Boxes packed? Check. MakeSpace pickup scheduled? Check. Fridge scrubbed down? Che – wait, what?
Also fact: Sometime between all that packing and schlepping should be some serious spring cleaning.
If you want your security deposit back on your old place, you’ll need to do a thorough wipedown before returning the keys. And chances are, your new space requires a dash of deep cleaning as well.
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Stovetop: Brush off any debris with a stovetop brush and sprinkle the surface with baking soda, followed by a spray of hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for several minutes before wiping clean with a sponge and cool water.
Oven: Wipe away any loose debris. Coat the inside of your oven with a paste made from equal parts baking soda and water, and let it sit overnight. Finish by wiping the paste away with a damp cloth. Still see some baking soda? Spray with a bit of vinegar. The combination will fizz up, making it easier to wipe away.
Refrigerator: Unplug it! After clearing everything out, spray the inside and outside with a solution made from equal parts vinegar and water. Wipe with a damp cloth, then thoroughly dry with a clean towel.
Freezer: The quickest way to defrost a freezer? Place a clean dry rag on the freezer’s floor, put a pot of boiling water on top of the rag, close the door, and let the pot sit inside for 30 minutes. Voilà – the ice will melt. Wipe down with the same cloth and vinegar combo used for the fridge.
Counter: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and distilled white vinegar, plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil (citrus is perfect for the kitchen). Use this to wipe down your countertops.
Sink: Wipe down your sink with the same mixture you used for your countertops. Then sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down the garbage disposal followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture soak for a few minutes before rinsing with water as you turn on the garbage disposal.
Floor: Give floors a quick sweep (even under the appliances!) followed by a mop dipped in warm water. Floor still seems dirty? Check out Real Simple’s eight DIY cleaning solutions for specific kinds of flooring.
Toilet: Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the toilet bowl and let sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
Sink: Sprinkle baking soda onto the sink and rub it in with a soft cloth before rinsing with cool water.
Mirrors: Wipe down all mirrors and fixtures with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water.
Floor: After sweeping your floor, mix an eco-friendly cleaning solution in your bathroom sink by using 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 gallons of water. Dip a towel into the solution and wipe down your floors.
Doors: Wipe down the front and tops of all doors with dish soap and a paper towel. Don’t forget the doorknobs! PopSugar recommends using this DIY antibacterial spray: 3 cups water, ½ cup white vinegar, and 15 drops of essential oil (either lavender or tea tree).
Wall damage: Remove all nails and plaster any holes using spackling paste, a putty knife, and sandpaper.
Wall cleaning: Remove any scuff marks easily with a Magic Eraser. Then, cover a broom with a towel and wipe the walls from the top to the baseboard.
Windows: To remove dirt from windows without leaving streaks, spray the windows with this solution from Care2: 2 cups water, ¼ cup white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon dish soap or detergent. Wipe with a microfiber cloth or a squeegee.
Hardwood floors: Follow up a thorough sweep with a deep mopping. If you don’t have mop solution on hand, you can DIY one with a ½ cup vinegar and a gallon of warm water.mop solution on hand, you can DIY one with a ½ cup vinegar and a gallon of warm water.
Carpets: Remove stains from your carpet with a mixture that’s 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Place a wet rag over the stain, set your iron to steam, and iron on top of the rag for about 30 seconds.
Vents: Use a vacuum attachment to vacuum any grime or buildup. Wipe thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.
Drapes: Remove the fabric, place it on a solid surface, and use an upholstery brush and crevice tool to vacuum thoroughly.
In addition to following the cleaning tips for moving out above, follow these cleaning tips for moving into a new home:
Stovetop and Fridge: Remove all the stove-top parts and fridge shelves and drawers. Soak them in a tub filled with warm, soapy water. After an hour or so, dry the parts and put them back into place. After cleaning the fridge, prevent future odors by placing a tray of fresh or used coffee grounds in the back. Replace every two weeks.
Dishwasher: Pour a cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher through one cycle.
Toilet: Replace toilet seats and covers. They’re an inexpensive way to ensure a clean, fresh start.
Surfaces: Wipe down every surface, including medicine cabinets, with a disinfectant spray.
Sage your home: Give your new home a blank slate by saging, which is said to clear negative energy that may be lingering in a space. Place the sage in a clay bowl, or on another heatproof surface, and light it with a match. Give the sage a few minutes to build up a nice smoke before you start cleaning your new home.
Take pictures: Before you unpack, take photos and/or videos of the entire home, including pre-existing holes or damages.
It’s no secret that moving is stressful. Chances are, your to-do list is already pretty full, what with decluttering, packing, and planning before the big moving day. If time is of the essence, you can always hire a professional green cleaning service to do your pre- and post-move cleaning.
This article was written by GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, an award-winning, green eco-friendly cleaning services company in New York City. Since 2006, GreenHouse has been making homes and offices safer, healthier, and of course, cleaner — all without the use of dangerous chemicals.