Moving into a new house is SUCH an exciting time! There are so many fun memories that lie ahead, including everything about unpacking, getting settled in and decorating your gorgeous new home. But before totally settling in and getting cozy, we think it’s important to do that super important deep clean.
Everything deserves a “once over” before totally unpacking, but there are five areas in your new house that require more than just that quick wipe. Giving these areas some extra attention will make you feel truly comfortable moving in and ensures that this new house is actually a fresh start! Here’s a look (and list) of the places in your new home you should focus on cleaning first.
1. Always Start With the Kitchen Cabinets
Do this before you unpack a single box! It’s super important to deep clean the surfaces of the cabinets, partly because it’s good to get rid of any dust, dirt or grease from the previous owner, but also partly because this may be the last chance to do this for a long time. There’s not many times that your kitchen cabinets are empty for a wipe down, so we want you to take advantage of this opportunity to save yourself from the mess later on.
2. The Refrigerator (and Refrigerator Fan!)
Much like the kitchen cabinets, this is a task that needs to be done for both sanitation purposes and convenience. It’s not often on the top of our to-do list to completely empty out a packed fridge and clean it out. Take advantage of the empty refrigerator before filling it out. After you clean and sanitize the insides, make sure you check the vent on the back of this appliance. Sometimes the fan in the back circulating air collects an excess of dust that can build up over time, affecting the efficiency of the fridge.
3. Bathtub and Tub Jets
For obvious reasons, we think it’s important to deep clean the bathtubs, showers and bathrooms in your new place. But if you have a bathtub with jets, make sure to clean the jets of this tub before bathing it in. Oftentimes, mold or mildew can build up in these tubes. Let’s just say this would not be something you want to find out while you’re in the bathtub taking your first bath.
Cleaning the jets is easy! All you have to do is fill up the tub with water and cleaning solution. After the water is above the jets, turn on the pump and the cleaning solution will run through the jets and hopefully eliminate that old build-up.
4. Outside (and Inside) the Stove
We’re back in the kitchen and it’s time to clean those appliances so you’re ready to start cooking up some delicious homemade meals. You can buy cleaning supplies to do this job, or you can use water, baking soda and vinegar to do the trick without as many harsh chemicals. To see how you can clean your oven with just these natural products, check out this super easy tutorial!
5. Yes, the Washing Machine
And last but certainly not least, it’s important to clean the washing machine before you start throwing your wash in it. We’re not implying the previous homeowners were dirty or gross… but it’s always good to start fresh!
Of course, you can run a regular cycle using bleach, or you can use the same natural cleaners you did in the stove by using this tutorial. But don’t just focus on the washing machine’s drum because you don’t want to forget to clean the place where you pour the detergent. Many times this wet space can breed mold and mildew, so it’s important that you take a look and clean it out before throwing in your first load.
Giving these few key places some extra TLC before unpacking and getting cozy will give you peace of mind and allow you to start fresh in your new home. (Literally.)