Natural Home Organization & Cleaning Checklist

all natural cleaning and organizing checklist

I’ve written about cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms with all natural methods and without the use of chemicals. Next on the list: the bedrooms and general living areas of the home. I included checklists for each room, including the kitchen and bathrooms, for easy reference.

A Cleaning Checklist

For the most part, these areas often require as much organizing as cleaning, so I’ll be including some organizing ideas today as we go through the house and checklist. Feel free to print the checklists below, or you can print my Room Cleaning Checklist from my Home Management Binder and customize to each room (Free printables here). I keep mine in protective binder sheets (tape the top closed) so the kids can use them to clean each room.

Living Areas

  1. Pick up everything on floors and move to appropriate areas.
  2. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one.
  3. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. Remember to dust lights and fan blades.
  4. Spot clean any spots on furniture using baking soda and water or liquid castille soap and a damp rag.
  5. Wash any blankets or throw pillows if needed.
  6. Clean lamps with microfiber cloths or a damp rag with all-purpose cleaner. A hydrogen peroxide spray works to clean white lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and windowsills with microfiber or 50/50 Vinegar/Water solution.
  8. Remove blinds and wash in bathtub with vinegar and water or use some old rags and straight white vinegar.
  9. Wipe down electronics and electronic screens with microfiber or rags with just plain water.
  10. Use a damp rag or microfiber cloth to wipe down walls and switch plates.
  11. Wipe down door s and door handles (use hydrogen peroxide if anyone has been sick).
  12. Mop floors with microfiber or with a cup of vinegar in a gallon of water and a wet mop.

Bedrooms

  1. Pick up everything on floors and move to appropriate areas.
  2. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one.
  3. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. Remember to dust lights and fan blades.
  4. Spot clean any spots on furniture using baking soda and water or liquid castille soap and a damp rag.
  5. Wash any blankets or throw pillows if needed.
  6. Remove clothes from drawers, wipe down drawers and return clothes.
  7. Clean lamps with microfiber cloths or a damp rag with all-purpose cleaner. A hydrogen peroxide spray works to clean white lampshades.
  8. Wash windows and windowsills with microfiber or 50/50 Vinegar/Water solution.
  9. Remove blinds and wash in bathtub with vinegar and water or use some old rags and straight white vinegar.
  10. Wash sheets.
  11. Hand pillows and mattress pads in the sun for 2-3 hours to remove bacteria and air out.
  12. Dust, sweep or mop under bed.
  13. Use a damp rag or microfiber cloth to wipe down walls and switch plates.
  14. Wipe down door s and door handles (use hydrogen peroxide if anyone has been sick).

Bathrooms

  1. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one.
  2. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth.
  3. Take everything out of cabinets and closets and re-organize and refold. Wipe down shelves and inside with damp rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  4. Scrub down and clean shower and tub. Vinegar and water works well and homemade scouring powder will work on tough scum and messes.
  5. Clean outside of toilet with hydrogen peroxide and inside with vinegar and baking soda and a brush.
  6. Shine mirror and windows with microfiber or with vinegar water (50/50) mix and a clean rag.
  7. Wipe down counters and sink with all-purpose cleaner or microfiber.
  8. Clean floor and grout (use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for stained grout).

Other bathroom cleaning tips and specific recipes here.

Kitchen

  1. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one.
  2. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. Don’t forget lighting fixtures and fans.
  3. Take everything out of cabinets and closets and re-organize and refold. Wipe down shelves and inside with damp rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  4. Wash cabinet doors and knobs with microfiber or all-purpose cleaner.
  5. Wipe down appliances.
  6. Clean inside of oven with baking soda and water paste (more info here)
  7. Remove food from fridge and freezer and clean inside with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution or microfiber. Return food to proper places.
  8. Pull out fridge and stove and clean underneath them with a vinegar and water solution.
  9. Dust refrigerator coils and clean out grate at front of refrigerator.
  10. Remove everything from counter tops and wipe down counters and backsplash. Wipe down each appliance and counter item before returning it.
  11. Clean dishwasher by running it empty with a bowl of vinegar (more info here)
  12. Clean sink and fixture with microfiber or undiluted vinegar on a wet rag.
  13. Sweep and mop flour and clean grout if needed.

More specific kitchen instructions and cleaning recipes are here.

