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Housecleaning Checklist

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  • rubber gloves
  • vacuum cleaner and sponge mop
  • feather duster and dust cloths
  • sponges and paper towels
  • toilet brush
  • plastic bucket
  • furniture polish
  • glass cleaner
  • all-purpose disinfectant
  • bleach


  • put things away as soon as you're done to avoid double work
  • when leaving a room, scan for things that don't belong there
  • pick up anything misplaced and take it with you to put away
  • put dirty dishes directly in the dishwasher
  • when you run the dishwasher, empty it as soon as done
  • while cooking, clean as you go
  • while dinner is cooking, clean the bowl you just used
  • straighten the shower curtain to avoid mold
  • have cleaners in each bathroom for quick "wiping up"


  • use a bucket to carry your cleaning supplies from room to room
  • dust first (a feather duster is fine unless you have allergies)
  • sweep any areas without carpeting
  • vacuum the upper levels of the house and work your way down
  • clean floors that require mopping
  • set aside a few minutes twice a week to run through the bathroom
  • keep automatic toilet bowl cleaner in your tank to reduce scrubbing


  • wash windows and clean window screens
  • wash window coverings and shower curtain
  • wash walls, door frames, window sills, and baseboards
  • shampoo carpets and wax wood or tile floors
  • have furniture cleaned and sprayed with protectant
  • clean out closets, cabinets, and other storage areas
  • clean under and behind large appliances
  • wipe down cabinets, inside and out
  • wipe down inside of refrigerator and defrost freezer
  • clean the oven, burners, and stovetop


  • when guests coming, you don't always have time for a full cleaning
  • take a basket through the house picking up clutter
  • put the basket out of site, but schedule time to put away later
  • clean up any trash and throw it out
  • wipe down obvious smears in bathroom
  • close the doors to rooms your guests won't see
  • wipe the floor down with a damp towel
  • pour some cleaner in the toilet and do a quick run with the brush
  • vacuum only the high-traffic areas guests will see
  • don't worry about moving furniture
  • use a dust mop to dust any wooden floors quickly
  • wipe up any obvious smudges on furniture, counters, and mirrors
  • straighten stacks of magazines and knick knacks on shelves
  • straighten couch pillows and slipcovers
  • burn some scented candles for an air of cleanliness


  • chocolate or coffee (blot with a 50/50 vinegar and water mix)
  • blood (sprinkle with meat tenderizer and cool water)
  • red wine (blot with club soda then sprinkle with salt)
  • grass stains (blot with slightly diluted hydrogen peroxide)
  • wax (cover with paper towel, and warm with an iron)
  • oily substances (absorb grease with corn starch)
  • gum (freeze with an ice cube and break from fabric)
  • ink (spray with hairspray then blot; sprinkle with salt while wet)


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