Month by month deep cleaning checklist

The ridiculously useful month-by-month deep cleaning calendar

This is the deep cleaning checklist that will help you finally stay one step ahead keeping your whole home clean (free PDF)

Make things easy on yourself and whoever else in your household pitches in with the cleaning by breaking up the deep cleaning chores by month. It will streamline your cleaning routine so you always have a clean home without undertaking mammoth cleaning sessions.

What do I mean by deep cleaning? I mean those cleaning jobs that are above and beyond giving the house a weekly or regular clean.

Stuff like cleaning out the dishwasher, cleaning out bathroom cabinets, and washing pillows and duvets. Plus the outdoor stuff like unblocking the gutters and tidying the garage.

Use this month-by-month seasonal chores calendar to keep on top of the more sporadic cleaning jobs so your home always feels clean without it taking a gargantuan amount of energy to do them all at once. 

THE MONTH-BY-MONTH DEEP CLEANING CHECKLIST

JANUARY

1. WASH DUVETS AND PILLOWS

What’s even better than slipping into freshly laundered sheets? Knowing that all your bedding is fresh and clean!

I admit that washing duvets and pillows is a pain. Not least in winter, when you can’t shove them outside on a line to dry in the sunshine. 

But everyone should ideally wash their duvets and pillows at least twice a year, otherwise sweat and bacteria build-up. 

Here’s a guide to washing duvets and pillows in the washing machine

2. CLEAN CARPETS AND RUGS

If you’ve had lots of guests over the festive season, carpets and rugs can contain more dirt and allergens. Deep cleaning them will remove the buildup. 

Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a professional service to thoroughly clean and refresh your carpets and rugs.

FEBRUARY

1. DUST AND CLEAN BASEBOARDS AND DOOR FRAMES

Baseboards and trim can collect a surprising amount of dust and dirt. February is a great time to thoroughly dust and wash them down. This includes moving furniture away from walls to ensure you don’t miss any hidden spots.

2. DEEP CLEAN THE BATHROOM

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Tackle the grime that builds up in the bathroom beyond the stuff that gets dealt with every week. 

Scrub tile grout, wash shower curtains or scrub all the connecting areas of the shower screen, and clean out any cabinets or drawers. 

MARCH

1. CLEAN MATTRESSES

In an ideal world, we’d all vacuum our mattresses every month. But let’s be real, who has the time (or the inclination) to do that?! 

So, let’s go with the guidance of Gem McLuckie, a research scientist at Dyson, who suggests :

“I’d recommend cleaning mattresses every six months: once when you’re Spring Cleaning and once at the end of dust mite season in October . That way you can reduce the number of skin flakes present in your mattress before dust mite season begins and remove any excess allergenic material once they’ve finished breeding; supporting your wellbeing through the winter months”.

2. DECLUTTER WARDROBE/CLOSEST AND STORE AWAY WINTER CLOTHING

I will fully admit that the second I finish putting away my winter clothes is often the time the weather person announces that snow is imminent, but that’s living in England for you! 

That said, if like me, you are so OVER your winter clothes come the end of February, then March is a great time to store them away and switch up your wardrobe. 

I swear by vacuum storage bags (and my husband fully appreciates how much they reduce the space all my clothes take up in the attic). These are the bags I am currently using. 

This also creates a great opportunity to go through your wardrobe/closets, discard anything that’s seen better days, and donate or sell stuff you no longer want or need. 

Once you’ve done all this you can organise everything remaining so that it’s a joy to reach for clothing each morning. 

APRIL

1. CLEAN WINDOWS

Cleaning the inside of windows is another job that in an ideal world would be done monthly, but if it’s one of those chores that rarely gets done, bookmark some time in April to give the windows a deep clean. 

Use a lint-free cloth (I use these microfibre cloths) so you don’t end up with annoying little bits all over the glass.

2. CLEAN THE PATIO

There’s a fair chance that by April, actual warm summer weather is on its way, so this is a great month to give your outside space the once over. No one wants to be slip-sliding around on a build-up of moss and grime. 

Get rid of leaves, scrub away the grime and then finish up with a decking or patio cleaner. I swear by our Karcher pressure washer, it makes life so much easier and less scrubbier!

MAY

1. DEEP CLEAN AND ORGANISE THE PANTRY

May is an ideal time to go through your pantry, remove all items, and give the shelves a good scrub down. 

Check expiration dates, toss out old or stale goods, and reorganise your staples. This will not only give you a clean and tidy pantry but also help you take inventory and make better shopping lists, reducing waste and keeping your meal planning on track.

2. CLEAN THE BBQ

Hands up who said they’d do this job at the end of the summer and then never got around to it?!

Well, May is your chance to give your BBQ or outside cooker a deep clean before the outdoor eating season kicks in. 

JUNE

1. CLEAN THE WASHING MACHINE

Washing machines are one of the hardest working appliances in most households, so it’s worth finding time to give them a little bit of TLC (it could also save you a small fortune in repair or replacement costs). 

