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7 Last Minute Diwali Home Cleaning Steps to Make Your Home Festive-ready!

Last minute Diwali home cleaning ideas

It is that time of the year when there is a nip in the air. While nature is still adapting to this change, within many houses all sorts of renovation, home cleaning and Diwali pooja decoration is happening. After all, the festival of lights is just around the corner.

However, the yearly wholesome house cleaning is sometimes not possible for some of us. When both husband and wife are working, the house cleaning tends to happen at a snail’s pace mostly on weekends. Even in the case of one partner staying in the house like stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) or in present times, even a working-from-home husband is not able to start the home cleaning on time because of some or other preoccupations.

Now, if you are a mom whose child has just finished his mid-term exams and you haven’t started home cleaning then that’s alright. Similarly, if your boss wanted some very ‘urgent’ work to be finished just before the Diwali holidays then it’s fine too. Relax guys, I can feel you! Cause most of us are sailing in the same boat. Delay in house cleaning is very common and finally, most of us land up with few bare minimum days in hand to do all Diwali preparations. If you ask me, I always land up doing last minute Diwali home cleaning.

So here are some of the step-by-step pro-Tips from my so many years of doing last minute Diwali ki safai. You too can try them for cleaning the home quickly and making it festive-ready. Having done the same multiple times, I am confident that these are going to work and not let your guests know that these Diwali pooja decorations & preparations were done in a short time.

List of Contents

Start from the Ceiling Side

As the great physicist, Newton has taught us, what goes up comes down so start the last minute home cleaning for Diwali from there. Remove the spider webs if any & dust thoroughly over the ceiling and walls. Research shows that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. This is why dusting walls and ceilings become important as dust gets deposited in due course of time. It will hardly take 1-2 hours for the same.

Clean those Fans, Switches & Gadgets in the Front Room

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of your guests at home while you are busy serving them Diwali sweets and more? Well, they simply wait and look up or around the house. Imagine spotting a dirty fan, dirty gadgets or a dirty switchboard in an elaborately decorated house. It seems odd and gives a talking point to the guests. So cleaning fans, switchboards of all rooms & gadgets of at least front room should be done. Generally, I use sanitiser for cleaning fans and switches. However, if the stains are tough or for grease stain removal I apply a diluted solution of Cif cream and wipe after a minute. While for gadgets like T.V., music system etc., I spray a little light soap solution and wipe it off with a clean soft cloth.

How to clean gas stove: Before & After Use of Cif Surface Cleaner Cream Pictures of Gas Stove
How to clean gas stove burners: Before & After Use of Cif Surface Cleaner Cream Pictures of Gas Stove

How To Clean Gas Stove, Kitchen Sink, Wall Tiles, & Chimney

During festival time, the busiest room in the home is the kitchen. There is a lot of delightful cooking and serving that happens. So for a lasting impression on family and friends, kitchen cleaning should be taken up next. Start with cleaning the kitchen sink, wall tiles, chimney and gas stove.

How to clean gas stove is one often asked question. I clean this and tiles etc. very quickly and effectively using Cif cream. Same as mentioned before, I make a dilute solution using some Cif surface cleanser cream and then apply it over the kitchen sink, wall tiles, and chimney & gas stoves. Leave it for 5-10 minutes depending on how much grease and dirt is there. It is super effective against yellow stains & for grease stain removal. The best part of using this Cif cream is that it has a pleasant fragrance in contrast to the obnoxious chemical odour. Outer portions of kitchen appliances like the microwave & refrigerator too, I clean using this diluted solution. However, do not let it stay for more time on these surfaces and quickly wipe it off.

Yellow & Grease Stain Removal is so easy with Cif Surface Cleaner Cream. Before & after cleaning change on tap
Yellow & Grease Stain Removal is so easy with Cif Surface Cleaner Cream. Before & after cleaning change on tap

Clean & Maintain a Bathroom

No matter how much one decorates home during the festive season, a bathroom’s condition can spill the beans about the level of home hygiene maintained. Often bathroom floor & wall tiles are prone to tough yellow stains and taps get water stains. Here, too the multi-purpose Cif surface cleanser cream is remarkably effective. Pour a little amount of the diluted solution of Cif cream & water over the floor, wall tiles, taps and sinks or apply on the surface to be cleaned using a damp cloth and wipe it off. Getting a clean and shining bathroom is that simple and quick! 

How to clean gas stove burners: Cif Surface Cleaner Cream is quick and effective to use for hard surfaces like kitchen slabs, gas stoves, tiles and more.
How to clean gas stove burners: Use Cif Surface Cleaner Cream which is quick and effective

Dust-off Iron Doors, Windows and Grills

While some people wash iron doors, windows and grills but I prefer dusting away the accumulated dust using a micro-fibre cloth or brush. This way one doesn’t contribute to rust formation in the doors, windows and grills.

