My Daily Cleaning Routine

One of the posts I’m most frequently asked to put together is just this, a post about my daily cleaning routine. I’m of the little and often school of thought when it comes to cleaning, mainly because I hate spending wasting a whole day cleaning, hate it.

Before I go into my daily cleaning routine I’ll first give you a little overview of my entire cleaning routine, but I’ll do full posts on those at a later date – if you want?
daily cleaning routine
– Daily cleaning – I do every single one of these tasks every day without fail…unless I’m very ill.
– Weekly cleaning – I have set days of the week to do certain tasks, a timetable of cleaning if you will. Because I keep on top of each task they don’t take very long at all.
– Monthly & seasonal cleaning – Big jobs and more detailed cleaning which I don’t really apply a time table to but I do make a note of the last time I did it. (Things like cleaning windows, polishing silver, cleaning tops of cupboards etc.)

My daily cleaning routine


As soon as I get up I hit the shower. Whilst I have conditioner in my hair I rinse out and hand wash my tights and bra from the previous day with hand soap, then hang them on a hook in the shower to dry.

When I’ve finished washing myself I remove any hair from the plug straight away (I do not want to be picking out huge clumps of scummy hair that have built up over time) then spray the shower, tiles and screen with a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water which I keep in a spray bottle in the shower. I leave the vinegar on whilst I wrap my hair in a towel and then take the hose off the hook and spray water across the tiles to rinse off the vinegar.

Once out and dried I brush my teeth and whilst doing that I spray the same solution of vinegar and water (I have two bottles of it on hand in my bathroom purely so everything is at reach and takes mere seconds) around the sink and taps and quickly wipe down with a damp sponge.

I then rub in my cleanser and leave it on my face for 30 seconds whilst giving the loo a quick rub round with a damp cloth and bicarb of soda which buffs it up and keeps it shiny. Then I slosh some vinegar into the toilet pan and leave. Naturally I then wash my hands thoroughly before removing my cleanser.


Whilst making my porridge I give my kitchen sink and surfaces a good wipe down (again with a solution of 50/50 vinegar & water) and return any dishes on the rack to their respective cupboards and drawers. I also detach the lid of my bin and give it a good clean with washing up liquid.

I take any food waste out to the compost bin then get the washing machine going.

Air your bed


Actually in the timeline of my cleaning day, before I even get in the shower I open my bedroom window and push back the duvet on the bed so it can air out. Please don’t make your beds as soon as you get out of them. Think about how sweaty you must get in bed, under the covers at night. Please let the persperation air out before you make up the bed.

Once I’ve had my breakfast I return to the bedroom to do my make up and get dressed. Whilst pottering about I put dirty washing into the basket. I also give my mirror and dressing table a quick wipe down after I’ve finished putting my make up on, mainly because I’m very messy and I’ve found the foundation splatters are harder than glue to get off.

Living room

The television screen gets a wipe down when it is turned on. Everytime. It takes 2 seconds.

I try to keep on top of putting things away so that the room isn’t cluttered up. If I don’t have time to put each item back its home I will chuck all misplaced stuff into one basket which gets hidden behind the curtains and dealt with at a more convinent time later in the day.

Before bed 

 I put my bra and tights on the back of the bathroom door so I have them to hand for washing in the morning.

Whilst the cleanser is on my face again, I go through the laundry basket then fill up the washing machine ready to be turned on in the morning.

Every night without fail I empty out my purse. I like to know where I stand money wise at the end of the day and if I need to visit the cash machine the next day. I put receipts, business cards and notes in a drawer next to my bed to be dealt with later in the week. I also put coppers and 5 pence pieces into jars.

And that’s my everyday cleaning routine. Written out like that it looks like a lot but it isn’t. It’s things that slot in easily and lots of multi-tasking so you really can slot these basic tasks into even the most busy of lifestyles.

You might also find useful:
The Three Minute Rule
Organising spices
6 tips for cutting cleaning time in half


P.S. What is your cleaning routine?

P.P.S. I always get asked this one – no the vinegar will not smell…not once it dries.

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  1. Wow, that is quite a routine, I dont clean daily but after reading this I sort of wish I did.

    I do dishes each night after dinner and leave them to drain, then I put them away the following evening before cooking.

    Thats about it. :/

  2. Oh my days! I’m so impressed by your routine. I always sweep the kitchen floor whilst waiting for something to cook, or do dusting during ad breaks. I once did a massive load of washing up during ad breaks only but don’t recommend this; whilst sprinting from sofa to kitchen I fell over the cat and knocked by myself out momentarily. The husband does the washing up now.

  3. Wow, you are very organised! My daily cleaning routine is usually doing the dishes, scooping the kitty litter, emptying bins & washing, if it needs to be done.

  4. Oh i do love your posts! You have a really great routine there, it has inspired me to give it a go..your post came at just the right time as i’ve been finding it hard to keep on top of the household chores whilst on maternity leave, my little boy is 4 months and i never seem to have enough minutes in the day to keep on top of everything..your post i think will certainly help! Thanks Thrifty xx

  5. So impressed that you have a routine like this. I probably do the bathroom and kitchen (avec vinegar and bicarb) every other day, but only cos of visitors. I know I’d save time if I had it all to hand and did it daily. I spend ten minutes rummaging for and pouring the vinegar, I think I must actually be your worst cleaning nightmare!!

