walnut Scrubber Sponges
- Full Circle Tidy Dish Cloths
- Full Circle Cleaning Gloves
All of these products are natural and perfect for use around your home. You’ll see how I use them in my fall cleaning and daily life in this post.
Fall Cleaning Tasks
The fall cleaning tasks you will need to tackle will depend on what you clean regularly and your home and lifestyle. These are some of the tasks you may want to include on your fall cleaning checklist.
Dust all surfaces
- Use a microfiber cloth or a duster to remove dust from surfaces such as shelves, tables, and countertops.
- Start from the top and work your way down to prevent dust from settling on already cleaned areas.
- Pay attention to often overlooked areas like ceiling corners, picture frames, and decor items.
Dust corners and edges of floor and walls
- Use a broom or vacuum with a brush attachment to reach corners and edges.
- Dust and cobwebs tend to accumulate in these areas, so give them a thorough cleaning.
Vacuum all floors
- Use a vacuum cleaner with appropriate attachments to clean all types of flooring in your home.
- Pay extra attention to high-traffic areas and corners where dirt tends to accumulate.
Vacuum and clean baseboards
- Attach a brush or crevice attachment to your vacuum cleaner to remove dust and dirt from baseboards.
- For stubborn stains, use a damp cloth or a sponge with mild soapy water to wipe them clean.
- Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove dust, crumbs, and pet hair from sofas, chairs, and cushions.
- Be thorough, reaching into crevices and under cushions for a deep clean.
Vacuum air vents
- Use a brush attachment or a long, flexible duster to clean the vents and remove dust buildup.
- This helps improve air quality and prevents dust from circulating in your home.
Wash all floors
- Use a suitable floor cleaner and a mop to wash hard floors.
- Pay attention to areas that are prone to spills and stains, such as the kitchen and bathroom floors.
Steam clean carpets
- If you have carpets, consider renting a steam cleaner or hiring a professional carpet cleaning service.
- Steam cleaning can effectively remove deep-seated dirt and allergens, leaving your carpets fresh and rejuvenated.
Clean light switches and doorknobs
- Use a disinfecting wipe or a cloth dampened with a mild cleaner to wipe down light switches and doorknobs.
- These areas are frequently touched and can harbor germs and bacteria.
Clean door frames and around doorknobs
- Wipe down door frames and clean around doorknobs using a cloth and mild soapy water.
- Pay attention to any visible dirt or smudges that may have accumulated over time.
Clean appliances, including washer and dryer
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning specific appliances.
- Wipe down the exteriors, remove any lint or debris from dryer vents, and clean filters or replace them as needed.
Clean all countertops
- Use an appropriate cleaner or a mixture of mild soap and water to clean countertops.
- Remove items from the countertops, clean underneath them, and wipe them thoroughly.
Scrub tubs, showers, and sinks
- Use a non-abrasive cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water to clean bathroom fixtures.
- Scrub away soap scum, grime, and stains using a sponge or brush.
- Don’t forget to clean the drains to prevent clogs.
Wash throw rugs
- Check the care labels on your throw rugs for washing instructions.
- Some rugs may be machine washable, while others may require spot cleaning or professional cleaning.
- Follow the care instructions on your curtains for washing or dry cleaning.
Wash shower curtains, and replace them if needed
- Remove shower curtains and liners and launder them according to the care instructions.
- If the shower curtain is worn out or has mold/mildew stains that cannot be removed, consider replacing it.
Wash throw blankets and comforters
- Check the care labels on your blankets and comforters for washing instructions.
- Some may be machine washable, while others may require dry cleaning or specific care methods.
Clean under appliances
- Move appliances such as the refrigerator, stove, and washing machine to clean underneath them.
- Vacuum or sweep away dust, debris, and any food particles that may have accumulated.
Vacuum under furniture
- Move furniture pieces, such as sofas and beds, to vacuum underneath them.
- This helps remove dust, pet hair, and other debris that can accumulate over time.
Clean ceiling fans and lights
- Use a duster or a cloth to clean ceiling fan blades, removing dust and cobwebs.
- Wipe down light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs.
- Use a window cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water to clean windows.
- Wipe them down with a microfiber cloth or a squeegee for a streak-free finish.
