Written by Tenley Haraldson.
It can feel impossible to stick to a cleaning schedule, but breaking things down into 10-minute increments is the key to preventing dirt, dust, and grime buildup.
To make your life easier, we've created a flexible weekly cleaning schedule that covers each room and surface.
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Getting Started: Your House Cleaning Schedule
While it might look like a lot of tasks, integrating a handful of tasks into your daily cleaning schedule makes deep cleans a lot easier. After all, "quick hands make light work!"
Note: Obviously, take out the garbage and do laundry as often as necessary!
Tackle Food Messes
After meals and snacks, clean countertops then move downward to chairs (which are notorious crumb collectors). When you’re done, simply sweep up.
Next, it's important to wash dishes to prevent food gunk from sticking. It also
keeps your sink clean from unwanted smells, stains, insects, and bacteria.
Make Your Bed
There are plenty of benefits of making your bed, from a sense of accomplishment to a better sleep routine. And for something that takes 1-2 minutes, it’s one of the easiest additions to any house cleaning schedule.
Keep up with Clutter
If you've got kids – or are working from home – messes pile up fast. Consider keeping “catch all” baskets in each room.
So if you keep stepping on your dog’s squeaky toy while preparing dinner, chuck it in a basket and find a new home for it after you've eaten. Just be sure to relocate items before they get out of control.
Sunday: Living Room
If you happen to spot cobwebs in the top corners of your living room, dust them and then focus on floors (e.g. vacuuming carpets, sweeping and mopping hardwood floors). To avoid dust marks, take care of windows last.
Food stains, rotten produce, a sink full of dishes: These probably won't pile up if you stick to a regular house cleaning schedule.
For your convenience, we’ve put together a top-to-bottom kitchen cleaning guide.
Clean out Your Fridge
Not only does a less jam-packed refrigerator keep you from over-purchasing food, but it also keeps you from wasting it unnecessarily. No more sad, soggy vegetables buried in the crisper drawer.
Before you hit the supermarket, do a quick cleanout of your fridge and freezer. Then hit shelves with our food-safe, 99.51% Natural Surface Cleaner (which keeps your fridge free of caustics). Don't forget to wipe down the exterior of your appliance, too!
Take Care of Tough Food Stains
When you’re scrubbing your microwave or stovetop for the first time in a month, you’re going to regret it. Deal with soup spatters and bubbled-over casseroles ASAP!
Sweep & Mop
Who wants to walk on crumbs or sticky surfaces? If you don’t have time to mop, at least run a broom across your kitchen floor 1-2 times per week.
Bathrooms get gross – and fast. By integrating a few of these tips into your cleaning schedule, you'll have a guest-ready washroom at all times.
Need a more in-depth bathroom cleaning guide? We’ve got you covered.
Clean Toilets, Showers, & Sinks
If your home is prone to hard water stains, you already know just how important regular bathroom maintenance is.
Scrub inside of your bathtub with your surface cleaner, then wipe down sinks to remove dust, hair, and soap scum. Spray our hydrogen peroxide-based Disinfecting Surface Spray on the outside of your toilet, let it sit for 10 minutes, and wipe away.
Clean Bathroom Floors
First, vacuum any bath mats and consider throwing them in the washing machine (if they're grimy). Next, wipe down baseboards and sweep floors. Extra points if you pull the mop out!
This is the time to top up soap pumps, stock up on toilet paper, and make sure you have enough clean towels.
Wednesday: Entryway & Stairs
Entryways are where backpacks explode, pets track in mud, and where we kick off our shoes. Consider incorporating one – or all – of these into your house cleaning schedule every week:
You don’t want guests staring at a thin layer of dust on surfaces. Run a cloth and multi-surface spray over your wardrobe, coat rack, and other furniture.
Disinfect High-Touch Areas
To cut down on the spread of germs and viruses, hit your high-traffic areas with a Disinfecting Surface Spray at least once per day. This includes door knobs, light switches, cupboard handles, faucets, and railings.
Wipe Down Windows & Mirrors
Clean mirrors and windows can really elevate a space. Like most chores, you really just need a microfiber towel and our Multi-Surface Cleaner for a streak-free shine.
Thursday: Master Bedroom
Our bedrooms should be relaxing, but messes can quickly detract from that inner-sanctum vibe. Between bedroom deep cleans:
Kick out the Clutter
Get organized by removing extraneous things that distract you, investing in drawer inserts, hanging up your clothes, and asking whether you really need 12 throw pillows.
Focus on Surfaces & Floors
If you’re dusting, work your way downwards and follow up with a vacuum.
Change Your Sheets
Experts say you should wash your sheets every week to cut down on dead skin cells and dust mites (which can be hard for allergy sufferers). Also, to make fresh bed sheets even more luxurious and inviting, use a Natural Laundry Detergent that’s tough on stains but gentle on sensitive skin.
Friday: Other Bedrooms
It’s important to introduce household chores to children from an early age – and there are plenty of ways to get them involved. But until they’re old enough, parents will need to help out with certain tasks:
Unless your child is taking a bath before bed every night, try to replace their sheets once a week.
Put Toys Away
When you’re cleaning a child’s bedroom, find homes for toys, books, and clothes. Hunt down items that have no business being in your child’s room, whether they’re broken toys, remote controls, or bits of food.
Dust Furniture & Baseboards
Parents might have to dust high surfaces like bookshelves, but since they’re already close to the ground, kids are ideal candidates for cleaning baseboards with a microfiber towel.
Focus on Floors
Vacuuming carpets is too hard for kids, but there are plenty of child-sized cleaning items that are made especially for small hands.
Saturday: Laundry Room
Whether it’s a soap spill or fuzz from lint traps, laundry rooms can get really filthy.
Wipe Down the Washer & Dryer
Using a microfiber towel and Multi-Surface Cleaner, first wipe down the outside of the washer and dryer. Pay attention to the soap dispenser.
Remove Mildewy Smells
Pour a mixture of ¼ cup water and ¼ cup baking soda into the washing machine’s detergent container. Next, add 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum. Run a hot cycle (without clothes) and scrub the inside of the basin immediately after you open the door.
One in, One out
Laundry rooms are often the place for errant socks and a variety of other pieces of clothing. Don't let things pile up: Take time on Saturday to fold and find homes for wayward pieces.
Dust and Sweep
After removing lint from the lint trap, dust your appliances, window sills, etc. Follow with a quick sweep and mop.
Why a Weekly House Cleaning Schedule Matters
A cluttered and/or dirty home can actually have a major impact on your health:
- Women who saw their homes as “cluttered” were more likely to suffer from depression and fatigue.
- There’s a strong correlation between domestic cleanliness and physical health. In other words, cleaner homes tend to have healthier residents.
- People overwhelmed by disorganization are more likely to procrastinate. A clutter-free space yields far better focus and productivity (especially if you're working from home).
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