There is no greater cleaning tool than a five-star checklist. These handy lists help keep us on track for when, where and how to clean in the most efficient way possible. Using a cleaning checklist also helps break down big tasks (cleaning out the closets or refrigerator) into more manageable projects, saving time and your sanity.
Here at The Maids, we love a great cleaning checklist and have developed some pretty great ones over the years. We’ve taken these lists and compiled the ultimate cleaning list. Enjoy!
The Master List
Organize cleaning tasks by what needs to be cleaned daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly. Put all the chores you can think of on this house cleaning schedules list.
- Daily Cleaning. Pick up clutter, wipe down countertops, wash dishes, empty trash, make beds, wipe down sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms and hang up towels.
- Weekly Cleaning. Mop kitchen and bathroom floors, scrub bathroom surfaces, clean mirrors, dust furniture, vacuum your floors and furniture, change bedding, toss expired food, wipe down kitchen appliances and clean inside of the microwave.
- Monthly Cleaning. Vacuum vents and woodwork, dust and clean light fixtures, dust blinds, clean your dishwasher, laundry machines and vacuum.
- Quarterly Cleaning. Wipe down the inside of your refrigerator, clean your kitchen range hood, wash your shower curtain liner, clean under and behind furniture, wash pillows and comforters, vacuum mattress, descale coffee maker and clean inside of the oven.
- Yearly Cleaning. Clean your fireplace and chimney, deep clean carpet and upholstery, deep clean windows, clean around dryer and vents and clean drapes and curtains.
The Kitchen Checklist
Aside from the bathroom, the kitchen tends to be the most used and dirtiest spot in your home. And, unlike the bathroom, most of us like to congregate in the kitchen. Imitate The Maids with this guide to cleaning the kitchen.
- Cabinets. Wipe from top to bottom with a microfiber or clean cloth dipped in a solution of mild dish detergent and lukewarm water. Squeeze out excess liquid and wipe along the grain to remove splattered grease and fingerprints.
- Stove. Remove grates and burners and place in the kitchen sink. Add a pea-sized amount of grease-cutting dish soap to a damp sponge and scrub to release spills and dirt. Rinse the sponge clean and repeat to remove any soap residue. Use a kitchen towel or microfiber cloth to buff out the watermarks.
- Countertops. For most countertops, it is safe to use a mild dish-detergent solution and a sponge. Use the sponge on a cleared countertop to wipe away spills or sticky spots and buff with a clean cloth. If your counters have really lost their luster, try using club soda to give them a shine. This also works on stainless steel appliances.
- Microwave. Loosen grime by filling a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups water and ½ cup vinegar. Heat on full power for 3-4 minutes until boiling. Let the steam fill the microwave, then wipe down interior walls with a sponge. Wash the plate by hand in the sink.
- Sink. Use a mix of baking soda and water, a non-abrasive sponge and scrub in circular motions. Rinse the sponge and sink and clean again with soap and water. To make it shine like new, rub a few drops of baby oil around (mostly for stainless steel sinks) and watch it glow.
- Floor. Regardless of your floor type, start by sweeping or vacuuming loose dirt or food. Follow up with a mop and soapy water to make them shine. Always research the best cleaning methods for your type of floors before cleaning.
The Speedy-Clean List
Sometimes you just need a quick clean, either for an impromptu get together or holiday party. Here are some ideas from our speed cleaning checklist.
- Give the bathroom a good once-over. Wipe down the sink, toilet seat and rim. Get rid of any dirty laundry or towels, change the hand towel, empty the trash and close the shower curtain or door.
- Catch all the clutter. Grab an empty laundry basket and go from room-to-room picking up all the clutter and out-of-place items. If you’re really short on time, you can stash this basket somewhere your guests won’t see or start putting the items back where they belong.
- Hit the kitchen. Give it a quick clean by unloading and loading the dishwasher, de-cluttering the counters and wiping down all surfaces.
- Make your bed. Even if your guests likely won’t enter your room, it’ll make your home look and feel cleaner.
- Run the vacuum. The last thing you should do is run the vacuum. Start in the areas your guests will be congregating, i.e., living room, kitchen, bathroom then continue on as time allows.
Need more checklists? Try this compilation blog full of links to the best cleaning checklists for every room. Exhausted by all these lists? Contact The Maids. Our cleaning services are second-to-none when it comes to checking off your entire cleaning list.