10 areas of your home you may have forgotten 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:
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).
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.
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).
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.
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!