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Ultimate Cleaning Cheat Sheet: A Step-by-Step Checklist for Your Home

Follow this step-by-step guide, based on years of expert advice, to get the best clean for your home.

Macy Meyer Editor I
Macy Meyer is a N.C. native who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2021 with a B.A. in English and Journalism. She currently resides in Charlotte, N.C., where she has been working as an Editor I, covering a variety of topics across CNET's Home and Wellness teams, including home security, fitness and nutrition, smart home tech and more. Prior to her time at CNET, Macy was featured in The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, INDY Week, and other state and national publications. In each article, Macy helps readers get the most out of their home and wellness. When Macy isn't writing, she's volunteering, exploring the town or watching sports.
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We've compiled dozens of cleaning tips and tricks to build your ultimate home cleaning checklist. 

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It's finally the weekend, which means you have some extra time to reset and organize... and your house is begging for a good cleaning. Pull out your cleaning supplies and your trusty vacuum (or finally invest in a great cordless vacuum), and get to work. 

Well, OK... but it can be hard to know where to start when there's an entire home that needs a deep clean. Lucky for you, CNET has spent years consulting experts and writing up neat hacks and guides for how best to clean and organize every area of your home, from the bathroom and kitchen to your appliances and car. To make things even easier, we've compiled the stories into an ultimate cleaning checklist. Scroll on to check it out. 

For more cheat sheets, take a look at every Alexa and Google Home tip you need to know, your guide to getting solar at home, and how to navigate your home internet options

What are the best cleaning items?

Our CNET staff has tried out a legion of cleaning products over the years, putting each device to the test. Here are our favorites:

Food residue is gross, so let's start in the kitchen

You probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen. It's where you do your food prep and likely gather with friends and family. That means it desperately requires a good scrub down, both for your sake and the sake of your company. 

And don't forget your kitchen and household appliances

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From the gunk inside your coffee maker to the dusty filters inside your vacuum, you must give your trusty household appliances a good wipe down at least a few times a year. 

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Home and kitchen appliances -- like your Keurig coffee maker -- need to be deep cleaned every so often. 

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Looked inside that toilet? Yeah, that needs to be cleaned 

Your bathroom is one of the dirtiest areas in your home. With the frequency of its use, lurking germs and bacteria can spread quickly. That means you need to clean weekly, if not daily. 

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From your sink and toilet to your bath mats, you need to be regularly cleaning your bathroom. 

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Bedding can collect all kinds of grime, too

It seems simple, but you might be washing your sheets all wrong. Here's what to know: 

If you want an extra deep clean, you can even consider cleaning your mattress.

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Just because you don't see stains or smell an odor doesn't mean your sheets are clean.

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For more cleaning tips, try the best way to remove pet hair from your car and how to declutter your closet.

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