Did you know that the more clutter you have in your house, the more stressed out and anxious you’ll feel?

That’s why decluttering helps you feel more in control. But your tidying up shouldn’t be limited to just spring cleaning.

How often should you be cleaning common household items? Read on to find out!

What Has to Be Clean?

You should keep your house clean so it’s visually appealing, but what about the dirt you can’t see? How often should you clean common household items to stave off bacteria?


Bathrooms get dirty pretty quickly. We recommend you clean showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets every week. Doing so will prevent soap scum buildup and keep your porcelain looking sparkly!

Did you know that your shower and bathtub actually house more bacteria than your toilet? Even if you skip cleaning your toilet one week, try to give your shower and bathtub a scrub.

Your towels should be washed after three uses; hand towels after three days. Towels can accumulate millions of dead skin cells and start to smell musty. 


We can usually see our microwaves getting dirty and covered with dried food particles, but your microwave is likely crawling with bacteria, too. Try to give your microwave a quick scrub once a week and a deep clean once or twice each month.

Things spoil and spill in your refrigerator, leaving a gross mess in the drawers and on the shelves. Clean up spills as they happen and give your fridge a good cleaning at least once a month to disinfect and pick up stray crumbs.

If you’re afraid of using chemicals, natural cleaning solutions can clean your appliances just as well.


Your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases get covered in dead skin cells pretty quickly, so washing them every two weeks will keep that to a minimum. Keeping your sheets clean will also reduce the number of dust mites, microscopic insects that leave droppings in your bed.

If you notice yourself sneezing more often and having trouble breathing, it’s possible that you’re allergic to dust mites. Additionally, breathing in dust and pet dander can take its toll on your respiratory health.

Your desk and computer area can house some pretty gross bacteria, especially if you’re eating while getting your work done! Try to disinfect your keyboard, mouse, and the surrounding area at least once a week to keep that bacteria at bay.

How Often Should I Clean My House?

If you have pets and children, you’ll likely have to clean more often. If you live alone and tend to keep things clean, less often. But there are some household items that get dirty no matter how much of a neat freak you are.

How often you clean your house is ultimately up to you, but there are benefits to abiding by these simple guidelines.

If you don’t have the time to clean, consider hiring a professional housekeeping service.