Should you clean your house every week? Every month? Once every year? How often should your house be cleaned?
These questions have always troubled me. I am sure it must have crossed the minds of all the cleanliness freaks out there. Does not matter how many times you clean, keeping it squeaky clean 24/7 is just impossible. But you can do your best. Cleaning the house does not mean just scrubbing the floors, every item you own including the cookware have a timeline for regular cleaning schedule.
Spring cleaning is something else, but doing a detailed cleaning like that more than once a year needs extra motivation. Well, here’s your motivation. Science says your house has more bacteria than a trash can. Do you know why? Because when we clean we forget to look beyond the surfaces, into the corners.
Don’t worry; we will go room by room and analyse in detail what should not be missed from your cleaning schedule.
Room 1: Kitchen
A kitchen is a place which is greasiest and used most frequently. Though you scrub the countertops every day, it is not enough. The appliances and cabinet insides also need regular cleaning.
You will need:
- White Vinegar
1. Microwave: Every Week
Every time you use the microwave, there are splashes of food inside. It is not something that should be ignored. Whenever you spill something inside, you should wipe it immediately. I fact, even without spills, you should wipe your microwave every week. And every two weeks you should go for a deep cleaning, which could be done by this DIY mixture. Mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar (half a cup each is enough) and microwave it on high temperature until the steam covers up the window. After that just wipe the interior like this.
2. Refrigerator: Every Month
The vegetable basket of the refrigerator contains maximum bacteria. Thus, it is imperative to check for expired vegetables and food products every week. Look for inedible food items and throw them out weekly. Apart from that, you should clean the shelves with water and dish wash every month. At the same time, also wipe down the inside walls of the fridge with water and a mop.
3. Other chores: Every Week
Every week you need to wipe the spills from cabinet doors and surfaces of all the appliances. Also, include your dish rack in this wiping schedule. The cabinets should be checked for expired food items and wiped down with mop and water from the inside to clear away any food particles or crumbs fallen inside. How often it should be cleaned depends on your usage.
Room 2: Bedroom
Making the bed, mopping the floor and straightening the clutter is an everyday thing. But how often should you change your bed linen? Are you supposed to wash your pillows and mattresses? Well, the answer to that question is Yes! Let me tell you how to do that.
You will need:
- Hot Water
- Washing Machine
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Baking Soda
1. Bed Linens: Every Two Weeks
Your bed sheets are not as dirty as you think if you have a habit of taking a shower before going to bed. But if you sleep just like that after a full day’s work, you need to change and wash your linens in the hot water everyone to two weeks.
2. Pillows: Every Three Months
Pillow covers and protectors do help in preventing the dust and grime from going inside the pillows. But it does need washing every three months because, in spite of the shield, allergens do go inside the pillows. For people with allergies, it is, in fact, imperative to change the pillows every year, depending upon their allergy. You can wash the fibre pillows in a washing machine, but the foam ones need a little extra care. Vacuum the foam pillows thoroughly to clean them.
3. Mattress: Every Two Months
Cleaning the covers is important, but cleaning the mattress itself is also necessary. Every two months sprinkle your mattress with baking soda (it absorbs odour), vacuum the mattress and then spray a disinfectant to get rid of bacteria.
Room 3: Bathroom
A bathroom is a place which is the least favourite for cleaning but requires the most attention. The bathroom has maximum moisture levels throughout the day, and so it needs to be clean and dry for your healthy being.
You will need:
- Toilet Cleaner
- Toilet Cleaning Brush
- Bathroom Cleaner
1. Toilets: Every Week
Toilets have the reputation of being the dirtiest part of the bathroom. You need to clean the toilets with a toilet cleaner and scrub the deposits with a stiff toilet cleaning brush once every week. Scrubbing helps to remove all the germs and mineral deposits while the toilet cleaner helps to kill the bacteria.
2. Bathtub: Every Week
Bathtubs also deposit bacteria and so it is essential to clean them every week. Spray the tub with a bathroom cleaner and scrub with a bathroom brush to remove the humid deposits. Scrub the stains, if any, with more pressure.
3. Showerheads: Every Month
Showerheads need less detailed cleaning as compared to other parts of the bathroom. Wipe the heads every month to remove the dirt from the surface. Deep cleaning is required yearly to maintain water pressure. Remove the shower heads and soak them in water and vinegar solution to remove the deposits from shower holes.
4. Sink: Every Week
Bathroom sinks get to be in contact with every kind of dirt and filth. Because of that, you should clean the sink every week with bathroom cleaner and a brush. At the same time wipe all the faucets to clean their surfaces.
5. Towels: Every Three Uses
Your towel is subjected to your dead skin cells everyday. So it is suggested that you wash your bath towels after every three uses. Even the hand towels need washing everyday to avoid the musty smell.
So how often should you clean your house? Well, very regularly. And just these, you need to clear up the clutter every day, clean the artefacts and frames from inside out every week, wash your trash can every week, clean out the hair and dirt from over the bathroom drain regularly, clean the mirrors, fans, exhaust fans, wash curtains, blinds, mats and what not regularly.