Daily Cleaning Routine Printable

Printable daily cleaning routine from HousewifeHowtos.com A daily cleaning routine is a busy person’s best friend. See, here’s the thing about cleaning house: the more often you do it, the less you actually have to do. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a quick, daily cleaning routine that will keep your house looking nice all the time. Use the printable house cleaning checklist (below) as your daily routine and you’ll start every day off right.


  • Make your bed every morning. A rumpled bed will make even the cleanest rooms look like a disaster.
  • Pick up all clothing. Clean stuff gets folded or hung, dirty stuff goes in the hamper.
  • Put away jewelry, hand lotion and other items on the nightstand.
  • Check the floor. Vacuum or dry mop high-traffic area as needed.


  • Wipe the sink basin clean after you’ve used it.
  • Buff water spots from mirror and faucet.
  • Wipe the toilet seat and rim with a disinfecting cloth.
  • Spray the shower, tub and shower door/curtain with homemade daily shower spray.
  • Replace any makeup-stained towels or wash cloths with clean ones.
  • Check the floor. Sweep or dust mop as needed.


  • Empty the dishwasher if it’s full.
  • Empty the sink of any dirty dishes, and give the sink a quick scrub.
  • Get your kitchen sponge wet and microwave it for 2 minutes.
  • Spray and wipe down counters and appliance fronts.
  • Corral any clutter into a neat pile to deal with later in the day.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe up any splatters on the floor.
  • Toss the dirty dishtowel in the wash, and put out a clean one.
  • Give the floor a quick sweep.

Living and/or Family Room

  • Straighten all pillows and blankets on the sofa, which is one of the room’s major focal points.
  • Neaten magazines, books, games and DVDs that are sitting out.
  • Wipe away any obvious crumbs and fingerprints from table tops.
  • Check the floor. Use a carpet sweeper or hand vacuum to pick up any messes from floor.

If you have the time and energy, consider going through the house spraying a homemade air freshener to give the appearance of having cleaned even more thoroughly than you did!

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  • http://www.happyhousewifeforever.blogspot.com Anamika jain

    I like your article on daily routine very much. It really appreciated me and make my own daily schedule to make my home neat and tidy.
    thanks for sharing your views……….

  • http://www.littlemommysecrets.blogspot.com/ Kim Anderson

    Thank you so much for making these kinds of things available for print. They have been really useful for me. It challenges me to clean things I pay little attention to, like “Vacuum under the bed” with the hose which has never crossed my mind and helps me actually sleep better since I’ve started using your charts. And because I’m so ADD, these act as an anchor for me and cleaning so I actually get a room clean all the way. In addition, I made an organizational notebook for my mom and best friend last year using these and they love them!

    • Katie B.

      I’m so glad you’re finding them useful, Kim, and it’s really sweet of you to have taken the time to let me know that! :)

  • Adelle

    Katie B – thank you for making these cleaning checklists! I am using them to teach my daughter (my own Katie B! …no really…that’s her name) how to clean a home correctly to earn a little extra cash while she’s in college. :)

  • Chris

    Please take that disgusting cockroach graphic off the righthand side of this page. It’s on several pages that you have here, and it does make me not want to come back. I’ll probably have to look for my natural cleaning tips elsewhere, because who wants to keep seeing that ugly thing over and over? Not me.

    • Kelly

      That is for information, and how to’s. It lets people know what ideas and products work here. If the dead cockroach were alive, then I’d know it didn’t kill him…right?

    • Katie Berry

      Frankly, if you’re so squeamish that a mere photo of a dead cockroach prompts you to such fits of pique that you feel compelled to leave not one, not two, but three — THREE — comments of complaint (when you’ve never visited nor commented here before), then you’re welcome to find your natural cleaning tips elsewhere.

  • DarlaJ

    I for one appreciate the info on cockroaches. My husband and I recently moved into an apartment that was infested and since we had nowhere else to go this info helped tremendously. I think maybe you could overlook the tiny pic. It sounds like you just want to complain.

    • Kelly

      better dead than alive right…Thank You :)

  • Leah

    Just found your site and out of all the “cleaning schedules” I have looked up and tried to use, these seem to be the most fun and planned out. I love the flow charts and it gives a clear start and finish vs. just do this and this and this with little to no direction.

    I do have a question….why microwave the wet sponge?

    • Katie Berry

      Thank you for the kind words, Leah! I like flow charts because, as you pointed out, they have a clear-cut start and finish. Without them, I feel like my work for the day is never really done.

      As for microwaving the sponge: those things are scary bacteria factories. If they’re not cared for properly, they can breed e. Coli and other things that we’re trying to get rid of. Microwaving a sponge sterilizes it and kills off those nasty bugs. Just be sure it’s soaking wet or you’ll start a fire!