  6. I love your blog. Full stop. And my mum loves that I love it cause it’s got me cleaning! :) x

  7. I clean daily but don’t generate a whole basket of laundry per day, so tend to leave it to the weekend. I must be a right old slapper with too many lycra based teeny clothes hahaha.

    I load/unload my dishwasher daily and wash items that don’t go into it, wipe my surfaces in the kitchen. In the bathroom I shower in a bath with a curtain, thankfully no glass to shine- I wipe down the sink and so forth and squirt some bleach down the loo.

    Sadly my bedroom always comes last, I work 12 hr a day so often, bar flipping back the duvet to air, it’s a bit neglected and needs a blitz weekly.

    • I wish I didn’t have a wash everyday. Mr Thrifty cycles to work everyday and even if it hasn’t rained for months he still comes back caked in mud. *sigh*

  8. You mean you don’t have a cup of tea first? Or maybe you do, does Mr T bring it to you in bed?
    I used to have a routine, but it has slid a bit. I always do the big laundry wash on a Monday, and the grocery shop on a Thursday. The lounge is thoroughly cleaned on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, but apart from that, my other routines have slipped. Maybe time to make a chart again 😉

    • I rarely drink tea. Maybe a cup once a month or so?

    • Where do you get your energy from without tea,endless brews mainly coffee get me through the day.I do chores everyday but I find that I can’t stop and get very compulsive when the weather is nice and the radio is on x

    • Haha! Well I don’t think these tasks are that energetic. I have lupus so get knackered easier than most people but running a cloth over a sink whilst standing still, rather than just standing still doesn’t take any extra time & is also cutting down time and energy spent on removing deep grime because it doesn’t allow it to build up.

  9. So many good ideas! I like to break up my chores in to small bits too instead an all day clean…with two indoor cats there is always fur to remove from something…

  10. You are so organised, wow! x

  11. Do you really wash your bra every day? I wash mine every 4 days to a week, and always in the washing machine.

    But then, I only really clean once a week (well, every two weeks cos husbandpartnerperson does the other week). I wipe down kitchen surfaces and i put thengs away but I prefer to do the bathroom, living room and kitchen in one big go. More satisfying that way!

  12. Sometimes it is just tights or just a bra. I try not to over wash my clothes because it is bad for them.
    I don’t put mine in the machine because I’ve had too many underwires ripped out (even in netted bags or pillow cases) and totally ruin the bra or cause us to call out a repair man and need to pay a repair man £75 to remove the wire from the drum. Eeek!

  13. oooh I wish I was as good as you. I am trying to put things away as I go & keep the house tidy. That’s step one, then maybe I can progress gradually. The handwashing idea is brilliant as mine stacks up but to deal with tights & bras at the time… thanks for another great time saving tip xxxx

  14. I love my 50/50 vinegar and water sprays! I like to add a few drops of essential oils to mine, especially fond of citrus, lavender and mint :-)

  15. Oh my word that sounds like hard work to me! Especially all the daily bathroom cleaning!

  16. Ohh another one that hates cleaning, I thought I was alone lol. Erm. I usually start by having a wash taking the rubbish down with me if the bathroom bin is full. If the loo roll holder is looking rather sad, I fill it up whilst I am there also. Take woof for a walk feed and then sweep the living room floor with a microfibre floor cleaner. Wake the kids up and thne potter around cleaning up whilst they are getting ready beats standing over them. And I do little jobs through the day. I prefer to break them up rather then do them all at once. I tried the flylady cleaning method, but it didnt suite my lifestyle.

  17. I spray the shower wih my homemade cleaner after I’ve stepped out, our is an over the bath one so I do that too, It’s so much easier to clean a warm bath than a cold one, the steam definitely helps. After I’ve done my teeth I clean the basin and vanity unit too, all whilst wrapped in my fluffy bath towel, like you say, it doesn’t take long!

  18. Mrs Thrifty my landlord put a horrible carpet throughout (before we moved in), it’s like tatamy (excuse sp) matting that you’d find in Japanese homes. Anyway it just doesn’t seem to pick up very well with the hoover and god forbid my little one spills liquid on it. What’s the best way to keep it clean? Also thanks for the insight into your routine. Multi-tasking is the way forward!

  19. WoW! You are the queen of clean! Thanks for some great tips as always.
    I seem to spend my life hoovering up Bella’s hairs…they get everywhere! :0)

  20. JoyOlive says:

    This is FAB! Can never get enough of lovely organisation tips! I must be more wise about time and “cleaning as I go” – Love your blog!

  21. Oh dear… now you’ve got me paranoid about making the bed! xx

  22. I’m a huge fan of having a spray bottle of vinegar, a squirt of dishwashing liquid and water in the bathroom, laundry and kitchen. I also keep a shaker of bicarb handy for cleaning. My morning routine is similar to yours except I hang the towels and bathmat on the line to air each day (reduces risk of mould in bathroom). My new habit is using the back step to step up and down on whilst waiting for toast to cook, water to boil etc. I have compartment syndrome and struggle with going for a stroll but this at least gives me some exercise!

