How To Clean a Filthy House

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I have cleaned some super dirty homes in my lifetime. From making over my grandmother’s 30 year old home with all original everything. To flipping filthy houses that had probably never been cleaned EVER. So I definitely have the tips you need to clean a filthy house.

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How To Clean A Filthy House

Over the years, I have cleaned some really nasty houses.

As a matter of fact, the last house we flipped, was a house that we bought at an auction, had never seen inside before, and could not believe what we had gotten ourselves into.

Holes in the walls, carpet with stains (blood urine, stool), walls with stains, broken floor boards, leaks in the plumbing. But believe it or not, those were all things that were pretty easy to deal with.

The gross and filthy part was cleaning the bathrooms that had never been cleaned before. Mold was taking over the showers and bathtubs, there were blood and urine stains on the floors, they had let their dogs and cats pee all over the house.

But in the end, we got everything cleaned up. And here is how you can clean a filthy house too.

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8 Steps To Clean a Filthy House

1// Make sure you have the right cleaning products and cleaning tools

Most of what you are going to be cleaning is dirt, grime, mold, and mildew.

So make sure you have the following to get you started on the deep clean:

  • Clorox Spray
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Spray
  • Scrub Brush
  • Toothbrush (not one you use ;))
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Pail
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Paper Towels
  • Dawn Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid Bleach (optional)
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Swiffer Duster

Some other items you may need are shovels, a nose clip for smells, and protective eye wear.

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2// Begin Where You Live Most Often

Start cleaning your filthy home in the space that you spend the most time. Why? Because when you know what it feels like to be in a clean space, it will make walking into the dirty places in your home that much harder.

And you will want to clean the places that are still dirty.

The living room and kitchen are your best bet. And I have this great article for you by a friend of mine about how to clean a burnt pan when you are not sure how.

Once you get these main areas cleaned up, you will feel more motivated to start working on the other areas of your house.

3// Start High and End Low

When you actually begin cleaning the really messy room in your home, you want to start at the top (meaning around the ceiling) and work your way down. That way all of the dust and cobwebs settle on the ground and can be vacuumed up at the end of cleaning that room.

4// Disinfect hard surfaces

Especially in the kitchen and bathroom, disinfecting hard surfaces is important. It means killing off all the bad germs like bacteria and viruses so your family won’t get sick.

You should also clean the mold and mildew in your bathroom. Mold can make people really sick, and mildew can make your entire house smell.

Use Bleach to clean hard non porous surfaces like tile and use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean porous surfaces like grout. Make sure you do not mix these two chemicals thought, they can cause toxic gases that will make you very sick.

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5// Tackle Stains

Once all of your clutter is picked up off the ground and put away, you will be able to see any stains on your carpet or upholstery. Spray them with the appropriate cleaner and let the cleaner soak in. Hopefully the stain is not too set in.

In the end, if you want to be able to say, “My house is my sanctuary.”

Then you need to get your messes under control. Meaning, you need to make sure the filthy mess does not return.

6// Clean Appliances

Use the Dawn Water to clean the fronts of all appliances in the kitchen. It easily cuts through greasy and grimy fingerprints and leaves no streaks if you follow up the cleaning with a microfiber cloth to dry it.

7// Get Organized

The best way to stop the clutter from coming back is to get organized. Then you will know exactly where everything goes in your house and it will not get filthy again.

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8// Start a Routine

To completely stop the filth and clutter from taking over your house again, you need a routine. By creating a routine, you can make sure you do certain things at certain times. For instance, you clean up your bathroom every Monday. You do laundry every Friday. You vacuum and mop every Saturday.

With a good cleaning routine, you will have your house in tip top shape all the time.

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What if I Just Can’t Get My Really Filthy House Clean?

Sometimes a big mess is just too messy to clean on your own. So in that case, it is OKAY to ask for help to clean a home that is overwhelming you.

You can call services now like 1800GOTJUNK, hire a maid, or even hire an organizer! The possibilities are endless.

If you can’t afford to pay someone, see if you can get your family and friends to help. Let them know how important it is that you figure out how to clean your filthy home.

Either way cleaning up your filthy home is going to make you feel better in the end.

So happy cleaning!


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