Most people like to keep a tidy home, and are very proud of the appearance of their house. This is why everybody loves spring-cleaning.
The spring season allows you to have longer days, warmer sunshine as well as a chance to open your windows to get in the fresh air. When you let in the fresh air inside your house and clean your house, you will have a neat and sparkling house.
However, no matter how well you dust vacuum and organize your house there are some sections that you will always forget.
These places seem small and insignificant, but when you clean them, you will really notice and feel the difference. Your house will even look better!
Remember, missing to clean these spots can be hazardous to your family and pet’s health. Theses spots tend to accumulate large amounts of dust, mold, animal dander and mildew.
When these substances are released, they are the largest contributors to allergies and respiratory complications.
To help you deal with this mess, we have compiled a list of common spots that you might be forgetting to clean.
1. On Top Of Tall Things
Most of us tend to only clean surfaces that are in our reach and forget to clean areas that are too high. However, remember that even these places get dirty.
For instance, when you stand on a chair and look at the top of your refrigerator or top surface of your cabinet you will realize how dirty it is. Make sure that you will clean these surfaces to remove dust and molds that accumulate over time.
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2. Between Appliances And Furniture
Another place that many people forget to clean is in between appliances and furniture. This is because most of these spaces are only an inch, and that is why we neglect it.
However, remember that dropped foods, dust and other forms of icky things will pile up over time. Try using a long duster or a vacuum attachment to clean these spaces.
If this does not help, you can move the appliances and clean the space using a regular broom or mop.
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3. Bath Mats
Bath mats help you prevent water coming out of your bathroom. This dampness makes them the ideal place for mildew and bacteria.
To make the cleaning exercise easy makes sure that you select machine-washed bath mats. It is also important to vacuum them regularly. A wooden mat is also an excellent choice since you just need to wipe it down.
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4. Ceiling Fan
It is very hard to see the top of the fan blades but this area collects a lot of dust. Since most of us do not use them during the winter, a lot of dust will settle on it.
When you turn it on, it will fill the room with this dust. To clean it you just need to use a duster and remove all the dust before using it.
5. Garbage Disposal
Although the garbage disposal bins are used to collect all forms of trash, traces of food waste will remain causing it to have a very bad odor.
Clean the garbage disposal by sprinkling about a half-cup of baking soda and at least a cup of vinegar. Let this solution sit for a bout ten minutes and then rinse it with boiling water.
6. Laundry Baskets And Hampers
Remember you only wash your clothes because they are sweaty and smelly. Most of us keep the clothes in laundry baskets and hampers so that we can clean them all together.
However, most of us will forget to wash the basket and hampers where we store them. The clothes will leave traces of sweat and dirt on them making the whole area smell.
If you use cloth bags and hampers, you can wash them in the washing machine. If you use harder materials such as baskets, you just need to wipe them down. To combat the odors, you can also place a dryer sheet at the bottom of the baskets and hampers.
We all know that brooms are very useful in sweeping the floor, right? These brooms help us in cleaning the dust and grit. Since they touch dust, they also get dirty.
Remember to clean the bristles that tend to store this dirt. You can clean the synthetic bristles in warm, soapy water. Use the vacuum cleaner to clean the natural bristles.
8. The Rubber Seal On The Fridge Door
The rubber seal is useful in keeping the cold air inside. However, it will also accumulate crumbs and other debris. This makes it have a bad odor.
Also, accumulation of dirt will make it to loosen the seal on the fridge door. This will lead to spoiling of food quickly and more power wasted since you will keep the fridge on longer than what is required.
Remember the rubber can also accumulate a lot of molds and bacteria if left uncleaned for long. Use a sponge to clean it.
9. Grocery Bags, Gym Bags, And Purses
Other items that tend to be neglected are the purses, gym, and grocery bags. Remember to clean all these reusable bags since they tend to collect dust and accumulate dirt when used for a long time without being cleaned.
If these bags are made of cloth, you can simply throw them in the wash. Wipe the plastic bags using disinfectant wipes and use a leather cleaner to clean the leather bags.
10. Toothbrush Cup
We all have a container where we keep our toothbrushes. Most of us will remember to keep their toothbrushes clean.
However, we forget that the water that drips from them into the container makes the container bottom a good breeding ground for bacteria and mildew.
Make sure you run this container through the dishwasher or wash it like any other container from time to time.
11. Coffee Maker
Individuals who use a coffee maker everyday forget that it will have a build up in the end. This may be just old coffee sludge, but it can also be mold and other harmful bacteria.
Make sure you clean the basket, lid and carafe with warm water after every use.
When cleaning the more intricate part of your coffee maker, just add a half cup of white vinegar to warm water and run it through the dishwasher. Rinse it with clean water to get rid of the vinegar smell.
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12. The Remote
This may sound weird, but when we think of it, the remote is held every day by more than one person. The remote has very many crevices where harmful bacteria can hide.
To avoid being sick make sure you use a disinfectant to wipe it down regularly.
13. Cell Phones And Headphones
Have you every washed your hands before holding your phone? We all have the same answer, No! We spend our day in various places such as hospitals, bus stops and in crowded places where we tend to pick up germs.
This means that we easily transfer these germs to our phones. Luckily, there are many companies making electronic friendly wipes. Make sure that you have one and wipe both your headphones and phones regularly.
14. Makeup Brushes
This may seem absurd to you but remember when you use the same brush to apply makeup, it tends to collect and re spread bacteria onto your lovely face.
Make sure you wash your brushes in warm water with a dab of shampoo and let them dry. It is also very important to replace the eye makeup every season to prevent infection. Also, replace the liquid foundations after every six months.
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Have you ever looked inside your toaster? If you have, you probably noted that there is evidence of all the food you have ever made in it. Luckily, most toaster manufacturers know that it is very easy for you to forget to clean it.
That is why most models come with a little tray at the bottom that slides out effortlessly for you to clean it. Just unplug the toaster, slide the tray out, dump the crumbs and use a dry cloth to wipe it down.
Now that we have indicated the places that you have been ignoring, you might be very eager to go and clean up the mess right away.
Although the little touches feel like it will not make a big difference, you are likely to wonder how you forget them in the first place.
Do not forget to share these tips with your friends for them to make their home healthier, too! Check out more cleaning tips room by room.