Laundry Room/Area

  1. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one.
  2. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. Don’t forget lighting fixtures and fans.
  3. Take everything out of cabinets and shelves and re-organize and refold. Wipe down shelves and inside with damp rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  4. Wash cabinet doors and knobs with microfiber or all-purpose cleaner.
  5. Wipe down washer and dryer with wet rag and all-purpose cleaner.
  6. Wash inside of washing machine, removing the inner part and washing in the sink if you don’t have an HE washer.
  7. Remove dryer lint trap and wash with dishwashing liquid to remove film.
  8. Wipe down all walls, baseboards and other flat surfaces to remove dust.
  9. Sweep and mop flour and clean grout if needed.

You can also download this free printable reference sheet for treating laundry stains naturally. I keep it hanging next to my washing machine for reference.

What did I miss? Do you have a cleaning checklist? Share below!

Home cleaning checklist of natural ways to clean your house with natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, borax and soap.

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  1. Whoa my bathroom is so clean, I won’t ever buy another toxic cleaning agent ever again. Thank you Wellness Mama for sharing your recipes, tips, and lists!

  2. Tried the baking soda and peroxide on my bath tub and i could not believe how easy it cut through the soap scum. my arms usually hurt from scrubbing the tub and there is still a rig around the tub but when i used the baking soda and peroxide it just wiped right off!!  awesome!!  

    I know this isn’t the laundry article but since i switch to all natural laundry soap and stopped using dryer sheets and fabric softener my husbands navy blue work shirts (the underarms) smell HORRIBLE!  i have tried soaking them in borax and rubbing the laundry soap in and letting them soak over night but its not working.  i’m hesitant on trying vinegar because the last time i used it on a dark load it really faded them.  any suggestions??

    • Not totally natural (but much better than regular) but try Dawn blue dish soap (add a couple tablespoons to the wash and soak for a while). This actually removes the grease/deodorant build up that holds the smell…

      • Norwex makes an all natural stain remover that works really awesome too!

    • Wash them in HOT water. I washed my hubby’s black & white refereeing shirts in HOT, black didn’t fade and they smelled great. So simple. Did it this way for years. I wouldn’t hesitate to try this on navy blue work shirts.

    • Try soaking them in a mixture of pure soap flakes and a handful of bicarb soda dissolved in very hot water with two capfuls of Eucalyptus oil. I add Eucalyptus oil to all my washes, it’s great for removing grease and helps to keep whites white even when using non-whitening wash-powder (which I never use because it’s absolutely toxic to the skin, damaging to clothes and incredibly polluting to the environment.) Also, the best whitener and deoderizer in the world is absolutely free – sunlight. Hot wash with eucalyptus oil and dry in full sun.

    • Adding a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to your laundry will help. It’s a powerful germ killer and great for addressing body odor.

    • I make my own powder detergent with coconut soap and washing soda. I add several drops of eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and a tablespoon of Rid-x septic tank powder. The enzymes in it help break down protein stains, and it helps boost stain removing power of the other ingredients. I also use vinegar as a rinse aid- about 1/4 cup. We have had no issues with odor or with fading in over a year of regular use. My husband is in construction, so he can work up a sweat, and this seems to work great!

  3. Didn’t see the organizational tips? Am I missing something?

  4. You can also get an old pillow case spray it on the inside, put it on the blades individually of the fan, and slowly wipe them. that way the dirt stays inside the pillowcase. I hope I said this right. lol! Great list, will be pinning! 🙂

  5. What would be a good furniture polish and leather cleaner? I have always bought the Pledge multi surface and used it for wood and leather. Not sure what a good substitute would be.

    • Did you ever find a good Pledge substitute? Thanks.

      • For leather I just use diluted water/vinegar and lemon essential oil. No fading or cracking from my leather sofa. As far as furniture I haven’t really made my own yet. I use Method furniture polish and cleaner. They work great and smell like amaretto :).

        If anyone knows a good homemade furniture polish please share!

        • Is there a reason you use lemon specifically, or would any essential oil work the same?

  6. I just discovered this website and I love it !!!!

  7. Do you have any suggestions for cleaning microfiber couches? Everywhere I look it says alcohol. Any ideas?

    • alcohol….. you can mix some citrus oils in, but a vinegar, alcohol mix will probably be your best bet. You can use vodka or everclear if you are worried about using rubbing alcohol. Another thing to try might be simple green. It is fairly environmentally friendly and less toxic than some things. I have used it in the past, and it works pretty well, but a little goes a long way.

  8. any tips on what to use in place of dryer sheets? tried some natural ones like 7th generation and my clothes are still static-y. Put a fleece pullover on my daughter after a load and her hair went straight up, lol, so static-y clothes = static-y hair. would love to get some tips that have worked!

