Inside. These are the places in our homes that we often forget to clean. See if any of these places resonate with you, and if so, add them to your go-to list.
Guest post by Ross Morrison
If you are like me, you don’t like to spend a lot of time cleaning your house. Regular cleaning ensures that the most prominent areas are done, but other areas can be overlooked.
These areas are often out of sight and out of mind. They may not even be aware that they are dirty. This happens in almost every room in the house.
Today, I will discuss some of these places that we often forget to clean. Addressing them will help you have a cleaner space, and it is also important to maintain them so that things continue to function properly.
Add the places you forget to clean to your rotation and enjoy a cleaner home.
Places you tend to forget to clean
Are there any of these places that you forget to clean? Yes, they are!
Curtains are often forgotten because they blend into the background of each room, but they are prone to dust, pollen, and dirt, so it is wise to clean them once a season.
Try vacuuming or wiping with water to remove dirt. If the curtains are machine washable, it is best to throw them in the washing machine.
If you are using blinds, they can accumulate a lot of dust and dirt. Wipe them all over with detergent. In some cases, it may be easier to take them out of the window and clean them properly.
All pillows should be machine washed every 3-6 months to remove any buildup of fungus, mold, or bacteria. Researchers have shown that excessive buildup on synthetic pillows can aggravate asthma symptoms and harm people with low immunity.
Wash pillows on sofas and chairs to keep your home clean.
It is unwise to start a fire without cleaning the chimney or fireplace. It may be tempting to use a vacuum cleaner, but using a vacuum cleaner can be irreversible.
Instead, consider hiring a professional chimney sweep to make sure your fireplace is safe to use or to clean out the ashes.
- Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans get a thick layer of dust on their blades. Clean them once a season to avoid spreading dust throughout the house.
An easy way to clean ceiling fan blades is to put a pillowcase over each blade and wipe off the dirt. Using a microfiber duster is another good way to reach high places and wipe off dust.
Books are often neglected, but should be cared for once or twice a year. When removing a book for cleaning, try to avoid pulling on the top of the spine as much as possible, as this can cause the spine to break after prolonged use.
Instead, grasp the center of the spine and remove the book from the shelf. Then wipe the cover and book edges with a soft cloth. You can also use a soft brush attachment to absorb dust.
No matter how you store your books, you will be very happy to know that no dust will be flying from the next book you remove from the bookshelf.
- Small appliances
Small appliances such as toasters and microwaves are often forgotten to be cleaned. However, these appliances get dirty quickly from food residue.
While it is wise to clean them when necessary, it is also a good idea to set up regular maintenance days based on the amount of use of the appliances.
- Trash cans
Trash cans naturally get dirty and should be cleaned from time to time. Take it outside and clean it with an all-purpose cleaner.
Then scrub the inside to kill bacteria and mold. This will improve the smell of the trash can, at least for a little while.
Most homes never think about drains unless they back up, but drains are smelly and full of nasty bacteria. The best way to clean them is to fill the sink or bath with enough water and flush it properly several times.
This process will keep the debris out. Next, pour in half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar to remove the debris. Wait 60 minutes and then flush with hot water.
- Door frame
Since door frames are above eye level, they tend to collect dust and the phrase “Out of sight, out of mind” is often used. Use a chicken feather duster or microfiber duster to reach the top and sides.
The appliance itself also needs to be cleaned from time to time. This can be done by locating and rinsing the dishwasher filter.
With no dishes in the dishwasher, add 1 cup of white vinegar and run a warm water cycle. This process should remove any nasty soap scum, food residue, and hard water stains.
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