Monthly Cleaning Checklist

by Joan on February 1, 2013

DSC02576Do any of you get all tingly when you think about cleaning things?  Well, I don’t. I simply can’t get excited about it.  I’m going to leave that to the FlyLady.  (She seriously loves cleaning.)

Even if I don’t like doing it, cleaning is part of my job description.  It keeps things in good working order.  In 2012 we had to replace our dishwasher, oven, washer and dryer.  (They were all old, so it wasn’t my lack of cleaning ability that killed them.)

I want these new appliances to last a LONG time.   Especially the washer and dishwasher.  I cannot live without those two items.  Since it’s a front load washer like my old one, I know it’s not easy to keep it smelling fresh.  The dishwasher isn’t as hard to keep nice and shiny, but since we don’t rinse dishes before putting them in I know it’s important to keep the filter clean.

Instead of my old system, which was to clean the appliances when they started to either smell or not work so well, I decided to start the new year off with a better system. Like a cleaning routine I do on the first of every month.  An ounce of prevention and all that.  Then, for good measure, I added a few more things that I probably don’t do often enough and came up with an easy checklist of things to do monthly.

I went to the Internet for instructions on good cleaning methods.  Man, there are some people out there who REALLY LIKE TO CLEAN AND SANITIZE STUFF.  Kinda scared me, frankly.  But I kept at the research and came up with my own simple process for a monthly appliance clean.  All you need is vinegar and baking soda.  No harsh chemicals.

  • Washer.  Put 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda in the tub.  (This will foam – remember science fair projects with the kids?)  Put 1/2 cup vinegar in the bleach compartment and 1/4 cup baking soda in the detergent compartment.  Put the washer on the clean cycle and walk away.  There’s usually a lot of crud (I have no idea where it comes from) on the inside of the tub after the cycle ends, so I run a rinse only cycle after that.  Then I wipe the tub and door down and call it a job well done.
  • Dishwasher.  Pull out the filter in the bottom and scrub it well.  Put baking soda in the detergent compartment and a cup of white vinegar in the upper rack.  Turn it on for a regular cycle.  After the cycle is finished, wipe the door seal with a cloth.
  • Dryer.  Vacuum the lint filter area.  I’m always amazed at the gobs of lint that are hanging around the slot the filter goes into.
  • Sponges.  I replace the regular kitchen sponge and my scrubby palm sponge.  (I do sanitize both every few days by putting the damp sponges in the microwave for 1.5 minutes.)
  • Top up soap containers.  I buy the gigantic refill sizes, so this goes for the containers of hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dish soap, etc.  That way we don’t run out of anything at the wrong time.
  • Dump the ice.  I dump the ice from the freezer tray and wipe the tray down.  (Nothing worse in a gin and tonic with ice that’s been sitting in the bottom of the tray forever.)

So far, so good. Everything smells clean and fresh.  Even if I’m not excited about cleaning, I do enjoy the results!

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Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Great checklist! I really need to start dumping our ice each month. I don’t like old ice! It is hard for me to clean on a regular basis, though, because I have to be in the mood. But maybe if I tackled something small each day it wouldn’t be so bad. I usually wait until I have to clean the whole house!
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Joan February 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Tammy, I needed to vacuum/sweep the floors today – spent some extra time in the barnyard instead. I completely agree!

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