Do this in the exact same way as you wiped down the kitchen surfaces – just use a multipurpose cleaning product like Cif Cream Lemon Surface Cleaner (make sure to read the label and test it in a small area first) and wipe down any surfaces in the bathroom to prevent mould growth. Mould grows quickly in bathrooms as they’re warm and damp, so keeping on top of this is vital – mould can cause all sorts of health problems.
You don’t need to vacuum every room every day, but what you should do is vacuum the areas you spend the most time in, such as the living room, and any areas where you eat, like the kitchen or dining room (or bedroom if you’re partial to a little breakfast in bed). Keeping your carpets clean is especially important if you’ve got babies or young children whose hands are all over the floor.
Weekly Housekeeping Checklist
Weekly tasks tend to be a little more time consuming and involved, but they only need doing once a week, so we can’t complain too much. It’s well worth assigning each of these tasks to a different day of the week, so you’re not doing everything at once.
This is such an easy task, but it can take a bit of time. A thorough vacuum should involve all carpet floors (and wooden floors if you have a soft brush attachment), any rugs, including the underside of the rug, and your curtains. Vacuuming curtains may sound strange, but by regularly removing dust and dirt, you can reduce the regularity with which you need to wash them – just make sure to use the appropriate attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Not the most pleasant of jobs, but certainly one of the easiest. Apply a powerful cleaner like Domex Toilet Cleaner to the bowl, including the sides and under the rim, and leave for the time instructed on the label. Flush, and use a toilet brush to remove any stubborn stains. Finally, use a clean cloth or sponge to clean the outside of the toilet (remembering to never reuse cleaning tools that you have used on the toilet in other areas of the bathroom or home).
Cleaning your bath and shower regularly can help reduce dirty marks created by soap residue that has been allowed to dry. For showers, rinse the curtain or glass door whilst you’re showering to remove any soap or shampoo, and wipe glass with a suitable cleaning product or vinegar when you’re finished to remove any smears and smudges.
If you’ve got kids at home, you may be thinking ‘laundry just once a week – you’ve got to be joking!’ The truth is, you should launder as and when necessary, but at the very least you should launder once a week so that your dirty undies don’t start walking to the washing machine by themselves. Leaving dirty clothes for long periods can attract moths that will actually eat their way through the fibres.
Just before you do your weekly grocery shop, spend 5 minutes looking through your fridge and throwing out anything that’s past its ‘use by’ date, anything that’s starting to get mouldy, anything that smells bad, or anything that’s unidentifiable. Not only will this protect your health, but it’ll also make more room in the fridge for your new groceries.
Using a housekeeping checklist to keep track of what you’ve already done, and what’s left to do, is a great way of keeping on top of your cleaning schedule. It allows you to divide your time between household chores and relaxation, and helps keep your home healthy, fresh, and hygienic, protecting your health, and your family’s health.