A daily cleaning routine is a busy person’s best friend. See, here’s the thing about cleaning a house: the more often you do it, the less you have to do.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have a quick, daily cleaning routine that will keep your house looking beautiful and company-ready all the time.
Before you print off a copy of the checklist, familiarize yourself with the order of tasks and what certain things mean.
Wiping, for instance, does not mean moving everything when you’re just doing a daily tidy-up. Don’t make it harder on yourself!
Cleaning Gets Faster
If you haven’t been in the habit of cleaning or even tidying every day, it may take you an hour or longer the first time you go through this list.
The next day things will go faster and, after several days of following the Daily Cleaning Routine, you’ll be able to do it in fewer than 20 minutes.
If you make this daily cleaning routine a habit, your home will always look clean, even when you haven’t had time to do a thorough job. Then you will never have to cringe or apologize for the state of your home when someone drops by unexpectedly.
What to Use for Daily House Cleaning
As far as cleaning products go, use your favorite store-bought versions. Or try these homemade cleaners instead:
For equipment, you’ll need these:
- Microfiber cloths
- Vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan, or a dust mop
RELATED: To see the exact stuff I use to clean, check out my Recommended Products page.
- Make your bed every morning. A rumpled bed makes even the cleanest rooms look like a disaster.
- Pick up all clothing. Fold or hang clean items and put dirty clothes in your hamper.
- Put away your jewelry, hand lotion, and other items that are on your nightstand.
- Check the floor: vacuum or dry mop high-traffic areas as needed.
- Wipe the sink basin clean after you’ve used it.
- Buff water spots from the mirror and faucets.
- Wipe the toilet seat and rim with a disinfecting cloth.
- Spray the shower, tub, and shower door/curtain with the homemade daily shower spray.
- Replace any makeup-stained towels or washcloths with clean ones.
- Check the floor — sweep or dust mop as needed.
- Empty the dishwasher if it’s full.
- Empty the sink of any dirty dishes, and give it a quick scrub.
- Get your kitchen sponge wet and microwave it for 2 minutes.
- Spray and wipe counters and appliance fronts.
- Corral any clutter into a neat pile to deal with later in the day.
- Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe up any splatters on the floor.
- Toss the dirty dish towel in the wash, and put out a clean one.
- Give the floor a quick sweep.
Living and Family Rooms
- Straighten all pillows and blankets on the sofa, which is one of the room’s focal points.
- Neaten magazines, books, games, and DVDs that are sitting out.
- Wipe crumbs and fingerprints from tabletops.
- Check the floor. Use a carpet sweeper or hand vacuum to pick up any messes from the floor.
Printable Daily Cleaning Checklist
Click the photo below to open a .pdf for printing, or right-click to save it to your device.
To make the checklist reusable, slip it into a plastic page protector. Use a dry erase marker to check steps off as you go, then wipe it clean when you’re done, so it’s ready for the next day!
Want More Cleaning Checklists?
Be sure to visit my big page of free house cleaning checklists for weekly cleaning routines and Spring Cleaning checklists, too!