House Cleaning Checklist for a Sparkling Home [How-To Guide]

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The Complete Spring House Cleaning Checklist

Feeling overwhelmed about spring cleaning and not sure where to begin? Do you struggle to keep your home clean despite your efforts? We’ve written the complete spring cleaning checklist for de-cluttering and deep-cleaning your entire house.

This list includes tips our house cleaning service teams use to transform a home from dusty and musty to clean and organized. We’re sharing our cleaning checklist template because we understand that sometimes, housework can be overwhelming, especially when you’re short on time. Just deciding where to start can be a chore. We’ve included this printable house cleaning checklist so you can break your cleaning down into manageable chunks. When cleaning your house, you’ll probably feel more accomplished if you can check things off as you go along, and you’re less likely to overlook important tasks.

Cleaning Supplies Checklist

First, have all your cleaning supplies ready so you don’t get bogged down trying to round up everything you need.

  • Newspaper and glass cleaner
  • Mask (for dusting especially gritty areas or if you have allergies)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Lemon rinds, baking soda, and white vinegar  (for degreasing)
  • Microfiber cloths for dusting/polishing
  • Vacuum (Replace bag, clean filter, and dust cup before beginning).
  • Scrub brushes/sponges
  • Broom
  • Mop and bucket

How to Clean Your Home: General Cleaning Tips

Starting with these general tasks can help you make a big dent in your cleaning as you go from room to room.

  1. Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, artwork, window blinds, windowsills, baseboards, and bookcases. For hard-to-reach places, dusting with a soft cloth tied to the end of a mop handle works wonders. Don’t forget to dust in corners to remove cobwebs.
  2. Vacuum carpets, including areas under and around rugs and furniture.
  3. After dusting, polish wood furniture to make it shine.
  4. Using horizontal strokes, wash windows with cleaner and newspaper for streak-free views. Polish mirrors with cleaner and soft cloths.
  5. Remove clutter. Donate or discard unwanted items.
  6. Take out the trash.
  7. Sweep and wash hardwood and linoleum floors to remove dirt and scuff marks.
  8. Wipe walls with a damp cloth.
  9. Sanitize doorknobs, outlets and light switches.
  10. Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  11. Change air filters.
  12. Replace batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
  13. Now that you’re on a roll with spring cleaning, we’ll get to the specifics for each room.

Laundry Room

While laundering removes dirt and debris from your clothes, those particles don’t always make it out of the machine. A good cleaning will make it run more efficiently and leave every load fresh-smelling. If you have a front-loading model, you know that the door gasket can start smelling moldy if it isn’t cleaned regularly.

Likewise, removing lint build-up from the dryer ensures your clothes, sheets, and towels come out soft and fluffy without requiring extra drying time.

  1. Clean inside washer. Fill dispenser with chlorine bleach and run a normal cycle with hot water. Clean front-loader gasket.
  2. Empty washing machine pump.
  3. Remove lint filter on dryer, clear debris with comb or dryer sheet, rinse with soap and water. Wipe inside the machine.
  4. Organize laundry supplies to easily locate everything you need.

Kitchen/Dining Area

As your family’s food-prep headquarters, the kitchen goes through lots of wear and tear. While juggling everything else, you may barely have time to do more than minimal maintenance. A total deep-cleaning will make all your culinary endeavors easier and keep gunk and unpleasant odors at bay.

  1. Wipe microwave and other appliances inside and out.
  2. Descale coffeemaker. Place paper filter in basket, “brew” equal parts water and vinegar halfway, let sit for 30 minutes, finish cycle, and empty.
  3. Clean shelves and bins in refrigerator and freezer with warm, soapy water. Toss expired food.
  4. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  5. Replace water filters.
  6. Rinse dishwasher filter thoroughly. Use cleaner or pour in 2 cups vinegar, run on low. Stop mid-cycle, let stand 20 minutes. Finish cycle and wipe inside machine.
  7. Disinfect trash can.
  8. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops white vinegar on the bottom of oven. Let it bubble, then scrub with sponge.
  9. De-grease range hoods. Wash mesh filter in hot, soapy water. Clean build-up from stovetop, elements, and cabinets above range.
  10. Sanitize garbage disposal. Run 2 lemon rinds through it, then rinse with cold water.
  11. Clean drain. Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup table salt mixture. Follow with 1 cup heated vinegar. Let stand 15 minutes. Rinse with hot tap water.
  12. Organize cabinets and cookware. Sanitize cutting boards.
  13. Organize pantry. Check expiration dates on spices and canned goods.
  14. Wash pet dishes.
  15. Sanitize table and chairs.
  16. Polish and organize cabinets/hutches.
  17. Wash table linens and chair cushions.


