Determining how often to clean a house depends on the size, how often rooms are used, and what types of furniture and surfaces you have. Some things need to be cleaned every day, while a general cleaning can be done once a week, and a deep cleaning every few months or annually. Some things require daily cleaning because any negligence can lead to household pests or health problems. That's why you should clean the kitchen and bathrooms regularly.
But, don't make these tasks any harder than they are. Cleaning surfaces every day does not mean cleaning everything, then spraying and scrubbing. It simply means using warm water and soap or a disinfectant wipe to go over the free space. Once a week, two at most.
Although most bacteria on bedsheets are environmental (like dust) and mostly harmless, bacteria and fungi, along with dirt and oils that come off during sleep, can stick to sheets and skin, contributing to acne and dandruff. To keep the bed clean, change the sheets once a week (as recommended by Rapinchuk), or at least every two weeks (as recommended by Tetro), and wash them with hot water. Even if they look clean, the sinks can get very disgusting. Tetro says that the bathroom sink collects fecal matter (from washing your hands after using the bathroom).
In addition, bacteria in food, such as E, coli, and salmonella, can contaminate your kitchen sink, especially if you've been handling raw meat. When the water splashes back on your hands, they also become contaminated. To stay safe, clean your sinks daily. Carpets should be vacuumed weekly (more often if you have pets) to keep dust, dirt and allergens at bay.
Wash floors thoroughly or steam them once every two weeks, Tetro says. You may want to wash your kitchen floors a little more often, because of the bacteria in the food that can spread around. Does all this cleaning seem daunting? If you can't seem to keep up, do your best. Rapinchuk recommends, at a minimum, making the bed every day, if only because it encourages a productive mindset.
It literally takes a few seconds and can set your day up for success, and, hey, it can remind you that your sheets could use a good wash. Setting a solid schedule will help you prioritize areas of your home that you aren't cleaning enough and give you a break from places where you're currently over-cleaning. We've put together some of the best tips for you and your family to learn how to keep a house clean every day of the week. From dirty dishes and your bathroom counter, to your beloved laptop (yes, you should clean it too), read on to make sure your cleaning routine is on time.
Good Housekeeping recently created a handy infographic that shows how often you should clean everything in your home. Instead of focusing on areas of your home that need to be cleaned biweekly or monthly, focus on those that need daily or at least weekly cleaning. If you find that your cleaning tasks take longer than expected, there may be things in your house that you clean more often than necessary. Depending on the size of your home and the severity of the mess, it could spend 2 to 3 hours a day spent cleaning.
It can seem overwhelming to clean every week or even every day, but keeping abreast of the dirt in your home will eliminate the weekend hours spent deep cleaning your home.