Eliminate all clothing, towels, wash cloths and other linens from the bathroom. Put dirty clothes in hampers, and place clean clothes in a basket to put away later. Remove all trash from the bathroom. If your bathroom trash can could use a cleaning, spray it with disinfectant and scrub it out.
Scrub the inside of the toilet with a toilet brush and toilet cleaner. Wipe down the outside of the toilet with a disinfectant wipe or washcloth. Don't forget the handle, hidden crevices and the underside.
Wipe down the mirror with glass cleaner or vinegar.
Collect any items that don't belong in the bathroom, such as stray coffee cups or jewelry, and return them to their proper place.
Wipe down the sink and vanity with a washcloth and disinfectant. Pay special attention to handles and other areas with small crevices.
Wipe down the insides and outsides of medicine cabinets, toiletry cabinets or other storage areas. If linens are stored sloppily, take the time to refold and reorganize.
Wash or shake out bathroom rugs. Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Wipe down any baseboards.
Look up and clean the ceiling. Dust corners, vents, fans and other areas that you neglect in a general cleaning.
Wash and replace any decorative linens or soaps.
Scrub out the bath tub, paying attention to crevices, handles and faucets. Wash shower doors, or remove the shower curtain to wash it. It might be a good time to replace a shower curtain for an easy, affordable style update.
Start out by eliminating any clutter. Get rid of any items that don't belong in your kitchen, and make sure your dishes are all clean and properly put away.
Dust the ceiling, corners, walls, cabinet and pantry doors and any other surface. Look out for particularly dirty spots from spills, and scrub those with extra care. If you have art, other items hanging on the walls or a ceiling fan, wipe them down as well.
Clean any window treatments, and wipe down the blinds. Clean the windows inside and out.
Apply oven cleaner to your oven, or use the self-cleaning mode to clear it out.
Clean out the inside of your refrigerator. Throw away any expired food or unused items. Wipe down shelves with disinfectant and replace. Wipe down the outside of your refrigerator and vacuum the coils (unplug your refrigerator first).
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to clean your stove. Remove burners and spill catchers, and clean them or soak them.
Wipe down small appliances like toasters, microwaves, etc.
Reline kitchen cabinets with fresh paper and reorganize. Get rid of any dishes or storage containers that you don't use.
Run the dishwasher on empty, and clean out its food trap.
Wipe down all remaining surfaces, paying special attention to corners.
Clean the floor including the baseboards.
It is easy to overlook certain items and areas in our homes that can be breeding grounds for bacteria, such as the light switches, door handles and the remote control. When you clean any room, a good practice is to go through the room with a disinfecting wipe and swipe the areas you might have missed the first time around.
Don't forget about your laundry basket and hamper, which can be a breeding ground for germs. Disinfect these areas regularly. Also, your computer keyboard and the under-side of your garbage can are areas that need disinfecting. Don't forget to wipe them down when you are cleaning.
Mould-resistant paints contain agents that can inhibit the growth of mildew on the surfaces to which they are applied, making them an excellent choice for painting humid areas like the bathroom or the basement.
Make sure you remove any existing mould before you apply a new coat of paint. Mould can eat through paint, so clean the initial surface thoroughly before painting. Prevent moisture in your bathroom by installing a bathroom fan. Run it for 10 to 15 minutes after showering to prevent mould from growing on the walls. Even the most mould-resistant paint will not work if you fail to remove moisture problems.
Keeping up with dust seems to be a never-ending job, but it is essential to the overall health of your home, especially if you or a family member suffers from respiratory problems like asthma. One of the most important changes you can make to help your home is to stop using a dry dust rag or a dry mop to deal with dust. This ineffective practice scatters dust particles around without removing them. Using a damp mop or rag will catch more dust and keep it away longer. Also, don't forget your ceiling fan as a source of dust, and look underneath your furniture for the elusive dust bunnies hiding there.