Wash The Artificial Flowers & Re-Arrange

As you reach this step, cleaning the house will almost be done. One can start to see a visible difference in the look and feel of the house after this last minute Diwali home cleaning. If you have artificial flowers in the house then it is best to wash them manually with a soap solution and rinse them under running water. This way the shape and colour of artificial flowers remain intact while the dust is washed away. For adding a dash of newness to the home, post-drying of the flowers, rearrange them in a new style!

Change Furnishings like Dining Table Cloth, Sofa Cover

Lastly, finish the Diwali home cleaning by changing the dining tablecloth & sofa covers if any. Curtains can also be changed along with adding Diwali decoration items to a more ‘luxurious looking one’ as we Indians tend to put our best foot forward in front of our guests. Isn’t it? 🙂

The above-mentioned, last minute Diwali home cleaning which also involves tough grease stain removal may seem to be too much work. However, if you don’t just clean it but simply Cif it, cleaning becomes super easy and effective. At least, I practice #DontJustCleanItCIfIt.

Further, it is hardly a day’s work in totality if all family members actively contribute to one or the other home cleaning activities. Diwali home cleaning this way becomes a time to bond, chit-chat, joke around and have a good laugh. Do try these tips and thank me later for a shining festival-ready home.

(28) Comments

  1. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Yes diwali cleaning is exhausting. you have shared great tips for last minute diwali home cleaning. cif seems like a great cleaning product. I am hearing about it all across the web.

  2. Diwali cleaning is definitely a big affair. It is that time of the year when the remotest corners of the home get a makeover. These are some invaluable tips for better home cleaning.

  3. You have covered every inch of the house for cleaning in a very meticulous way. It will help those who really don’t know where to begin cleaning and where to stop.

  4. These are some helpful tips truly to clean house before any festivities. Though my lazy ass always go for urban clap house cleaning cause I couldn’t spend much time at home

  5. CIF has been a trusted cleaning product at our home and my childhood home as well. Not only do I use it because it’s the brand that I grew up using but because it’s really effective.

  6. kriti says:

    For me last minute cleaning is disastrous so I begin well in advance but these tips look super helpful will try them out next year

  7. I feel, if we follow these tips throughout the year, then we don’t need to do anything extra during Diwali. and yes it is a family project.

  8. Diwali cleaning is a task and I loved the way you have shared these last minutes tips, it will surely work always.

  9. Wow!! Even I am using Cif at my place and the tips you shared are really doable and will help a lot in cleaning home!!

  10. CIf cleaning products are gaining immense popularity nowadays. I will check if they are available here in USA or not. would love to give them a try.

  11. Just the thought of Diwali cleaning tires me now. Your tips are really very useful. Keeping them as a list and prioritising makes the task smoother. I didn’t know CIF is a cream.Thanks for sharing, will check it out.

  12. I have used the Cif for overn and grill, it cleans my chimney and oven with so much ease, I am sure this Cif for gas stove will be equally effective. will try soon

  13. CIF cleaner is something that I have been using for a long time. And I swear by the benefits of the liquid. It doesn’t have the weird smell like other cleaners.

  14. Cleaning is something that I hate to do. But after reading your post I feel like yes it is not as bad as it looks. Will try cif

  15. I discovered Cif a while back and it has been a boon for me during Diwali cleaning. I like how easy and hassle-free it makes the entire cleaning experience.

  16. That’s good to know that cif clears out the greasiest of stains, indeed one of my last minute cleaning partner

  17. Diwali and cleaning are most with preasure. It is something that continues for long time. And your guide from top to the last is that would make it easy

  18. This is an yearly affair, where you clean and scrub every corner of the living space. I am glad the place that scares me the most have a suitable company in CIF. I have used this foam based cleaner, and can surely vouch for your review.

  19. Diwali cleaning or any kind of deep cleaning is exhausting, tips are always welcome. I have noted you tips and will try them for sure.

  20. I also like the CIF product that makes cleaning process so smooth with less effort. And yes this product helpes me do diwali cleaning with an ease.

  21. During Diwali.. Cleaning is a ritual and I do it religiously. This way you actually make an extra effort to clean those areas which are otherwise ignored. Great tips and yes Cif is really comes handy when it gives to cleaning.

  22. I am a last minute cleaning person. Hence the post gives me immense relief as if there is this friend who understands and guides.

  23. Much helpful post for this who are working for they always end up having the last minute rush. Thanks for sharing.

  24. These are some helpful tips truly to clean house before any festivities.CIF has been a trusted cleaning product at our home and my childhood home as well.

  25. I use CIF too in my kitchen, it is a trusted brand and I have been using it for long. I lie how it cleans off grease from so many places. You have mentioned some good tips.

  26. Being a father now, I can relate to this post as my son creates the mess every now and then and we rush for cleaning material to clean that mess. CIF seems like to be a great option for last minute cleaning. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Preeti Lal says:

    Been using this for 2 years already and my hand skin still okay even using it without gloves. just few drops of it can clean the whole bathroom surface, sink. Safe to use and fresh smell after each use..

  28. Cif is really a wonderful product & i have cleaned my house this Diwali with it only. It makes my cleaning work go smooth.

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