Life can get pretty busy, which can make it tough to keep your home neat and tidy. We've always believed in the idea of cleaning up as you go along to avoid having a big mess later on. But, there are some spots in your home that you might forget to clean regularly. So, we've put together a list of 16 things and areas in your house that you should give some cleaning love to every month.
Taking care of your baseboards is crucial, especially if you have energetic kids and furry pets around. Use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away dust before it piles up and gets hard to clean.
Your washing machine is a real trooper, and keeping it clean is super important. Keep it running smoothly by running a cleaning cycle with no laundry in it at least once a month. And don't overlook wiping down the outside of the machine to keep it in tip-top shape.
Don't forget about your smaller kitchen gadgets like the kettle, coffee maker, stand mixer, blender, and toaster. Make it a habit to give them a quick wipe-down to keep them running smoothly.
Porches and Decks
How often you need to sweep your porches and decks can change depending on where you live, but it's a smart move to get rid of leaves, cobwebs, and other junk at least once a month.
Establish a monthly habit of using the handheld attachment on your vacuum to give your upholstered furniture a good, deep clean. Remember to remove the cushions and vacuum underneath them for a thorough job.
It's a smart idea to clear out your refrigerator at least once a month (even better if you can do it every two weeks). Toss out any expired stuff, give the shelves and drawers a good wipe-down, and then reorganize everything before you put it back in.
To keep your tiles in good shape, get into the routine of cleaning the grout between them at least once a month. Doing this regularly will go a long way in preventing permanent stains.
Over time, kitchen cabinets tend to collect a mix of grease, dirt, dust, and food splatters. To keep this buildup from getting out of hand, it's a good idea to give them a good wipe-down at least once a month.
Get into the monthly routine of giving your appliances a good cleaning. Wipe away dust and fingerprints from the stainless steel surfaces, and remember to keep the insides of your appliances, like the microwave, spick and span too.
You might be surprised at how quickly dust can gather on light fixtures' shades and glass. To keep your space clean and well-lit, it's essential to give them a good wipe-down at least once a month.
How often you clean your makeup brushes really depends on how much you use them. But because germs and bacteria can build up fast on these brushes, it's a smart move to give them a good cleaning at least once a month. This helps to avoid transferring any bacteria to your face.
To keep your furnace running well and to make sure the air you're breathing is of good quality, it's important to check your furnace filters at least once a month and replace them when needed. This regular upkeep ensures your furnace works at its best and keeps your indoor air clean.
Range Hood Filters
Cleaning range hood filters might not be the most exciting chore, but it's a crucial one! To keep your kitchen's ventilation working well, make sure to soak, gently scrub, and rinse the filters at least once a month.
Getting a carpet cleaner was a smart move for us. We ensure that we give all the area rugs in our house a good cleaning once a month, which is especially important when you have kids and pets. This routine keeps our living space clean and smelling fresh.
We find ourselves cleaning our windows more often thanks to our messy dogs, but as a general rule, it's a good idea to clean your windows at least once a month to keep them looking clear and shiny.
Dusting and wiping down ceiling fan blades might not be the most fun job, but it's a necessary one. Make sure to get this task done at least once a month to avoid that yucky dust buildup!