    I’m curious, do you work from home? I do most of the time except when I have meetings or am running workshops.

  23. I also make the bed each morning and open the window (after my cup of tea in bed) as it stops me being tempted to get back in it!

  24. This is great! I hate cleaning the bathroom every week on my day off so will give this a go :) x

  25. Love this. Can’t wait to have my own place again one day so I can employ your tips!!
    Yes please on the weekly, monthly, etc routines too.
    My tip for the bathroom is it invest in a good looking squeegee to live in there (either a super slinky stainless steel one (pricey, but’ll last) or a clear, frosted, whitish one (they turn up in the big supermarkets occasionally)). Use it on the mirrors, tiles and glass surfaces whilst you’re drying and pottering. Helps with the water marks and reduces the occurrence of milder etc.

  26. Gosh now I feel like I should run around the flat and clean! Maybe you can spur me on for a better routine, going to clean bathroom now! Thanks

  27. Anonymous says:

    I had to smile at your turning back the bed covers to air them out. My mother and grandmother always did that; I always thought it was because “back in the day” they didn’t bathe as often as we do today. :)
    Unfortunately, I have a minor obsession in that I can’t leave the bedroom without making the bed in the morning, not even to go to the bathroom, because I can’t stand walking back into a bedroom with an unmade bed.
    That being said, I don’t do nearly as much Daily cleaning as you do!

  28. I need to get the Mrs onto this, pronto!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I try to clean round the sink and loo while the kids are in a bath. I usually get the floor done too. Then once they are dried and ready for bed they can have a wee play and I nip back in and do the bath.

  30. Mrs Thrifty you are amazing! You’ve prompted me to try and employ some of these things everyday (I already do the shower cleaning malarky). I love you’re blog and it really is helpful to see what other people do because it’s not often that you get cleaning inspiration!



  31. I started working this way a while ago, and you do get used to it. Saves a bunch of time at the weekend as well. I’ve just read your weekly routine, that’s my next challenge, but t means all I have to do come Saturday is give all the floors a good clean, thanks for all your very inspiring posts!

  32. I started working this way a while ago, and you do get used to it. Saves a bunch of time at the weekend as well. I’ve just read your weekly routine, that’s my next challenge, but t means all I have to do come Saturday is give all the floors a good clean, thanks for all your very inspiring posts!

  33. Doing the same! Once you get used to it you realise how much time it saves long run! Just need to do the weekly stuff now x

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  35. Reading this following the hyperlink on our recent post-

    You are a god-send! Baby number 1 is due in 2 weeks and I had been becoming increasingly frustrated with my boyf’s lack of cleaning and tidying which has left me feeling like his skivvy; something that certainly needs to change before baby arrives. Your routine is just what we need to set us straight and keep me sane!

    For the cloths you use in the bathroom (sink and loo?), how do you store these or do you wash every day?

    Thanks so much. vx

  36. Anonymous says:

    A frugal tip from Scottish ex-pat living in France. Instead of buying expensive cleansing creams/wipes etc, I buy babies wipes. Think about it, if they can clean babies’ delicate skin, they can do the same for ours. They are also handy for giving the bathroom a quick wipe round, which I do daily, then just do a deep clean once a week.

  37. A really useful post, thank you!

  38. I admire your cleaning routine. I ought to clean my shower after I shower as well , it would certainly save some time. Thanks for the tip about letting your sheets air out first, I didn’t think about that before. As for me, I start my cleaning in the morning. I make myself a cup of tea and while I wait I wipe down the kitchen. If I’m not feeling hungry yet, I fold the laundry and I wipe down the coffee tables and other surfaces.

  39. Thanks for sharing this. I suffer from a chronic condition, which means I can’t do much at all, and with my hubby struggling to keep on top of everything, I feel bad that I can’t do cleaning. Looking at this list though, there’s some things here that I can manage whenever I’m out of bed, or even on a trip to the toilet, which will help the house be a bit cleaner (we used to be very house proud before I got sick) without adding more tasks to my hubby’s to do list.

    A few questions:
    1. What washing up liquid do you recommend? I tried one eco brand that wasn’t very good so I went back to Fairy liquid, but I really would like to be more eco friendly.
    2. What do you use to wipe down the surfaces in your bedroom? Using polish has started to aggravate my skin and allergies so if you have an alternative, I’d love to hear it.
    3. Do you just use a dry cloth on your telly?

    I love your blog!
    Katie x

    • A Thrifty Mrs says:

      I use a variety of washing up liquids at the moment so can’t really recommend one.
      I wipe down the surfaces with a damp micro fibre cloth then wipe again with a dry cloth.
      I use a very, very, very lightly damp micro fibre cloth (one of the smooth ones) on my telly.

  40. Great post… i feel rejuvenated just reading it! Back home in Sri Lanka people used to wash their underwear daily in the shower before they felt obliged to generate a load for their washing machine pleasure… gonna adopt the cleaning fluids at hand rule. But do you really have to clean the garbage bins with washing liquid daily?

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