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The Only Summer Cleaning Checklist You Need (So You Can Focus On What Really Matters)

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In this summer cleaning checklist, you will learn how to maintain a clean home while still having time in your busy schedule for relaxing in the sun and making memories with your family and friends.

Summer Cleaning Checklist

Introduction to the Summer Cleaning Checklist

Summer cleaning might not be an exciting activity for most people. 

Summer means enjoying the beach, going on picnics and road trips, exploring new places, and eating ice cream.

However, that doesn’t mean cleaning can be avoided.

Before you know it, summer will be over, and you’re left with so much to do. 

However, by using our summer cleaning checklist, you won’t miss any crucial tasks to maintain your home for the season.

While it may sound tiring to clean in the summer heat, keep in mind summer cleaning should be focused on maintenance and not deep cleaning.

If you’re feeling a bit behind with cleaning this year, you may want to check out our spring cleaning checklist to get started and then refer to our summer cleaning guide to keep your home clean and well-maintained.

This summer cleaning guide will help you stay organized with summer cleaning so you have more time to swim, grill, and have fun.

Summer Cleaning Checklist for Every Room

You’ll find most of the indoor cleaning tasks in this section, and that’s because summer cleaning is about maintaining.

So, instead of spending hours and hours on a single room, we recommend focusing on ‘the big stuff’ to give you quick results and piece of mind.

Here are the steps you can take for each room.

  • Clean air vents: As you’ll need your air conditioner more during summer, keep it free from dust using the brush attachment of your vacuum. Unscrew your air vents and wash with warm and soapy water to remove stubborn dirt.
  • Clean the windows: You can’t enjoy a great summer’s day with a dirty window as you might barely be able to see through it. In a spray bottle, combine a cup of water and a cup of vinegar, and clean your windows with a microfiber cloth.  
  • Clean the floors: Expect more foot traffic at home during the summer season. It’d be beneficial to vacuum and mop the floors once a week.
  • Disinfect door knobs and light switches: We regularly touch door knobs and light switches, allowing quick transfer of bacteria and dirt. Clean them using a cloth lightly damped with alcohol or other disinfectants.
  • Clean the stand and ceiling fans: Disassemble the stand fan and wipe the fan blade’s edges and the fan guards’ open gaps with a damp cloth before reassembling it. For the ceiling fans, stand on an elevated platform to easily reach and wipe off the dust from the fan blades.
  • Clean the curtains: Keep your curtains clean by carefully removing, washing, and if necessary, dry cleaning them. Also, account for the curtain fabric before applying a cleaning solution to avoid any damage.
  • Dust surfaces, furniture, and electronics: Dust any unwanted microbes build-up quickly in living rooms, which can cause problems for the family and guests who lounge 

Summer Cleaning Checklist for the Kitchen

Many summer cleaning tasks for the kitchen are also relevant for the spring.

Therefore, some of these may look familiar to you if you read our spring cleaning guide.

Here is what we recommend focusing on in your kitchen this summer:

  • Clean kitchen cabinets, countertops, and appliances: Remove cabinet items and unused items on countertops, and use a general-purpose cleaner or mild soap, water, and cleaning cloth. Then, proceed to the stovetop, oven, microwave, and sink..    
  • Clean out the refrigerator: Keep it ready for fresh summer produce. Throw out expired items, wipe the surfaces using a damp cloth, and use dish soap and warm water to clean the detachable shelves.
  • Wash dishes as soon as possible and clean the dishwasher: Take care of dirty dishes immediately to avoid mold, bacteria, and unpleasant smells during the hot days. For the dishwasher, fill a cup with vinegar, put it in the middle of the top rack, run on a hot cycle, and then wipe dry.

Summer Cleaning Checklist for the Living Room

Cleaning your living room during summer is a great way to welcome friends and other guests to your home. 

Ensure better indoor air quality and let everyone relax by completing the tasks in the section above: Summer Cleaning Checklist for Every Room

Summer Cleaning Checklist for the Bedroom

Cleaning your bedroom allows you to start your day right and relax after a long, tiring day. 

Here are the tasks that will help you sleep comfortably and wake up peacefully during summer:

  • Wash the bedding: Wash the bed covers, pillowcases, and blankets weekly or once every two weeks. Be mindful when using a washing machine or in choosing a detergent as some beddings are made of delicate material.
  • Dust off the mattress: Dust mites and other pathogens can pile up on the mattress. Make sure to occasionally dust or vacuum it to keep it clean and healthy to use.
  • Throw away undesirable things: Broken, superfluous, and unwanted items only take up space and store up dust. Make the bedroom tidier and less cluttered by throwing or giving away the unessential.

Summer Cleaning Checklist for the Bathroom

To prevent the accumulation of germs, mold, and bad smells, you must clean your bathroom regularly.

Below are important tasks that your summer cleaning checklist should cover.

  • Scrub tub, shower, sink, and tile: Bathroom surfaces get exposed to germs and gunk all the time. Scrub the entire area, especially the crevices, with a bathroom cleaner or preferred homemade solution to keep them shiny and germ-free.
  • Wipe the glass walls and mirrors: Dried-up water particles and other residues can make glass and mirrors look unpleasant. Use a cloth dampened with a disinfecting solution to keep your bathroom’s glass walls and mirrors clean and clear.
  • Disinfect the toilet bowl: Scrub the toilet bowl using a toilet brush and bathroom cleaner. Rigorously go through all sections until the entire bowl is speck-free before rinsing it with water.
  • Mop the flooring: The bathroom floor gets dirty and slippery quickly. Mop the floor regularly and apply a cleaner if necessary to keep it pristine and safe. 
  • Dispose of useless items: Throw away empty toothpaste, liquid soap, and shampoo containers, as well as worn-out shavers and toothbrushes. Also, regularly empty bathroom bins.

Check out our Comprehensive Guide to Cleaning Your Bathroom Like A Pro for more information.

Summer Cleaning Checklist for Outside

Summer means long warm days, so use this opportunity to clean outdoors for increased relaxation.

Here are the tasks that you should include in your summer cleaning checklist for outside. 

  • Clean the grill: Get ready for summer cookouts! Clean the grill using a scouring pad, hot water, and a degreaser, scrub the entire grill until it’s gunk-free, and then rinse well.
  • Keep the patio tidy: Wipe the outdoor furniture with a clean and damp cloth, and sweep the floor to remove any intruding leaves or trash. Also, regularly check the fencing for any dirt or mold buildup.
  • Mow and sweep the lawn: Use a lawn mower to quickly address overgrowth. Then, sweep the lawn to remove the cut grass and other litter.
  • Clean exterior windows: Pollution, rain, and animal excrement can make windows look nasty. To clean them, use a soft microfiber cloth, damped with water and a cleaning solution, and wipe both the glass and frame of the windows.
  •  Maintain your garden: Regularly prune your flowers and plants to remove dead branches. Also, pluck out the weeds or any unwanted vegetation to keep your garden neat and avoid resource competition.
  • Clean and organize garage: Wipe any platform or shelf with a clean cloth, followed by sweeping and mopping the floor. Then, designate a specific area for the tools, spare parts, and other equipment to keep things clutter-free and easy to navigate.

Your Summer Cleaning Checklist Conclusion

By following our summer cleaning checklist, you can keep your home spotless both indoors and outdoors. You can also maximize the warm weather and enjoy various summer activities.

Protect your family’s health by keeping your house germ-free.

We hope you have the best summer cleaning experience!

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