Monthly Cleaning Checklist For The Whole House

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Keeping your home clean and sanitary doesn’t require a momentous effort on your part, and can easily be attained through regular cleaning checklists. Just follow this list of basic cleaning chores to be performed each month, and you’ll have a sparkling home in no time.

While leaving your cleaning for large, monthly events is tempting, a monthly cleaning checklist is not intended to be the sole time for household chores. Daily and weekly lists help keep your home in shape with smaller, more frequent tasks, designed to make end of the month cleaning quicker and easier.

Living Room

  • Carefully move your couches and chairs to reveal the carpet or hard flooring beneath, and sweep or vacuum.
  • Using a damp cloth or sponge mop, dust the molding and baseboards.
  • Dust plants around the living room.
  • Wipe down the area around your fireplace, if you have one. During the summer months when the fireplace is likely not being used, this chore typically only needs to be performed once per month. During colder months when the fireplace is in use, consider cleaning the area around it more frequently.
  • If you have carpet in your living room, purchase carpet cleaning solution, and cover the entire living room area, or just the spots that need refreshing. Allow to sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then vacuum.
  • For a quick carpet refresher, sprinkle baking soda over it, allow to sit for at least one hour, then vacuum.
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  • Break down your bed linens, removing even the mattress pad.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress, and allow to sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum off.
  • Launder your sheets, mattress pad, duvets and pillowcases.
  • Have any rugs dry cleaned if needed.
  • Check your bedroom carpet (if you have it) for stains, and remove with carpet cleaner.
  • Refresh your carpet with baking soda.
  • Wipe down molding and baseboards.


  • Empty any trashcans that may have been neglected throughout the month.
  • Cover your bathtub and/or shower with cleaner, or a mixture of baking soda and water. Allow to sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then wipe away.
  • Scrub your toilet to remove buildup stains.
  • Mop the floor to remove product spills and buildup.
  • Scrub or bleach grout where it has begun to discolor.


  • Review all items in your refrigerator, freezer, pantry and cabinets to ensure nothing has gone bad. Immediately throw away any products that have expired.
  • Mop your kitchen floor, and scrub any areas with tough stuck-on food stains.
  • Sanitize your kitchen countertops.
  • Wipe down the top of your cabinets and refrigerator to remove dust, bugs and other debris that may have settled there since your last cleaning.


  • Vacuum and/or sweep all floors in your home. While some rooms may not be used frequently enough to require more regular floor cleanings, this should be done every month, in every room.
  • Rinse out your garbage cans and trashcans with a hose. Spray with a sanitizing solution and sprinkle baking soda along the bottom to keep fresh throughout the month.
  • Wipe down all moldings and baseboards. Remove scuffs with a buffer or paint touch up.
  • If you have hardwood floors, treat them to improve shine and guard against damage.
  • Dust ceiling fans by throwing an old t-shirt over one fan blade, while holding on to each end of the shirt with one hand. Slide the shirt down the ceiling fan blade to remove dust.
  • Walk around your home with sanitizing wipes or solution, and cleanse frequently touched items. Doorknobs, keypads, touchscreens, handles, telephones, remotes, keyboards and computer mice are some of the most handled items in your home, and they should be cleaned at least once per month.
  • Use your vacuum’s hose attachment to clean curtains and drapes. Use a fabric refreshing spray if needed.
  • Walk around your home and check for dirt and makeup smudges on walls, door handles, light switches and other areas frequently touched. Use a sponge soaked in warm water and a drop of dishwashing soap to remove stains.
  • Use your garden hose to remove large stains and dirt from your driveway or walkway. Because this uses a large amount of water, it should not be done more than once per month. Sweep or hand scrub stains between monthly washings.
  • Clear any clogged drains around your house with boiling water. If water alone does not remove the clog, pour two cups of vinegar and one cup of baking soda down the drain. The mixture will fizz when combined in the drain, and help clear away debris. Flush with boiling water after 15 minutes.

Each month, use this checklist to help keep your home clean and sanitized. Removing spoiled items, cleaning floors, removing carpet and wall stains and wiping down moldings and baseboards will ensure your home looks as beautiful as possible. When combined with daily and weekly cleaning chores, your monthly cleaning tasks won’t take long.

Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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