      • thanks for the tip! can you tell me what brand you use and how many do you put in for each load, and also approx how long they last for you before you switch them out? I will purchase the ones you have. thank you!

    • NO STATIC DRYING – *time* your dryer for each kind of load, you want to pull them out when they’re nearly very dry or regular dry, when they’ve been in TOO long, it sucks the moisture out & they’re bone dry & staticky. I wrote down my notes & set a timer. If it does go too long, flick a bit of water & run the dryer on no heat or low heat. 🙂

    • Wash the load with a little vinegar then hang to dry. Dryers are terrible for the environment.

  9. How often do you do this?

    • Not as often as I should, but I try to rotate through the whole thing regularly…

  10. I just want to give a big thanks to Katie because this really a great and helpful article about Natural House Cleaning. This true that more and more people every around the World are turning to natural household cleaning products as a solution to turn away from toxic chemical cleaners. Many cleaners advertise themselves as an “extra strong” solution and contain a mix of various powerful solvents that we have no control over. It is no wonder that so many are looking for an affordable and natural solution to this dilemma.

  11. Great article and tips Katie! Thank you! Making your own home solutions is great, but if you don’t want to mix your own concoctions, Freshana Organic Solutions 100% Organic & Green cleaning products are the best out there! “Our goal is to make the world a safer, cleaner place. We aim to change the way people look at “organic.” No longer do you have to give up quality for safe cleaning. In other words, our Air Purifier & Cleaning Products work as well or BETTER than poison products — and they are totally organic and safe.

    Freshana products were designed specifically by using an ingenious and complex blend of natural ingredients and a state of the art microencapsulation process in a patented formula to eliminate the hydrocarbon odors naturally and almost instantly.”

  12. I have a question about how to clean the microfiber cloths. If you use them to wipe the toilet down, how do you sanitize them? I am new to using cloth for cleaning and was wondering what the best way to clean them would be. It worries me that I would clean the toilet then wash the cloths and then clean my kitchen with the same cloth and be spreading harmful bacteria in the kitchen.

    • I use different colored microfiber cloths, one color for bathroom and laundry, one color for windows and mirrors, one color for kitchen. I wash kitchen cloths with tea towels and napkins together and the others together in a hot wash with a vinegar rinse. I feel the same about using cloths for toilets and dishes!

  13. You don’t by chance have this as a printable checklist? Thanks!

  14. How would you suggest that I clean a cloth sofa that is dirty?

  15. Hi Katie, thanks heaps for all your tips, tutorials and recipes, I’m having a great time exploring everything and have just ordered all the products I need to start making my own laundry and health products – I will post how I go making them when I’ve make them. I bought a dehydrator and started drying fruit and going to make your fruit leather recipe and going to make bone broths tomorrow. Just one question how do you clean your washing machine? do you put anything in and run a cycle or do you just pull the inside out and wash that way?

  16. I’ve been appreciating your site here for the last couple days, and plan to incorporate much of it. I do however, want to point out something that I’ve noticed that I feel you should be aware of.

    You promote microfiber clothes quite a lot. One of the main components of those are silver nanoparticles.

    Silver nanoparticles have never been tested for safety when used in consumer goods, however silver nanoparticles have been shown to damage lung, liver and kidney function in animals.

    This is according to “Envirnmental Science and Technology.”

    *hugs and love*

  17. I was looking for what steps to go through & what products to use to clean the washing machine, but didn’t see that. Same will go for the cleaning the dishwasher. Am I looking in the wrong spot?
    I have a top loading machine (the old fashioned kind, thankfully), not the HE as you did mention in the LaundryRoom/Area.
    Thanks a lot, Katie!

  18. Katie, just found your site and trying to pin and follow. Also wanted to add if you have cleaned toilets with good old pumice bar? I leaned this trick from cleaning a commercial building.

  19. How do recommend cleaning baseboards?

  20. Enjoy your information very much but find it totally lacks one important aspect of cleaning: the different finishes throughout our homes. Cleaning wood floors vs tile floors? Marble counters vs granite vs tile? Painted furniture? I see no mention of surface finishes.

    • Good point! I’ve got a few different posts about some of these, but will be writing more in the future. Thanks for reading!

  21. My fiance uses ironing starch called magic sizing. What is a more natural product or option to replace this ironing starch?

  22. Love the list! Thank you!

  23. What is the recipe for the peroxide spray for lampshades? Straight hydrogen peroxide? 50/50? You say for white lampshades. Will it bleach a cream colored shade? Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!