Weekly Cleaning Schedule And Checklist: A Guide To Saving Time

Weekly cleaning is the most important cleaning.

Our weekly cleaning schedule is arguably the most important checklist. Included here are all the major maintenance tasks and chores that ought to be completed to keep your house tidy and your family healthy. If you find you’re skipping out on your daily cleaning schedule, the weekly one becomes even more essential. We get it, sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to pick up after oneself, let alone one’s dependents. But you should really work these weekly cleaning items into your routine, so that when it comes time for a deep clean, you don’t need to bring in the cavalry.

Weekly cleaning schedule + checklist

Living areas

  • Sweep, mop + dust.
    • Uh oh, is that too much work? If you do these things regularly and often, it’ll be a breeze. Pick one day of the week to do these chores, and stick to it.
    • We like to use Swiffer 2-in-1 Dry + Wet Mop to streamline this scenario. The dry mop collects and traps dust, hair and debris from the floor, then the wet mop pad allows you to easily mop without having to mess with a bucket. You can just dispose of both the dry and wet mop pads when you’re done.
    • Use a Swiffer Duster to hit your walls, blinds, electronics, shelves, baseboards and doors. Its dust-lock adhesive material actually grabs debris, instead of just moving it around or sending it airborne.
    • There’s even a Swiffer Dusters Heavy Duty Super Extender model for reaching ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, hard-to-reach corners and the tops of bookcases.
  • Vacuum your couch.
    • Got pets? Definitely do this weekly. Be sure to get beneath the pillows, in the crevices and zippers, plus the arms and sides.
    • Hit the couch, pillows and blankets with some Febreze Fabric spray to freshen up the scene.
  • Launder your pet’s bed.
    • You can also wash their toys with white vinegar to neutralize dog-breath smells.
  • Dust (that’s right!), and water your plants.
    • Careful not to let standing water settle in the bases of your plants’ pots.
  • Organize and wipe down your coffee and end tables.
    • Hooray for decluttering! Untangle cords, sort mail and toss unnecessary stuff.

Kitchen

  • Sweep + mop.
    • Kitchen floors can get grimy fast, but they’re usually the easiest to clean.
  • Wipe down the exterior of your cabinets.
    • We like to keep a diluted white vinegar spray under the kitchen sink for wiping down everything from countertops and cabinets to stainless steel appliances and stovetops.
    • Don’t let grease smears sit and sauces congeal. Be proactive!
  • Clean your stove burners.
    • Yes, it’s time to address those crusty, burnt bits lingering beneath the burners. You’ll be glad you did next time you go to cook a meal and the stove is pleasantly smoke-free.
  • Clean out and organize your pantry and fridge.
    • Toss anything questionable, expired or stinky.
  • Wipe out your kitchen sink with some white vinegar and baking soda.
  • Assess your dishwasher and garbage disposal. Does everything smell okay?
    • If your dishwasher smells funky, run it on an empty cycle with some Cascade Dishwasher Cleaner or a bowl of white vinegar.
    • If your garbage disposal smells funky, toss some ice cubes into it, and run it to clean the blades. Then throw in some citrus peels, and turn it on to freshen up any odors.
  • Wipe down the exterior of your stainless steel appliances, like the microwave, dishwasher, fridge and oven door and handles.
    • Hit them with a spritz of diluted white vinegar, and buff off any greasy fingerprints with a microfiber rag.
  • Take out the trash and recycling (and compost, if applicable).

Bedroom

  • Wash your sheets, pillow cases and duvet.
  • Spot clean your mattress, if necessary.
    • Moisture can accumulate on your mattress while you’re sleeping, whether it’s sweat or otherwise. Let the mattress air out while you’re washing the sheets.
      • You can make an assortment of DIY mattress cleaning solutions with isopropyl alcohol, baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to spot treat stains with a spray bottle.
      • Always let the mattress air dry completely before putting sheets back on.
  • Dust your dressers, shelves, windowsills and bedside tables.
  • Sweep + mop.
  • Mind the laundry.
    • If it’s out of hand (again), take care of it. And actually put it away. We see you.

Bathroom

  • Launder your towels and bath mats. Replace them with freshies.
  • Sweep + mop.
  • Clean out your sink and countertops. Don’t forget to wipe down the faucet and handles, too.
  • Wipe down your mirrors.
  • Clean your shower, including the faucet, hardware, walls and/or doors, plus the curtain and liner. A little white vinegar goes a long way (and can actually help prevent future mildew from forming).
    • If your shower drain is clogged, tend to that ASAP. No store-bought drain declogged on hand? All you’ve got to do is pour some boiling water down the drain, followed by some white vinegar and baking soda, then some more boiling water.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Scrub your toilet bowl. Maybe even hit the outside of the toilet, including the flusher, any attachments and the back. Then sanitize the entire area with a ready-made cleaner, like Microban 24.

Bonus chores

  • Got some more free time?
    • Vacuum your curtains and drapes with the upholstery attachment.
      • They’re probably dustier than you think.
    • De-crumb your toaster oven, or clean out your oven’s interior.
    • Descale your coffee maker.
      • Also a thing. And your morning java will be tasting noticeably better in no time.
    • Wash and disinfect your kid’s toys (especially the bath toys!).

You’re doing a great job! Look how clean that house is. But we could go on and on and on. For example, when’s the last time you deep cleaned your couch? How about deodorizing your carpet? And those outdoor cushions on your patio, they could probably use a good scrub.

Okay, okay, we’ll stop. But don’t worry, we’ll be here, waiting enthusiastically for when you’re feeling motivated to clean some more.

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