Just like most of us, you only have so much time in your day to dedicate to cleaning your home. You can tackle the priority areas like the living room, kitchen and bathroom. How about all those little nooks and crannies that you forget about? Does anyone actually clean under their fridge? When you have kids and pets at home, does anyone have any good tricks for actually getting rid of all that pet hair and leftover toddler spaghetti sauce? If you’re just like the rest of us, here are nine places in your home that you always forget to clean and practical tips on how to clean them.
According to McCombs Supply, cleaning underneath appliances and all the hard-to-reach places is important to help alleviate common indoor allergens. Mold, mildew and dust tend to build up underneath and behind appliances. Many people are allergic to dust and mold. Plus, you don’t want dust and mold building up aesthetically speaking, either. You’re also likely to find crumbs underneath your appliances. Be sure to clean up underneath for that reason as well because leftover food crumbs can attract pests and unwanted critters.
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Books and Bookshelves
Books and bookshelves can easily be forgotten about. If you have a wooden bookshelf, dust and clean your shelf. You’ll also need to use wood polish on it from time to time so the wood stays strong and keeps its luster. Has random debris like cat hair or dog fur ended up on your shelf and books? Use a portable pet hair remover to get rid of pet hair that’s ended up on your books and your bookshelves. No need to waste sticky adhesive tape or wet yet another washcloth just to remove pet hair.
Baseboards are another forgotten part of the home that need to be cleaned. Similar to door frames, you’ll find that the baseboards in your home collect a good amount of dust. In rooms with heavy foot traffic, you’ll see more dust buildup. Run a damp cloth along the surface of the baseboard. You can also use a special vacuum attachment to get rid of dust from baseboards.
Sure, trash goes in trash cans. Is it actually necessary to clean your trash cans? Yes! Give them a thorough cleaning every once in a while. You can take your trash can outside to clean it. Use a hose along with a mixture of warm water and white vinegar. The mixture of white vinegar and water will help get rid of the smell of any bacteria that’s built up in your trash can.
Think about it — if dirty clothes are constantly going in your laundry basket, you do need to clean up your laundry basket from time to time. If you have a fabric laundry basket, it may be trickier to clean. Take a look and see if your laundry basket has a tag with instructions on how to clean it, as not all fabrics are washable. Let’s say you have a bunch of pet hair stuck to your fabric laundry basket Use a tool like the Uproot Cleaner Pro to help remove pet hair in one fell swoop.
When’s the last time you’ve taken a look at the top of your ceiling fan? As we head into the colder weather months and we’re no longer using a fan, if you haven’t run your ceiling fan in a while, there’s probably a large buildup of dust on top of the fan. That doesn’t mean that you should go ahead and run your fan to “get rid of dust” and call it a day. If you do that, more dust is just going to get everywhere. The easiest way to get rid of excess dust from ceiling fans is to put a pillowcase on each of the ceiling fan blades. Once you pull off the pillowcase, you’ll see that the excess dust is all inside the pillowcase.
Your dishwasher needs a thorough routine cleaning. When cleaning your dishwasher, don’t put any dishes or cutlery in it. Leave your dishwasher empty. Clean out your dishwasher filter. Run a cycle with a cup of white vinegar and hot water. This rinse cycle will help get rid of any clogged food in your dishwasher, along with soap scum and hard water buildup.
Washer and Dryer
You may not think you need to clean the inside of your washer and dryer, but you do. Every now and then, you need to put your washer and dryer through cleaning cycles without any clothes in them. You’d be surprised at how much dirt, debris and lint build up in your dryer. To help your laundry machines run more smoothly, try putting your clothing with pet hair on it through the dryer first. Remove any excess pet hair with a dog hair remover brush.
Doors and door frames are easier areas to neglect. If the doors in your homes are particularly tall, chances are you’ll forget to reach to clean the top of your door frames. Don’t worry — most people do. The hard-to-reach area of the top of door frames is easily forgotten. Wipe down the top of your door frames with a feather duster or cloth. Clean door knobs as well with a cloth and a gentle cleaning product.
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