Everyone knows it’s important to keep your home clean. Highly trafficked and visible rooms such as your kitchen, bathroom, and living room are often given attention. The places that need dusting, vacuuming, and sanitizing seem fairly obvious. There are other less obvious areas of your home you should remember to clean as well.
Behind Your Toilet
When cleaning a toilet, cleaning the inside of the bowl is pretty obvious, and cleaning the lid, seat, and tank is usually done as well. People are more likely to miss cleaning the outside and bottom of the toilet, and even less likely to clean behind it. It’s understandable, really. It’s out of the way, potentially tricky to get to, and easy to forget. Considering all the germs and bacteria that like to lurk in and around a toilet, this is a pretty big mistake though. To thoroughly clean your toilet, include the area behind it in your scrubbing as well.
Under the Bed
The area under your bed is another part of your home that suffers from being out of sight and therefore out of mind when it comes to cleaning. For similar reasons to why you should wash your sheets regularly and clean your mattress, you should clean underneath your bed. This area can easily collect dust, dead skin and hair, and crumbs, which attract bugs, dust mites, and other pests. To alleviate this problem, vacuum underneath your bed on a regular basis. This is a good time to get familiar with the different attachments on your vacuum, or to take advantage of having a robot vacuum that can take care of this job for you.
Heating and Cooling Units
If you remember to wipe down your air registers and return vents, that’s excellent. But how often do you clean the actual unit? Heating and cooling units have a tendency to collect dust and debris. As the filters become dirty, they become less efficient, causing your unit to work harder to do the same task. They also stop working as well, allowing dust, dirt, mold, and other air contaminants to spread through the air. This can pose a problem, especially if members of the household suffer from allergens or other respiratory sensitivities. Wipe down units to remove any accumulated dust or dirt. Change the filters regularly as well, as this improves your unit’s efficiency. Keep in mind that how regularly you should be changing the filter may depend on the quality of the filter you have installed.
Furniture is pretty visible, but it also may not be getting the cleaning attention it needs. Cleaning your furniture properly helps it last longer and stay looking nice. How you should go about cleaning your furniture depends on what the furniture is made from. You should carefully follow furniture care tips for more sensitive materials like wood. Metal furniture is best cleaned with water and a mild, non-detergent soap using a cloth or sponge, after which it should be wiped dry. For glass, dust it and give it a nice polish. If you have furniture with upholstery, consult the care instructions for it, since the best way to clean it may depend on the material of the upholstery.
Your Toothbrush Holder
You know you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice every day. How often do you think about cleaning your toothbrush holder? Considering how germy bathrooms are, there’s a good chance you aren’t cleaning your toothbrush holder as often as you should. They can easily become havens for bacteria, mold, and various microorganisms that like to live on bathroom filth. Some toothbrush holders can be put in the dishwasher to be cleaned. If yours isn’t dishwasher safe, you’ll need to use other methods to clean your toothbrush holder.
Your trash cans are also another likely candidate for needing a little extra cleaning TLC. If you line your trash cans, that can help keep your trash cans from getting super dirty, but that doesn’t keep all of the crumbs or spills from getting on the can itself. Of course, choosing the right trash can liner helps with this. If you get a hole in the trash liner though, you can bet that some of the contents will find their way into the can itself. Over time this can turn into a smelly, sticky mess. If you start to notice your trash can getting dirty, take some time to clean it out. If you catch it before it gets bad, a quick scrub with some warm soapy water should be all you need to do.
The Washing Machine
The washing machine in your house washes your clothes and uses a detergent of some sort to clean it, so it should be washing itself at the same time, right? Well, as it turns out that’s not necessarily true. Thanks to all the water that goes through the washer, it can have a tendency to become moldy, especially if it’s not allowed to dry out completely. Run your empty washing machine on its hottest setting periodically. Vinegar and baking soda can be useful cleaners here. If you’re going for a deep clean, consult your owners manual so you don’t accidentally damage the washer.
Then there’s your dishwasher – another machine whose sole purpose is to clean other things. Like your washing machine, it doesn’t really do a good job of cleaning itself all the time. This can be a bit of a problem, since the dirtier it gets, the less it cleans your dishes. That means that the dishes you cook with and eat off of might not be as clean as you want them to be. Clean your dishwasher once a month to help keep it running at peak efficiency.
It’s easy to forget and neglect to clean less commonly noticed areas of your home. There really isn’t any area of your home that doesn’t benefit from some cleaning though. Make sure you give some attention to these and other portions of your home you may not give much time to. Your home will be cleaner for it.
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