Doing laundry is a never ending task for most families. So inevitably, the laundry room gets a little bit messy. In some cases, a lot messy! These general tips to clean a laundry room will have yours back in great shape in no time!
There has been a lot of cleaning going on this week! I’ve written a post every day this week with simple ways to keep your home clean.
HOUSE CLEANING TIPS: 5 FULL DAYS OF TIPS FOR CLEANING THE ENTIRE HOME
- Monday: Keep a Clean Kitchen with these Simple Steps
- Tuesday: Bathroom Cleaning Tips for Every Day
- Wednesday: Clean Living Room Checklist: Tips to Get it Done!
- Thursday: That’s Today: How to Clean a Laundry Room
- Friday: Tips to Clean a Bedroom: Day 5 of the Week Long Cleaning Series
Before we get too far, know I do not love to clean. But, after my month-long organizational challenge I am determined to keep my pretty, organized spaces clean. If you’d rather start with the organization piece, have a look there first!
Although cleaning is not fun, it does feel great to have a calm and relaxing (i.e., clean!) home.
The laundry room is a place, at least in our home, that we are in several times daily. But, each time is just a quick pop-in trip.
Unfortunately, because it is usually a fast in and out trip, it becomes a catch-all location for stacks and piles and needs a good cleaning every so often.
The other posts this week are more daily cleaning tasks for places in the home. But, with the laundry room, you can likely get by with only cleaning it one or two times monthly without too much consequence.
A big thing for me is getting the most return out of my time investment. With the laundry room, it doesn’t take much effort to make it “good enough”.
Tips to Clean a Laundry Room:
1. Sort cleaning / laundry supplies
There are so many shapes and sizes when it comes to laundry rooms. Mine is fairly average (although it feels really small).
IF you have space for cleaning supplies, the laundry room is a great place to store them. Find a system that makes sense for your cleaning routine and sort your supplies accordingly.
I love having a small cleaning caddy, stocked with my favorite cleaning supplies that I can carry throughout the home.
2. Clean the Washing Machine
For those front-loading washing machines, clean the rubber seal around the door often. Otherwise, water starts to stand and can get pretty yucky and smelly (not that I would know from experience;-).
Also be sure to run an empty load with white vinegar every so often! For more tips on cleaning a front-loading washing machine, One Good Thing by Jilliee has some great ideas.
3. Clean out the dryer lint trap filter and outside dryer vent
Between each load, ensure you are always cleaning out the dryer lint trap filter! This will make for a more efficient dry cycle, plus it reduced your risk for fires!
Also be sure to periodically clean the dryer vent leading outside as well as the duct work. Visit The Spruce for more information regarding how to clean out the dryer vent and duct work.
4. Sweep / mop laundry room floors
If I’m being honest, I rarely mop my laundry room floors. But, I do try to sweep weekly.
A little trick I use to clean the floors is to use a dish cloth from the kitchen. After I clean the kitchen and I’m preparing to put the used dish cloth in the dirty laundry basket in the laundry room, I take a few moments to wipe the appliances and floors with the cloth.
5. Quick weekly dusting
As I mentioned above, using a cloth after cleaning the kitchen to wipe off the washer and dryer kills two birds with one stone.
The laundry room tends to be pretty dusty due to lint, so a quick wipe down of the outside of the washer and dryer as well as the countertops is enough to make it look a lot neater.
Simple tips to clean a laundry room!
Project laundry room complete! I’m so glad we are cleaning our homes together this week. If you haven’t grabbed the weekly cleaning checklists, get yours by signing up for the newsletter below!