Cleaning is a hassle. There’s no doubt about that. There are so many things in your home that need cleaned, but they aren’t all needed at the same schedule. This makes it more difficult to remember so some items may get neglected more than you mean or intend. You don’t need to clean your oven as often as you need to clean your sheets, so you can’t just have a set schedule for cleaning the whole home. Take a look at our list to see how often you should be cleaning certain areas and aspects of your home!
- Sheets – Sheets should be washed every week. This includes your top sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases.
- Duvet or Comforter – These should be washed about every 6 months. It’s good practice to wash them as you change them for the different seasonal temperature changes.
- Blankets – Blankets depend on use. The more you use them, the more you should wash them. If it’s everyday use, wash at least 1 time per month. If the usage is more sparse, wash every 3-4 months.
- Toilet – Your toilet should get a good, deep clean at least once per month. Weekly you should wipe the surfaces.
- Towels – Like sheets, towels should be washed weekly.
- Showerhead – In order to remove any deposits, you should give your showerheads a good soak at least once per year.
- Tub – The biggest thing to watch for is the “bathtub ring” and other stains that try and form. If you watch this, you should only need to give it a scrub once per month.
- Oven – The temperatures that occur in your oven help to prevent bacteria from growing, so it only needs a good scrub every 6 months or so.
- Fridge – The best rule to live by here is to clean it seasonally. Take everything out. Check the dates and toss anything that has expired. While everything is out, wipe down all of your shelves and drawers.
- Sink and Countertops – Your kitchen sink is a central park of your home. Get a sponge and clean it daily. The same goes for your countertops.
- Sponges – It’s best to wash them every time you run the dishwasher. Between dishwasher cycles, ensure you are rinsing them and wringing them out thoroughly. Replace them with new sponges biweekly.
- Backsplash and Grout – While you’re probably giving these a quick wipe down after you spruce up your kitchen, give them a good deep clean monthly to ensure you’re getting rid of grease, mildew and other build up.
- Floors – For carpet, you should schedule a deep clean at least once per year. For carpet and other flooring, vacuum, sweep and mop once per week.
- Windows and Blinds – Cleaning blinds is no fun, but you should take the time to clean them, and your windows, at least once per month with a good quality cleaner. This is another area why you’ll want to get the professionally cleaned once per year.
- Window Screens – This is an often forgotten area of the home, but your screens collect dirt, bugs and other build-up, so it’s important to clean them once per year.
- Ceiling Fans – There are a few factors at play here with this one. If you have any allergies, it is best to clean once per week. If not, stick to cleaning them monthly.
- Baseboards – Baseboards collect dust too, so quarterly take the time to wipe them down or use a brush vacuum attachment to remove the dust.
- Vents – This is another one that is dependent on other factors, especially allergies. If you have allergies, clean your vents weekly. If not, it’s best to clean monthly to ensure clean air circulates your home. Make sure you’re also changing your air filters regularly because this factors into the cleanliness of your vents.
By no means is this an all-encompassing list, but it does cover most areas of your home. We hope this list helps you get your home in tip-top shape!