The Ultimate House Cleaning Checklist

Nidhi Parikh Nov 29, 2022

Whether you have large areas in your home that need to be cleaned often or you’re a person who dreads cleaning, a house cleaning checklist can help you out.

A house cleaning checklist breaks down all your cleaning chores into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks so you don’t get occupied in haphazard cleaning.

To save you time, we present you with the ultimate cleaning checklist you can use right away.

House cleaning supplies checklist: What you need to clean your house?

You motivated yourself all week to have a cleaning spree over the weekend. Come the weekend, you search for the supplies but don’t find them. That’s just all the motivation gone down the drain. To avoid this, here’s a supplies checklist that ensures you have all the cleaning materials in your home:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Broom and mop
  • Cleaning dusters
  • Cleansers
  • Dustpan
  • Microfiber clothes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Sponges
  • Warm water and a bucket


Daily cleaning checklist

A daily cleaning routine ensures you don’t have to work too hard to keep your house clean. It also saves you a lot of time and effort when it comes to your weekly and monthly cleaning drives.

Here are some tasks you should add to your daily cleaning checklist:

Regular house cleaning tasks

Empty and load the dishwasher

Have you woken up to dirty dishes in the sink and nothing to put your toast on? One way to solve this problem is to put all your dirty utensils in the dishwasher before sleep. This way, when you wake up, all you need to do is arrange those utensils on your shelves.

Squeegee the shower

After showering in the morning, take a squeegee and clean your shower walls. This prevents excess buildup, especially if you have hard water. You also have to put less effort while cleaning the bathroom on the weekends.

Wipe down the bathroom countertop

Just spend 10 seconds every morning wiping your bathroom countertop with a damp cloth. It helps prevent the buildup of dirt, germs, dust, hairspray, and other air-borne items that you use in the bathroom.

Rinse out sink

Have you ever noticed toothpaste getting stuck to your sink? A reason why you should always rinse and wipe out your sink after using it in the morning.

Wipe down the countertop in the kitchen

Clear away all the debris and crumbs on your kitchen countertop. Not only does this keep your kitchen clean and neat, but it also prevents ants and other unwanted pests from infecting your kitchen areas.


Put away loose items

Have you ever walked into an organized house and felt guilty if you put something loose? That’s what happens when you put away all the loose items like papers, toys, and other things in their respective places. You’re motivated to keep it clean.

Empty and wipe out the sink

Rinse the dishes lying in your kitchen sink and wipe the sink at the end to avoid getting things stuck to it and pests coming onto it.

Clean kitchen floor

Clean your kitchen floor with either a vacuum cleaner or a broom and dustpan. Even if you don’t mop the floors daily, it’s okay. You can just do it once in three or four days to make sure that there are no stains on the floor.

Empty the coffee maker

Empty the coffee into your garbage bin or compost after you have had one for the day. This allows your coffee maker to stay dry and prevents any kind of infestation.

Make your bed

You can pair this habit with either waking up or brushing your teeth. Tying it to a habit that you already do daily can increase your chances of sticking to it.


Tidy up

Put away all the unnecessary clutter, and if you find something is creating a mess, like if you accidentally spilled wine on your sofa fabric, put it for washing and dry it when you return from the office.

Weekly cleaning checklist

You don’t need to do all the cleaning tasks daily. Some of them you can get done weekly and still have a clean home. Let’s look at what your weekly cleaning checklist can look like.


Every room

Do all the basic cleaning duties for every room like dusting the floor, mopping it, cleaning the surfaces, cleaning glasses with glass cleaner, and taking care of all the clutter.

Bedroom cleaning checklist

It’s important to keep the most used place in our home clean. Here’s how to keep your bedroom clean in less than an hour.

Clean sheets and towels

Once a week, throw your sheets and towels in the laundry. This makes sure you have a clean bed to sleep in. You can add a few drops of essential oil to make your bed linen smell good.

Do laundry

Instead of letting all your dirty clothes of the week pile up, put them in the washing machine, so you have your office clothes all ready for the upcoming work week.


Wipe down mirrors

It’s no secret that we use our mirrors the most. Over the course of a week, dust, humidity, and other things can make your mirrors messy, especially if you keep your windows open. Clean it using a mirror cleanser and microfiber cloth once a week.

Dust and clean window ledges

You might dust your windows, but what about their ledges? Dirt and dust can pile up over there if you don’t clean it every week. Here’s a guide on how you can take better care of it.

