Last updated on November 8th, 2021
The tradition of cleaning homes just before Diwali is an important one. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits our home during the festival and blesses us with happiness and prosperity. So, how can an unclean home welcome a Goddess?
And if you haven’t begun your Diwali cleaning, don’t fret, just take a deep breath and create a plan. With focus, precise planning, and calm execution, you will be able to make your home Diwali-ready in time. All you have to do is follow these 7 pre-Diwali cleaning tips.
1. Start with your bedroom
It might seem logical to start with the living room, but that could prove to be burdensome. But starting with the bedroom involves personalized cleaning that can set the mood for cleaning the other rooms.
Start by dusting the walls. Next, wash all fabrics such as curtains, pillows, bedsheets, and rugs. Most fabrics can be washed in the washing machine, reducing half of your efforts. After that, declutter and rearrange things in your side table drawers, dresser, and wardrobe.
If possible, leave your mattress, blankets, and pillows to dry out in the sun for a day. This will naturally disinfect and deodorize them.
Lastly, clean the windows and fan using a cloth or newspaper.
2. Sparkle your bathroom
Although the bathroom is everyone’s least favorite place to clean, we advise you to choose your bathroom right after you finish cleaning the bedroom.
Start with the washbasin and WC. Apply cleaning solutions, let them sit for a while, and wash using the respective cleaning brushes. Clean the cabinets and shelves from outside and inside using a disinfectant.
Now comes the floor. Clean it with a disinfectant liquid and a stain remover, if required. Next, move on to the remaining things, such as the mirror, the tiles, and the faucets. Keep a descaling liquid handy to remove tough hard-water stains.
3. Organize and clean the living room
The living room is the most used area, and so, is the most unorganized. Start by putting things in their proper places and doing away with the ones you no longer require. Then, put the curtains and cushion covers for a wash.
For fabric furniture such as sofa, chairs, and carpets, use a fabric and carpet cleaner to remove accumulated dust and stains.
Wipe the center table, TV unit, shoe rack, shelves, and accessories. Dust the walls and fan. Clean the windows.
Prune your outdoor or indoor plants, if needed.
4. Head to the kitchen
The kitchen is the place that will take a lot of your cleaning time. So, it is best to keep it for the last.
Do the decluttering first and remove all unwanted and expired items. Next, get to cleaning the shelves, cabinets, and drawers using cleaning wipes or a cloth and a cleaning solution. Let them dry and put the ingredients and utensils back where they belong.
Then, clean the kitchen tiles, walls, the cooktop, the oven, and the doors of cabinets and drawer-fronts.
After that, switch off the refrigerator and take out its contents. If the shelves are removable, remove them to clean them thoroughly. Scrub the other parts of the fridge using a wet cloth or a cloth dipped in a vinegar solution.
5. Clean the walls
You have already dusted the walls while cleaning the rooms. So now, it’s time to wash them. This ensures that tough stains and dirt get wiped off, making your walls clean. Most wall paints are easy to wash using a store-bought or homemade liquid cleaning solution and a soft cloth or sponge.
6. Don’t forget the door
The entrance of your home needs cleaning too. You can do this by simply using a cloth and a liquid solution.
Because of years of neglect, your door might have tough, difficult-to-remove stains. For that, use a strong cleaning solution made of vinegar and baking soda.
It would help if you also considered repainting your door, so when you adorn it with your Diwali decorations, it will make for the perfect look.
7. Don’t overlook these areas
When we take on the task of cleaning our homes, we often tend to focus on the more visible areas. This leaves out the small but important parts of a room.
While cleaning your home, make sure you don’t overlook switchboards, tube lights, lamps, handles or knobs, dustbins, and areas behind and underneath large furniture and appliances, such as the sofa or the refrigerator.
We hope these cleaning tips prove helpful in making your home ready for a dazzling Diwali.
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Here’s wishing that you welcome Goddess Lakshmi with a squeaky-clean home and may she shower generous blessings on your home and family this Diwali!