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Raise your hand if you findtotally daunting. Or if you stumble upon dust, rust, or dirt in spots you totally forget about too often for comfort. We get it. Which is why we created this super handy checklist with the Cleaning Lab to help you stay on top of how often you should - but there are a few exceptions to keep in mind.
First of all, the obvious: If something looks dirty, don't wait - add it to your immediate to-do list. Secondly, when it comes to sanitation, our guidelines represent the bare minimum so you can ramp up those tasks as needed. And finally, don't forget about laundry, for which we createdto follow.
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The Definitive Cleaning Schedule
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Tips for Cleaning Every Day
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Clean coffee maker: Wash removable parts with warm, soapy water or stick dishwasher-safe pieces in the machine. Wipe down the outside and warming plate to remove spills.
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Clean dirty dishes:. Today's machines and detergents make it unnecessary - and a waste of water and time!nzymes in your dishwasher detergent work better when they can attach themselves to food particles.
Sanitize sinks: Use an eraser-type sponge (like) to remove marks, then by plugging the drain, filling the basin with warm water, and swishing a tablespoon of bleach around. Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse.
Tips for Cleaning Every Week
Tackle one room or job each day so you're not doing everything all at once. For example, devote Monday to wiping down kitchen appliances, cleaning the microwave, sanitizing sponges, and tossing expired food. Bring out the vacuum on Tuesday, make Wednesday the day for changing sheets, and so on.
Clean inside of microwave: Heat a microwave-safe bowl filled with 1 cup of water and several tablespoons ofon high power for several minutes until the mixture boils and the window is steamy. Let cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, then remove the bowl, and wipe the inside clean with a sponge.
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Scrub bathroom surfaces: We likefor and for glass, tile, and .
Sanitize sponges: Mix 3/4 cup ofin 1 gallon of water and soak the sponge for five minutes, then rinse – that's it.
Tips for Cleaning Every Month
Again, these don't have happen all on the same day, so split up your tasks and delegate jobs to your partner (and kids!).
Clean a washing machine: Use the special washer cleaner cycle on the, or add a specialty cleaner like and run a normal cycle with hot water.
Clean dishwasher: Descaleby filling a large glass measuring cup with 2 cups of vinegar and placing it on the top rack. Then run the machine without detergent or heat dry.
Clean vacuum:when it's three-quarters full to keep suction strong and replace the filter if it's very dirty or torn. Snip threads snarled in the brush with scissors or a seam ripper.
Tips for Cleaning Every 3-6 Months
It's easy to forget about these tasks, so don't let them sneak up on you!
Wash pillows: Put down and fiberfill pillows in the washer and launder two at a time in warm water on a gentle cycle. Add an extra cold water rinse and spin cycle. Then tumble dry on low heat with a few.
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Clean inside of oven: Wipe down loose bits of food with a damp sponge. Then use the self-cleaning function on your oven to remove burnt-on grime. Wash your racks in the sink with warm, sudsy water and a.
Wash shower curtain liner: Launder plastic or vinyl curtains in the machine on the highest water level with a couple bath towels for extra agitation.
Tips for Cleaning Every Year
Consider these jobs your checklist for.
Deep clean carpets: If your home has a lot of wall-to-wall carpeting, rent or invest in a carpet cleaner like theto remove tracked-in dirt and stains.
Deep clean windows: Choose a dry, cloudy day to prevent streaks. Remove dirt and dust first, then spritzon the panes and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
Clean around dryer and vents: Use the the crevice tool onto suck up the fuzz and debris that can cause house fires.
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