Living areas

  • Dust all the furniture
  • Vacuum and mop the floors
  • Empty the fireplace and restock wood
  • Clean windows and window ledges
  • Take care of any stains
  • Dispose of any old newspapers and magazines
  • Dust lamps


Kitchen cleaning checklist

  • Disinfect countertops
  • Clean and wipe kitchen appliances
  • Organize any items that are lying around
  • Take out the expired or stale food
  • Clean the refrigerator and microwave
  • Wipe inside your oven
  • Clean your kitchen cabinets


Bathroom cleaning checklist

  • Disinfect and scrub toilets
  • Clean and mop the floors
  • Clear any unwanted items
  • Clean the bathtub and shower
  • Spray disinfectant over the shower lining
  • Wash shower curtains
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean and scrub sink and countertops


Other items

  • Clean pet spaces, toys, and pet food bowls
  • Remove lint from the dryer filter
  • Clean your washing machine with vinegar
  • Clean your water softener with rock salt


Monthly cleaning checklist

The monthly cleaning tasks take a bit longer to complete, but they are essential for a healthy home.


  • Deep clean the oven, dishwasher, and fridge
  • Scrub all surfaces
  • Clean all utensils you haven’t cleaned in a while
  • Clean and freshen drains using baking soda and vinegar
  • Sanitize the dishwasher using baking soda and white vinegar
  • Sanitize your stove top and other most-used areas
  • Clean all cabinets

All rooms

  • Clean the windows from outside
  • Wash sofa cushion fabrics, carpets, and curtains
  • Dust blinds and window sills
  • Wipe and put disinfectant over furniture and other things like doorknobs
  • Vacuum every nook and corner
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Replace furnace filter
  • Vacuum vents and make sure there’s no mold
  • Deep clean your bathroom
  • Dust and wipe ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Pay attention to the ceiling corners and remove cobwebs.
  • Empty vacuum canister

Seasonal spring cleaning checklist

Spring cleaning is the perfect way to set up your house for those nice and warm summer months. Here are the tasks you can add to this printable house-cleaning checklist.

  • Take out all the unnecessary stuff in your house
  • Put in screens on windows
  • Wash cushions, pillows, and bed linens
  • Rake leaves and dust plants
  • Clean out the drains and gutters
  • Vacuum and flip mattresses
  • Reseal grout lines
  • Clean upholstered furnishings
  • Wax wooden furniture
  • Wax non-wood floors
  • Move the furniture and vacuum behind it
  • Check all electronics
  • De-calcify taps
  • Wash the backsplash in every room

Deep cleaning checklist

Deep cleaning your house means paying attention to cleaning all the items you usually don’t cover in your regular and monthly cleaning checklist. It could also mean cleaning things extensively. For example, while monthly cleaning, you may just wipe down your shower head. But during deep cleaning, you may clean it with a scrub and remove all the hard water deposits.


Your deep cleaning checklist could involve things like:

  • Cleaning the floors
  • Cleaning the walls
  • Cleaning all the appliances
  • Cleaning the furniture
  • Stain removal
  • Disinfecting the garbage bin
  • Cleaning and sanitizing the bathroom
  • Cleaning under the A/C units
  • Vacuum to suck dirt beneath furniture

Annual house cleaning schedule: Yearly checklist

You can plan your annual house cleaning just before Christmas every year, so your home gets ready for the holidays. Here’s what that checklist would look like:

  • Purge the pantry and clean the shelves in it
  • Clean the chimney and fireplace
  • Clean air ducts and vents
  • Rotate your rugs 180 degrees to evenly distribute wear and tear
  • Clean behind and under large furniture items such as fridge and dishwasher
  • Empty dryer vents
  • Clean gutters
  • Deep clean carpet and upholstery

House cleaning tips

Here are some time-saving tips that will help you keep your house clean in half the time:

  • Clean in the right order and have a system in place
  • Always have a checklist ready
  • Have all your cleaning tools in one place
  • Involve everyone in your home in cleaning tasks
  • Clean from top to bottom, left to right
  • Vacuum in long rows

Now, you’re all set to organize a cleaning drive at home and have fun at it! If you think you’re not yet ready for difficult tasks like deep cleaning, you can rely on professional cleaning companies like Homero to get the job done for you. Book your first cleaning appointment today!

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