The 8 Best House Cleaning Apps to Use in 2023

The 8 Best House Cleaning Apps to Use in 2023

In my experience, when it comes to house cleaning, you fall into one of two categories. Either you clean or you clean. Chances are you’ll label yourself as a cleaner – and that’s because, I’m sorry to tell you, cleaners often lack a certain self-awareness. If you are a neater you might be able to Think that you are a cleaner. But True Cleaners knows the truth: “tidy” is just a facade. Tidy doesn’t notice the dust that collects on the baseboards. Tidy is not bothered by cobwebs gathering in the corner. And Tidy certainly doesn’t see the pee crusting behind (how?!) the toilet.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Now, I understand if you prefer to be woefully ignorant of the disgusting parts of your home. But the truth is, someone has to deal with it. And the more it adds up, the more it makes sense to put the tools in place to help you conquer the ever-growing literal laundry list of housework. I have found that house cleaning apps are the single most important difference maker in my family and my daily life and overall well-being. Let’s review.

What are the best apps for house cleaning?

The best cleaning app will work for you and not the other way around. They give you permission to set a cadence that matches your lifestyle. If a cleaning app ever feels more stressful than not, that’s a sign to make adjustments or reconsider.

Speaking from personal experience, my first attempt at a home cleaning app was what you’d expect: gung-ho, re-write-the-whole-system-energy. I assigned myself and my husband tasks and made checklists for every possible thing in my home that could be dried, scrubbed or polished. Not surprisingly, this energy waned and yes – my husband did not share my enthusiasm for a new system.

But here’s what did spoon: I found a happy medium. I removed tasks that were not important. I decided that this could be my system alone and my husband could manage his responsibilities (family laundry, general nightly cleaning, yard and car maintenance) as he saw fit. Now, instead of beating myself up when tasks get undone, I use my app as a tool to help reset home when I’m “behind.” (And I remind myself that it’s totally fine if a clean home wasn’t my priority last week/month.) I love the built-in tasks that allow me to simply go down the list instead of looking around overwhelmed and wondering on where to start.

But my favorite way to use the app is to set the alarm for 15 minutes daily and tackle a few tasks which is already decided for me. The mental lift of not making any decisions, knowing I only have to work for 15 minutes and the fact that I’ll be doing it again tomorrow means I never feel like I’m behind. I never feel like things will work out.

My home is not perfect and it doesn’t have to be, but it serves me and my needs – I am not a servant of my home.

My home and my mind is tidy. Yes, this is the magic of a cleaning app. Let’s get into it.

Editor’s Pick: Tody

Tody is an ideal app if you want to establish a cleaning routine. As is likely to be true with any cleaning app, the setup is the hardest part. The good news? It is a one-and-done task. Start by adding an area type (eg an indoor kitchen, a master bedroom, the entrance to the home, the attic, etc.). You can assign each room or area a color and from there add tasks. Tody has a range to choose from (dust, sweep, floor, organise, storage and more – plus custom options). From there you set the schedule. Make it a regular schedule to organize the attic every four months, or dust the bookshelves in the living room once a week. The task can be seasonal or ongoing, and you can assign it to yourself or a housemate.

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My review: Although I really still don’t know how to pronounce “Tody”, I can’t help but share it with anyone who asks. It’s the best $7 I’ve ever spent. I’ve been using it for over two years now and it has made managing home routines much easier. I love the click-noise satisfaction of checking off a task. On my most productive weeks, I use the app most days and clean for approx. 15 minutes before I move on with my day. (PS: I’m not alone in my love. Tody is the fourth most popular app in Apple’s productivity category.)

Get the app: Google Play Store, Apple App Store | $6.99 one time purchase

Best for bringing the family along: Sweepy

If your kids have mobile devices and you want them on board, this is the app for you. That’s because, in addition to tracking and organizing household tasks, Sweepy turns cleaning into a game. You can add household members to your account to compete for a place on the leaderboard – while sharing the workload at home. Adults can even give points and praise to helpful kids when you’ve approved their tasks. Sweepy also lets you filter tasks by difficulty. So on the days you just don’t feel like it, you can choose cleaning tasks that require less effort.

