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10 areas of your home you may have forgotten to clean

Forgot to Clean

Whether you’re spring cleaning, fall cleaning, winter cleaning or summer cleaning – there are so many places in your home that need to be cleaned but are often forgotten.

Here are 10 of them:

1. Showerheads

Don’t just wipe down the walls and bathtub/floor in your shower, clean every single thing in there. This includes the faucet, drain, and even the showerhead.

Grime and hard water deposits can build up on your showerhead and eventually it will start to look icky (and will probably not work as well as it should).

Easily clean your showerhead by putting white vinegar in a plastic bag and secure it to the showerhead with a rubber band. Soak for 1 hour and then wipe clean with a wet rag.

2. Toilet bases

Another area in your bathroom that might be overlooked is the base of your toilet.

Most people will clean the seat and the bowl itself, but few will actually clean around the base of the toilet.

Prevent bacteria from building up by cleaning the toilet base and the floor surrounding it with disinfecting cleaner or white vinegar.

3. Washing machine

You use your washing machine to get your clothes and linens nice and clean, but have you ever thought about cleaning the actual washing machine itself?

In order to avoid the build-up of mold, mildew, scum, and odors, make sure you clean your washing machine every month (every 3 months at a minimum).

There are a few washing machine cleaners on the market, but vinegar comes to the rescue on this cleaning project as well. Here is a great article on how to clean a washing machine with vinegar.

4. Light fixtures

Dust and grime can build up on your light fixtures if they are not cleaned often.

Wipe ceiling fan blades and all other light fixtures that you have in your home. A damp rag is all you need (of course, you can add a bit of white vinegar!).

5. Vacuum cleaner

Like almost everything, a well-maintained vacuum will last a long time.

This is one of those tools in our cleaning arsenal that must also be cleaned to ensure it is cleaning our carpets and rugs the best it possibly can.

All vacuum cleaners need to be cleaned a certain way, so look up your brand/model online to see how to keep yours in tip-top shape.

6. Vents

These are dust traps in all homes and are often overlooked – but they shouldn’t be! If you want your heat or air conditioning to be working properly, the vents in your home must be performing at their best. That means they need to be cleaned often.

Every 3 months is usually okay, but no one is going to look down on you if you clean them more often then that!

If you have a dishwasher, simply place your vents in there to get them clean with no effort at all.

7. Shower curtain liner

Your shower curtain liner (you do have one of those, right?) should be replaced every year. Throughout the year, though, you should be washing it to keep mold, mildew, and scum from building up.

Most shower curtain liners can be thrown into a washing machine and hung to dry, but if you are not able to do that, a 50/50 combination of vinegar and water will do the job just fine. Spray it on and rub with a scrub brush (and a little elbow grease).

8. Keyboards

When is the last time you cleaned the keyboard on your computer?

It’s been said that a keyboard can contain more harmful bacteria than your toilet seat – yes, really. How gross is that?

The recommended time to clean your keyboard is every month. Use a can of compressed air and a keyboard wipe (or a very damp rag).

9. Light switches

You use your light switches multiple times a day, which means bacteria can easily accumulate on them.

Give your light switches a quick wipe every time you clean (at least once per month) to keep bacteria at bay.

10. Baseboards

I know. It’s no fun to clean your baseboards. You have to get down on your hands and knees and wipe an area of your home that not many people see.

But it’s necessary. You don’t want dust and grime anywhere in your home – even areas that you don’t often have to look at. A simple wash with warm, soapy water (or your own homemade cleaner), every 3 months is a good way to ensure you always have clean baseboards.

When you’re cleaning your home, make sure you clean everything. Don’t just stick to surfaces, but clean walls, doors, appliances, the 10 items listed in this post, and everything else you see.

Remember, a clean home is a happy (and healthy) home!

Is there anything you would add to this list?


  1. Angela

    Great tips. Another area I try to clean once a month are my wooden shutters. Dust just clings there. I use the swiffer dusters and they work amazingly!

  2. Carrie H

    Basebords are a a punishment for the kids fighting or whinning- so every so often they get done

  3. Carrie H

    Enter your comments here.

  4. Olivia

    The filter(s) from the hood above your stove needs cleaning frequently. I spray them in the laundry tub (where mine fit) with resolve, let it sit then rinse well. Sparkling clean!
    Vacuum the bathroom vents regularly too. Remove the cover, wash it then vacuum the fan and other components; replace the cover. Fun, fun, fun!

    • Cassie Howard

      I agree! Good one!

