Ultimate Cleaning Schedule
How often should you clean your house? It’s a single question with an infinite number of answers. Every day? Once a week? Less than that?
The truth is, every household item has a different cleaning schedule.
For many of us, the thought of cleaning is a nightmare itself. But did you know that your home is harboring more bacteria than a public trash can?
Tiny bacteria and microbes consisting of soil, fungi, bacteria, pollen, sweat, and skin cells all invade your spaces daily. Feel motivated yet? Take a look at how frequently you should be cleaning your house.
Start the day by making your bed and airing the room.
Do your dishes regularly, wipe down kitchen surfaces and the sink and sweep your kitchen floor to get rid of crumbs.
You should also wipe down the sink in your bathroom since it is a place where a lot of bacteria can be found.
Bathroom – Clean the toilet seat and the bathtub every week. Your toilet brush should be replaced every six months.
Towels – Researchers have found that washing your towel after only three uses removes millions of dead skin cells. Be sure to wash your towels more often to prevent the musty smell.
Change the sheets – Even though most bacteria on sheets are harmless, some can cling to sheets and your skin, contributing to acne and dandruff. To keep your bed clean, change sheets once a week, and wash them in hot water.
Computer – According to CNN keyboards have five times the bacteria found on a toilet seat, but 10% of people never clean them. Use the disinfectant spray to make them disappear and don’t forget to clean the mouse too.
Once a month
Fan Vents – Over time, dust, pollen, and other allergens can clog your vents. You can clean this yourself, but you may want to consider hiring an indoor-air professional who can deep-clean the ductwork.
Fridge – Remove expired or spoiled food, wipe down shelves and drawers, and use soapy water and a soft cloth to keep it smelling fresh.
Floors – Mopping is a great way to pull up pollen, pet dander, and dust that accumulate on the floor.
A few times a year
Oven – Every six months you should wipe down walls around the stove and oven area that may have accumulated grease.
Pillows – Pillowcase protects pillows from dust mites, but don’t forget to wash the pillow itself. This should be done every three months.
Carpet – Vacuuming carpet isn’t enough, if you don’t regularly steam your floors, it could be harming your health. Indoor air quality can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air quality if you don’t clean your flooring, clean your curtains, and let the air inside.
If you wait and let the dirt and grime pile up, what could have been a few minutes of daily cleaning is now a multi-hour event. So be diligent and enjoy tidy living space!