Written by Tenley Haraldson.
As a company that's obsessed with cleaning, the Puracy team has come to realize the key to a successful cleaning routine: Breaking tasks down into regular, 10-minute increments.
For a straightforward weekly cleaning schedule – that covers each room and surface – keep reading!
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The Basics: Your Daily Cleaning Checklist
You know how "quick hands make light work?" Integrating a few of these tasks into your daily house cleaning schedule will make deep cleans a lot easier later on. Obviously, take out the garbage and do laundry as often as necessary!
1. Tackle Food Messes
After meals and snacks, clean countertops then move downward to chairs (which are notorious crumb collectors). When you’re done, simply sweep up.
Wash dishes to prevent food gunk from sticking. Cleaning your sink also keeps unwanted odors, stains, insects, and bacteria from building up.
2. Make Your Bed
There are plenty of benefits of making your bed. For something that takes 1-2 minutes, it’s one of the easiest additions to any cleaning routine (especially if you nix the top sheet in favor of a duvet cover).
3. Keep up with Clutter
If you've got kids or are working from home, messes can pile up fast. Consider keeping “catch all” baskets in each room. Chuck "misfit toys" in a basket and find a new home for it when you've got a free minute. Just be sure to relocate items before they become mountains.
Sunday: Living Room
If you spot cobwebs in the top corners of your living room, dust them and handle floors (e.g. vacuuming carpets, sweeping and mopping hardwood floors). To avoid dust marks, take care of windows last.
Food stains, rotten produce, a sink full of dishes: These probably won't pile up if you stick to a regular house cleaning schedule. For your convenience, we’ve put together a top-to-bottom kitchen cleaning guide.
Clean out Your Fridge
A sparsely-packed refrigerator keeps you from over-purchasing food while cutting down on food waste. No more sad, soggy vegetables buried in the crisper drawer.
Before you hit the supermarket, do a quick clean of your fridge and freezer. Then hit shelves with our food-safe Natural Surface Cleaner (no caustics necessary). Don't forget to wipe down the exterior, too!
Tackle Food Messes
When you’re scrubbing your microwave or stovetop once a month, you might regret not doing it more often. Deal with soup spatters and bubbled-over casseroles ASAP!
Sweep & Mop
No one wants to walk on crumbs or sticky surfaces. Even if you don’t have time to mop, run a broom across your kitchen floor 1-2 times per week.
Bathrooms can get gross quickly. Integrating a few of these tips into your house cleaning routine will help you keep a guest-ready washroom.
Clean Toilets, Showers, & Sinks
If your home is prone to hard water stains, regular bathroom maintenance is important. Scrub your bathtub with a multi-surface cleaner then wipe down sinks to remove dust, hair, and soap scum. Spray our Disinfecting Surface Spray on the outside of your toilet, let it sit for 10 minutes, and wipe away. Always scrub the inside of your toilet last.
Clean Bathroom Floors
Vacuum any bath mats and throw them in the washing machine (especially if they're grimy). Next, wipe down baseboards and sweep floors. Use a microfiber mop if your floors need it.
This is the time to top up soap pumps, stock up on toilet paper, and make sure you have enough clean towels.
Wednesday: Entryway & Stairs
Entryways are where backpacks explode, pets track in mud, and where shoes (hopefully) get kicked off. Consider incorporating one – or all – of these into your weekly cleaning list:
Run a cloth and multi-surface spray over your wardrobe, coat rack, railings, and other furniture.
Disinfect High-Touch Areas
To cut down on the spread of germs and viruses, hit high-traffic areas with Disinfecting Surface Spray once per day. This includes door knobs, light switches, cupboard handles, faucets, and railings.
Wipe Down Windows & Mirrors
Clean mirrors and windows can really elevate a space. For a streak-free shine, you only need a microfiber towel and Puracy Natural Surface Cleaner.
Thursday: Master Bedroom
Messes can ruin that inner-sanctum vibe you're going for. Between deep-cleaning your bedroom:
Remove extraneous things that distract you, invest in drawer inserts, hang up your clothes, and ask whether you really need 12 throw pillows.
Focus on Surfaces & Floors
If you’re dusting, always be sure to work your way downwards. Follow up with a vacuum.
Change Your Sheets
You should wash your sheets every week to cut down on dead skin cells and dust mites (which can increase allergy symptoms). To make your bedding even more luxurious and inviting, use a Natural Laundry Detergent that’s tough on stains but gentle on sensitive skin.
Friday: Other Bedrooms
There are plenty of ways to get kids involved in chores, but until they’re old enough, parents will need to help out with certain tasks:
Unless your kid takes a bath before bed every night, try to replace their sheets once a week.
Put Toys Away
When you clean your child’s bedroom, find homes for toys, books, and clothes. Hunt down items that have no business being in your child’s room, like broken toys, remote controls, and bits of food.
Dust Furniture & Baseboards
Parents might have to dust high surfaces like bookshelves and ceiling fans. Since they’re already close to the ground, kids are the ideal candidates for cleaning baseboards with a microfiber towel.
Focus on Floors
Vacuuming carpets is too hard for kids, but there are plenty of child-sized cleaning items that are made especially for small hands.
Saturday: Laundry Room
From soap spills to fuzz from lint traps, can your laundry room use a little love?
Wipe Down Appliances
Using a microfiber towel and Natural Surface Cleaner, wipe down the outside of the washer and dryer. Pay attention to the soap dispenser.
How to Remove Mildew Smells
Pour a mixture of ¼ cup water and ¼ cup baking soda into the washing machine’s detergent container. Add 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum, run a hot cycle (without clothes), and scrub the interior immediately after you open the door.
One in, One out
Don't let errant socks and random items of clothing pile up: Reserve Saturday for folding and finding homes for wayward pieces.
Dust & Sweep
After cleaning out the lint trap, dust appliances, window sills, and any other surfaces that need attention. Follow with a quick sweep and mop.
How Following a Weekly Cleaning Checklist Helps
A cluttered and/or dirty home can actually have a major impact on your health:
- Women who saw their homes as “cluttered” were more likely to suffer from depression and fatigue.
- There’s a strong correlation between domestic cleanliness and physical health. Simply put, cleaner homes tend to have healthier residents.
- People overwhelmed by disorganization are more likely to procrastinate. A clutter-free space yields far better focus and productivity (especially if you're working from home).
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