Remove the detergent drawer and give it a deep clean. Clean the drain filters and wipe down the seals (and don’t forget to go deep and scoop out any lint in the gully part of the seal). 

Then turn the machine on a hot wash using a washing machine cleaner like Dr Beckmann Service It Deep Clean Washing Machine, to get rid of any build-up of soap scum and limescale. 

2. CLEAN YOUR CURTAINS

June is a great time to wash the curtains, especially if they can be washed at home and then put outside to dry in the sunshine. 

Failing that, take them to the dry cleaners!

JULY

1. PURGE AND ORGANISE THE GARAGE/SHED

The warm weather in July is conducive to organising spaces that might be too cold to tackle in the winter, like your garage or the garden shed. 

Clear out the clutter, donate unused items, and set up an organised system for tools and equipment. 

Sweep out the entire space, remove cobwebs, and check for any pest invasions.

2. CLEAN CARPETS AND RUGS

Remember back in January, when I said that cleaning carpets and rugs needs to be done twice a year? Well, this is your July reminder!

Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a professional service to thoroughly clean and refresh your carpets and rugs.

Here’s a really useful video that shows you how to deep clean rugs without using specialist equipment:

YouTube video
Get those rugs clean!!

AUGUST

1. CLEAN AND ORGANISE STORAGE AREAS

Tackle cluttered areas such as basements or attics. Sort through items, declutter, and organise what’s left.

Clean the floors and surfaces, check for any signs of pests or water damage, and ensure that everything is stored properly to prevent damage and maintain easy access.

One of the reasons I like doing this in August is that I find it inevitably takes longer than I imagine and so it’s nice not to be racing against the clock to get it all sorted, I can do a little bit each day. 

I also think it’s good to do this chore just before September, which I feel is a reset month in the same vein as January. 

2. CLEAN THE DISHWASHER

Ideally, you should be cleaning out your dishwasher every couple of months, but I’m popping this in as a September chore because once a year is better than no times per year! 

Run the dishwasher empty on a hot wash setting using a dishwasher cleaner, I always go for whichever one is on special offer at the supermarket.

SEPTEMBER

1. WASH DUVETS AND PILLOWS

Yep, we’ve already tackled this job back in January, but it does need doing a couple of times per year and September feels like a good month for the second time. 

Unlike January, you may well be lucky enough to get the duvet and pillows outside to dry in the early autumn sunshine. 

Don’t forget you can use this guide to washing duvets and pillows in the washing machine

2. SWEEP THE CHIMNEY

We always schedule a chimney sweep for September, ahead of the main autumn rush.

It is essential to have this done professionally because they will inspect the chimney to make sure it’s fit for purpose as well as clear it out. All ready for cosy winter nights around the fire. 

OCTOBER

1. CLEAR GUTTERS

Nobody wants to be dealing with the results of blocked gutters, it’s already sad enough that summer is over and winter is on its way. So get those gutters cleared. 

I’m a complete wuss, so this is a job I like to hire someone in to do. But if you fancy tackling gutters yourself, here’s a great guide to clearing gutters safely.

2. CLEAN AND STORE GARDENING TOOLS

October is the time to clean your gardening tools before storing them away for the winter. It helps them last longer and it’s also a lot nicer than having to deal with gummed-up, dirty tools come the spring. 

Make sure tools are completely dry before you store them away. Here’s a useful guide on how to clean garden tools correctly

3. BLEED RADIATORS

Bleeding your radiators is essential to make sure they are as energy-efficient as possible. Given the inflated cost of energy at the moment I would say this is one chore you can’t avoid if you want to save money. 

Here is a handy video from a radiator expert (plumber?!) on how to bleed radiators:

YouTube video
Bleeding radiators!

NOVEMBER

1. DEEP CLEAN THE FRIDGE AND FREEZER

November is a great time to give your fridge and freezer a deep clean, declutter and tidy. This way you are one step ahead for the festive season when you will likely need all the spare space you can find in both these trusty kitchen appliances. 

Get rid of food and jars past their use-by-date, chuck or give away stuff you know you’re never going to use. 

Make sure you reorganise both the fridge and freezer so that everything is easily grabbable. I’ve put together a guide on how to keep your freezer well-stocked and well-organised

2. DECLUTTER AND ORGANISE KIDS ROOMS AND PLAYROOM

November is a great time of year to delve into your kids’ bedrooms and playroom if they have one. You can get rid of all the stuff they no longer use, which makes space for an influx of new stuff come Christmas. 

You can also give the spaces a good deep clean before winter sets in. Plus it’s great for getting ideas for Christmas gifts. 

DECEMBER

1. DEEP CLEAN KITCHEN APPLIANCES

Give your kitchen appliances a good deep clean ahead of the festive season. Go deep on the hob, the oven, the extractor fan and any handheld or countertop appliances you use regularly. 

2. FRESHEN UP GUEST ROOMS

If you expect holiday guests, deep clean any guest bedrooms and bathrooms. Wash all linens, dust furniture, and clean the carpets or flooring. Then you can pretend that these rooms are like this all year round and that you’re an absolute domestic goddess!

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