Welcome to Healthy Home Cleaning Routine Week! Happy Wednesday – that means that it’s Vacuuming Day! I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories and going live – make sure you’re following over there.

Here’s today’s checklist – this is also on the March calendar and cleaning routine printables you can find on my free printables page and part of my Homekeeping Society subscription:

make beds
check floors
wipe counters

Concentrate on what you can do today – even if you have 10-15 minutes, do something!

While you’re thinking about the cleaning routine this week, I’m going to suggest some little changes you can make to easily add in to your routine that will help your create a healthy home!  If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home, grab it now and get all the pre-order goodies that go with it. Go here to check it out.

Healthy Home Week – Vacuuming:

I am a bit fussy about vacuuming and good vacuuming tools. Why? If you’re trying to get rid of toxins in your home and keep the air you breathe as healthy as possible, you need a vacuum cleaner that not only removes dirt but filters out those microscopic toxic particles that you can’t see. Did you know that toxins can actually ‘ride’ on dust and stick around in our homes? Getting those toxins out of the house and air and safely stored in the bag of a vacuum cleaner is essential to me. A vacuum with a HEPA filter and bags (not canisters) is essential in my book. Does this mean that I think everyone should get a new vacuum cleaner?  Absolutely not. But when it’s time, look for these things in your new vacuum cleaner.  I love my Miele vacuums and wholeheartedly recommend them – bags, HEPA filtration, and tools galore. You can see my favorites here.

Why do I vacuum on Wednesdays?

Since we dusted yesterday, we vacuum today to get up the dust. Bonus, it’s a great way to give your home that just-cleaned feeling in the middle of the week. Remember the bathroom floors that you left on Monday? You’re going to vacuum those today too. If you sweep or dry dust hard surface floors instead of vacuuming, you can stick with that method, the main goal is to cover all the floors today.

Here’s what I want you to do today for vacuuming:

  1. Start on the upper level of your home if you have one, if you don’t, start at the room farthest away from the entry to that level. Go to the farthest corner of the room and vacuum your way out of the room from left to right.
  2. If you have extra time and want to do a more thorough job, vacuum in the opposite direction. This might seem counterproductive or like too much work, but it’s a great way to get embedded dirt, pet hair, dust, dander, and anything else that you want out of your carpet. This will keep those vacuum lines evident and also let you see what you’ve already vacuumed.
  3. Do a thorough vacuuming in each room, taking care to vacuum edges and corners and under furniture if you are able. You’ll find that doing a really good job as you get started will make vacuuming weekly much easier.

If you have a hard time vacuuming and not washing the floors right afterwards, this post shares some tips for splitting up vacuuming and floor washing (Thursday’s task).

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I’m linking up the days as we go this week – click below on any day to catch up!

Sunday – just the DAILY TASKS (these five tasks might change your life)
Monday – BATHROOMS + daily tasks
Tuesday – DUSTING + daily tasks
Wednesday – VACUUMING + daily tasks
Thursday – FLOOR WASHING + daily tasks
Friday – CATCH-ALL DAY + daily tasks
Saturday – SHEETS + TOWELS + daily tasks