Weekly cleaning schedule

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The following grid lays out a typical cleaning schedule for a family with a couple of school-aged children once again, with one parent around for an hour or two during the day and able to do some cleaning.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
1. Remove bedclothes and put clean ones on
2. Wash  bedclothes (take them out of the tumble drier as soon as they are ready, and fold them, to reduce ironing time) 

– wash whites at 60C with whites washing powder and fabric conditioner

– wash light coloureds at 40C with coloureds washing powder and fabric conditioner

– wash dark coloureds at 30C with coloureds washing powder and fabric conditioner

Note: All laundry can be done at 30C if there are no stains, to be more environmentally friendly.

3. Put away  bedclothes neatly in airing cupboard
4. Dust and vacuum bedrooms, including underneath and behind beds
5. Vacuum mattresses once every month or two to prevent dust mite building up
6. Launder duvets and pillows at least once a year, preferably on a hot summer’s day when you can get it all outside to dry easily
7. Empty bedroom bins
Tuesday
1. Dust and vacuum living room (including windowsills, sofas, tables, TV unit, and tops of cupboards)
2. Throw away any dead flowers and water plants
3. Tidy toys, bookshelves and insides of cupboards as necessary
Wednesday
Big clean of family bathroom and downstairs WC
– clean bath, toilet, sinks
– clean shower, shower screen and mirrors
– clean taps (using descaler if necessary)
– make sure there is spare toilet roll and soap
– change towels and flannels and launder old ones
– dust tops of cabinets
– hoover and mop floors
– empty bins
Thursday
1. Wash your clothes – to prevent a washing mountain, only get as much washing going in one day as you can wash, dry, fold/iron and put away that day, or at the very latest the next.
2. Take everything out of the tumble drier as soon as it is ready, and fold it all, straightaway to reduce ironing time to practically zero) 

– wash whites at 60C with whites washing powder and fabric conditioner

– wash light coloureds at 40C with coloureds washing powder and fabric conditioner, Consider using colour catcher sheets for mixed washes.

– wash dark coloureds at 30C with coloureds washing powder and fabric conditioner

Note: All laundry can be done at 30C if there are no stains, to be more environmentally friendly.

3. Big clean of kitchen
– clean oven using cream cleanser on washing up sponge (if reasonable) or oven cleaning gel (if bad)
– clean hob with cream cleanser, or use a special blade if it is ceramic
– wipe extractor fan with cream cleanser on washing up sponge, and rinse off
– Wipe worktops and tiles, including behind toaster, microwave, kettle, etc.
– Hoover bits off floor and then mop
– Polish sink and taps, using descaler if necessary
– Empty bin, wipe down outside and put in new bin bag
– clean tops of cupboard and light switches at least twice a year
Friday
1. Wash, dry and put away children’s clothes
2. Do any mending that’s needed
3. Iron some of the children’s clothes if necessary and make sure there is enough uniform ready for next week.
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