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Cleaning 101: How to Deep Clean Your House from Top to Bottom

When you've got Puracy cleaning products & our room-by-room guide, you’ll know how to clean efficiently and quickly! 

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When it comes to giving your home a deep clean, It’s no secret that Puracy takes this task really, really seriously. We believe that you don’t actually need a caddy of caustic chemicals to clean your house from top to bottom. And – contrary to popular belief – it can be done quickly with the right preparation.

We’ve compiled a room-by-room cleaning guide that highlights the best methods to clean your house without chemicals like bleach, hydrochloric acid, and ammonia!


The Best Way to Clean Starts with a Plan

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The most efficient way to clean a house starts by determining the dirtiest places in your home. Once you've created a plan of attack, it'll be much easier to know how to clean and/or disinfect certain areas.

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a list template you can use to get inspired for your own Spring Cleaning plan.


  1. Bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Floors
  • Bedrooms
    • Bed
    • Closet
    • Dresser
    • Carpet/Floor
  • Kitchen
    • Sink
    • Oven and Stove
    • Other Appliances
    • Refrigerator
    • Counters and Shelves
    • Table and Chairs
    • Floor
  • Living Room
    • Couch
    • Tables and Chairs
    • Rugs and Carpet/Floor
    • Hallways
    • Windows
    • TV/Other Electronics

    Pro tip: Disinfectants only work if you remove gunk and grime first. But you’re in luck: Our 2-in-1 Disinfecting Surface Cleaner does both!

    Stick to a Schedule

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    We say it a lot, but frequent care is easy care. Our weekly cleaning checklist walks you through manageable, daily chores that’ll make deep cleaning your home a snap.

    Gather the Right Supplies

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    We started Puracy because we wanted to create quality, plant-powered cleaning products that were safe for children and pets alike. And our team of biochemists helped us develop natural cleaners that are just as effective as their caustic counterparts!

    Before you get to work, gather all of the cleaning products you need. Each of our natural cleaning guides (below) includes a list of the tools you'll need to accomplish your tasks.

    Cleaning for Allergies and Other Sensitivities

    A regular deep clean of your house is essential when you're living with someone with allergies or other skin or health sensitivities. Whether you're prepping for flu and cold season or gearing up for allergy season, you'll want the right products and techniques to rid any allergens or bacteria from your home.

    When it comes to cleaners, you'll want to avoid products that contain synthetic fragrances, as well as chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, and formaldehyde. You can count on our hypoallergenic cleaners to offer safe, plant-powered solutions for all your allergy-safe cleaning needs.

    If you are the one with sensitivities or allergies, be sure to wear a mask as you dust and vacuum since cleaning can expose you to many airborne particles. Check out our Guide to Cleaning for Allergies for an expansive list of tips and tricks to use for deep cleaning for different kinds of sensitivities and health needs.

    Choose the Best Way to Clean

    Different methods work for different people. While some people prefer selecting the same task (like vacuuming or dusting) and applying it to every room of their home, we find that cleaning room-by-room ensures that fewer surfaces go untouched.

    Whichever technique you choose, be sure to work from top-to-bottom, moving from one corner outward.

    A Deep Clean Means Disinfecting

    When you're planning to do a deep clean of your home, you'll want to disinfect and sanitize surfaces that may often go overlooked during regular cleaning sessions. Regular disinfecting is crucial to preventing the spread of germs, especially during flu and cold season. This will require you to use our Disinfecting Surface Cleaner on non-porous surfaces such as doorknobs, cabinets, and countertops. The same goes for porous surfaces as well, such as wood, cardboard, and fabric.

    Want to take a deeper dive into the differences between disinfecting and cleaning? Read our Disinfecting vs. Cleaning Guide to learn about different cleaners, techniques, and methods.

    Tackling Bathrooms

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    You don’t need caustic chemicals to zap stains and germs. To clean a bathroom, follow our natural cleaning tips on tackling shower scum, disinfecting surfaces without bleach, and how to use a hard water stain remover. You might even learn something new, like the best way to clean a bathtub (there really is one, BTW).

    Getting Bedrooms Immaculate

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    It’s where we unwind after a long day – and where piles of clothes quickly overwhelm chairs and floors. The easiest way to combat the clutter is by cleaning your bedroom with quick sweeps every 2-3 days.

    To prolong the life of your mattress – and eradicate dust mites and other allergens – we’ve also put together a straightforward guide on cleaning mattresses.

    Cleaning Closets: Where to Start

    If you’re deep cleaning your bedroom, you may also want to tackle your closet as well. Whether you regularly purge your belongings or tend to hold onto things long after they're used, cleaning out closets can be an overwhelming task. Having a plan of attack can make it more bearable, so here's a separate list, just for your closet.