Clean window screens
- Remove window screens and gently scrub them with a soft brush or sponge using a mixture of mild soap and water.
- Rinse screens thoroughly and allow them to dry before reinstallation.
Empty and clean cabinets
- Remove items from cabinets and wipe down the shelves and interior surfaces.
- Consider organizing items as you return them to the cabinets for a neater and more efficient storage system.
Rotate and clean mattresses
- Rotate your mattresses to promote even wear and longevity.
- Vacuum the mattress surfaces to remove dust mites, dead skin cells, and allergens.
- Check out my guide on cleaning mattresses for more tips.
Declutter and donate unneeded items
- Take the opportunity during your fall cleaning to declutter and get rid of items you no longer need.
- Donate usable items to charitable organizations or consider selling them online or through a yard sale.
Print off Your Fall Cleaning Checklist
It’s always a good idea to have a cleaning checklist when you are doing a big seasonal clean. It will help you stay on track and my favorite part, it will help you see how much you’ve accomplished.
I’ve created a fall cleaning checklist to help you get started. You can use mine or use the blank copy to create your own using some of the ideas included above.
Fall Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Now that you have your supplies and fall cleaning checklist it’s time to get started with your fall cleaning. These cleaning tips can help you get your house sparkling clean.
- Make Laundry Easy. While washing blankets, rugs, and other items make it quick and mess-free by using Nellie’s Laundry Nuggets. No pouring or spills to clean up and they come in an adorable vintage-looking tin that is easy to recycle.
- Leave Your House Smelling Fresh. Put a few drops of orange essential oils and clove essential oils in some baking soda and sprinkle it on your floors before vacuuming to leave your home smelling fresh
- Get Rid of Grout Stains. Put a scoop of Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener in a large bowl of hot water. Apply with a sponge and allow to sit for 5-30 minutes. Scrub with a sponge, my favorite is the Full Circle Walnut Scrubber Sponge, and rinse with cool water.
- Protect Your Hands. When deep cleaning your hands can take a beating. When possible use cleaning gloves and use a handsoap that helps protect your hands like Aunt Fannie’s Probiotic Handsoap.
- Save Time While Cleaning. Normal cleaning will still need to happen while you are doing your deep cleaning so keep some supplies on hand that make that cleaning quicker, like Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar Wipes.
- Use Multitasking Products. Two products you can use to clean almost anything in your house are all-purpose spray and dish soap. I love Aunt Fannie’s All-Purpose Cleaning Vinegar and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Dish Soap.
- Let Your Toilet Cleaner Do Its Job. Before you start to clean your bathroom, spray toilet cleaner in your toilet and let it sit. This will make it easier to clean. I love the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It works well and leaves the toilet smelling fresh.
- Don’t Forget to Disinfect. Cleaning and disinfecting are different things. Cleaning gets rid of dirt and grim while disinfecting helps kill germs in our home. You should clean first and then use a disinfecting product like The Honest Company Disinfecting Spray.
- Clean Your Cleaning Cloths. When I start my seasonal cleaning I stock up on new cleaning cloths like my favorite Full Circle Tidy Dish Cloths and I ditch the ones in the worse shape. For those still in good shape, I like to deep clean them by boiling them for about 10 minutes with a few drops of dish soap or Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener. After they have cooled I will rinse them well with cool water and allow them to dry.
- Get Rid of Pests. As the weather cools we start to get more pests trying to make their way into our homes. To keep mice away soak cotton balls in peppermint essential oils and put them around where mice like to be. For ants, I love Aunt Fannie’s Ant Remedy, it kills the ants you have and helps keep them away. It’s also safe for your family. Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch! Fruit Fly Trap is great for those pesky fruit flies.
In conclusion, keep your supplies well stocked using iHerb and their great cleaning products, make a fall cleaning checklist, and use the tips in this post to make it all easier.
Using these simple cleaning tips will make fall cleaning easier and help you start the colder months off with a fresh and clean home perfect for cozy nights at home.
Don’t forget to give iHerb a try! It’s an easy way to stock up on great cleaning products that will make your fall cleaning easier. New and returning customers will get a discount on their iHerb order with no minimum purchase.