Helpful review: “I hardly ever leave reviews, but this app is amazing. The nagging from my kid about how much he does has stopped because all kids think they have to do everything. […] We instituted a prize at the end of the week based on the tasks completed. I love that I can check his work when he’s done too.” – Apple App Store reviewer

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Get the app: Google Play Store, Apple App Store | Standard: Free, Premium: $8.99/month

Best minimalist option: Spotless

If you’re craving a clean, clutter-free home, you might want an app that’s just as easy. I was struck by how minimal this app is upon first opening. From the simple color palette to the refreshing lack of options, this is essentially an elevated to-do list. Once you’ve set up your home and its current state, simply go through your to-do lists and click the check mark when you’re done. You can set up reminders or leave them out. Easy.

Helpful review: “I usually live with this fuzzy cloud of things to do buzzing around me and don’t know where to start, what needs the most cleaning, when I last did something. With this app – it’s gone. I don’t have to think about what I’ve done or what I need to do, which usually leaves me feeling so overwhelmed that I don’t do any of it. I don’t. Worry. About. Cleaning. longer. It’s amazing.” – Apple App Store reviewer

Get the app: Apple App Store | Free, option to purchase unlimited tasks for $4.99

Best Chore App to Teach Kids About Money: Homely

The premise here is simple: assign family chores, set goals, complete tasks and earn money. Homey teaches kids about work ethic and how to make money through an app that goes beyond a simple cleaning schedule. You can set up unpaid responsibilities and then add jobs that children can get paid for. And the harder or longer the work, the more they can earn. You can chat in the app, set due dates, savings goals, add or remove funds from wallets and more. The app works across one or more devices and is bright, colorful and easy to navigate to boot.

Helpful review: “I really like this app. I’ve been struggling with maintaining chore charts and reward charts and remembering how much pocket money I owe. Homey has been a great solution to that that my child can also take responsibility for. It makes me realize the huge volume of chores there is to do.” — Sabrina SN

Get the app: Apple App Store | Google Play Store | Subscribe monthly for $4.99 or annually for $49.99

Best Digital Chore Chart: Chorsee

If your to-do list is gathering dust on the fridge, Chorsee is the perfect app to revive it. Each family member creates a profile to keep track of what they have done and how much they have earned. From there, tasks can either be assigned or set up so that anyone can get them done (and thus earn the prize). Users say it’s easy to set up, and they appreciate the simplicity of the design.

Helpful review: “I’ve been using this app for a few months to keep track of my kids’ chores and so far I love it! We do the old fashioned task for money approach rather than a points or reward system. I have four kids and a lot of tasks to assign and this app has everything I need. I can assign tasks daily, weekly, to everyone, just one person, or on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s very user-friendly and I can easily add or subtract money from their accounts.” — Apple App Store reviewer

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Get the app: Apple App Store | Google Play Store | Annual subscription for $19.99 or lifetime for $99.99

Best free app for daily decluttering: TOSS

Is it possible to organize your home in just a few minutes a day? TOSS brings the satisfaction of throwing away trash to the digital space with this highly manageable and very fun (!) daily clean-up app. There’s no registration for anything, and the process couldn’t be simpler: just open the app, receive a daily task, and either delete, skip, or mark it as done. For example, my task today is to throw away (or recycle, donate or sell) everything in the medicine cabinet that I haven’t used in a while or don’t think I will. I timed myself: it took me four minutes to throw away three things, collect two bags or cough drops into one, and, bonus, remember to take my vitamins!

Helpful review: “This app is motivating. I am always curious to see what is next for me to do. My sister has this app too and we are surprised it doesn’t give us the same “throw” job. I had a situation where I just couldn’t complete the task for two weeks, so I finally chose to skip it, but didn’t remove it. I’m sure it will pop up again, and I’ll be in the right frame of mind to do it.” — Apple App Store reviewer

Get the app: Google Play Store | Apple App Store | FREE

Best Personalized App for Getting Organized: Clutter Free

Clutterfree is similar to cleaning apps in that it adapts the app to your home. Once you’ve uploaded your space, you’ll receive a step-by-step roadmap that will take you straight to the minimalist lifestyle. You can unlock achievements to keep you going, overcome daily challenges and tackle difficult areas (hello, piles of paper) with bonus plans. And if you’re not sure you can really commit to organizing your entire home via an app, there’s a 14-day trial so you can try it out.

Helpful review: “I’m so excited to get started on every room and area of ​​my home. This app provides a tailored step-by-step process for cleaning up each area (including a checklist of tasks to tick off as you go). Finally, I want to be able to keep track of my progress in a tangible way. If you’ve been putting off decluttering and minimizing your home, this app will give you the motivation and kickstart you need.” — Apple App Store reviewer

Get the app: Apple App Store | Google Play Store | Annual subscription for $19.99 or lifetime for $99.99

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