Many of us take pride in the cleanliness of our homes. Cleaning can be a chore, but a rewarding one if you enjoy the process or even the result. You may be a self-proclaimed neat freak, but it’s likely that you are missing at least one of these spots. Many spots are easy to skip, but here are a few to get you started, the most common ones. How clean is your house, exactly? Let’s take a look:
We tend to overlook the spaces that aren’t directly in our line of sight, like the tops of refrigerators, large appliances, cupboards, and more. Dust collects easily in these places, and you need to clean them regularly. Other spots you can easily miss include the tops of doors, windows, and bookshelves.
When was the last time you cleaned under your stove or refrigerator? Underneath the stove or refrigerator is another easily missed area, especially considering the hard work of moving said large appliance. But this is an important job, as it can help cut down on expensive appliance repairs and increased energy costs. Some other places homeowners often neglect include under rugs, beneath the bed, and below other large pieces of furniture such as the sofa.
Baseboards often get missed, as they are down low and out of the line of sight when cleaning. Fortunately cleaning them is relatively easy, as all it takes is a damp cloth to wipe them down.
How often do you think of cleaning the supplies that get your home clean? Probably never, right? But keeping all your cleaning tools clean and sanitized will get your house cleaner, plus you won’t have your hands in questionable gunk. Regular cleaning of your supplies will ensure a better clean, and sanitizing them will give you some peace of mind.
Another often forgot item in the house is your ceiling fan. The blades collect all kinds of debris, from dust to dirt, especially if you do not use them every day. Any time they sit idle they are receiving the dust from around the house. Use a pillowcase to wipe them off to prevent more dust from falling onto the floor or pieces of furniture like the bed. Always clean the blades before turning on to avoid all that dust from being strewn about the house. Cleaning the blades will also help cut down on dust-related allergies.
Small electronics are particularly good at holding onto germs, especially when you use them every day. Give them a quick clean with a disinfectant wipe or specially designed cleaner. Don’t forget to clean your remotes to your electronics, too, as they get dusty and full of germs depending on how often you use them. A damp cloth should be all that is needed unless you spill a lot of food on them. Don’t forget your computer mouse and keyboard, as well as any other small attachments to your electronics. When was the last time you cleaned that soundbar?
Treat anything you touch daily as a high traffic area of your house, and clean them regularly. Cleaning high traffic areas will help keep germs at bay, while also making your house cleaner.
A generally high traffic zone and easily forgettable is your small appliances, such as the toaster, microwave, coffee maker, etc. These need to be cleaned regularly as well, as food and other debris can build upon them, making them less useful overall. Plus in the case of a dirty toaster, it can start a fire. Always a good idea to add these to your weekly cleaning list, for safety if nothing else.
Another oft-used but often forgotten item. Have you ever looked inside your toothbrush holder lately? This place gets grimy in a short amount of time. Make sure you regularly rinse out and clean your toothbrush holder, as it can be a breeding ground for many germs
Oh, the land of the forgotten crisper drawer! We often forget about food in the crisper drawer, often ignoring it entirely unless we are cleaning out the fridge, and sometimes even then. This place gets filthy fast—and you don’t want germs on your food.
Are your clothes not smelling as fresh as they used to when they come out of the wash? Chances are it’s time to clean your washing machine. Washing machines are easy to clean, add some white vinegar and baking soda to it and run an empty cycle on hot. Leave the lid open when the machine is not in use to ensure it dries out. Keeping the lid open will also help keep the machine clean and prevent mildew.
You do not want to forget your curtains when cleaning, as they soak up all the debris of life, from dust to dirt and germs. Most curtains are machine washable but pay attention to the care instructions of your curtains. Use a vacuum to clear off any dirt or dust, and regularly clean according to the care instructions.
Considering we throw our garbage here, one would think we would clean them more often—but most of us completely forget about our trash cans. Forgetting to clean the trash can may cause smells to permeate the house, making a clean house smell bad. Clean these out regularly and spray with disinfectant to ensure your house stays smelling nice.
Don’t deal with a dirty shower curtain if you don’t have to. Many liners and curtains are machine washable, so throw them through a cycle to get rid of mildew, soap scum and other debris. Toss in a cup of baking soda to bring them back to life.
Easily overlooked places like the above can build up dirt and grime quickly, so make sure to add any of these that you missed into your regular cleaning schedule. Many of these places also collect germs, which will make you sick regularly if not cleaned. No time to clean? Call TLC Cleaning for all your cleaning needs!