10 (Not So) Obvious Areas You Shouldn't Leave out of Your Household Cleaning Routine

You make the beds, wash the dishes, and maybe even vacuum the carpet — that should be enough, shouldn’t it?
The unfortunate truth is that while your house may look clean at first glance, dirt could be hiding. And, if left unchecked, this dust and grime could result in illness or irreversible and costly damage.
Not sure where this not-so-obvious grime is hiding? This guide will help you track down those where those hidden dusty, greasy, smelly, and sometimes sticky messes tend to lurk.

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Here are 10 of the most overlooked areas in your home that you need to make a part of your household cleaning routine.

1. Walls and Baseboards

Your walls collect more dirt and debris than you think.

Aside from the noticeable streaks and smudges that can come from day to day activity, your walls can also collect a lot of dust.

This is something that is especially true higher up where you’re less likely to come into contact with the wall.

Depending on the type of paint you use, give your walls a little run down with a dry or dampened rag to wipe away all the dust and debris that’s gathered on them.

Messes on baseboards tend to be easier to see but are still overlooked because of how low to the ground they are.

To clean your baseboards, go over them with a duster or soft-bristled vacuum attachment. Then clean up any leftover dirt by wiping them down with a rag dampened with vinegar and warm water.

2. Doors Frames

When was the last time you ran your fingers over the top of the door frames in your home?

The tops of door frames are, for the most part, undisturbed. Which, means that they are a perfect spot for dust and dirt to build up. So, don’t forget to dust off your door frames every so often.

3. Ceiling Fans

Even if you use your ceiling fan every day, it can still trap and collect dust and dander. If left unchecked, all that dust can wind up falling off of the blades and coating and potentially staining the furniture below.

Clear off the blades with a dust rag a few times a week to continue enjoying your fan without the risk of dust blizzards.

4. Light Switches

Think of the one thing in your house that everyone touches multiple times a day. Light switches, especially in communal areas like kitchens and living rooms, are high traffic areas.

Nobody thinks to wash their hands before touching a light switch. Light switches are one of the germiest parts of your home.

So, don’t forget to run a disinfectant wipe over your light switches as part of your regular cleaning routine.

5. Potted Houseplants

Plants don’t just look good they’re good for us. Researchers found that not only can lush green leaves also reduce stress, but specific plants can also help purify the air in your home.

But, no matter how good a plant may make you feel, they’re not immune to dust and dander. Fortunately, cleaning off houseplants, real and fake, can be easy — it all depends on the type of plant.

You can wipe down plants with large leaves with a damp microfiber cloth. If your plant is small and easy enough to pick up and carry around, you can gently run it under a faucet to rinse dust and dirt away.

Another easy way to clean off a houseplant is by blowing the dust away with a blow dryer. Make sure your blow dryer is set on its lowest and coolest setting to avoid damaging your plant.

6. Dishwasher and Washing Machine

How can something that cleans get dirty?

After a while, moisture and residue can build up in your cleaning appliances. This build-up can result in the growth of mold that can make your machine, as well as everything it cleans, smell less than fresh.

While cleaning depends on the type of machine you have, generally running the machine empty with bleach will be enough to kill any fungus.

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7. Shower Curtain

Again, how can something that comes into contact with soap and water so frequently get dirty? Like we said before, any high moisture area is going to be a breeding ground for mold and fungus.

If you notice that your shower curtain has taken on an orange or pinkish hue, or it feels slimy, then it’s past time to clean it.

Depending on the kind of shower curtain you have, you can throw it in the washing machine, or spray it down with bleach or bathroom cleaner.

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8. Garbage Cans

Many people think that once you take the trash out of a trashcan, the can is clean and they’ve finished the job. But, if you look under the trash bag, you’ll find that not all the trash stays where it’s supposed to.

Garbage bags tend to leak, and when they do that garbage runoff pools in the bottom of the can. If you notice that your trash can seems to have a lingering odor after you’ve taken the trash out, it may be time to rinse it out.

The easiest way to clean out a garbage can is with the help of a garden hose. But, if you don’t have access to anything like that, you can wipe out the bottom with bleach and a junk rag.

9. TV Ports

Most of us tend to forget about the backs of our TVs until we try to hook up a new device, or something goes wrong right in the middle of your favorite show.

Most electronics, annoyingly enough, act like magnets. TVs, game consoles, DVD players and all other gadgets you hook up to a screen like to attract dust that can cut years off of their lifespan.

It’s easy to detect and wipe away dust from a screen. But, there’s a good chance that if you were to take a peek at the back of your TV right now, it would probably be a little too fuzzy for comfort.

It may be tempting to take a vacuum to the back of your device to clean it off. But, vacuum cleaners can generate static, which is also detrimental to many electronics.

To clean off the back of your TV use a loose duster or dust rag that traps particles to wipe down the entire area. Then, use compressed air, the kind you find at an electronics store, to clear out all the ports.

10. Around the Toilet

Considering what goes into a toilet on any given day, most people are good at staying on top of keeping their bowl, lid, and seat sparkling. But, not all the mess always ends up inside or even on the toilet.

After you wipe out your toilet, you need to turn your attention to what’s below the bowl.

Underneath and behind the toilet can be a haven for unnoticed splashes and spills. On top of that, this often unchecked area can also become a dust pit.

So, while you may not want to, be sure to check behind your toilet next time you clean your bathroom.

Updating Your Household Cleaning Routine

No matter how thorough you think your household cleaning routine is, there’s a good chance you’re missing a few places. If left long enough, these hidden spots could be in dire need of a good cleaning. Need a little help getting those hard to reach places spic and span? We can help. Contact us for more information about our services or to schedule a cleaning today.

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