The 7 most helpful housecleaning apps
Between busy work schedules, back-to-back activities for the kids, and a laundry list of errands (oh yeah, and let’s not forget the actual laundry), it’s easy to let house cleaning fall to the back burner. Sure, you could use a site like Care.com to hire housecleaning help near you. But maybe you’re not ready to make the house-keeper plunge just yet.
For those who are looking to organize their do-it-yourself housekeeping, there’s an app for that! Now you can streamline your cleaning routine — or lack thereof — on your iOS or Android device by using one of the helpful apps below.
Here are the seven best house cleaning apps — each of which have at least a 4-out-of-5-star rating — to help you stay on track when life happens.
1. Tody (iOS)
iTunes App Store Customer Rating: 4.8/5
What to Know: User-friendly design; share tasks across multiple devices; flexible options to cater to individual cleaning needs.
Tody’s clean design will inspire you to scrub your toilet, mop the floor, and perform a slew of other household cleaning tasks that you normally may avoid. Based on your current style of cleaning, the app prioritizes each task by need rather than deadlines but does offer the flexibility for users to set due dates and reminders. Users can also turn cleaning into a game with other household members by sharing and syncing chores across multiple iOS devices. Even marthastewart.com recommends this app, so you know it’s good.
“ ...in my opinion is the best in the market. It keeps everything neat and is easy to use. It's simple to customize to your home and the specific jobs you want to do.” – Bet C, iTunes user review
“It's well worth the money and the capsule colors keep you in line with what area needs the most attention. I personally check each zone every day to see what's in the red (meaning what's either due or behind). Also I love how it keeps track of how overdue I am on a task.” – sweetee288, iTunes user review
2. Home Routines (iOS)
iTunes App Store Customer Rating: 4.5/5
What to Know: No internet connection needed; customizable tasks and deadlines; built-in timer to encourage motivation.
On Home Routines, users create checklists that reflect up to seven “focus zones” in their home and can schedule exactly when to complete each task (daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonally). Take advantage of the app’s built-in timer to motivate yourself to get the job done.
“I like that I can make as many lists as I want and create a schedule for myself. It’s a great guide to remind you of all those little things you forget to do.” – Jnettie, iTunes user review
“I'm really loving this app and highly recommend it. It includes most everything I've been looking for in a home organization app. Well done!” – Onthefarshore, iTunes user review
3. House Cleaning List (Android)
Cost: $0.99 + offers in-app purchases
Google Play Customer Rating: 4.1/5
What to Know: Cloud sync capability; share cleaning tasks with other household members; unlimited lists.
Organize yourself clean with House Cleaning List, which allows you to create unlimited lists for specific occasions or for your typical cleaning routine. Users can easily share and sync responsibilities with roommates and family members. An internet connection is required to sync with the cloud. Additional templates are available for purchase within the app.
“I love this app. I'm a young mom of 2 toddlers and it's easy to forget some chores but with this app I get to do everything!!” – Nataly Falk, Google Play user review
“When the house cleaning seems daunting and as if there is too much to be done, what a nice tool to have everything listed by room, with progress evident in task checked. Great help. Makes it less overwhelming.” – Tajanator, Google Play user review
4. Clean My House (Android)
Cost: Free + offers in-app purchases
Google Play Customer Rating: 4/5
What to Know: Sends daily cleaning reminders; categorize nearly 300 tasks; no sharing capability.
On Clean My House, choose from 292 cleaning tasks to help kickstart your cleaning routine. The app allows users to group their chores by category and schedule them on a daily or weekly basis but does not (yet) allow sharing between household members. A master task list and other premium features are available for a one-time purchase.
“Simple and effective. So glad I accidentally stumbled across this! Took very little time to set up my daily, weekly, and monthly tasks so I can keep up with things. Then I add the extra one time things as needed. Love it!” – Kylie Young, Google Play user review
“I absolutely love this app. I use it to organise and remind me when each of my pets are due a clean out, to remind me to clean bits of my room and to keep on top of tasks. Highly recommend.” – Katie T., Google Play user review
5. Clean House (Android)
Cost: Free + offers in-app purchases
Google Play Customer Rating: 4.0/5
What to Know: Contains ads; no fuss app; sends reminders.
Clean House does exactly what it says: It presents users with elemental household chores that they can schedule at their leisure to keep their home clean. Unlike other apps, there aren’t many bells and whistles with this one. Basic scheduling and reminder features are available with advertisements, but users can pay $4.99 to remove them after downloading the app.
“I've installed other house cleaning apps and uninstalled them after a few days or a week of having them. But not this app. I love how it only has what I am suppose to do that day on it. Easy to use and very helpful on keeping me on track of what needs to be done on that day.” – Gamerjlbdwy Gamer, Google Play user review
“I'll be honest here so you know if this app is for you. I'm busy with house, work, school; I also have grown ‘kids’ who do nothing if I don't tell them to. So all I needed was a way to track chores, so I make sure I get mine done, and they get theirs done. No frills. No family emails. No logins. Just chores so I can hold everyone accountable, including me.” – Katrina Sock, Google Play user review
6. Our Home
Google Play Customer Rating: 4.2/5 | iTunes App Store Customer Rating: 4.4/5
What to Know: Assign multiple users tasks; send messages and reminders; uses point system to encourage chore completion.
Our Home (iOS and Android) is great for keeping family members -- especially kids -- motivated to complete each cleaning task. Users can assign individual chores and give rewards to those who finish each assignment using a points system. In addition to cleaning, this app also allows everyone to contribute to a shared grocery list.
“It has all the features we could possibly need, no ads, and it's really motivating. ” – Neil A., Google Play user review
“This is an incredibly effective tool to provide kids a list of to do’s to be productive in school and contributing to chores. We’re using it for our middle schooler (age 11) and he’s extremely motivated to collect points and cash. Using this app has decreased arguing/nagging because if he doesn’t complete something I either deduct points (which he doesn’t like) or he doesn’t earn cash (for chores) if I complete them (example: unloading dishwasher, vacuuming).” – EvrAftr, iTunes App store user review
7. Cleaning Checklist (Android)
Google Play Customer Rating: 4.1/5
What to Know: Group cleaning tasks by room; contains advertisements; share the list with other users
Cleaning Checklist is an easy-to-use app that lets you take control and add as many or as little rooms as you need to incorporate to your cleaning routine. Share the tasks with others and check them off as you go!
“I use the app everyday, I highly recommend it if you want to organize how you clean around your house.” – Eric Larizza, Google Play user review
“A good app (that) helps me tidy my room quickly and now I actually know where to start.” – Fern Mallinson, Google Play user review
Finding the best method for you and your family may take some time, so if one app doesn’t seem to be a good fit, try out the next one. Or, if you find you can’t keep up with the housekeeping, you might be surprised to find that house cleaning help costs less than you think.
Read next: How Much Should You Pay for Housekeeping?
* DISCLAIMER: App ratings are subject to change. All ratings are current as of Aug. 14, 2019.