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deep cleaning easy wins: quick and easy overlooked tasks

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Deep cleaning is overwhelming.

If you’re like me, you start deep cleaning your home with good intentions while wanting to tackle everything all at once in one day. That’s our first mistake.

As you go into a room to clean it, you get distracted by another task that leads to being distracted by a different task which then results in an entirely different task grabbing your attention.

So by the end of the day your Main Quest to-do list is incomplete, but your side quests are all completed. This isn’t always a helpful conclusion.

So to feel accomplished, let’s tackle smaller tasks to begin with. Here are 4 easily forgotten deep cleaning tasks that are quick or almost completely hands off. Set it and forget it!

How does this grow sovereignty?

With planned obsolescence abounding nowadays, it’s even more important than ever to take good care of our home appliances. Regular maintenance costs less in the long run than having to replace items completely.

Save money and headaches by taking care of your tools that help you out everyday.

overlooked #1 – deep clean your rugs

Now you may be saying, Jamie, I do vacuum my rugs!

Welp some rugs needs more than a quick vacuum especially if it can’t fit in a washer. Especially rugs in entryways, dust and debrief aren’t always easily pulled out with suction.

Sometimes ya just need to beat it. *cue Michael Jackson*

The fun part of this task is that it doubles as an outlet for frustration or anger. Upset? Channel those negative feelings into something useful and go beat a rug!

indoor rug hanging over a fence to be beat for deep cleaning
about to meet its maker
a n indoor rug hanging over a fence being beat with a stick for deep cleaning
so satisfying
an indoor rug laid outside in the sun for deep cleaning an disinfecting
let the sun do its thing

When I tackled this task, I promise you I vacuumed beforehand and STILL had dust and dirt flying from the rug. Unbelievable.

Bonus points if you leave the rug out in the sun for natural disinfectant. Give it at least two hours. But watch out if you have free-ranging chickens!

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overlooked #2 – oil your wooden kitchen tools

Did you know we should oil our wooden kitchen tools? I was Today years old when I learned this.

Granted I’ve gone years without oiling my utensils but I’ve apparently been lucky!

Not oiling wooden utensils can lead to them cracking which, of course, ruins them and causes inconvenience and extra costs. Oiling them provides moisture to prevent cracking, helps maintain them long-term, and provides a nice sheen to the wood.

This is a super easy and quick task to mark off your list, but I bet it wasn’t on your deep cleaning list to begin with! It wasn’t originally on mine!

I use organic coconut oil (these utensils touch our food), but tallow or nut oils also work.

multiple wooden kitchen utensils requiring deep cleaning
dry as a desert
applying coconut oil to a wooden cutting board for deep cleaning
applying coconut oil to a wooden spoon for deep cleaning
oiled wooden kitchen utensils for deep cleaning

steps – do this before bed!

  • clean your utensils
  • (optional) sand your utensils so they take up the oil more
  • use your hands or a rag to spread oil over the wood parts of the utensil
  • let them dry and soak up the oil overnight

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overlooked #3 – run the self-clean cycle on your washer

How much easier can this list get?? We’re just adding liquid and pushing a button here.

Make sure what you use to get clean clothes is ACTUALLY CLEAN. Skip the washing machine’s recommended cleaner and use white vinegar. It’s the perfect cleaner and helps to break up hard water (like we have).

vinegar for deep cleaning of a washer
selecting the deep cleaning option on a washer
see me?

Set it and forget it!

Did you know?

Most household cleaners contain toxic substances that can irritate our skin, lungs, eyesight, and endocrine system. It’s best to make your own cleaners or go with simple cleaners like baking soda and vinegar.

Use EWG to help you determine the toxicity levels of everyday household substances.

overlooked #4 – run the self-clean cycle on your oven

Again, we’re pressing a button here but there are a few more considerations.

If your oven is caked in a mess, I recommend taking some baking soda, water, some elbow grease, a scraper, and a Scotch Brite sponge and manually clean it as much as possible first. This will help prevent your oven from further baking foodstuff into the walls.

Do not do this on a hot summer day! The self-clean cycle really heats a room up and it won’t cool down for hours after the cycle ends.

The smell! No matter how clean your oven is there is still some odor emanating from a self-clean cycle. Don’t run this right before having guests over.

REMOVE THE TRAYS! Leaving the trays in the oven during a self-clean cycle can permanently damage the trays and the oven itself. Due to the high temperatures during the self-clean cycle, the trays may expand and contract causing damage. Clean those trays separately.

I inherited a poorly maintained oven from prior owners and I manually cleaned it AND ran a self-clean cycle to make sure it was crystal clean and hygienic.

a dirty oven ready for deep cleaning
before – good grief!
deep cleaning an oven with baking soda and a sponge
lots of elbow grease!
deep cleaning an oven
an oven after a deep cleaning

I could have stopped with a manual cleaning, but I went further! If your oven isn’t a wreck go ahead and set it and forget it with the self-clean cycle.

setting the deep cleaning cycle on an oven
deep clean cycle selected
after a deep cleaning cycle on an oven
mostly baking soda leftover
sweeping it up
ready to go!

summing it up about deep cleaning

We’re all extremely busy but there’s nothing more stressful than our home being a hot mess. It really does add to anxiety and mental anguish if what we’re living in is gross and embarrassing.

Don’t forget these four tasks to give yourself some quick wins when you deep clean your home.

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Here are some of the supplies that I used when making this project!

waterhog entryway mat

These are amazing at stopping dirt, snow, and debris from entering the home.

bread lame

baking soda

refined organic coconut oil


  1. Thank you for this great post! Confession…I’ve NEVER oiled my wooden kitchen ANYthing! It’s been on my to-do list for a long time but I always forget when I get busy doing other things. I like your tip about adding vinegar to the clothes washer. I add vinegar to our dishwasher every now and then! Non-toxic cleaning is the way to go, for sure!!

    1. We’re definitely of the same mindset! And also confession…I forget to do these too! Often! It helps for me to write it all out as my own checklist, haha!

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