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Ever wondered how some people manage to keep their homes spotless despite juggling busy schedules? The answer is regular domestic cleaning. I know, I know – “obviously” is probably what you’re thinking right now. But bear with me a bit more and we’ll peek behind the veil so you can do it, too.

Regular domestic cleaning is not just about tidiness. It’s an important part of living a healthier and more enjoyable life. This guide dives deep into the why and how of maintaining a clean home regularly. We’ll get into some practical tips and tricks that can transform your cleaning routine from a chore to a refreshing daily achievement.

In this article:

  • Understanding regular domestic cleaning
    • Defining regular cleaning
    • Comparing cleaning types
  • Benefits of regular domestic cleaning
    • Psychological benefits
    • Physical health benefits
  • Essential cleaning supplies and tools
    • Essential cleaning products
    • Must-have cleaning tools
  • Room-by-room cleaning checklist
    • Kitchen
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Living room
    • Entryway and hallways
    • Special attention areas
  • Hiring professional cleaning services
    • When to consider hiring help
    • What to Look for in a Cleaning Service
    • Differences in services offered
    • Evaluating cost vs. benefit
    • Setting expectations
  • FAQs
    • How often should I clean my house?
    • What are the best products for cleaning?
    • How can I fit cleaning into a hectic schedule?
  • Conclusion

Understanding regular domestic cleaning

Regular cleaning is all about maintaining a clean and organized home through routine. This involves regular chores such as dusting, vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and managing clutter.

The goal is to keep your living space in a constant state of readiness, so it not only looks presentable but also feels welcoming and comfortable.

Defining regular cleaning

At its core, regular domestic cleaning is the weekly (or for some households, daily) cleaning to prevent dirt and disorder from setting in.

This routine is less about heavy-duty tasks that require deep cleaning and more about surface-level maintenance that keeps your home looking and feeling fresh.

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Comparing cleaning types

Understanding the difference between regular, deep, and spring cleaning is important. Here’s a relative breakdown:

  • Regular cleaning is the most frequent type of cleaning. It involves fan favourites such as sweeping, mopping, tidying up, and cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. You know, things everybody enjoys.
  • Deep cleaning is more thorough and is typically done every few months. It includes everything in regular cleaning plus tasks like cleaning under the furniture, washing the windows, and detailed cleaning of appliances. Deep cleaning targets areas that aren’t typically addressed in regular cleaning sessions.
  • Spring cleaning is somewhat similar to deep cleaning but even more comprehensive and usually occurs once a year. It involves a top-to-bottom cleaning of the entire home. And I mean top-to-bottom. Nearly every nook and cranny gets special attention. This even includes areas that are usually neglected, like the tops of cabinets and behind heavy appliances.

Benefits of regular domestic cleaning

Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is key to managing a healthy home. It helps with reducing allergens, such as dust and pet dander. It also minimises the spread of germs (particularly in areas like the kitchen and bathroom).

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Removing clutter also improves safety by reducing tripping hazards. Not to mention it makes spaces more functional and relaxing (there have been studies on this).

By making these cleaning tasks a part of your routine, you improve the environment in your home. You also help to safeguard the physical and mental well-being of everyone in the household. Here are some more details.

Psychological benefits

Regular cleaning comes with some serious psychological benefits.

  • It reduces stress. A cluttered space can trigger feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. In contrast, a clean home can have a calming effect. It reduces stress and makes it easier to concentrate. This is especially important if you’re working from home.
  • It increases productivity. Speaking of working from home, it’s easier to focus and be productive in a neat environment. Clutter is visually distracting and can impede your ability to process information.
  • It keeps you in a good mood. The act of cleaning itself can be therapeutic. Completing tasks gives you a sense of accomplishment.  Seeing the immediate results of your efforts can be uplifting. Additionally, a clean environment can brighten your mood and make you feel more positive and energised.
  • It improves your sleep quality. There’s something inherently relaxing about going to bed in a clean and organised room. Slipping into fresh bedding after a hot relaxing shower can make many of life’s worries go away (at least until tomorrow). Studies suggest that people sleep better when their bedroom feels fresh and free from clutter.

Physical health benefits

But it’s not just about the psychological benefits. You can also get some physical benefits out of having a clean home.

