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Checklist: How Often Should You Clean Your Home?

There are several resources out there that tell you different opinions on how often different areas in your home should be cleaned. A lot of it depends on use, but there are certain areas that you should pay special attention to. Doing a once a year cleaning in most areas probably wont cut it, as your home can harbor more bacteria than a trash can.

Let’s go through this list from areas that should be cleaned daily, to areas that only need once a year attention. You may be surprised on the frequency of certain items as they may need more/less attention than you would think. We will break down the “why” in future articles.

Daily

  • Wipe Kitchen Counter Top
  • Vacuum and/or Sweep (frequency depends on traffic and pets)
  • Sanitize Sinks
  • Make your Bed
  • Clean Dirty Dishes
  • Replace Dirty Towels
  • Take Out Trash as Needed
  • Laundry as Needed

Weekly

  • Mop Kitchen/Bathroom Floors
  • Clean Inside of Microwave
  • Vacuum and/or Lint Roll Furniture
  • Clean Toilet and Bathtub
  • Wash Bed Linens
  • Wash Bath Towels (after every 3 uses)
  • Toaster
  • Computer (mouse/keyboard)
  • Clean Mirrors
  • Dust Hard Surfaces
  • Wipe Down Door Knobs/Handles
  • Clean TV/Remote
  • Throw Away Expired Food

Monthly

  • Dust Ceiling Fans/Vents
  • Comforter
  • Wipe Down Kitchen Cabinets
  • Disinfect Wastebaskets
  • Wash Windows
  • Shake Out Rugs

Three to Six Months

  • Inside of Oven
  • Inside of Fridge
  • Clean Dishwasher
  • Clean Washing Machine
  • Shower Curtain Liner
  • Dust Lampshades
  • Descale Coffee Maker
  • Wash Pillows
  • Wash Baseboards

Yearly

  • Professionally Clean Carpets/Rugs
  • Wash or Steam Curtains/Drapes
  • Deep Clean Windows
  • Behind/Underneath Appliances and Heavy Furniture
  • Gutters
  • Fireplace/Chimney
  • Dryer Duct

Going through a checklist is just the start to getting on track to having a clean home. It may seem overwhelming at first glance, but by creating a custom weekly schedule to divide and conquer, it isn’t a burden as long as you keep up with it. It is important to keep up with the listed tasks because your home can harbor so much bacteria that can cause your family illness. Some tasks listed are a higher need than others depending on your living situation, so keep that in mind when planning. You can always incorporate Sweep to help take off some of the burden. In future articles, we will break down why certain items are listed on certain frequencies. Happy cleaning!

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