Routine House Cleaning List

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Routine House Cleaning List
Routine housecleaning can help keep your family healthier. (Water tap in bathroom image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Housecleaning sometimes seems like a tiresome chore. Organising household chores into weekly and daily categories is a good way to make short work of routine tasks. Having the right cleaning products on hand helps you finish the cleaning list quickly. Special products and cleaning tasks may be necessary for certain areas, such as the bathroom. Cleaning up spills and other messes as they happen is another way to stay on top of housecleaning.

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The size of the family and how much use the kitchen gets determines whether the kitchen cleaning list is a daily or weekly project. Even if you do most of the cleaning once a week, keeping things put away cuts down on actual cleaning time. Whatever routine schedule works for your family should involve a thorough cleaning of the countertops and backsplash. This involves removing everything to wipe and sanitise the surfaces rather than just wiping up spills. Sinks need scrubbing and disinfecting. Cabinet fronts, tables, chairs and the tops of appliances need dusting. While its important to wipe up messes inside the microwave as soon as they happen, the microwave needs routine cleaning, as do the refrigerator and the stove. Collect the trash and remove it. To finish the kitchen, the floors need cleaning. This includes vacuuming and mopping as appropriate for the floor type.


Like the kitchen, the bathrooms in the home may need daily attention. Routine cleaning in the bathroom involves cleaning, rinsing and disinfecting the sink and its fixtures. Wipe chrome faucets dry. The toilet needs scrubbing and disinfecting inside and out. Bathtubs and showers also need thorough disinfecting and rinsing. Don't forget the shower curtain or door. Cleaning the mirrors regularly is important, as well as straightening and dusting the items kept on the vanity. The floors need vacuuming and mopping as appropriate for the floor type.

Bedrooms and Living Areas

Each room needs to have items put in their proper places as part of a general overall straightening. Bed linens need changing on a routine basis. Pillows need fluffing on the sofa. Surfaces need dusting with a product appropriate for the surface. For example, electronics devices need special screen cleaners. Glass surfaces need appropriate glass cleaners to effectively remove spills and fingerprints. Lampshades, books, knick-knacks and picture frames all need dusting as part of the routine cleaning process. Each floor needs vacuuming. If it's a hard-surface floor, it may need mopping as well.

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