  • It reduces allergens. Regular cleaning reduces the accumulation of dust, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. These are the usual suspects when it comes to respiratory problems and allergic reactions. By vacuuming, dusting, and washing linens regularly, you can keep allergens at bay and breathe easier. However, you need to be extra careful if you’re cleaning with asthma.
  • It improves hygiene. Bathrooms and kitchens are hotspots for bacteria and mould. Regular cleaning of these areas prevents them from spreading. 
  • It minimises pest infestations. A clean home is less attractive to pests that are drawn to food scraps, spills, and rubbish. Regular cleaning ensures that there’s nothing lying around that would attract pests.

Essential cleaning supplies and tools

The tools don’t make the master, but you still need the right tools to get the job done. Here are some items and tips for choosing the best products especially if like me you prefer eco-friendly options.

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Essential cleaning products

  • All-purpose cleaner – this is the Swiss Army knife of cleaning supplies. It’s versatile enough to be used on multiple surfaces, from countertops to bathroom tiles. You can buy one or make your own with white vinegar, water, lemon rind, and rosemary.
  • Disinfectant – essential for areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Disinfectants kill bacteria and viruses and ensure your surfaces are not only clean but sanitary. If you’re looking for a good green alternative, 1:1 solutions of lemon juice and white vinegar has shown promising results. However, if you need serious dissinfection, go with commecial products but carefully read the labels.
  • Glass cleaner – to keep windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces streak-free. A good glass cleaner removes fingerprints and smudges easily. You can opt for a solutions of rubbing alcohol, water, and white vinegar for a greener option.
  • Floor cleaner – depending on the type of flooring you have—whether it’s hardwood, tile, or carpet—choose a cleaner made specifically for that material. You want to prevent damage and ensure thorough cleaning so again – read the labels.
  • Furniture polish – for wood furniture, a wood polish can help clean, protect, and enhance its natural beauty.
  • Toilet cleaner – a strong toilet cleaner is crucial for maintaining hygiene in the toilet bowl and surrounding areas.

Must-have cleaning tools

  • Microfiber cloths – these cloths are perfect for dusting and wiping surfaces without leaving lint behind.
  • Vacuum cleaner – a high-quality vacuum with HEPA filtration is a game changer. It’s ideal for removing dust, dirt, and potential allergens from carpets, floors, and upholstery. Just make sure it’s powerful enough. It really makes a difference.
  • Mop and bucket – for hard floors, a good mop and bucket are a classic for a reason. Microfiber mops or those with reusable pads are excellent for eco-friendly cleaning. If you’re not a fan of the bucket, there’s a number of spray mops you can choose from that also do a great job.
  • Scrub brushes – a variety of scrub brushes can help tackle tougher stains in bathrooms, on grout, and in kitchens. Having both a stiff brush for heavy-duty work and a softer one for delicate surfaces is helpful. Pick the right tool for the job.
  • Squeegee – perfect for keeping shower doors and tiles free from water marks and mold growth.

Many people recommend dusters, but I’m honestly not a fan. Instead of cleaning dust, in most cases they merely shuffle it around.

Room-by-room cleaning checklist

Having a cleaning checklist for each room can help streamline your cleaning process. It ensure every area of your home receives the attention it needs.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of cleaning tasks for various rooms to keep your home clean and tidy. Let’s make this a rapid-fire round.

Kitchen

Bathroom

  • Toilet – clean and disinfect the bowl and outer surfaces twice a week. Make sure you avoid Coke as a cleaning agent.
  • Sink and countertop – wipe down daily to keep free of toothpaste splatters and soap scum.
  • Shower/Bathtub clean weekly to prevent mildew and soap residue buildup; daily squeegee walls to reduce water spots.
  • Mirrors – clean weekly or as needed for a streak-free shine.
  • Floors – sweep daily, mop twice a week and focus on grout lines since they can harbor mould.

Bedroom

  • Bed linens – change sheets weekly to maintain a fresh and hygienic sleeping environment.
  • Surfaces – dust weekly (more frequently if allergies are a concern).
  • Floors – vacuum weekly to remove dust and potential allergens, especially under the bed and other furniture. Twice a week for high-traffic areas.
  • Closets – tidy monthly, ensuring clothes are hung or folded neatly. This also presents an opportunity to declutter.

