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Eco-Conscious Deep Cleaning Checklist

6 minute read / For your home

If there’s one place you can be your messiest self, it’s your home. We’re talking late-night cupcake masterpieces, bathroom hair dye experiments, and post-snowball-fight hot chocolate sipped by the stove (and the floor, and the couch)

Despite our best efforts to keep our spaces sparkling, sometimes life has other plans. That’s why an occasional deep cleaning session can be a major help in keeping your home fresh and clean. And when that deep clean also helps the environment? Now that’s a feel-good clean.

Wondering where to start? This deep dive into deep cleaning is for you. We’re going to break down the essential deep-cleaning checklist—where you should clean, commonly overlooked nooks and crannies, and the eco-conscious cleaners that can help you get the job done. 

Places to Deep Clean

Before we dig into the perfect products for bringing the sparkle back to your home, let’s start our deep cleaning checklist with some essential spaces to spruce—including a few oft-forgotten, dust-collecting nooks and crannies.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the space in your home that you actively clean most often. Even if you’re a champ at doing your dishes, wiping your counters and stovetop, and cleaning up basic spills or sticky spots at least semi-regularly, a deep clean can often reveal some surprises in the kitchen. 

To return your kitchen to tip-top shape, let’s explore a few deep cleaning must-dos in the kitchen that you might skip in your day-to-day to-do list:

And, as always, don’t forget the essential house cleaning steps—sweeping, mopping, dusting, and wiping surfaces. 

The Bathroom

Just like your kitchen, any bathroom in your house can build up grime over time. In addition to the usual dust and dirt buildup that plagues the rest of your home, studies show that toilet flushing can potentially spread waste-related germs throughout your bathroom.

Aside from sweeping, mopping, dusting, and wiping surfaces, make sure your bathroom cleaning checklist includes the following areas:

If you decide to integrate more deep cleaning into your regular maintenance routine, the bathroom should be at the top of your list. Learning how to clean a shower, floor, cabinets, and other areas of the bathroom regularly can be beneficial for your regular cleaning routine. Even if you only add a few items from the above list into your weekly cleaning schedule, you’ll make a huge impact on your family’s health and safety. 

Kids’ Rooms

If you have children, you know that all the fun and joy they bring also ups the mess factor. Hello, Play-Doh baked into the carpet. Deep cleaning your child’s room is an excellent opportunity to get them involved in the action and teach them about the joys of house cleaning. 

Consider the following clean-up tasks in your kiddo’s room:

Deep cleaning your childrens’ rooms semi-regularly will help them maintain baseline cleanliness, teach them about the importance of keeping a space hygienic and safe, and give you peace of mind about their health.

Common Living Spaces

While you can hide messes and dust in some rooms by simply closing the door, it’s much harder to conceal dust, dirt, and clutter in common living spaces like the living room, family room, den, or dining room. 

While sweeping, mopping, dusting, and wiping surfaces should certainly be on your deep cleaning list, consider putting your shining skills to good use with the following tactics:

Your Bedroom

To ensure your sleep is as refreshing as it is restful, don’t skimp on the bedroom during your deep cleaning session. Multiple studies show that maintaining a clean space correlates to improved physical health, decreased cortisol (the “stress hormone”), and better sleep. 

Your bedroom deep-cleaning checklist should include sweeping, mopping, dusting, wiping surfaces, and washing your linens. But don’t forget to clear the clutter, dirt, dust, and grime from other important spaces, like:

When cleaning, always make sure that your personal space gets the same attention as the rest of your home. 

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Supplies for Deep Cleaning

To ensure your deep clean is as friendly to the earth as it is to your home, stocking up on sustainable cleaning supplies and eco-conscious cleaners before you begin your quest for a dust- and dirt-free home is a must. 

While there are other cleaning supplies you might want for special areas (toilet bowl cleaner, we’re looking at you), the following make our list of deep-clean essentials:

Products to Avoid While Deep Cleaning

Finally, finding time for a deep clean can be a huge relief. As you say your goodbyes to the mud from last season’s soccer practice and those three-year-old cobwebs in the corner, it’s important to ensure that any cleaning products you’re bringing into your home aren’t worse than any grime. 

Common household cleaners like bleach, ammonia, and many more can give grief to our bodies and our homes, and many are linked to health issues and disorders. Plus, given that so much of our cleaning goes down the drain, we also risk introducing toxins to vulnerable environments and aquatic ecosystems.

Want an easy way to spot safer products? Look for the Safer Choice label—a sign that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified them as using only good-for-you (and good-for-Mother-Nature) ingredients.

Embrace Eco-conscious Cleaning With ECOS

What’s even more satisfying than unveiling your home’s pristine potential? The answer is doing it with products that are safer for people and pets and free of harsh substances. Both your furniture and your planet will thank you.

We believe that having access to safer cleaning products is paramount. Our plant-powered, sustainable approach to cleaning is helping families around the world embrace a clean life without introducing harsh, potentially harmful substances into their homes.

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