Weekly Cleaning Schedule and Checklist: A Guide to Saving Time

Because weekly cleaning is the most important cleaning.

You read that sub-title correctly: weekly cleaning is essential. While it’s easy to focus on the daily tasks of picking up and tidying (especially if you have little ones at home), it’s the often-neglected weekly tasks that have the biggest influence on the long-term health of your family and home.

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We know you’ve got a lot to keep straight, and cleaning tasks shouldn’t have to be one of them. That’s why we created our Weekly Cleaning Checklist. Included here are all the major maintenance tasks and chores that should be completed at least once a week, organized by room. Love checking off boxes? You’ll find a link to a printable checklist at the end.

Let’s get to it!

Weekly cleaning schedule and checklist

Living areas

  • Dust, sweep and mop.
    • Dust surfaces first. We like the Swiffer Duster because its dust-lock adhesive material actually grabs debris, instead of just moving it around.
    • Then we reach for the Swiffer 2-in-1 Dry + Wet Mop to streamline the floors. The dry mop pad collects debris from the floor, while the wet mop pad allows you to clean without having to mess with a bucket.
  • Vacuum couch.
    • Be sure to get beneath the pillows, in the crevices and zippers. Finish by hitting with some Febreze Fabric Spray to freshen up the scene.
  • Launder pet beds.
    • You can also wash their toys with white vinegar to neutralize dog-breath smells.
  • Dust and water plants.
    • Careful not to let standing water settle in the bases of your plants’ pots.
  • Wipe down tables.
  • Organize clutter.
    • Untangle cords, sort mail and toss unnecessary stuff. Decluttering for the win.


  • Sweep and mop.
  • Wipe down cabinets.
  • We like to keep a diluted white vinegar spray under the kitchen sink for wiping down pretty much everything.
  • Clean stove burners.
  • Organize pantry and fridge.
    • Toss anything expired or stinky, and wipe down the areas.
  • Assess your dishwasher and garbage disposal.
    • 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 appliances.
    • Your turn microwave, dishwasher, fridge and oven.
    • Hit them with a spritz of diluted white vinegar, and buff off any greasy fingerprints with a microfiber rag.
    • To get the most shine from your stainless steel appliances, do this.
  • Take out the trash and recycling (and compost, if applicable).


  • Dust top to bottom.
    • Don’t forget dressers, shelves, window sills and bedside tables.
  • Sweep and mop.
  • Wash bed linens.
    • Looking at you sheets, pillow cases and duvet.
  • Spot clean mattress, if necessary.
    • If your mattress needs a spot clean, be sure to let it air dry completely before putting sheets back on.
  • Catch up on laundry.
    • If it’s out of hand (again), take care of it. And actually put it away. We see you.


  • Sweep and mop.
  • Clean shower and tub.
    • Don’t forget the faucet, hardware, walls and/or doors, plus the curtain and liner. A little white vinegar goes a long way (and can help prevent mildew too).
  • Clean sink and countertops.
    • Faucet and handles, too.
  • Scrub toilet.
    • Hit the outside of the toilet first, including the flusher, any attachments and the back. Then sanitize the entire area with a ready-made cleaner, like Microban 24.
  • Wipe down your mirrors.
  • Launder linens.
    • Nothing better than a fresh towel.
  • Take out the trash.

Bonus chores

Looking to level up your weekly cleaning schedule? Try these bonus chores on for size.

  • Vacuum curtains and drapes.
    • Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment.
  • De-crumb toaster oven.
    • Hit the interior while you’re at it.
  • Descale your coffee maker.
  • Sanitize make-up.
  • Wash and disinfect toys
    • Don’t forget the bath toys too.
  • Speciality projects
    • These projects might not need to be completed weekly, but if you throw one in every week, you’ll soon have them all conquered. What do we mean by speciality? Deep cleaning your couch, deodorizing your carpet, or giving your outdoor patio cushions some love all count.
      We can see you now—checking off boxes, taking names, and basking in the shine of your weekly-cleaned home. Well done! You can do this thing.

Click here to download a printable version of our Weekly Cleaning Checklist!

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