Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist
With owning a home comes financial responsibility, as well as home maintenance responsibility. A home is one of the largest investments that you will make in your lifetime. Why not make sure that you keep it in proper working order?
When it comes to owning a home, there are so many tasks to do routinely in order to ensure a healthy home. There are tasks that you can do on a daily basis to maintain cleanliness such as wiping down the counters, running the dishwasher, and washing a load of laundry. These tasks take minutes to do and can add such a big impact to the order and healthiness of a home. There are also tasks that should be done on a monthly basis to get the maximum life out of your appliance and other home systems.
Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist
1.) Clean Washer
You might be scratching your head at this one. Why in the world would you need to clean an appliance that is constantly in cleaning mode? Washers have a tendency to get smelly. Plus, if you keep the door closed on it, there's a chance that you might start to see mold grow in or around the door. There's a cleaning solution that you can purchase at the store in the laundry aisle that you can add to your washer on a monthly basis. Simply add the solution to an empty washer, run the washer once without any items in it besides the solution, and you'll end up with a washer that no longer smells. You'll want to sanitize the door and other parts of the washer by cleaning with an all-purpose cleaner.
2.) Sanitize Dishwasher
Once a month, fill a coffee cup with distilled vinegar, place it on the top rack of your dishwasher (make sure that's the only item in your dishwasher), and run the dishwasher once. Also, if your dishwasher has a filter, be sure to remove the filter and clean that as well.
3.) Descale Coffee Maker
Whether you have a Keurig or a regular coffee maker, you'll want to descale the device at least once a month to keep you coffee maker clean and your coffee tasting delicious. Here's a great tutorial on how to descale your coffee maker.
4.) Clean Disposal
Toss a few ice chips into the garbage disposal and run the device to clean and sharpen the blades. You can also cut up a few slices of lemon and toss them into the disposal to give the disposal a fresh scent.
5.) Change HVAC Filters
Filters get dusty very quickly, especially if you have pets in your home. Buy a bulk package of filters from your local hardware store so that you always have them on hand. You can setup a system so that whenever you pay your mortgage bill, you change your filter. Easy enough, right? The Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter MPR 1900 is effective at capturing 93% of large airborne particles such as dust, pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter. It also attracts and captures microscopic allergens like pet dander, smoke, household dust and microscopic particles that can carry bacteria and viruses.
6.) Clean Refrigerator
At least once a month, go through your refrigerator and toss anything that has expired. Next, wipe down all of the shelves, rinse out the drawers with soap and water, and replace your baking soda refrigerator container.
7.) Scrub Garbage Can
Over time, a garbage can get really smelly, even if you use garbage bags. Wipe down the inside of your garbage can to reduce the smell and increase sanitary levels.
Is all of this overwhelming? If so, make a checklist and hang it somewhere in your home. Or, better yet, use an online calendar and setup reminders. All of these tasks just take a few minutes and make such a big difference in the maintenance and cleanliness of a home.
What do you do on a monthly basis to maintain your home?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Filtrete. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Also, the photo is courtesy of Flickr.