3 Deep Cleaning To-Dos


Is your home clean from far but far from clean? An outward cleanly appearance does not a clean house make—sorry to burst that bubble! On the upside, a deep clean does not require deep pockets (the following methods don’t cost more than a couple of bucks). It’s all in paying attention to the nooks and crannies which never seem to make it on to your to-do list. Here, I highlight three tasks to add to your deep cleaning chore list today!

kitchen cabinets

Cruddy Cabinets Are So Last Season

Sure, the exteriors of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets sparkle, but what about their insides? Crumbs, spills, and loose bits: That’s what’s lurking behind most closed cabinet doors. So roll up your sleeves, pull everything out and thoroughly wipe down the interior of each cubby and drawer. (Check out my step-by-step kitchen cupboard cleaning method, which you can apply to bathrooms, too). Before replacing the items, line each shelf with a piece of rubber shelf liner, which is quite inexpensive. After this larger chore is complete, you can either change the liners or clean them every few months—easy peasy. Your stuff will stay put, your cupboards will stay clean no matter how deep you need to rummage, and those liners will do all the dirty work!

Coffee Pot

Does This Coffee Taste Off?

If your coffee has been tasting a little less macchiato and a little more mucky, there is a solution (and no, it’s not running out to Starbucks). This should go without saying, but coffee makers and mugs need regular cleaning. Simply pour plain white vinegar (non-diluted) into your coffee maker and run through a brew cycle. Dump the vinegar down the drain and rinse the carafe. The next step is to get your drinking vessels of choice just as clean. If your mugs are stained from a lot of coffee or tea exposure, we have the perfect fix for you: Rub a slice of lemon on the stained ceramic, toss salt over the lemon juice, and rub the stains with the lemon slice. Finally, rinse, dry and admire! With these tasks done, you can proudly brew a delectable morning cuppa.

kitty litter box

Clean The Litter Box Right Meow

You have changed the litter, again. And you’ve thrown the windows wide open to let in some fresh air. So why does your cat’s litter box absolutely reek? You are in a pretty obvious funk (pun intended). The good news is the solution to this problem has been under your nose this whole time! It’s time to clean the box itself. As litter boxes are typically made of plastic, they tend to absorb odors, so that’s likely what all the stick is about.

Here’s how clean your kitty’s private quarters: Empty the litter from the box and pour about half an inch of vinegar into the box base. Powder this with about a half cup of baking soda and allow the mixture to bubble. Fill the container about two-thirds full of water and stir. Let it soak for several hours, then drain the liquid and scrub the box clean. Finally, wash it with hot soapy water and dry. Before you place litter back in the box, pour about one-quarter of an inch worth of baking soda on the bottom of the box. Voila! Not only have you created a cleaner smelling loo for your cat, but you have also done so without placing anything unnatural inside. Now, just pass your cat the daily news and leave it to its business.

What deep clean task have you added to your checklist list recently? Please share below!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Vinegar in the coffee maker is spot on! However, I have found that if you don’t run the brew cycle at least 2-3 times you run the risk of having a nice hot cup of vinegar coffee. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  2. When cleaning the coffee pot grab a flashlight and check out the water reservoir. Dollars to donuts it’s full of crud. I turn my coffee pot on it’s side and spray out the inside and use a bottle brush to scrub it out before running the vinegar through.


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