Living room

  • Dusting- weekly dusting of surfaces, including shelves, mantels, and electronics.
  • Upholstery – vacuum sofas and chairs weekly (spot clean as needed).
  • Floors – vacuum carpets and rugs weekly. Mop hard surfaces weekly or as needed. Pay special attention to hardwood floors.
  • Windows: Clean glass surfaces monthly to enhance natural light.

Entryway and hallways

  • Doormats – shake out or vacuum weekly to prevent dirt from spreading indoors.
  • Flooring – sweep or vacuum weekly, mop as needed to handle foot traffic.
  • Coat closet – organize seasonally, ensuring items are accessible and the space is not cluttered.

Special attention areas

Certain areas need special attention regardless of the room. Especially since people always forget to clean them.

  • Doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. These high-touch surfaces should be disinfected weekly to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Air vents. Dust monthly to improve air quality and efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
  • Baseboards and corners. These often-overlooked areas can harbor dust and dirt, so include them in your monthly cleaning routine.

Hiring professional cleaning services

Sometimes, the demands of daily life mean that even the most organised individuals need a little extra help. Hiring professional domestic cleaning services can be a game-changer for maintaining a clean home without the stress of doing it all yourself. Here’s what you need to know when considering professional help for your home cleaning needs.

When to consider hiring help

  • Busy schedules – if your work, family, or social commitments leave you with little time for regular cleaning, a cleaning service can take this burden off your shoulders.
  • Special occasions – before events such as parties or during holiday seasons, extra help can ensure your home is spotless and welcoming.
  • Health reasons – for those with health issues that make physical tasks challenging, professional cleaners can provide a necessary service.
  • Maintaining high standards – if you prefer a clean home but lack the time to achieve this level of cleanliness, regular professional cleaning can maintain your home to your standards.
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What to Look for in a Cleaning Service

  • Reputation and reviews – Check online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family. A good reputation is often a reliable indicator of trustworthy and effective service.
  • Insurance and bonding – ensure the service is insured and bonded to protect against any potential damages or losses incurred during cleaning.
  • Flexibility and reliability – look for services that can accommodate your schedule and specific cleaning preferences. Reliability is crucial. You’ll want a service that arrives on time and consistently delivers quality work. The occasional hiccup is to be expected here and there (we’re all human), but you want to know that you can count on your cleaning company.
  • Clear communication – a service that communicates clearly and promptly can help you feel more at ease. This includes discussing specific cleaning needs, frequency, and any particular concerns you might have.

Differences in services offered

  • Daily/Weekly/Bi-weekly cleaning. Depending on your needs, you can arrange for more frequent visits for lighter cleaning or less frequent, more intensive sessions. We recommend at least a weekly cleaning because bi-weekly cleaning often doesn’t leave enough time to get everything done.
  • Customized cleaning plans. Some services offer the ability to customise the cleaning tasks you need to get done. This allows you to prioritise certain areas or tasks. Talk to our representatives if you want to make use of this option.

Evaluating cost vs. benefit

  • Cost considerations. Professional cleaning services can vary in cost based on frequency, size of your home, and specific services rendered. Evaluate whether the time you save and the quality of cleaning provided justify the expense.
  • Trial period. It might be beneficial to start with a one-off cleaning to assess the quality of the service. This is a deeper cleaning the first time around but it would make it easier to set a good baseline so you can get your home cleaned on a weekly basis afterward.

Setting expectations

Before the service begins, walk through your home with the cleaners to discuss specific areas of focus. Any delicate items or surfaces that need special care and any no-go zones need to be made explicitly clear. This helps set clear expectations and ensures your home is cleaned just the way you like it.

Be careful when selecting a professional cleaning service and setting clear expectations. You can enjoy a consistently clean home and reclaim your time to focus on other priorities but you need to make the right choice.

FAQs

  1. How often should I clean my house?

    Ideally, surface cleaning should be done weekly, with a monthly deep cleaning.

  2. What are the best products for cleaning?

    Use products that suit your cleaning needs and are easy on the environment.

  3. How can I fit cleaning into a hectic schedule?

    Break tasks into small, manageable daily activities. Or book a professional service.

Conclusion

With the right strategies and tools, regular domestic cleaning can be easily integrated into your life. Having a clean home has a ton of benefits, though it’s not always easy to achieve. But remember – the safety and comfort of a clean home are just a phone call away.

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Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.