Sitting back and enjoying your freshly cleaned home is a great feeling. Sadly, though, it isn’t long before crumbs appear on the counter, toothpaste stains in the sink, and dirty dishes left wherever the last bite was taken. Sure, you can clean up after every little mess, but who has the time – or patience – for that?
Instead, stick to a tried and true cleaning schedule to help make life a little easier on your body and mind.
- Sweep or vacuum to prevent dirt build-up, remove pet hair, and limit the amount of dirt and debris that finds its way under sofas, beds, tables, and other furniture.
- Wipe down surfaces after snacks and meals with a damp cloth or sponge to remove crumbs and prevent spills from drying and food from hardening.
- Unload the dishwasher in the morning and put dirty dishes in throughout the day to keep your sink empty and counters clear.
- Use a disinfecting spray or soap to rid the kitchen sink of germs and bacteria each night before going to bed.
- Put things back where they belong after you are done using them to reduce clutter.
- And, perhaps above all, why should all the daily or even weekly stuff be on you? Get family members to do their part.
- Give sinks and surrounding areas a deeper clean. A good cleaning and scrubbing behind and underneath small appliances prevents dirt and grime build-up and reduces the likelihood of pests.
- Deep clean the microwave weekly to eliminate stuck-on food and odors.
- Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors. Get into all the nooks and crannies and move furniture out of the way.
- Using a damp cloth, dust all solid surface furniture to prevent dirt and dust from lingering and to help improve air quality.
- Wash bedsheets and bath towels to prevent dirt, odor, and bacteria.
- Give all toilets a good scrubbing to not only look clean but keep mess, bacteria, odor, and hard water build up at bay.
- Toss old leftovers and expired items from the fridge and wipe down each shelf and drawer.
- Using a damp rag, dust ceiling fan blades, tops of cabinets, bookshelves, the top of the fridge, and all those “above your head areas.”
- Now go low and dust or vacuum baseboard and floor vents to keep dust and dirt from spreading throughout your home.
- Wipe down walls and baseboards to eliminate dust and fingerprints.
- Deep clean upholstered furniture to banish cooking and pet odors while helping them look better longer.
- Clean windows and window coverings to let in more light and prevent dust from being released back into the air.
- Trash cans are breeding grounds for bacteria and odor. Wash yours once a month to get the stink out.
- The garbage disposal is another place bacteria and germs just love to loiter in. Clean it once a month per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Pull back large appliances and sweep, vacuum, or scrub behind them to keep them running more efficiently.
- Give the dishwasher a good scrubbing to rid it of food particles, germs, and bacteria.
- Go through bathroom and kitchen cupboards and dispose of any expired items, then dust the shelves using a damp cloth.
- Deep clean the oven to remove stuck-on food.
- Deep clean carpets and area rugs with a shampooer or hire a company to do so.
- Clean around the clothes dryer and inside the vent to get rid of dust and lint that could spark a fire.
- Organize and clean the garage, tossing things are that broken or no longer used.
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