    1. Take out all clothing, and sort them into different piles: Keep, Keep and Store Elsewhere, Donate, Damaged.
    2. Once the closet is emptied, begin cleaning it by starting from the top, with the ceiling and lights. Don't forget to dust corners, too.
    3. Vacuum carpets or sweep and clean floors.
    4. Hang up clothing or re-fold them onto shelves. Use this step to also replace any broken hangers or sort clothing by colors or type.
    5. If there are any boxes or drawers for accessories, shoes, or other miscellaneous items, take this time to clearly label them to easily locate them for later.

    Keeping Kitchens Tidy

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    Did you know that the two germiest places in homes are the kitchen sink and coffee maker? Since kitchens are where people congregate here – bacteria can get out of hand fast – top to bottom house cleaning is extremely important.

    Fun Fact: Though cleaning your kitchen might require a few “extra” techniques, you only need a handful of natural products to get the job done.

    More Step-by-Step Kitchen Cleaning Guides

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    For more natural tips on getting kitchen surfaces and appliances to shine, check out our comprehensive guides on:

    Washing Dishes by Hand

    Loading & Cleaning a Dishwasher

    Cleaning an Oven

    Microwave Cleaning Hacks


    Hardwood Floors

    Sprucing up Living Rooms

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    The living room should be for relaxing and socializing (not worrying about getting stains out of the carpet). It’s a crumb, smudge, and hair collector, so it's no secret that your furniture deserves expert tips to keep it looking great for years. We've also got foolproof leather furniture tips to make sofa care a breeze.

    And to let a little more light in, don't miss our natural cleaning guide to getting streak-free windows.

    Cleaning Appliances and Electronics

    When it comes to deep cleaning your home, you can’t forget to thoroughly clean appliances and electronics throughout the house. Whether you’re taking on your big screen television or wiping down your computer, your go-to sidekick will be a microfiber cloth. These cloths contain small fibers that can get into hard-to-reach corners and crevices. And unlike rags, paper towels, or cotton cloths, they don't leave behind smudges or streaks.

    In fact, there are countless ways a microfiber cloth can help you with your next deep clean. Check out our guide to the many uses of microfiber cloths.

    How to Clean More Efficiently as a Parent

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    Many tasks can feel overwhelming to new parents, especially if you’re cleaning the house with a baby. No matter how old your kids are, parents can count on these tips to tackle all sorts of messes (and germs) in their child’s bedroom and play areas. And if you’re cleaning with a newborn baby in the home, be sure to pay attention to dangerous ingredients and toxins to avoid when you’re doing a deep clean.

    As you’re doing your deep clean, be sure to give attention to high-touch items such as favorite toys and stuffed animals as well. Many stuffed toys and blankets are washing machine sage, and they should be regularly cleaned, especially if they've been on an airplane or public transportation or regularly go out with kids. Check out our Toy Cleaning Guide for more tips on how to clean and sanitize toys made from plastic, foam, and other materials. 

    Pro Tip: And since it’s never too early to teach children the importance of chores, here’s a kid-friendly cleaning checklist.

    The Best Way to Clean Pet-Friendly Homes

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    We love our four-legged friends, but it’s easy to lose your cool when pet stains find their way into your home. But we recommend learning how to clean your house without chemicals like hydrochloric acid, ammonia, and bleach.

    Instead, we’ve developed a range of pet-safe cleaners that eradicate everything from urine to vomit, poop, dirt, and drool. And they go deep within fabric and carpets to remove ‘dog smell’, cat urine, and other nasty odor-causing elements.

    Moving Items Into Storage

    During your deep clean, you may also be moving seasonal items from or to storage, whether that's into closets, an attic, a basement, an armoire, or elsewhere within your home. Be sure to disinfect and dust these areas as well, so that they keep your belongings in good shape. You’ll want to store items carefully, in cool, clean areas to avoid mold, mildew, and other problems that can arise when fabric, furniture, and other materials are stored without proper protection.

    Be sure to store clothing in sealed bins to keep out unwanted pests such as moths or other insects. Clearly label all boxes and crates to avoid digging and endless searches later on. If you're storing items with wires or cords, be sure to wrap or tie them up so they don't get tangled.

    Puracy Will Never Use These Ingredients

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    In order to provide the most effective, 100% cruelty-free, plant-based cleaning products, we promise that we'll never include the following in our products:

    • Sulfates (e.g. SLS, SLES)
    • Ammonia
    • Bleach
    • Chlorine
    • Parabens
    • Animal by-products
    • Caustics
    • Phosphates
    • Phthalates
    • Perfumes & synthetic fragrances
    • Dyes
    • Optical brighteners
    • Top 8 allergens

    The Puracy Guarantee

    We stand by all of our incredible formulas and are determined to prove that any stain and odor can be tackled with plant-powered cleaners. If you don’t absolutely love your Puracy cleaning products, no worries! We'll give you your money back, no returns, hassles, or questions asked.