Spring cleaning guide: what you should be cleaning in your house and when

Alice Sholl
Contributor
You’ll want to deep clean yourself after achieving all this [Photo: Pexels]

It’s spring at last, so we can turn down the heating, stash our wool coats away and enjoy more hours of sunshine.

But now that it’s here, that sunshine’s also highlighting something less pleasant in our homes; dirt.

It may feel like we kept up with the cleaning over winter (you remember scrubbing out the bath a few times), but considering there’s untouched dust covering everything, perhaps you didn’t keep up as thoroughly as you thought.

So it’s time for some spring cleaning, although how often should you clean different things? And what needs cleaning in the first place?

According to a guide by Good Housekeeping, here’s what you need to do in each room and how often.

The kitchen

Kitchens need your attention most regularly [Photo: Pexels]

Daily

Wash the dishes, wipe down the kitchen counters and table, sweep the floor and clean and sanitise the sink.

Weekly

Mop the floor, wipe down any appliances, clean the inside of the microwave, sanitise your kitchen sponges and toss any food that’s gone off.

Monthly

Clean your dishwasher and the filters of your washing machine and/or dryer.

Every 3-6 months

Wipe down the inside of your fridge, clean out your freezer, put some drain cleaner down the sink, clean your cooker’s hood and scrub the entire oven (you can do it).

Annually

Give the windows a deep clean.

The bedroom

Don’t slack on swapping out those bedsheets [Photo: Pexels]

Daily

Make your bed and do any necessary dirty laundry.

Weekly

Clean your mirrors, dust your furniture, give the floor a hoover and change your bedding.

Monthly

Vacuum the vents and woodwork (don’t forget the skirting board), dust your blinds, dust and clean any light fixtures and empty your vacuum cleaner.

Every 3-6 months

Clean under and behind any furniture, wash your pillows and duvet and vacuum your mattress.

Annually

Deep clean your carpet, upholstery and curtains, and deep clean those windows too.

The bathroom

It’s less demanding than the kitchen, but it still needs a lot of love [Photo: Pexels]

Daily

Wipe down all surfaces, squeegee your shower walls and clean and sanitise the bathroom sink.

Weekly

Mop the floor, clean your mirrors and dust anything that needs it.

Monthly

Dust and clean any light fixtures.

Every 3-6 months

If you have a shower curtain, wash it, and clean those drains.

Annually

Get your windows deep cleaned.

The living room

Living rooms can almost be left to their own devices (but “almost” is the key word here) [Photo: Pexels]

Daily

You’re off the hook, besides general tidying if you so wish.

Weekly

Dust the furniture and vacuum the floors.

Monthly

Vacuum any vents or woodwork, dust and clean light fixtures and dust the blinds.

Every 3-6 months

Clean under and behind any furniture.

Annually

Clean the fireplace and chimney if you have them, deep clean your windows, and clean any drapes or curtains.


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