Add one of these tasks to your weekly cleaning routine each week to stay on top of cleaning the whole house.
1. Espresso machine
*Check your manufacturers instruction before you begin*
Remove and clean the filter basket and wipe the inside of your portafilter. Use a soft brush or toothbrush to remove coffee grounds or residue. Use a damp cloth to wipe the shower screen on the underside of your grouphead.
Flush water through the portafilter and steaming wand for 10-20 seconds before you resume normal use.
Remove drip trays and wash with warm soapy water.
Wipe over outside of machine with a damp cloth.
Consult your manufacturer for specialty cleaning products.
2. Kitchen waste bin
Empty bin and wipe down inside walls and base with warm soapy water. Allow to dry in the sun if possible.
Consult manual for manufacturer’s instructions on how to run a deep clean cycle in your empty dishwasher, usually on a hot cycle for an extended period.
4. Exhaust fans
Remove covers in both kitchen and bathroom and wipe or wash clean in soapy water. Use a soft brush or cloth to wipe clean fan blades or vacuum with brush attachment.
5. Bathroom accessories and cabinet
Wipe over or soak soap and toothbrush holders, canisters and utility trays. Run drinking glasses through dishwasher. Take out everything from your cabinet and wipe shelves clean. Dispose of any toiletries or pharmaceuticals that are past their use-by date.
6. Door knobs and light switches
Wipe over with a damp cloth, use a little diluted vinegar to move stubborn marks. A few drops of eucalyptus oil on the cloth will freshen up each room as you go.
7. Washing machine
Regularly wipe down seals, doors and lids for both top- and front loader machines.
Consult manual for manufacturer’s instructions for a periodic clean of your washing machine without a load of clothes in it. Especially if you always wash in cold water, it is usually recommended to run a hot wash to clear and build-up of grease.
This article first appeared on Home Beautiful