Like other areas of the home, bedrooms can become zones for clutter and odors. And they need serious home organizing. Freshen up your sleeping quarters and keep closets tidy so you don’t dread opening them.

  1. Sprinkle mattresses with baking soda to remove stale smells. Vacuum with crevice tool. Disinfect.
  2. Wash bedding.
  3. Clean under the bed.
  4. Dust and organize dressers/nightstands.
  5. Organize closets and dresser drawers. Pack up winter clothes. Donate or toss anything you don’t wear or use anymore.


Give your bathroom a “bath” to knock out germs, mildew, and funky smells.

  1. Organize cabinets and linen closets. Toss expired beauty products and medications.
  2. Scrub bathtubs, showers, and shower heads.
  3. Wash curtains and liners or shower door frames.
  4. Clean sinks and counters. Use scrub brush to clean faucets and drains. Remove debris that could clog the drain.
  5. Wash towels and bath mats.
  6. Scrub floors. To clean grout, spray tile with cleaner, let sit for several minutes, scrub, and rinse.
  7. Disinfect trash can.
  8. Clean exhaust fans.
  9. Scrub outside of toilet and inside toilet bowl.

Living Room/Family Room

As the go-to place for entertaining friends and relaxing with your family, this area can be a magnet for messes. Spruce up living areas to keep them cozy and inviting.

  1. Dust electronics, lamps, and lampshades.
  2. Using a cloth and disinfectant, sanitize remote controls and gaming equipment.
  3. Organize entertainment centers.
  4. Remove stains from furniture with upholstery cleaner.
  5. Wash kids’ plastic toys with soap and warm water.
  6. Launder throws, pillows, and stuffed toys.
  7. Clean under and between couch cushions. (You might find enough spare change to treat yourself to a small reward for all that work).

Home Office

Whether you telecommute or just use this room to keep up with bills and paperwork, a clean, clutter-free home office means less stress when you need to get things done.

  1. Sanitize keyboard and mouse with disinfectant.
  2. Dust monitor with dry cloth.
  3. Clean out files — both hard copies and electronic documents– so you don’t have to search through mountains of out-dated material to find what you’re looking for.
  4. Organize whatever you want to keep. Use a filing system in chronological order and/or according to document type. Designate space for office supplies, magazines, etc.

Cleaning Outside the Box

We’re including some creative tips to boost your motivation. Take Windex, for example. It’s not just for windows. You can use it for cleaning everything from kitty litter boxes to kitchen appliances to crystal. Check out some fun uses for the versatile blue glass cleaner.

Trying to minimize your carbon footprint and protect your kids from the harsh chemicals found in many traditional cleaning products? Look no further than your kitchen cabinets. We’ve put together a list of our favorite DIY green cleaning products you can make at home for a fraction of what you pay for the store-bought stuff. Plus, they’re safe for your family and pets.

House Cleaning Schedule

Now that you’ve conquered your green cleaning checklist, you might be wondering: How do I stay on top of the housework? We recommend making house cleaning schedules containing activities to do for daily cleaning and weekly cleaning. Downloading house cleaning checklist templates online is also a great idea.

Before you know it, it’ll be time for another round of spring cleaning. Following a routine will make your seasonal cleaning a lot less daunting and will make sure you achieve a clean house every single time.

If all else fails, Upstairs Downstairs is here to help. Call us to get your free cleaning estimate today!

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