You may not have to clean the house as often nowadays, so taking an organized approach will help you make sure nothing gets missed. The simplest way is to divide cleaning jobs into weekly, monthly and once-a-year schedules. We’ve done the hard work for you with this handy low-maintenance cleaning checklist:
Sweeping and Mopping
To clean hard floors quickly and easily, use a Swiffer WetJet, a mopping tool that gives you a great clean on virtually any floor in your home.
If you have shedding pets, you may want to vacuum more often, but otherwise a weekly whizz around your carpeted areas with the vacuum cleaner should keep carpets and rugs looking pristine.
No matter how many people you have in the house, this room will always get dirty. To make a grimy job easier, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Foaming Bath Scrubber. It’s awesome at removing built-up grime and soap scum from your sink, counter, shower doors and grout.
While countertops should be wiped down daily, you can leave deep-cleaning your kitchen until the weekend, scrubbing the sink, faucet and stovetop, and wiping down appliances and cupboard doors. Grab a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Kitchen to make scrubbing stuck-on or greasy messes from surfaces quick and easy.
Keep dust mites and allergens at bay with a thorough weekly dusting, following a specific path through the house so you don’t miss a spot. Use a Swiffer 360 Dusters Extender to trap and lock pet hair in the fluffy fibres and help you reach fan blades, blinds and ceiling corners with ease.
Spray Febreze ONE in each room to fill your home with a fresh scent and eliminate odours – without the use of dyes or aerosols.
You can easily clean scuffmarks, grime and fingerprints from baseboards, walls and light switches with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Durable. Just wet, squeeze out and lightly scrub to remove them.
A monthly scrub will suffice. Place a microwave-safe bowl inside containing a cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, and then turn the microwave on high for several minutes until the window is steamy. Let it cool before wiping out with a Bounty Paper Towel.
While you should check best-by dates and discard out-of-date food on a weekly basis, the fridge shelves should be cleaned every one to six months, depending on how good you are at avoiding spills.
Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top and sides of any mattresses in regular use. This will get rid of dust and dust mites. Spritz Febreze FABRIC on the mattress to clean away odours and leave behind a light, fresh scent.
A once-a-year clean is probably plenty! If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven (which uses high heat to burn stuck-on grime into easy-to-wipe-away ash), you can clean it yourself. Empty the oven and coat all surfaces – skipping the heating mechanisms – with a mixture of water and baking soda (½ cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water). Leave the surfaces coated overnight, and then wipe away after about 12 hours with a damp Bounty Paper Towel. Add a few drops of vinegar to a spray bottle of water to reveal any leftover paste residue (it will foam up), and then wipe it away to reveal a gleaming oven!
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