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Ultimate cleaning: A step-by-step guide to cleaning the bedroom.

Last Updated: March 19, 2021

A messy bedroom makes it hard to find what to wear, and it can even interfere with your sleep. Here’s how to get your bedroom spic ‘n’ span from tip to toe in just eight easy steps.

Your bedroom is a sanctuary — a safe space to go at the end of the day to rest, recharge, and revive yourself. A clean and clutter-free bedroom promotes better focus, increased productivity, and better sleep — after all, a cluttered room is a cluttered mind, and a cluttered mind isn’t going to fall asleep easily.

Springtime is a good time to deep-clean your bedroom, and it’s a great time to go green by switching to natural cleaning products that won’t introduce toxic chemicals into the air you breathe all night. So gather up your favorite natural cleaners, roll up your sleeves, and get to work making your bedroom feel like your special, refreshing hideaway again.

Bedroom cleaning essentials

Step 1: Tidy up, and dust

Start your bedroom-cleaning odyssey with the very basics. First, gather up all the cups of stale water, half-empty cans of La Croix, and late-night snack bowls you’ve accumulated, and take them to the kitchen. Toss out your bedroom trash, put your dirty clothes in the laundry bin, and hang anything that’s clean. Put any other out-of-place items back in their forever spots. Now you’re ready to get down and dirty!

Dusting the stuff that’s easiest first might seem like the path of least resistance, but it actually means that all the dust from your ceiling fan is going to cover the dresser you just wiped down. Start from the top, and work your way down for the best results. Grab your duster, and hit the ceiling fan, ceiling and corners, and light fixtures first, then the windows, night stand, dresser, and whatever other furniture you have. Don’t forget to dust your (fake?) plants!

Step 2: Spray and wipe down surfaces

After you’ve dusted, take a damp microfiber cloth and your all-purpose cleaning spray to surfaces that see a lot of use, like night tables, the dresser, and your bookcases or shelves. Wipe off any spills, stains, or sticky spots the duster didn’t take care of, and scrape off hardened candle wax with a blade. Scrub your door handles and the places on your doors you touch the most — these areas are prone to a build-up of dirt and oils that make them look grimy over time. They’re also probably rife with bacteria. Your baseboards are another place that gathers dirt, dust, and dead skin like no one’s business, so give ‘em a little microfiber love before you move on.

Step 3: Strip the bed, and wash your bedding

The sheets

Sheets get mightily gross with all your dead skin and body fluids, so wash your sheets and pillowcases at least every two weeks. Follow our sheet-washing guide for step-by-step directions. Check out our guide on washing blankets, and wash those, too.

The comforter

A comforter is bulkier than your bedsheets and takes a bit more finessing to get it really clean. Check the tag for fabric care instructions, then read up on how to wash your comforter for step-by-step directions for getting yours super fresh and cozy again.

The pillows

Down and feather pillows last longer and are easier to clean than typical poly-fill pillows. Surprisingly, down pillows are generally machine washable and dryable, and also surprisingly, it’s not rocket science. Wash your down pillows every six to 12 months.

Step 4: Clean your mattress

You’ve probably heard by now that humans spend a third of our lives sleeping, which means you spend about six to ten hours on your mattress every day. That’s a lot of time for sweat, dust, drool, dead skin cells, and bacteria to seep into your cushy mattress, where millions of dust mites feed on each night’s bounty.

Clean your mattress every six to twelve months. Vacuum it first, then sprinkle the whole thing liberally with baking soda. Let it sit for a few hours to soak up moisture and odors. Vacuum again, and if it’s time, flip and rotate the mattress.

Step 5: Vacuum

Now that all the dust from your ceiling fan and the crumbs from your nightstand and bed sheets are on the floor, it’s time to vacuum them up. Don’t just vacuum the floor you can see— suck out all of the dust and detritus that’s accumulated in the nooks and crannies of your bedroom, too, like the insides of your dresser drawers or nightstand, your windows frames, and between the window and the screen. Dust bunnies love to reproduce in small, dark places like under your bed, dresser, and bookcase, so scoot your furniture out of the way, and give those oft-neglected areas some attention, too. Then, attach the upholstery brush and vacuum your curtains.


Get cleaner air with HEPA

Vacuum cleaners with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter remove particles from your air, including allergens like dust mite parts and droppings, mold spores, and pollen. If yours doesn’t have one, choose a HEPA-filter vacuum cleaner when it’s time to replace.

Step 6: Wash windows and mirrors

Say sayonara to the streaks and smudges that have gathered on your windows, and let the sun shine in unimpeded. Cleaning the glass doesn’t have to be streaky business. Use a microfiber cloth, which is less likely to streak than other types of fabric.

The best way to clean the windows

  1. Spray a mixture of 1:10 vinegar:water — or your favorite natural glass cleaner — onto the glass. If it’s particularly dirty, be generous with the spray.
  2. Wipe the glass from side to side and top to bottom, cleaning every square inch and scrubbing away stubborn spots.
  3. Dry the glass right away with another microfiber cloth, and use it to buff out any streaks.

Follow the same process for your mirrors, and if you’re looking to score some extra points with the cleaning gods, tackle your glass picture frames and light fixtures as well.

Step 7: Remake the bed

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as hopping into a bed with clean sheets. After you’re done cleaning your bedroom, grab your freshly laundered bedding, and make the bed. Pro tip: It’s always a good idea to have a backup set of bed linens for those days when you’re doing a deep clean and your regular set of sheets or comforter aren’t out of the dryer by the time you’re ready to hit the sack.

Step 8: Clean the closet

You only have to go as crazy here as you want to. If your closet is in pretty good shape, just make sure your clothes are hanging properly in the right place and in the right direction. Organize your shoes, and straighten up anything that’s gone topsy-turvy.

If your closet is a disaster in need of an overhaul, fear not. We’ll do this gently. First, get a couple of boxes or a roll of trash bags, and sort your clothes into three piles: donate/sell, recycle, and keep. Put the donate/sell items in one container and the ones you’ll recycle in another (you may need to take them to a facility that accepts textiles.) Hang up the items you’re keeping. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in at least three months, you probably don’t need it.


Shore up your storage solutions

Invest in some quality, airtight storage containers for out-of-season items — your Fair Isle sweaters really don’t need to be taking up precious closet space in the middle of July. Storage containers are also a great remedy for clutter if you use your closet for stashing more than just clothes, and it’s gotten a bit, ahem, crowded in there.

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Looking for more cleaning how-tos and other sustainable swaps you can make at home? Grove has you covered. From timely topics such as our handwashing and hand sanitizer breakdown to evergreen primers like our simple ways to reduce your plastic use at home, our handy guides are here to answer your most pressing questions. And let us know how if you have any cleaning questions (or share your own tips using #grovehome) by following Grove Collaborative on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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