12 Places in the Home You Always Forget to Clean
Sure, cleaning is already daunting enough and you want to get the necessities taken care of so you can move on with your life. However, pay attention to these 12 things once in awhile before extra messes and stresses happen.
Window Screens and Sills
You opened your windows to enjoy a nice fall breeze and your furniture was coated in dust. Thankfully, the dust attachment on your vacuum can get them cleaned quickly and become part of your normal cleaning routine. You can also pop the screens out and rinse them with a garden hose.
Prepare to be grossed out if you’ve never taken the stopper out of your bathroom sink. Whatever goes down the drain gets stuck in a plastic shaft and clings to it. A biofilm is formed from hair, scum, soap and other debris and creates horrible odors and bacteria. Be sure to scrub stoppers at least once a month with a disinfecting cleaner.
Garbage Disposal Rubber Gasket
The garbage disposal gasket comes in contact with everything going in the kitchen sink just like the bathroom does. Fruit flies can gather around this buildup and cause an annoyance in your home. Try to keep this gasket clean weekly by pulling up the rubber flanges and cleaning thoroughly.
If you carry dirty clothes to the laundry room in a laundry basket and use that same one to return clean clothes, you may want to re-think it. Dirty clothes that are leaving behind grime and germs are getting on your clean clothes. Simply wipe down the basket or hamper often with a disinfecting cloth.
Under the Bed
Monsters (in the forms of dust bunnies, hairballs and spiders) are hiding under every bed. Pull everything out from under the bed at least once a month and then run through it with a vacuum. This should be done more often for pet owners or those with allergies.
Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and wipe your remote down thoroughly at least once a week. Think about how often it is touched and dropped by so many different hands!
Under the Oven Drawer
Did you know that the drawer under your oven is actually for keeping dishes warm while preparing the rest of your meal? But the most common use for the drawer is additional storage of pots and pans. However, enormous amounts of dust collect beneath them – especially if you have pets. Be sure to pull the drawer out every so often and clean/vacuum underneath.
Some of the mold and mildew in your bathroom can be caused by buildup in the fans blocking removal of humidity. Try cleaning them at least once every three months by removing the fan cover and vacuuming the blades with a dust attachment. Make sure the fan cover is dry before placing it back on.
Light bulbs can’t work efficiently if they have dust buildup. This could cause an increase in your power bill as well! Wipe bulbs with a microfiber cloth seasonally, if not more often.
Dust can collect on any ceiling, not just the popcorn textured kinds. Use an extension duster to take care of them during seasonal cleaning.
Top of the Refrigerator
This is another commonly missed spot that can produce large amounts of dust buildup and create allergy problems in the house. Make sure to dust the top of your fridge at least once a month.
One of your favorite and most used cleaning tools needs cleaning itself sometimes. Besides wiping it down and emptying it, make sure to clean the filter as well to prevent extra buildup and give it a longer lifespan.