Cleaning your home can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve got a ton on the go.
But keeping a clean home is important to make sure your life is organized and keeping yourself stress-free as your surroundings impact your mental health.
There’s definitely something superbly relaxing about a clean home.
Figuring out what to clean and when can leave your head spinning!
This is why we’ve compiled an in-depth house cleaning checklist for you to start using today to get and keep your home in tip-top shape and dirty and dust-free.
Grab your notebook and a pen and keep on reading to start putting together your cleaning schedule and checklist.
Here’s our comprehensive list to get your deep clean going!
House Cleaning Checklist: The Tools
Before getting started take an inventory of the cleaning tools and supplies you have to make sure you’ve got what you need.
Before heading into the store and starting spending money, check our cupboards and cabinets to see if you’ve already got these items.
If you’re totally new to the homeownership game and want to make sure you’re doing it right, grab a pen and paper to make a shopping list.
Let’s get started with the tools you’ll need to have on hand (or maybe even pick up!) for your cleaning begins.
The Big Equipment
Starting with the big equipment, you’ll need to have a good vacuum with powerful suction to make sure you’re picking up all the dust and dirt both big and small.
You can also pick up a handheld one as well for quick on the go spot vacuuming without having to pull out the big one if you want.
Get yourself a vacuum with a good HEPA filter as they trap dust mites and dander from being released back into the air.
This is especially important if you have pets at home as they leave dander behind, and if you’re an allergy sufferer as it will cut down on your sensitivities.
Make sure that the vacuum you choose is adaptable to your lifestyle. What we mean by this is that the vacuum should work on the type of floors you have without damaging them.
You may also want to look into a vacuum that’s best rated for pets if you have animals that shed in your home.
The Little Equipment
The little equipment isn’t exactly little, but it is the least expensive of the items you should have at home to tackle your house cleaning checklist.
If you have tiles or wood/laminate flooring you’ll need a broom for sweeping up the areas that the vacuum just can’t get to and a mop as well for the floors in your home.
Additionally, something to pick up the dust in items like a microfiber cloth or dusting brush. You should also have some clothes and paper towels handy and in-stock in your home for wipe downs and spot cleaning.
Once again, if you’re environmentally conscious, there are reusable options on the market that keep your waste low and also save you money in the long run by not having to buy more things each time you run out.
Products To Keep Stocked
There are quite a few products to keep home for cleaning and especially disinfecting!
A good glass/window cleaner, counter cleaner specific to your counter type, toilet bowl cleaner, wood cleaner/polisher, and a bathroom cleaner for your tub and sink.
If you’re environmentally conscious there are great chemical-free alternatives to ammonia, bleach, and various other chemicals found in common house cleaners.
If you want to try your hand at some DIY there are formulas out there with things you can find in your pantry cupboard and even some recipes available online made with essential oils.
Don’t be shy to get creative, but make sure to follow the tried and true recipes online to avoid any accidents like stains or oily surfaces.
The General Cleaning Spots
Now that you’ve got the tools you need to get started on your home cleaning checklist, we can get into the most important part; the cleaning itself!
When in doubt and if time is of the essence, definitely look into professional house cleaners to save you the time of a deep clean yourself.
There’s nothing shameful about calling in the professionals once in a while to do things for you.
Otherwise, if you have the time we’ve outlined below a summary of what you should clean daily, weekly, and monthly to have your home spick and span in no time.
Your day to day cleaning should be simple and quick. Consider it, the daily maintenance to add to your regular cleaning schedule.
When it comes to kitchen cleaning, you should keep the sink clean of all the dishes and rinsed out after every use, and wipe down the stove and countertops when you’ve finished up in the kitchen.
Also, make sure to put away any items that aren’t meant to be on the countertops.
For bathroom cleaning, wipe down the sink after use especially if you get toothpaste on it, and give the bathtub a quick rinse if you take baths.
For those of you with glass showers, you know how annoyingly streaky it can get.
Keep a squeegee handy to wipe down the glass during your shower as part of your routine.
The general daily cleaning will also constitute any dirt that gets tracked into the house like mud or slush and making sure any items that you use or take out are put back to their spot once you’ve finished.
This goes double for clothes, so don’t fall into the trap of banishing them to the chair for days on end.
Pay attention to high traffic areas as they can get overwhelmingly tedious to clean if they get neglected for too long.
