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How often should you clean things at home?


Do you ever wonder if the time has come to clean a certain thing at home? Different objects and areas around the house require cleaning at different times. You don’t want to leave behind places and let them build up dirt and grime, but you also don’t want to overclean certain places because that also can cause more harm than good. We would like to present to you a few simple lists with all the places you should clean at home and how often to clean them for the best results.

In order to maintain a clean home, you need dedication and consistency. That doesn’t mean you have to clean around the clock. The secret is knowing when and what to clean. By doing that properly, you will manage to keep your home clean and tidy at all times, without spending too much time taking care of it. If you clean on schedule, rather than when something becomes visibly dirty, you will stay ahead of the dirt and prevent it from taking over your place. Keep reading to find out what needs to be cleaned weekly, monthly, seasonally or annually.

Daily Cleanign Tasks

Some things require daily cleaning. By neglecting them, you might invite pests in your home, create conditions that are great for mould growth or cause some health issues. Kitchens and bathrooms should be cleaned daily. However, do not be scared, it is not as bad as it sounds. You don’t need to clean everything, spray, scrub, wash and all. It is enough to grab a disinfecting wipe or a microfiber cloth with some disinfectant on it and go over free spaces or areas that are regularly used or touched.

  • Make your bed every morning
  • Wipe your kitchen table
  • Wash the dishes
  • Wipe kitchen counters
  • Wash your coffee pot
  • Disinfect your kitchen sink and its taps
  • Wipe fresh oven and stove top spills
  • Sanitise your kitchen sponge in the microwave
  • Air the house for at least 5 minutes
  • Change your dishcloths
  • Empty all the rubbish bins
  • Disinfect the bathroom faucet
  • Disinfect the toilet and its seat
  • Wipe shower walls after using the bathroom
  • Disinfect your cell phone
  • Clean pet bowls
  • Scoop litter boxes

Bi-Weekly Cleaning Tasks

Some tasks do not require daily attention. However, you and your home will greatly benefit if you do them more than once a week. If you live in a house with high traffic, a lot of busy people that also stay at home or a bunch of pets or children, you may want to clean your floors twice a week, for example. Completing those tasks will help you keep the dust under control.

  • Change bath towels
  • Dust and mop all floors (especially high traffic areas)
  • Sweep or vacuum entry mats
  • Mop high traffic areas in the kitchen
  • Wipe dining chairs

Weekly Cleaning Tasks

Wiping your taps and faucets, and completing other daily tasks will keep dust and grime from building up. However, daily tasks cannot be a substitute for more thorough and important cleaning. Kitchen and bathroom need weekly maintenance in order to be bacteria and dirt-free. Don’t forget to change your bed linen once a week to reduce dust mites, and wash makeup brushes to get rid of dead skin cells, bacteria and oils.

Once a week you can remove things from surfaces and dust, spray, scrub and polish them.
  • Kitchen counters
  • Wipe kitchen cupboards
  • Purge expired food in the fridge
  • Wipe kitchen appliances
  • Clean your microwave
  • Clean dishwasher food filter
  • Sanitise bathroom surfaces
  • Sanitise bathroom surfaces
  • Clean the jets of your whirlpool tub
  • Empty bathroom waste bins
  • Clean mirrors and glass surfaces in the bathroom
  • Vacuum upholstery
  • Launder sheets and pillowcases
  • Vacuum or sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe light switches and doorknobs
  • Sweep front porch, patio, deck
  • Clean your makeup brushes
  • Clean your toothbrushes with white vinegar and water

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

Those are tasks that need to be done at least once a week. However, if you want to do them more often, feel free to do so. You might also want to consider completing those a bit more often if you have allergies, pets or children.
  • Clean baseboards
  • Launder rugs and bath mats
  • Dust blinds and window screens
  • Wipe window sills and doors
  • Vacuum and wipe air vents
  • Clean your washing machine and dryer
  • Clean your refrigerator and freezer
  • Descale your coffee maker
  • Clean backsplash grout
  • Clean inside your dishwasher
  • Vacuum your mattress
  • Launder your mattress cover
  • Launder duvet covers
  • Clean and deodorize drains
  • Wash shower curtains
  • Scrub your showers
  • Clean your computer, mouse and keyboards
  • Wash pet bedding
  • Clean your vacuum cleaner
  • Wash the kitchen rubbish kitchen

Seasonal Cleaning Chores

These are house cleaning tasks you should complete once every 3 months, at least. They don't really require more attention. You can do them all at once or spread them throughout the whole season.
  • Clean your oven inside and out
  • Clean your dishwasher
  • Your dryer vent
  • Launder bed pillows
  • Wash range hood filters
  • Dust ceiling and walls
  • Vacuum under heavy furniture
  • Launder curtains and throw pillows
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Clean fridge coils and drip pan
  • Clean behind appliances
  • Swap seasonal clothing
  • Clean your garage
  • Rotate your mattress
  • Clean your shower head

Bi-annueal Cleaning Tasks

These are tasks that you can get away with completing only twice a year. Use the completion of those to check for malfunction around your house.
  • Wash walls (look for cracks or mould)
  • Clean your gutters Spring & Fall ( look for cracks or loose shingles on the roof)
  • Have your HVAC services
  • Launder furniture slip covers

Make sure you get your chimney inspected in fall and your fireplace cleaned in spring. You can also shampoo and deep clean your carpets and upholstery once a year.