This Is How Often You Should Clean These 15 Household Items


Most people have different rituals when it comes to cleaning the house. However, the majority of Americans clean their homes at least once a week and perform a deep clean once a year.

But, not all things need to be cleaned as often. For instance, the toilet needs more frequent cleaning than the comforters.

Read on and find out how often you should clean these items in your house!

This Is How Often You Should Clean These 15 Household Items

Bedroom Items

  1. Bed sheets

Clean: Once a week.

It’s important to wash your bed sheets once a week because sweat and dead skin cells make them the perfect ground for dust mites and other critters.

  1. Comforter

Clean: Every 6 months.

Although comforters aren’t as susceptible to mite proliferation as bed sheets, they do gather dust and dust mites. You can wash them twice a year.

  1. Mattress

Clean: Once a month.

If you don’t have a mattress protector, which can keep your mattress clean and significantly extend its life, vacuume your mattress at least once a month to keep it refe from dust mites and other allergens.

Bathroom Routine

  1. Bath Towels

Clean: Every 3-4 uses.

When towels are constantly wet, they easily become the ideal ground for bacteria growth. Change your towels after 3-4 uses or halfway through the week.

  1. Toilet Bowl

Clean: Every week.

You should clean your toilet bowl at least once a week, but in case you have a large household or often have visitors, you should clean it 2-3 a week or every time your have guests.

  1. Shower

Clean: Once a month.

Clean your shower at least once a month because grout attracts soap scrum and quickly becomes a breeding ground for toxic mildew.

Kitchen Cleaning

  1. Dish Towels

Clean: Once a week.

Dish towels are the breeding ground for all the bacteria and viruses that live in your kitchen. You should change them once to twice a week, and preferably wash rags separately.

  1. Kitchen Drain

Clean: Once a month.

Not many are aware that the kitchen sink can become dirtier than the toilet bowl if it isn’t cleaned regularly. In fact, the drain easily becomes infested with harmful bacteria that also give off unpleasant odor. You can easily do away with these by flushing the sink with boiling water then pouring down a mixture of 2 cups of water and half a cup each of vinegar and baking soda.

  1. Oven

Clean: Every 6 months.

Ideally, you should clean the oven every 6 month in order to prevent unpleasant smokes every time you turn it on. Start by removing the racks then combine ½ cup of baking soda with 3 tablespoons of water and apply the paste all over your oven and oven door. Leave it to act for 12 hours. Be cautious not to touch the heating elements.

To clean the racks, place them over old towels at the bottom of your bathtub to prevent scratching. Next, fill your bath with very hot water until the oven racks are covered and add 1/2 cup of dish detergent to the water. Leave them overnight. Scrub off any remaining grime using a non-abrasive scrub brush then rinse and dry.

Remove all the baking soda from your oven using a damp cloth then spray the surfaces with white vinegar and wipe them clean. Finally, put the racks back in the oven.

  1. Refrigerator

Clean: Every 3 months.

Dilute vinegar and clean your fridge, including the doors and drawers, with it. You can do this at the beginning at each season. To keep unpleasant smells away, place an open box of baking soda in your fridge. Also, regularly throw spoiled food away.

  1. Pots and Pans

Clean: 3 times a year.

Surely, you clean your kitchenware after each use, but giving it a deep clean 3-4 times a year is also important. You can easily do this by soaking your pots and pans in a sink full of hot water and a cup of vinegar. Brush them outside on a clean tarp using dish soap. In the end, rinse them thoroughly.


  1. Stairs

Clean: Every week.

Clean your stairs frequently to prevent dust and dirt spreading throughout your house. Hardwood floors should be washed once a month to remove any stuck-on grime.

  1. Carpets and Rugs

Clean: Once a week.

Vacuum your carpets and rugs at least once a week to keep them free of allergens and dirt. Deep clean carpeted floors once a year, and your carpets and rugs every few months.

  1. Washing Machine

Clean: Once a month.

Mold builds up in between the rubber rings in your washing machine, particularly if you use it very often. This mold can also contaminate your clothes leaving them with a smell, even after washing. You can easily disinfect your washing machine with baking soda and vinegar. Make sure you do this on a regular basis.

  1. Purse

Clean: Once a week.

Use a natural disinfectant to wipe your purse, in and out, once a week. Cotton or fabric purses can be machine-washed. Do so because your purse can be contaminated with E.coli and other harmful bacteria.