When it comes to housecleaning, good organization is a priority. Knowing what work needs to be done and how to clean a house efficiently is a trait of the professionals, but everyone can look up to them in this area. Here is a checklist so you don't forget anything.


Proper cleaning requires seeing the right picture and you will not be able to do this until you clean up the gathered clutter. It can accumulate all around the house and present itself in many forms: clothes, toys, magazines, dirty dishes and various kinds of equipment.


This will lower allergens and improve the air quality in your house. Dampened cloths tied to the ends of mops and brooms work great for removing cobwebs. For slatted blinds, use the string to close them one way and dust, then close them the other way and repeat. it’s effective and a lot more efficient than trying to do one slat at a time.


Make sure your compartment isn’t already full, and use the right settings and attachments. Hit the floors in the whole house, and upholstered furniture. Be amazed at all those missing items (socks, your favorite pen) that you find under your couch cushions.


For mopping, start at the farthest corner of the room and move back toward the entrance. Rinse mop after completing each 4 x 4 foot area.

Glass cleaning

Although sometimes neglected, glass surfaces in your house also need cleaning in order to look great. This mostly includes any mirrors and windows, but also glass tables. The windows need to be cleaned both inside and outside. While cleaning these surfaces, start from top and move to bottom, while using circular motion.

Clean kitchen sink

Use an eraser-type sponge to remove marks, then sanitize by plugging the drain, filling the basin with warm water, and swishing a tablespoon of bleach around. Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse.

Clean washing machine

Use the special washer cleaner cycle on the newer models, or add a specialty cleaner like Affresh and run a normal cycle with hot water.

Wash bedsheets and pillows

Put down and fiberfill pillows in the washer and launder two at a time in warm water on a gentle cycle. Add an extra cold water rinse and spin cycle. Then tumble dry on low heat with a few rubber dryer balls.

Clean microwave

Heat a microwave-safe bowl filled with 1 cup of water and several tablespoons of vinegar on high power for several minutes until the window is steamy. Let cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, then remove the bowl, and wipe the inside clean with a sponge.

End cleaning with scrubbing

For this part, you will need cleaning gloves to protect your hands from the cleaning agents. The areas you need to cover are the bathroom with bathtubs or showers and toilets, as well as the kitchen sink. Since these are some of the dirtiest spots in the house, first spray the agents onto the surfaces and wait a few minutes, and then start scrubbing and wiping away. When you’re done, rinse with water and you will see sparkling cleanliness.


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