    • Tracey

      I put my fume hood filter in my dishwasher.

  5. Tracey

    I can’t imagine cleaning all of my baseboards every 3 months. Not even every year!

  6. Liz

    Added to the list should be blinds ! They are a dust trap! Even just once a year- usually summer I take them down and spray them with the hose outside. Them the nice summer sun dries them nicely.

  7. Vicki

    Wash the lint trap in your dryer. It gets clogged with residue from dryer sheets, if you use them. Put it in the top rack of the dishwasher, soak in the kitchen sink or in the bathtub. Improves the drying time and performance of your dryer.

  8. Lorna

    I have those icky glass shower doors but fondly remember when I had a shower curtain liner….much easier to clean if you ask me! If you throw it in the washer with some towels and laundry soap, it comes out as good as new.

  9. Catherine

    Cupboards in the kitchen, inside and out, kitchen drawers and organizers (ie for silverware), under sofa cushions, window sills (and all the little cracks and crevices the windows run on), storage areas, picture frames that hang on the walls, top of door frames. I can think of a few places that rarely see attention! 🙂

  10. Brian S..Langley B.C

    I have found that useing some dishwasher machine soap blended with some laundry soap ,add some vinegar as a bonus ,or dishwasher soap and vinegar only if washing machine has not been cleaned for a long time , or if ever ..cleans the washing machine .after all dishwasher soap is made to clean surfaces,and this is what the washer drum is, a surface .this is equal to that brand AFFRESH ,THAT IS EXPENSIVE ,the only difference is AFFRESH ,has more fragrance ,either run a load empty or with a load of work jeans ,cleans the build up of soap residue and over sudsing also, over years of clothes washing with laundry soap only..try this blend ,you will notice ,the change in freshness of a fresh laundry tub,,with out giveing your money to AFFRESH..

  11. Barbara W.

    Remote contols – same principal as keyboards, since our hands are on them daily.

  12. Christine McDonald

    I like to wipe down my keyboard, remote control, phone and even my keys with a bit of rubbing alcohol. I also use it for light switches and door handles, and anything else we handle a lot each day such as the controls on the dishwasher and microwave and oven. It evaporates easily and disinfects.

  13. Kris

    Maybe it’s because 7 years ago I had newborn twins and a just-turned-2-year-old, but I thought I would share this poem. It helped get me through some crazy days, and it still holds true today, with my 9 year old, 7 year old twins, almost 2-year-old, and full-time job where my hours overlap with my husband’s:

    What Did I Do Today?

    What did I do today?
    Today I left some dishes dirty,
    The bed got made around 3:30.
    The diapers soaked a little longer,
    The odor grew a little stronger.
    The crumbs I spilled the day before,
    Are staring at me from the floor.
    The fingerprints there on the wall,
    Will likely be there still next fall.
    The dirty streaks on those window panes,
    Will still be there next time it rains.
    Shame on you, you sit and say,
    Just what did you do today?

    I nursed a baby till he slept,
    I held a toddler while she wept.
    I played a game of hide and seek,
    I squeezed a toy so it would squeak.
    I pulled a wagon, sang a song,
    Taught a child right from wrong.
    What did I do this whole day through?
    Not much that shows, I guess that’ s true.
    Unless you think that what I’ve done,
    Might be important to someone,
    With bright brown eyes and soft brown hair,
    If that is true…I’ve done my share.

    —–Author Unknown

    After all, I don’t want my kids to remember that the floors were always clean…I want them to remember that I was sitting on those not-perfect floors, playing with them. “Clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be fun.”

    • Laurie

      Absolutely !

  14. Dawn

    Door handles all over the house with a lysol wipe. Also the fridge door handle-especially in the inside of the handle.
    I clean my cell, laptop & remote daily.
    **I was at a friends place when i was 10yrs old- her mom made dinner, we all ate in the living room, it was hot she turned on the ceiling fan over the table and dust was falling everywhere!!! We didnt eat dinner! I learnt at the age of the to clean the tops of fans.

  15. Kelley

    I wash the window screens Spring and Fall in the shower or in the backyard with some dish soap.

    Sink aerators need the same vinegar treatment as shower heads especially if you have hard water.

  16. Pam

    Does anyone know how to clean the coffee pot from all the coffee stains? I would like to do it but not sure the best way?? Tia

  17. Sarah

    I’m ashamed to say I forget almost all of these. Except our shower liner. We usually have to replace it once a month because our cats like to play in the tub for some reason and their favourite game is attack the shower liner.

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