Fall is here - the air is crisper, the leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler. As we make the transition from long sunny days to fireplaces, cozy blankets and spending more time indoors, it's a great time to think about getting your home ready for hibernation season. Our fall cleaning checklist will help you to fully prepare for the colder months, and doing a deep clean now will make things much easier if you plan on entertaining or hosting guests during the holiday season.
CLEANING YOUR KITCHEN FOR FALL
Cold weather = comfort food. And what better way to make all of those hearty, delicious meals than in a thoroughly cleaned kitchen? Giving your kitchen a deep fall clean now also means that you have one less thing to worry about if you've put your hand up to host the holiday festivities later.
✔ Get into the tiles and give the grout a good clean – just give it a quick scrub with AspenClean Natural Scouring Powder and you're good to go
✔ Clean under your refrigerator and the inside of your dishwasher
✔ Do a freezer audit. Is there anything hiding up the back that needs to go? Now is a good time to make some space for those delicious future leftovers
✔ Clean your oven – sure, it's not the most fun of chores, but checking on food cooking away in a sparkling clean oven is oh-so-satisfying. Find our step-by-step guide to oven cleaning here.
✔ Wipe down your pantry and cupboards
✔ Wash and disinfect your garbage bins
FALL CLEANING CHECKLIST FOR THE BATHROOM
You'll likely be turning up the temperature in the bathroom as the weather cools which can lead to a build up of moisture. A change of seasons is also a good reminder to take on some forgotten tasks.
✔ Clear your air vents to allow for the proper ventilation of your bathroom. Start by shutting the power off, then remove the cover and give it a thorough wipe or wash. Ensure it is completely dry before you replace it and turn the power back on.
✔ Give cupboards a thorough clean by emptying them out then spraying, wiping and drying them. Take this opportunity to inspect what goes back inside to avoid a build up of products over the winter.
✔ Prepare for relaxing warm baths by giving your bathtub a thorough scrub. A generous sprinkle of scouring scrub along with good old fashioned elbow grease will be able to work through any soap scum build up.
✔ Throw some fresh fluffy towels and bathrobes into the mix – because why not?
CLEANING BEDROOMS FOR FALL
Picture this: it's a lazy weekend morning, it's cold out and you're all cozied up in a warm bed with a nice hot drink. Sounds nice right? Here's how to get your bedroom ready for a long winter's nap:
✔ Refresh bedding that isn't regularly laundered (think comforters, pillows etc.) Using a natural laundry detergent will help minimize the build-up of harmful chemicals inside your home. This is especially important in the cooler months when we shut our windows and doors to keep warm.
✔ Vacuum and flip your mattress – it'll feel as good as new!
✔ Swap linens over to heavier, cold-weather options
✔ De-clutter that closet! Unfortunately looking at those summer clothes isn't going to bring the warm summer days back, so switch it up and make way for those cozy fall/winter clothes
FALL CLEANING CHECKLIST FOR LIVING AND COMMON AREAS
Get ready for maximum hibernation time! Nothing beats relaxing in a warm, welcoming living room when the weather isn't so great outside. But before you wrap yourself up in that warm blanket and reach for the remote, it's a good idea to give the living areas a once over.
✔ Vacuum any upholstered furniture, including under the cushions
✔ Take care of any plants in the room – dust any living ones and wipe down any artificial plants if you have any
✔ Wipe down any screens – computers, TV's etc
✔ Clean the windows, window sills and any curtains etc.
✔ Mop or clean floors underneath any rugs
✔ Wash walls and dust the tops of doors and door frames
✔ Make sure all external doors have an entry mat. This will clean dirt, mud and snow off your shoes and keep your floors clean
Fall foliage, fresh air and pumpkin season are all great reasons to escape the house before it gets too cold outside. Make the most of fall festivities by treating yourself to an AspenClean natural cleaning service. Our professional teams are experts at deep cleaning and will leave your home feeling fresh for the new season.