Home Cleaning Checklist | How Often You Should Clean Your Home

Guests are going to be coming soon. Are you ready? Use this handy home cleaning checklist to know what you might need to spruce up, and how often.


Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

When guests are visiting, it’s most likely they’ll end up gathering in the heart of the home – your kitchen. Here’s a kitchen cleaning checklist to keep it clean, sparkling, and inviting.


  • Clean countertops daily

  • Replace sponges & washcloths weekly

  • Wipe down microwave weekly

  • Clean your refrigerator weekly



Kitchen countertops can be a real catchall for anything and everything. That’s why it’s essential to wipe off the entire countertop daily. For granite countertops, you need to make sure what you’re using isn’t abrasive. Plain water works best, or you can add a little alcohol to the water. It won’t streak because it evaporates so quickly, plus it disinfects.



Here’s a quick tip: after washing the dishes in the evening, rinse your sponge or washcloth thoroughly and toss it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Microwaving kills any germs and keeps them smelling fresh. Be sure to swap them out each week. Doing these two things will keep your counters sparkling, clean and fresh.



Each week wipe off the entire surface inside and out. Make sure you don’t miss any splatters on the inside window. Plain water works just fine. Then once a month do a deep-clean with water and vinegar.



Right before you go grocery shopping is the best time to clean out the fridge. Toss out any unused or old fruits and veggies each week. After you’ve done this, you’ll quickly see what you need to add to your shopping list. Then once a month clean the entire refrigerator with a natural disinfectant.



Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Besides regular weekly cleanings like dusting and vacuuming, making sure your bedding is as fresh as a daisy should be on the top of your list. Here are our two top tips to keep your bedrooms clean and inviting for your family and guests.


  • Clean mattress pads every 2 months

  • Clean pillowcase protectors every month

  • Wash pillows every 3 months; replace every 3 years

  • Clean sheets weekly



Keep your mattress clean by washing the mattress protector pads every two months. A quick and natural way to absorb mattress odor is to sprinkle a little baking soda directly on the surface. If you haven’t used your guest room for a while, go ahead and strip the bed, wash all the linens including the mattress pad. Nothing smells or feels better than clean sheets!



One time a month wash your pillowcase protectors. Clean the pillows themselves every three months. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions. Some can be tossed right into your washing machine, and others need to be dry cleaned. Even though you might love your favorite pillow, it’s a good idea to replace them every three years.

You might also want to check out our handy guestroom essentials checklist for more great tips.



How Often Should You Clean Your Bathroom?

That answer might vary depending on the size of your family, and how much traffic your bathroom gets, but here are some good rules of thumb.


  • Clean your bathtub weekly

  • Wash body towels after 3 uses

  • Switch out hand towels every 3 days



Speaking of rub-a-dub-dub make sure you give your tub some TLC and clean it weekly. It’s best to use a strong disinfectant and make sure you always wear gloves. If you’d like to make a natural cleaner here’s a recipe: mix ½ cup liquid soap, ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 ½ cup baking soda. Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Make sure you rinse the surface well after cleaning.



To keep your towels clean and smelling fresh, use them only three times before you wash them or change them for another set. Make sure they are hung to dry after each use. As for hand towels, you can switch them out for new ones every three days.

Of course, you’ll want to keep your bathroom floor clean and sanitary too, so take a look at our article: how to clean any floor cleaning tips.


Tips for Keeping Your Home Office Clean

One of the most used rooms in your home is probably your home office. So, it’s important not to neglect it when it comes to cleaning.



When you think about it, other than your phone – what gets the most use? The answer is your keyboard. That’s why it’s important to wipe it down weekly with alcohol. To reach in between the keys use a cotton swap. You can also purchase a pressurized spray can to blast out any dust or crumbs.


The Key to a Clean Livingroom

There are lots of things to keep clean in the living room on a day to day basis like tidying up, vacuuming and dusting. When you’re getting ready for guests, make sure you go the extra mile to give them a fabulous first impression.


  • Vacuum carpets weekly

  • Clean out pet odors immediately

  • Throw rugs as needed

  • Deep clean carpets every 6-12 months



Whether you have wall to wall carpet or area rugs, here are some tips to keep them looking their best. Vacuum carpets every week, more often if you have pets that shed. For pet odors, wash immediately with an easy DIY pet stain removal solution. Throw rugs near doors will need to be cleaned frequently, especially in the winter months.

Depending on the amount of traffic, you should have carpets steam cleaned every six to twelve months.


Make Cleaning a Fun Family Event

Don’t feel like you have to tackle the entire job on your own. To coax your family to pitch in, read how to make cleaning fun.


Want to learn more about how you can keep your house clean and maintained? Visit our Home Care Guides for helpful information on keeping your house pristine.


Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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Published 4.15.19

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