  • Lee

    Thank you for posting this I am excited to start! I am pregnant and falling into the blues. I have a large house and so much to do. We have recently done major home renovations and in addition to the daily grind I have to clean much of the left over construction grime. I also fell of the cleaning rhythm when the entire house was covered in construction materials. They were terrible and we ended up firing the company…so everything was left “as is”… a mess. I am going to take a deep breath, get out of bed, stop procrastinating and charge! It´s overwhelming but this gives me a place to start. Again thank you for sharing…I will be looking to your site for inspiration and tips on how to best accomplish the tasks ahead. :)

    • Katie Berry

      Lee, I think anyone in your situation would be feeling the blues. How awful that you had to fire the contractors! I’m glad you’re feeling motivated to get life back on track, though. That’s resilient! Take things slow so you don’t burn out, and at the end of every day be sure to make a mental note of three things you’ve improved so you KNOW you’re making headway. Best of luck to you!

  • Kathleen

    Dear Katie B. I was seriously head-injured in 2000. Since then, I have been recovering day-by-day in most physical areas, but not in organizing, cleaning, and housekeeping skills. This has added a tremendous burden upon my husband, because he always enjoyed a tidy home. He helps as much as possible, but at 72 he, too, has his limitations. He keeps the grounds just beautifully. So, you can imagine the tremendous depression that overcomes, and as you say, the housework becomes overwhelming. So, by the Grace of God, I came across your website quite by chance, and as one of the ladies said, it gave her renewed hope. I, too, am looking forward to getting out of bed to try this, one day at a time, until I get it. It is great planning for someone with my disabilities, and although it may take me 365 days to complete the whole 30-day program, at least I’ve got Hope and a Starting Point. My sincere gratitude. Kathleen

    • Katie Berry

      Dear Kathleen,
      Thank you so very much for such a sweet comment! God bless you and your husband — it is so very difficult to deal with changes in our bodies and minds. Sometimes those changes are brought on suddenly, as with your head injury, and sometimes they’re brought on slowly, as with my husband’s brain cancer. It truly can be soul-draining, wanting to do the things which once came so easily. I know in my husband’s case, he worries that I am frustrated with the changes he’s gone through. (Honest answer: sometimes, yes, but it’s because I feel it’s so unfair that it happened to him in the first place. Spouses in the position your husband and I both are honestly do NOT feel like our mates are at fault, nor do we look at them as anything less than the wonderful creatures we married. So please don’t place that burden on yourself. Your husband loves you: THAT is why he keeps the grounds beautiful… so you can enjoy them!)

      Here’s the thing: so long as we know where we want to go, and we accept that we might have to take baby steps getting there, we will! Don’t give up, my dear. Don’t push yourself too hard, but don’t give up. You say it’s by the Grace of God that you found my website, but I will tell you that same Grace led you to leave a comment that truly blessed my evening.

      So what if it takes you 365 days to do that 30-day plan? You are still doing things! You are still moving forward! You still have a goal, and the ability to work toward it! I imagine at one point following your head injury you didn’t think you’d be able to do what you’re doing these days. So, you see, you’ve come a long way and you’re doing wonderfully. Take heart and take care.

      My very best wishes to you,

  • Guest

    You can use ‘diatomaceous earth for bugs and slugs. I am wondering if that DIY ball is safe to use as I have cockatiel birds. What if they crawl all over their food? It’s impossible to keep their cage clean. I haven’t seen any in there. But at one apt. complex, sadly, my cockatiel bird died and looked like she was poisoned. They used gel w/peanut butter. That stuff was suppose to be a slower killer and they crawl all over the place with the gel plus didn’t work. When they replaced the bathroom baseboard heater, that was the end of the cockroaches. So I am a firm believer of sealing up every crook and nanny!

  • Mommy of 3

    I just found this page via a mother on Cafemom, I have been trying to get into a cleaning routine and I have found a few, but none that I liked… I am going to be giving this a try!! :) Thanks for posting this!! :)

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      Thank you for the kind words!

  • Susi, P.R.

    Thankyou for for this article, because being such a busy mom and nurse student, sometimes I just don’t know where to start. Plus your money saving ideas for homade products really come in handy because I already have the ingredients at home and being in colledge is pretty expensive. Thanks for sharing this.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      You’re very welcome! And kudos to you for juggling college and raising kiddos. My mom went through nursing school while she was raising me so I know it’s difficult, but it’s going to be worth it. You’re setting a fantastic example for your kids! :)

  • Amanda Nour

    Love the site. How do you disenfect a sponge, without a microwave?

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      There are a couple of ways. First, you could run it through the dishwasher, but this only works if you run a hot wash with the full heat-dry setting… and if you have a dishwasher to begin with. Second, you could wash it with hot soapy water and squeeze it dry, then put it in full strength vinegar for 10 minutes, squeeze dry, and allow to air dry. Finally, you could try 2 tbsp. bleach in 1 quart of very hot water. I’m not a fan of the latter because I try to avoid bleach whenever possible, but do what works for you.

      Even with regular disinfecting, it’s still a good idea to replace your kitchen sponge every week or two.

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