The Definitive Guide on How Often You Should Clean Everything
Here’s the scoop, from experts, on what to clean and how often to clean it.
Wanting to keep a clean home doesn’t mean you have time to polish your silver every week. We spoke with cleaning experts who have both feet solidly planted in the real world and asked them how often specific cleaning tasks really need to be done. Here’s what they suggested you do every day:
- Put things away when you finish using them.
- Wash dishes, wipe kitchen counters, clean up stove spills, and empty trash as needed.
- Squeegee showers after use to prevent mineral deposits and mildew.
- Wipe sinks.
- Make beds and straighten rooms.
Once a Month
- Wipe or vacuum baseboards and blinds.
- Sweep the garage, patio, and walkways.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture with the brush attachment.
- Clean ceiling fixtures in one room per month (rotate).
- Wash throw rugs.
- Dust ceiling fans.
Every Three Months
- Polish wood furniture.
- Remove cobwebs from ceiling corners, stairwells, and such.
- Change or clean furnace and air-conditioner filters (less frequently in low-use seasons).
- Clean the oven (monthly if grunge builds up quickly).