There are some items in our homes that need more frequent cleaning than others to keep them in top shape and germs at bay. There are other tasks in our homes that we do more than we need. Here are a few items you should be cleaning weekly and a few that you shouldn’t.
It is not the most desirable chore for many people. This chore becomes even less desirable when it takes forever to tackle. A great way to keep the mound of laundry at a minimum is to clean it on a weekly basis.
Did you know that every time you flush the toilet with the lid open it has the potential to launch germs up to six feet across the room? Keep that lid closed when flushing but also wipe down bathroom surfaces and mirrors at least once a week.
Carpet and Rugs
There are many things that hide out in carpet and rugs too small for the human eye to see. If you can see the residue on your carpet or it visibly looks like it could use a vacuuming you are well past due. Keep dust and residue to a minimum by vacuuming slowly over carpet once a week.
Dust isn’t just unsightly it can be abrasive to the surface of your furniture. Prevent fine scratches in the surface of furniture by dusting weekly with a microfiber cloth. Microfiber is great at attracting dust particles.
If you are getting a healthy amount of sleep you are spending a large amount of time in your bed. The sheets you sleep on collect dead skin cells, body oils, hair, etc. These body particles and other dust accumulate quickly. Try to wash sheets once a week if possible or at least change them to a fresh set.
Though they look clean there may be a whole host of germs living on the surface of your appliances. From fingerprint oils to food residue, give appliances a wipe down with a disinfectant wipe or vinegar and water once a week.
Tub and Shower
Wet and warm places are Petri dishes for bacteria, mold and mildew. You can keep mold and mildew stains at a minimum with a weekly scrub.
One of the most germ filled places in our home. Keep those yucky germs to their lowest with a weekly bowl scrubbing. Give the bowl cleaner time to sit so it can effectively kill germs.
The kitchen is the hub of the home so it is likely that your kitchen floor is a resting place for a large number of food bits and other dirt and grime. Mop kitchen floors once a week.
Brushing teeth, flossing, washing your face, scrubbing hands, all these things cause particles to splash up and hit the bathroom mirror. Once a week run a microfiber cloth over your mirror and follow up with a glass cleaner.
Cleaning that Does NOT Need Weekly Attention
- Clothes Worn Only Once: Unless your clothing is heavily soiled, like say sweaty work out clothes, it is not necessary to clean clothes after every wear. A good rule is to wash clothes every three wears to keep them in their best shape much longer.
- Light Fixtures: Light fixtures only need a dusting about once a month
- Jackets/Coats: Outerwear only needs to be washed every three months unless there is heavy soil or a stain. Coats don’t come in direct contact with skin cells and need less frequent washing.
- Curtains: These only need to be washed once a year. Some people are tempted to put them in the wash every time they do their linens, but they only need to be done during spring cleaning.