Everyone has their cleaning routines. Clean the counters. Sweep and mop the floors. Clean the bathrooms. Daily, weekly, monthly…we have a mental checklist of what needs to be done.
But when did you last move the couch and clean underneath it? Or cleaned your washing machine? Is the reason the light in your living room seems dimmer the dirt in the light fixtures that haven’t been wiped down in years?
Every house has those places. You know the ones. The ones you know you should be cleaning but probably aren’t. Here’s our top 10 and how to actually clean them.
Windowsills attract their fair share of dust. And if you open your windows often, they may be covered with outdoor grime. If you have children or pets that like to look out the windows, they may be covered with fingerprints, paw prints, and smudges.
Cleaning is easy. Simply wipe the windowsill with a dry microfiber cloth. If you still see any residue, spray your cloth – not the windowsill – with a mild cleanser and gently wipe the windowsill clean. Then wipe again with a dry microfiber cloth.
The top of your refrigerator
Have you looked up there lately? Probably not. But we promise you…it’s probably pretty nasty up there. It’s the perfect catch-all for cooking grease, oil splatters, and dust. Fortunately, it’s easy to clean. Here’s how:
You will probably need a stepladder to reach the top.
First, clear off anything you store up there. Then, using a dry microfiber cloth, dust everything, including the top of the refrigerator itself.
Next, remove the grease and grime. Soak a sponge in white vinegar and scrub the top of your refrigerator until you’ve wiped away all the grease. Vinegar is a great degreaser. Keep scrubbing until you have removed all the grease and goo.
Once the grease is gone, wipe the refrigerator with warm water to get rid of the vinegar smell. Then dry with a clean, dry cloth or some paper towels and you’re done!
Under the couch
Of course, you can always just pull it out and vacuum underneath. But if you just aren’t able, there are long microfiber dusters available for just such a purpose. Check Amazon, Walmart, Target or wherever you shop for Under Appliance Microfiber Dusters and say goodbye to the dust bunnies that have taken up residence under there.
The bathroom toothbrush holder
These fill up with used toothpaste, saliva, and who knows what else! If you haven’t seen anything growing out of it yet, there’s still time to clean it. The toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. It’s important to keep it clean and sanitary.
Soak it for 10 minutes in hot soapy water to soften all that stuck-on gunk. Then using soap and a pipe cleaner or fine brush that fits in the holes, scrub the heck out of it until all that gunk is gone. Then sterilize it by running it through the dishwasher or pour boiling water over it.
If you can’t remember the last time you took your curtains down and cleaned them, it’s time. Curtains make a perfect trap for all sorts of nasty things like dust, odors, mites, and even skin cells. If you have machine washable curtains, take them down and run them through the washing machine. (And while you’re at it, clean the washing machine. It probably needs it!) If they aren’t washable, then yes….take them down and have them cleaned at your local dry cleaner. Treat yourself to some clean curtains.
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