With winter here, we’re faced with shorter daylight hours and cold weather outside. It’s the perfect season to sit back and relax with a hot cup of cocoa. 

However, we still have to keep up with our winter cleaning routine. What’s that, you ask? Well, read on to find out!

Your Winter Cleaning Checklist

Most of us focus our cleaning efforts during the warmer months; after all, since we’re barely leaving our homes, and our windows and doors remain shut – there’s really no possibility of dust and dirt entering our homes, right?

Wrong. Despite our changed lifestyles and weather conditions, there’s plenty to do, and here’s your winter cleaning checklist. 

Window Mould Buildup

Despite rarely being opened up during winter, the glass on your windows still gets pretty dirty, both from external and internal conditions. Usually, the outer parts of your windows are much tougher to clean, so it’s best to start from the inside. 

When there’s a lot of moisture outside, bacteria and mould tend to slowly grow between crevices and cracks in your windows. If they aren’t cleaned regularly, then it could lead to a lot of mould buildup, exposing you and your family to potential health risks.  

Add to the fact that your kids and pets spend plenty of their playtime indoors, leaving smudges, marks and streaks everywhere!

What’s more, dirty window glass cuts the sunlight that filters into your home too – and with shorter daylight hours, we need all the sunshine we can get! 

To clean your windows well, all you need is a good window cleaner, a microfiber towel, water and a step ladder (in case of high windows). 

If you’re short on time and can’t go out shopping for a window cleaning solution, you can make one at home too! 

Homemade solution: 

Use 1/4 cup white vinegar, 

1/2 teaspoon dishwashing detergent,

2 cups of water. 

Mix it up, pour it into a spray bottle, and you’re ready to go! 

To Clean Your Windows:

  1. Start by removing any visible cobwebs and dusting down your window sills. 
  2. Wipe down window panes and glass with a cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth. 
  3. Wipe any water stains away with a dry cloth and allow to air-dry. 

Bathroom Mould

Our bathrooms see a lot of moisture all day. Since it’s winter, we also leave our heaters on. Unlike the rest of your house, which will be drier, your bathroom will be quite humid, which is the perfect condition for mould and mildew growth. 

To Clean Bathroom Mould:

  1. Make sure you wear gloves and a mask when dealing with a lot of mould growth. To maintain proper hygiene, make sure you use different gloves for your bathrooms and kitchen. 
  2. Spray the bleach or mould removal solution directly on the affected areas to kill the mould. Depending on the type of cleaning solution, you might have to let it sit for a while or wipe it away immediately.
  3. Use a brush to scrub away the mould. 
  4. Rinse with clean water and a microfiber cloth, and repeat. 
  5. Make sure you immediately clean and launder any cleaning cloths when done. 

Refrigerators

Fridges are notoriously messy and hard to clean places. Regardless of outdoor weather conditions, regularly cleaning your fridge is a must. Having an organised and clean fridge is also great because it helps you reduce waste and eat healthier.

To Clean Your Fridge: 

  1. Get rid of old and unwanted food items. 
  2. Place the food items you want to keep inside insulated bags to keep them cool while you finish up your cleaning.
  3. Remove and wash your fridge drawers and shelves with warm soapy water. Allow them to dry naturally. 
  4. Wipe down the insides of your fridge with water and a fridge-safe cleaning solution if needed. 
  5. Once the inside and drawers are clean and dry, replace food items in an organised way, and voila! A clean, dry and mould-free fridge! Oh, and don’t forget your freezer too!
  6. Pro-tip: Have your fridge smelling fresh by leaving a couple of lemon wedges in the corners.

Floors And Carpets

It’s no surprise that carpets and the nooks and crannies of our floors harbour plenty of food crumbs, dirt, dust and much more! 

Not to mention that the longer time span between cleanings will make your carpet look drab and old, making your entire room look unkempt. 

In the winter months, as you spend more time indoors, the chances of food crumbs and spills occurring on your carpet drastically increase. 

To Clean Your Floors And Carpets: 

  1. If possible, shake them outside to get rid of most dust and loose crumbs. 
  2. Alternatively, use a brush to loosen up dirt and crumbs and then run a vacuum cleaner across your carpet.
  3. You can also use carpet shampoo to deep-clean your carpet; however, this cleaning method is time-intensive and requires a lot of air-drying time; that’s not always possible during winter. 

Curtains And Blinds

Curtains and blinds hold onto microbes in the air, dirt, and dust. All of this tends to settle down quite quickly into their fibres, leaving them hard to clean if left unattended for too long. 

To Clean Your Curtains And Blinds:

  1. Depending on the type of curtain, you can either take them down and throw them in the washing machine, or you would need to hand-wash them gently. Always make sure you read the cleaning instructions on the label before you clean them.
  2. Pro tip: If you hang your curtains while they’re still damp, you won’t have to worry about them looking wrinkled when they’re dry!
  3. Blinds are usually fairly sturdy, so you can use a handheld, gentle vacuum to remove cobwebs, dust and dirt. Otherwise, you can always use a damp cloth to wipe them down. 

Having a clean and germ-free house all winter will help reduce the amount of cleaning left to do once spring comes along! 

If all of this leaves you tired, you can always hire a professional service to help get your house neat and tidy, top-to-bottom and inside-out!