Get your home ready for fall and cold weather with these fall cleaning tips and a free fall cleaning checklist to help you stay on track.
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When we think about big seasonal and annual cleaning we think about spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is important but many household tasks should be done seasonally or at least semi-annually. Having a big fall cleaning is a great way to stay on top of these tasks and get your home ready for fall.
Getting a head start is a good idea because soon there will be outdoor tasks like cleaning up fall leaves and cleaning out flower beds. While it’s still a bit early, and if you live in a warm climate to hot, to do those tasks start tackling your fall cleaning checklist.
How to Start Your Fall Cleaning
Gather Your Supplies
When you getting ready for any big clean 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.
- Dust corners and edges of floor and walls.
- Vacuum all floors.
- Vacuum and clean baseboards.
- Vacuum furniture.
- Vacuum air vents.
- Wash all floors.
- Steam clean carpets.
- Clean light switches and doorknobs.
- Clean door frames and around doorknobs.
- Clean appliances, including washer and dryer.
- Clean all countertops.
- Scrub tubs, showers, and sinks.
- Wash throw rugs.
- Wash curtains.
- Wash shower curtains, replace if needed.
- Wash throw blankets and comforters.
- Clean under appliances.
- Vacuum under furniture.
- Clean ceiling fans and lights.
- Wash windows.
- Clean window screens.
- Empty and clean cabinets.
- Rotate and clean mattresses.
- Declutter and donate unneeded items.
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.