When it comes to home cleanliness, I believe you always strive to make your house as neat as possible, especially that you are here, on my blog, reading this. However, no matter how clean it might look, there are some places that I bet you always forget somehow. To help you prevent this, here are 10 notorious spots I recommend you double check before finishing your cleaning session.
I might be wrong here, but for many of you, the first thing that comes to your mind when you read this is the fact that you cannot remember the last time you cleaned your curtains. It is not just the curtains, but anything covering the window as somehow you assume that this part of the house does not require regular cleaning. However, due to the air flow which goes in and out of your house, curtains attract a lot of dust and allergens, so make sure you give them some attention.
Your kids are always touching and playing with your kitchen appliances, but many of you never remember to clean them. From the dishwasher to the microwave and oven, you often skip cleaning them, unless it is during that occasional general cleanup exercise or before holidays. However, you should take care your appliances at least on a weekly basis, to prevent germs from spreading.
You probably think that your bed is the cleanest of all since you change the bedding every few days, but this is not necessarily true. When was the last time you dusted the mattress? Besides from changing the linens, you should occasionally spare a few minutes to get rid of the dust that accumulates in the mattress over time. Dyson recently made a vacuum cleaner especially for this job, and named it the V6 Mattress.
4. Ceiling fans
Yes, it sounds very stressful to clean a ceiling fan, and if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner with a special attachment, you might be forced to use a ladder or something. However, this does not mean it is okay to let the ceiling fans dirty. The fans accumulate a lot of dust, especially during the dry months of the year, and so if they are not cleaned, a thick layer of dust will form on them. You should be careful with this, as it can also affect the health of your family and the performance of your fans.
If you lift one of your couch cushions right now, you will be surprised with what you find. This is especially so if you have children. Most kids have a tendency of hiding things under the couch cushions, thus you should always check and clean the couches. A good idea is to vacuum the cushions and upholstery at least once a month. If it is possible, you should also consider shampooing them every few years.
6. Behind the toilets
The toilet is probably one the places you prioritize when cleaning your house, but you probably always forget to clean behind it. When cleaning the bathroom, you should wipe the behind the base of the toilet at least once or twice a month, to get rid of the build up back there. Make sure you also clean round the water valve and the toilet itself.
7. Computer keyboards
When working on your computer or when you’re surfing the internet, you probably also have some snacks with you. No matter how careful you are, some particles will always land on the keyboard and some might not be cleaned by wiping it. To get rid of the accumulated dirt, you should vacuum your computer keyboard occasionally. If you remember, I’ve already covered a list with USB vacuum cleaners that I recommend, and I’ve also talked about a more complete solution for those of you who still use desktop computers.
8. Inside the washing machine
Yes, you will also need to wash the insides of the washing machine. It might sound a little awkward, but it will get dirty/moldy with time, and this might be the cause of your clothes coming out a little musty after a wash cycle. Pay special attention to the rubber gasket. Cleaning the washing machine is not as hard as you might picture it to be, and all you will need is to spare a couple of minutes.
You probably don’t like taking everything out of a drawer just to clean it, but there are still some ways to clean them without going through this process. The drawers might be closed most of the time, but they still get dirty. You can use a vacuum to dust the drawer without disarranging your clothes. Handhelds allow more flexibility, but a canister or an upright with a medium-length hose would do just fine.
10. Above kitchen cabinets
Unless you have furniture which reaches the ceiling, if you do not clean above the kitchen cabinets after every couple of months, then you should not be surprised with the amount of build up you will find there. Dust from outside combines with different fumes released in the cooking process to form a build up that might be very difficult to clean, if you leave it there for a long time. It’s the sort of sticky messy stuff I’d be afraid to put my hands on. That is why I recommend you to place some newspapers on top of these, and to replace them on a regular basis.
I hope I’ve covered some interesting spots. If you have more, don’t be afraid to share them with me and the rest of readers. I believe some of you discover unthinkable places every day, so I’d love your feedback.
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