How Often You Really Need to Clean Everything in Your Home (Follow This Easy Schedule)

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Squeaky is all about the borderline genius hacks and ideas that keep literally every inch of your space pristine.

Rome wasn't cleaned in a day — that's how the saying goes, right? In any case, neither is your home. But with a reasonable, regular cleaning schedule — somewhere south of Martha Stewart but north of your average college student — every room in your home can stay spick and span, and healthy, year-round.

Kitchen

You might be surprised about just how dirty and germy the kitchen can get. Push up your shirtsleeves and get to work — the kitchen won't clean itself.

Once a day

  • Wash your dishes
  • Disinfect your cutting board (It has 200 times more coliform bacteria than a toilet seat)
  • Clean your sponges (Microwave on high for 30 seconds, or throw it in the dishwasher)
  • Wipe down kitchen counters
  • Sweep up crumbs and spills
  • Wash kitchen towels (If you've been handling raw meat)

Once a week

  • Clear your drains with hot water
  • Refresh the garbage disposal (Half a lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes should do it!)
  • Spot clean any refrigerator spills (Time to toss produce and leftovers that might mold)
  • Wipe down the fridge handle (High-touch surfaces like handles are magnets for bacteria)
  • Vacuum or wash floors
  • Clean the cooktop or range
  • Wipe down the inside of the microwave
  • Wash kitchen towels

Once a month

  • Deep clean the drains (This time with cleaning solution)
  • Wipe down the fridge shelves (Especially the bottom shelf, where you're likely to defrost meat)
  • Clean the in-door water dispenser
  • Give the dishwasher a wash (Run it empty with this natural cleaning solution)
  • Degrease the backsplash and/or the range hood
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Clean the coffee maker
  • Clean oven racks

Once a season

  • Deep clean the fridge (Remove every single thing)
  • Remove dust and debris from the fridge condenser coils and fan
  • Degrease the oven

Bathroom

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The bathroom is where you start and finish each day. Make sure to give yourself a nice, clean slate.

Once a day

Once a week

  • Towels (Every three to four uses)
  • Disinfect the toilet
  • Disinfect the sink
  • Spray down the shower liner or …
  • Wash the shower stalls
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Wash the floors

Once a month

  • Scrub the tub

Once a year

  • Soak your showerhead to remove scale
  • Scrub the grout

Laundry

It's easy to forget to clean the tools we use to stay clean ourselves.

Once a day

  • Clean the lint catcher after every use

Once a week

  • Use the clean cycle on the washing machine

Once a year

  • Get annual service

Bedroom

People spend one-third of their lives in bed. Make sure it's both comfortable and clean.

Once a day

  • Make your bed (People who make their beds every day are happier, says science)

Once a week

  • Wash the bedsheets (At the most, every other week)
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Vacuum rugs

Once a month

  • Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Wash blankets and duvets

Every three to six months

Living Room

It's predicted that people will spend more time online than watching TV in 2019 — a first, for America at least. But the couch potato gene is still going strong, with the average American clocking more than 170 minutes of old-fashioned screen time each day.

Once a day

  • Straighten up

Once a week

Once a month

  • Wash the floors
  • Dust or clean window treatments and light fixtures
  • Dust vents
  • Dust the TV and other electronics

Every six months

  • Empty your shelves and wipe it all down
  • Wash any slipcovers
  • Steam clean upholstery
  • Polish wood furniture

Once a year

  • Deep clean windows and window screens (Better yet, hire a professional)
  • Clean the fireplace
  • Clean behind and underneath furniture

Laura Lambert is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle, design, and women's health.

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