It’s easy to let chores fall by the wayside. There are literally a thousand things that sound better than washing curtains — making crafts with your kids, going for a walk in the sunshine, baking a tray of brownies, taking a glorious nap — but if you’re an adult, there’s this little thing called responsibility. And keeping your home clean and comfortable is, yes, one of those grown-up responsibilities. Adulting is hard.
While your homestead doesn’t have to look Pinterest-perfect, it should be tidy and livable. Plus, walking into a clean home just feels good. Here’s how often you should actually be cleaning everything in your house, and how to make it as easy as possible — with a little help from the LG TWINWash™.
Here’s how often you should actually be cleaning everything in your house
OvenIt depends on how often you use it, but on average an oven should be thoroughly cleaned monthly. Cooking residue like oils and fats build up and can start to burn, leading to an unpleasant smell every time you start it up — not to mention that it can mess with the temperature when the machine senses burning leftover food bits.Shutterstock
TowelsWhile you don't need a fresh towel after every shower (c'mon, that's wasteful), you should be cleaning them weekly. A good rule of thumb is to refresh your towel after every three to five uses. Those chunky bath towels can eat up a lot of washing machine real estate, but the LG TWINWash system lets you spend less time in the laundry room by tackling two loads at once; a large load up top, and a smaller load in the pedestal washer down below.Shutterstock
Reusable water bottle/coffee mugThis should be a no-brainer, but it's worth pointing out: that reusable water bottle or coffee mug that sits on your desk or in your car should be cleaned after every use. If you're putting your mouth on it, wash it at the end of the day with hot water and soap.Shutterstock
Bed sheetsAll sorts of fun things, from dead skin to drool to sweat, end up on your sheets -- you may not be able to see them, but they're there. According to Tide, 70 per cent of laundry soil is invisible to the eye. Wash/change your sheets every week, two weeks max. High-capacity washers are key here, especially when heavy duvets are involved. Shutterstock
MicrowaveThe easiest way to keep your microwave sparkling is to give it a wipe inside and out after every use. That way, you'll avoid any grimey build-up and won't feel overwhelmed when you realize it's covered in months of re-heated cheese, soup, etc.Shutterstock
CurtainsIf you've never cleaned your curtains, don't feel guilty. It's a part of the home that's often overlooked. According to upholstery and curtain cleaning expert Chelsea Cleaning, fabric curtains should be taken down and washed every three months to remove dust mites and pet dander that builds up. Toss them in the SideKick unit on delicate while your sheets go for a spin up above. Chore complete. Shutterstock
Reusable grocery bagsThese things are excellent for the environment, but rarely do they get wiped or washed. And yet they so often end up sitting on check-out counters or store floors before carrying produce into our homes. Throw them in the washing machine with your towels every other week, or replace with a fresh one.Shutterstock
CouchNothing beats a solid couch snooze, but how clean is that cushion your face is pressed against? If your furniture has a slip cover, remove and deep clean every season. Otherwise, you can spot-clean on an as-needed basis. Get into the habit of vacuuming your sofa whenever you do your floors, too, to efficiently rid it of lost popcorn kernels, pet hair, etc.Shutterstock
FloorsNothing makes a space instantly look more polished than clean floors. Mopping twice per month will keep footprints (from humans and pets alike) and dirt at bay, and vacuuming once a week will collect those loose dust balls that always grow behind bedroom doors, kitchen appliances and the television stand.Shutterstock
GuttersThe average person likely cleans their gutters once or twice a year. But the gutter experts at Ned Stevens warn it should be more like four times per year (especially if you're in an area with loads of big trees): in March, then after the spring thaw, in the summer, and then again around Labour Day. The gutters are critical for keeping water damage away from your foundation, basement and roof, so consider upping your cleaning game here.Shutterstock
WindowsLike gutters, the frequency of window cleaning varies depending on how exposed your home is to the elements, and also how close it is to a road or construction zone that will kick up dirt. Some windows will need cleaning weekly; others only once a season. If your view from inside isn't muck-free, time to clean.Shutterstock
ToasterSome toasters have a crumb tray that you can remove and wash. If you're a toast-for-breakfast kind of person, clean the device once a week to avoid any burning smells. Super important to note: always unplug the machine before cleaning.Shutterstock
FridgeThe fridge is your food's home, so you want to keep it spotless. Each time you bring a new bag of groceries home, give each shelf and the inside of each drawer a wipe to remove any crumbs or rotten veggie waste that may have leaked. Plus, wiping the surfaces will force you to reassess what hasn't been eaten yet, but needs to be.Shutterstock