The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist

This cleaning checklist includes all of the essential chores to tackle, according to the pros. Follow the house cleaning schedule loosely or to a T—either way, you’ll be pleased with the progress and you'll enjoy a cleaner home every day.

The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist and House Cleaning Schedule
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  • Make your bed

  • Wipe down bathroom counters after getting washed up morning and night

  • Empty/load dishwasher

  • Take out trash

  • Do a nighttime sweep to put toys, loose papers, and other stray objects in their place

  • Wipe down counters, table, and sink


  • Dust all hard surfaces

  • Vacuum and/or mop floors

  • Wipe down appliances

  • Wipe down and disinfect countertops

  • Wipe down mirrors

  • Scrub and disinfect the kitchen sink

  • Scrub and disinfect toilets

  • Clean and scrub showers and tubs

  • Change and launder sheets and towels

  • Toss any food that has expired


  • Vacuum upholstery

  • Wipe out and disinfect wastebaskets

  • Wipe down and disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and TV remotes

  • Dust ceiling fans and vents

  • Dust moldings

  • Scrub stovetop, including burner grates

  • Wipe down kitchen cabinets

  • Clean and deodorize the microwave (heat a mug of water with a lemon wedge, then wipe down)

Every Three to Six Months

  • Launder or hand-wash curtains

  • Vacuum mattress (every three months) and flip or rotate 180 degrees (every six months)

  • Clean and condition leather and wood furniture

  • Clean blinds

  • Vacuum drapes and fabric shades

  • Dust lampshades

  • Wipe down baseboards

  • Shake out rugs

  • Scrub grout

  • Wash windows inside and out

  • Clean and degrease the stove hood

  • Polish stainless steel appliances

  • Clean refrigerator and freezer interiors

  • Clean and descale coffee maker

Every Six to 12 Months

  • Clean oven interior

  • Wash or dry clean slipcovers

  • Wash or dry clean pillows

  • Wash or dry clean comforters

  • Empty and clean cabinet and pantry shelves

  • Vacuum or dust refrigerator condenser coil

  • Wash and dry stove hood filter

Every Year or So

  • Have rugs professionally cleaned

  • Pull out large appliances and furniture to clean behind and underneath

  • Wipe down walls

  • Wash window screens

  • Clean dryer duct

  • Have upholstery and drapes professionally cleaned (every two years)

  • Have gutters professionally cleaned.

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