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How to Clean Your Whole House in One Day

Is it possible to get your whole house clean in one day? Yes, it’s totally doable and here’s how. Just start with a game plan and go room by room. Do your prep first. Before you start to clean, take 30-60 minutes to go through each room to organize and clear out any dirty clothes, toys and clutter. If you pick up and put away before you start to clean you’ll be able to focus on deep cleaning.

Top Tips to CleanYour House in a Day

      1. Pick a day you won’t be interrupted
      2. Walk through the house first to pick up and put away
      3. Put sheets and towels in the wash while cleaning
      4. Get together the right cleaning supplies for each task
      5. Go room by room
      6. Finish a room before moving onto the next
      7. Use a checklist to keep you on track

1. Pick a day to clean when you won’t be interrupted by other demands on your time. I try to clean on the same day each week, that way I don’t forget to do it. It makes it a little easier to remember the last time I cleaned and makes sure it gets done!

2. Cleaning without getting a little organized first just makes it harder to get it done in a day. My advice is keep it simple. Walk through the house and pick up dirty clothes, stray homework or toys before you start. Put them away so you’re cleaning not de-cluttering.

3. Throw those dirty clothes into a hamper so your washer is free to get your sheets and towels clean.

4. My bathroom cleaning stuff stays in the bathroom and kitchen cleaners are under the kitchen sink. This way they’re always nearby. Mop, broom and vacuum stay in the hall closet. It makes it so much easier to get started when everything I need is handy.

5. I used to find it hard to stick with the one room at a time plan, in fact I used to buzz around from room to room. But it seemed to take longer to finish cleaning. Now I target the bathroom, then the kitchen and then the vacuum comes out for the bedrooms and living.

6. When I had more than one bathroom, it made sense to clean them both at the same time. Storing cleaning stuff under the bathroom sink in a caddy makes it easy to carry from one sink to the other.

7. A checklist to carry around or pin up can overcome memory fog!

Now if you’ve gone a long time between full scrub down, then you may need a few more hours to deep clean your whole house. If you have a bigger house or more rooms it may take a little longer too.

What really helps though is picking a day to clean and sticking to it. Because unless you love to clean, you’ll probably be like me. Happy to put it off for another day!

How to Clean Your Whole House in a Day

♥ Free printable CLEANING CHECKLIST


BATHROOMS

  1. Clear toiletries, shampoos or gels from tub, sink
  2. Squirt cleaner onto sink
  3. Spray tub and shower with cleaner
  4. Spray toilet surfaces with disinfecting cleaner, bowl with toilet bowl cleaner
  5. Scrub the tub/shower, sink and taps with a sponge
  6. Wipe down toilet surfaces with paper towel
  7. Scrub toilet bowl with a toilet brush
  8. Throw your scummy shower curtain and tub mat in the wash
  9. Sweep, vacuum and mop floors all around fixtures and bath
  10. Empty wastebaskets
  11. Hang up clean towels, curtain and mats

1-2 hours


 KITCHEN

  1. Move everything off counter
  2. Squirt cleaner over counter-tops and stove top
  3. Use a sponge to wipe down and clean around sink, countertops and appliance fronts.
  4. Wipe down cabinets with a mixture of white vinegar and water and a damp rag or sponge.
  5. Wipe handles and knobs.
  6. Clean the top of oven or stove to get rid of grease and spills.
  7. Wipe down appliances on counters
  8. Put a bowl of hot water in microwave for 2 minutes. Wipe down inside.
  9. Sweep, vacuum and wet mop floors.
  10. Empty wastebaskets

1.5 hour


BEDROOMS

  1. Take a light duster or rag and wipe over furniture, lamp shades and window sills
  2. Take sheets out of the washer/dryer
  3. Make bed
  4. Windex or vinegar spray mirrors and glass
  5. Sweep or vacuum floors including under the bed.
  6. Use vacuum cleaner attachment to lightly remove dust from curtains, blinds.

1-2.5 hours plus wash/dry


LIVING DINING ROOMS

  1. Dust furniture with allergen attracting polish using a rag or old t-shirt
  2. Pick up and move things around to dust all surfaces
  3. Use handheld attachment to vacuum chairs & sofas including under the cushions
  4. Vacuum floors or sweep and dry mop
  5. Vacuum or dust window sills
  6. Fluff pillows and throws

1 hour


HOME OFFICE

  1. Dust furniture with allergen attracting polish on a rag or old t-shirt
  2. Pick up and move things around to dust
  3. Use an antibacterial wipe to clean keyboards and mouse
  4. Spray Windex or vinegar mix on cloth and lightly wipe screens
  5. Vacuum floors or sweep and dry mop
  6. Vacuum or dust window sills and blinds

.5 hour


EXTRAS

  • Clean up house plants and pick up dead leaves, spilled soil and water in saucers.
  • Clean out dog or cat bowls. Shake and flip beds and put outside to air.
  • Sweep and mop laundry room floor. Clean out washer and dryer lint filters.
  • Use anti-bacterial cleaner on doorknobs and handles but realize it won’t kill viruses!

There you did it! Cleaning your house can be fast and easy. Time to plop down on your couch and put your feet up on. Nothing feels better than having a clean house. Let’s face it, it’s even more important to stay on top of keeping it clean now isn’t it?

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Love your healthy clean home, love your life!