Cleaning your house is a must if you want your home to be safe from germs, especially the germs that cause the coronavirus. While house cleaning may seem like a chore to a lot of people, the bottom line is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you make a regular schedule so that you’re devoting a little bit of time on a regular basis to the task, it won’t seem so overwhelming to keep your house clean and you can move onto other household tasks. If you want to make house cleaning simple, below are some suggestions you can take to make the entire job seem much easier on you.
Cleaning Supplies and Tools You’ll Need
The first thing to do when house cleaning is to make sure that you have all of the supplies you’ll need. You’ll need different cleaning products for different rooms. Here is a list of 18 of the most important cleaning supplies you’ll need for your home.
- Reusable gloves. The disposable gloves are the most costly in the long run.
- A broom and dustpan. Most of the time, these things are sold together.
- A mop. You can choose any type that’s your favorite.
- Vacuum cleaner.
- Duster of some type. This can be a cloth and dust spray or the cloths that come with the cleaning spray in them.
- Microfiber cloths. These are great for stone countertops and more.
- Disinfecting wipes. You can use these to wipe down surfaces that you use every day, such as the fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen.
- Scrub brush. You’ll need this to get your shower super clean.
- Toilet brush.
- Heavy-duty sponge. This is good for all-purpose cleaning and scrubbing.
- Trash bags. Use these to pick up trash and empty trash cans along the way.
- All-purpose cleaner. Try these on your quartz, marble, or granite countertops.
- Stainless steel cleaner. This is perfect for many of your appliances.
- Dishwashing detergent. This is to be used on dishes and the kitchen sink itself.
- Toothbrushes. Use these to clean in between the grout in your tiles.
- Tile & grout cleaner. Brands such as CLR just need to be sprayed on and wiped away!
- Glass cleaner. This is for all of your mirrors and windows.
- Toilet bowl cleaner.
You might find as you go along that you need a few other items for specialized tasks, but as a general rule, you can clean anything in your home with the tools and supplies listed above.
How to Schedule House Cleaning
The first thing you want to do to make sure that your house stays clean is go from room to room with a clipboard and examine each room individually. This is the best way to make sure that you don’t forget to clean anything important.
Start from the ceiling and look at every inch of the room from top to bottom, then write down everything that you’ll want to keep clean from then on. Keep in mind that not everything in the room will need to be cleaned daily or even weekly, but you’ll want to make sure that you don’t miss any part of the room when making this list.
Next, determine which tasks need to be completed every week and which ones only need monthly attention. Make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks so that you’re not cleaning everything in your home every single day.
And when you go from room to room, don’t just pay attention to the main rooms. Remember that the hallway, staircases, etc., also need to be cleaned regularly. In other words, look at everything in each of the rooms and determine how often it needs to be cleaned to add it to one of your lists.
The Cleaning Checklist for Each Room
The next thing that you need to do is make a separate checklist for each and every room. When you’re done, you’ll have three main lists: daily, weekly, and monthly. Or, you can include a comprehensive list for each room and color-code it so you can remember which task to do when. Let’s take a look at each of your rooms individually and determine how to create your own personalized list.
Wiping down the sink, faucets, and countertops daily is a good idea because your kitchen gets a good workout nearly every day of the year. Sweep the floors if they need to be swept, and make sure that the stovetop is clean as well.
As far as weekly tasks are concerned, here are some that you need to pay attention to for your kitchen:
- Clean out your microwave
- Wipe down the fronts of your cabinets
- Clean and sanitize the tops and insides of your stove, range, and oven
- Clean and sanitize all of your countertops and sinks
On a monthly basis, you’ll need to add the following tasks to the cleaning of your kitchen:
- Dust the front of your cabinets
- Clean the trash area, which includes any compactors you have and the floor space around trash cans
- Conduct a deep cleaning of the refrigerator and the stove
- Wash all of your windows and blinds
Bedrooms should be straightened and the bed made daily. This prevents a messy look that can make the entire room look bad.
On a weekly basis, you’ll want to:
- Vacuum/sweep and mop the floors
- Remove the sheets and pillowcases so you can wash them
- Place clean sheets and pillowcases on your bed
- Dust all nightstands and furniture
Here is what you should do once a month:
- Clean all windows and blinds
- Clean all mirrors
Wiping down the sinks and faucets daily is never a bad idea because like your kitchen, you use your bathroom every day of the year. If the floors need it, go ahead and sweep, but if they don’t, you can wait until your weekly cleaning time.
On a weekly basis, you’ll want to do the following:
- Clean all of the mirrors
- Clean and sanitize your toilet
- Clean and sanitize the sinks and countertops
- Clean the tub, door, shower, etc.
And when it comes to your monthly tasks, don’t forget to:
- Wash the windows
- Clean all of your mirrors
- Clean any blinds or curtains in the room
4. All rooms
On a daily basis, you should make sure that all of the rooms in your home are straightened and not messy-looking. If something really stands out — for example, you notice spots or spills on the floor — you can clean them up.
And on a monthly basis, it’s a good idea to:
- Vacuum any upholstered furniture and drapes
- Vacuum the floors
- Sweep and mop the floors that need it
- Dust all fixtures and wooden areas
- Replace filters in your heating and cooling systems
- Replace filters in your vacuum cleaner
- Clean window sills and lampshades
- Shake out area rugs before sweeping or vacuuming
How to Make House Cleaning a Habit
The best way to make house cleaning a habit is to decide on a particular day of the week so that you get used to doing certain things on certain days. This is also the best way to make sure that it doesn’t become too overwhelming.
For instance, if you notice some dust on a Tuesday but you generally clean every Wednesday, you won’t have much of a reason to freak out over that dust! And when you plan your monthly cleaning, do it on the same day every month so you don’t forget about it; for example, do it on the 1st, 15th, etc., of every month.