Especially if you have kids, they can get their fingerprints everywhere, drop food and crumbles on the floor and leave their toys strewn around.
Teaching them the importance of putting things back where they were after they’re done will cut down your cleaning time quite a bit in the long run!
Consider your weekly cleaning as getting your stuff together for the following week.
Put away the clothes from the week and do the laundry.
Do a full clean of the bathroom including the shower/tub, the sink, and the toilet to keep your bathroom clean and fresh. Also, clean the kitchen including the microwave so you’ve got a fresh kitchen for the next week.
And last but not least, don’t forget to wipe down any mirrors you have! Nothing ruins a perfect outfit selfie more than mirror streaks and spots.
After you put down the spray bottle and cloths, pick up the duster and wipe down tables, shelves, and your entertainment system to get rid of the dust that’s built up over the week.
Additionally, grab the broom and sweep up the floors and then pull out that vacuum and tackle the carpets and any additional dust from the floors that the broom didn’t pick up.
Follow that up with a good mopping from top to bottom and you’re done with your house cleaning checklist for the week!
A weekly routine can get difficult sometimes, so hiring some good house cleaners can really be an advantage here to keep this up and maintain a clean home.
The Extra Spots To Hit Monthly
Your first set of extra spots should be considered monthly cleanings and will take a bit more time as you’ll be combining what you do weekly with a few additions.
When it comes to a clean house trust us when we say it’s the little details that matter most!
Dust the baseboards in your home monthly, and get the corners of the ceiling with your duster to keep the small cobwebs from forming.
Take the time to wipe down your windows and doors (especially the handles!) from the inside to keep them clean of fingerprints especially if you have little kiddos running around.
This is especially important in the Spring to clean off the Winter grime, and in the Fall before the snow hits.
You’ll also want to wipe down the light switches as they’ll get surprisingly grimy over time.
Also don’t skimp on rinsing out the garbage bins you keep in the house, especially the one in the kitchen. It’s also a great way to keep your space thoroughly bacteria free!
Spring Cleaning, Get On Board!
Spring cleaning is a great reason (and excuse!) to schedule a yearly deep clean and Springtime is actually the best time to do so especially with the stronger sunshine and fresh air.
If you don’t already do so it’s a good idea to stick your pillows and duvet in the washer for a clean and air them outside if it’s a nice day.
This will get rid of the dust that can build up in the duvet and pillow fibers along with any nighttime sweats that may have gotten on them.
It’s also a good idea to take down the drapes and curtains you have and also give them a spin in the washing machine.
It’ll help cut down on the dust that sticks to them and also give them a nice refresh and add a clean laundry smell to your home.
Additionally, if you have any rugs in your home you should probably add them to your yearly house cleaning checklist.
If they’re small enough to fit into your washing machine, definitely clean them that way.
If not, you can either opt to take them outside and scrub them with a brush and soapy water, rinse, then let them air dry or you can get a carpet steamer or hire a professional to clean your carpets for you.
If your home is fully carpeted, it’s better to hire a professional to take care of the carpet cleaning as they’ll be quick and efficient about it without leaving any damage or stains.
A Little About The Outside Of Your Home
Don’t forget to include the outside of your home in your house cleaning checklist and pay attention to the seasons as they’ll determine how often you should clean.
Generally, you’ll be okay with cleaning every week.
In the Springtime, you’ll want to spend weekly time to clean up the front and backyard in preparation for Summer by cleaning the flowerbeds if you have any and fertilizing your lawn.
In the Summer, your yard won’t require as much cleaning and maintenance other than a bit of watering and lawn cutting every week. While in the Fall leaf raking is your priority along with pruning for Winter.
Snow removal in the Winter season is also important not only from a safety standpoint but also to keep the outside of your home free and not having to track in slush into your home.
Additionally, keeping the exterior four walls, windows, light fixtures, and eavestroughs clean should also be a part of your house cleaning checklist but you can keep this one to an annual basis.
This type of cleaning will keep your home looking fresh from the outside, and also keep damage from occurring from a spider infestation or a backed-up eavestrough full of leaves.
Make It Your House Cleaning Checklist
You’re more than ready to tackle maintaining your home cleanliness with this in-depth house cleaning checklist.
Whether you decide to stick to the checklist we’ve built for you above, or decide to create your own cleaning plan by borrowing some ideas, we’re sure you’ll be happy with your super clean home!
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