Fall Cleaning: 7 Spots You Probably Missed
Fall Cleaning: 7 Spots You Probably Missed

Fall Cleaning: 7 Spots You Probably Missed

Make your house a haven as you get ready for the indoor season.

When it comes to fall cleaning, there are big jobs to do (like raking leaves and clearing gutters). But it’s the smaller chores that can really add up. Start small in these (often ignored) spaces to make cleaning and organizing for the new season a breeze.

1. Perfect your pantry

Get a jumpstart on the holiday baking season by making sure your pantry staples are fresh. Move open items into Ziploc® brand containers, and add shelf liners or vinyl placemats under bottles or jars that tend to drip or stick (like honey and maple syrup). Then wipe down shelves and the outside of canisters with Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Wipes.

2. Set your hearth aglow

The fireplace is the heart of any room, especially as the weather gets cooler. Give it some welcoming warmth by cleaning the tiles or wiping down wood and stone accents (don’t forget the pictures on the mantel). Make scooping up ash a little bit easier by spraying it with water before shoveling into a bag. This will keep debris contained (and not all over your carpet). Lastly, don’t forget to stock up on firewood so you’re ready when the first cold snap arrives.

Cleaning your hearth

3. Curate the coat closet

Fall is a good time to wash, donate, and repair all your winter coats and jackets (check linings and inside pockets). Create labeled baskets for hats, scarves, and gloves to make it easier to find what you need when temperatures drop.

4. Refresh your rugs

Your family and pets have been tracking in grass and dirt all summer long, so how about getting those floor coverings clean? Toss small rugs into the washing machine and “shake and bake” area rugs that can’t be washed (shake them out and let them bake in the sun to dry). For tougher messes, rent a steam cleaner or have your rugs professionally dry-cleaned.

5. Rotate mattresses

You should rotate or flip your mattresses every three months to avoid sagging and permanent impressions from your body weight. Do it this fall and launder all the bedding while you’re at it (mattress pads, pillows, duvets, dust ruffles, blankets and comforters).

6. Sock it to grimy blinds

Sure, you clean the windows regularly, but when is the last time you washed the blinds? Get rid of grime by mixing 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a small bowl. Pull a thick sock over your hand and dip into the vinegar mixture. Run the sock over blinds to remove caked-on dust and dirt.

Cleaning blinds

7. Bust the dust

Moulding can be one of the most glamourous features of a home…if it’s not coated in dust. Clean hard-to-reach places by wrapping a microfiber cloth around a broom with a rubber band. Spray with Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner and wipe down crown moulding. For more stubborn dirt, use a fresh dryer sheet to clean up baseboards.

Dusting tip
Dusting tip