Fall Cleaning

Fall Cleaning

It's that time of the year again! Time to prepare our homes for the cold months ahead. With a little attention to a few key areas, you can create a cosy cocoon that will make the cold season one to relish!

Clear the cobwebs

Most of us need to do a big clean once a year. However, if your home is in need of a deep clean, go over to our Spring Cleaning post hit the spaces you like or follow along room-by-room.

If you live in a house or have a balcony, fall is the time to tackle the outdoors. However, we promise, if you do these few indoor jobs, your home will be much less dusty by the end of winter. 

Windows & Walls

  • Vacuum cobwebs from ceilings
  • Vacuum in and around windows
  • Remove dust, leaves, bugs
  • Vacuum insect screens 
  • Wash insect screens if necessary
  • Install storm windows
  • Clean walls and trim
  • Use DIY wall cleaner for tricky spots
  • Get into the corners!


DIY Wall Cleaner Recipe

  • Sponge/scrubber
  • Bowl or jug
  • 1 tablespoon Borax*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 drops dish soap
  • Half cup hot water
METHOD Mix ingredients in a bowl, soak up with sponge and start scrubbing walls, doors, painted trim, etc

NOTES: Borax is a well-tested mineral ingredient that is very useful for cleaning but toxic if you eat it. Don't leave it out around kids or pets. It has been used safely for generations (was a very popular laundry aid back in the day). It's safe if you use it with caution: Use gloves, avoid breathing in the dust when mixing, don't get it in your eyes, etc. 

You can use a melamine sponge but they are non-renewable chemical products. A natural sponge works just as well. Find something that has a bit of abrasion and will hold some of the Borax liquid


  • Pick up rugs 
  • Air outdoors (if possible) 
  • Vacuum floors 
  • Pay special attention to corners
  • Mop floors
  • Scrub corners/skirting boards
  • Use DIY magic cleaner on tricky spots
  • Use DIY carpet cleaner
  • Vacuum


DIY Carpet Cleaner Recipe

  • Mason jar
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Few drops essential oil
METHOD: Mix ingredients in the jar and leave overnight if you have time (that will allow the baking soda to absorb the essential oil scent better)
HOW TO USE: Sprinkle the scented powder over carpets and rugs. Allow to sit for an hour or more (overnight is best but not always practical). You can rub the powder into spots and stains to try to remove them. Vacuum up the powder. The baking soda absorbs smells and helps loosen dust. Use the strongest vacuum setting you can. A HEPA vacuum cleaner with filters and a bag you can remove is best for a project like this. They're great at trapping dust and allergens. 

The Rest

You can keep going but if you can just refresh walls, windows, and floors, you'll be set to close up the house for winter. 
The nice thing about summer is that you're getting a lot more fresh air through the house. And usually that means less dust. If you feel like your soft furnishings are dusty, pull slip covers and wash. Or take pillows and other soft furnishings outside and beat them. Leaving soft furnishings outside on a warm, dry day is great for airing out and sunlight is a natural antibacterial. Don't leave them out more than a day in the sun or you'll risk fading colors (leave whites out as the sun will bleach them). 
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