You most likely already have a cleaning regimen in place for you home, but we’re willing to guarantee that you have some spots that are simply overlooked. Take a look at our list of spots that should be cleaned more often in almost every home.
7 Spots in your Home That Should Be Cleaned More Often
1 – Dishwasher
You may think that by running it several times a day that it’s naturally keeping it cleaned, but not so much. Over time, lots of dirt, grime, and residue can build up in your dishwasher leaving it one dirty place. Hence, the water stains on dishes and the not so pleasant smell that comes every time the door is opened.
Give your dishwasher a good clean by checking the filter, adding a good helping of vinegar and baking soda and turning it to its hottest water setting. Be sure to do this in an empty dishwasher.
2 – Lampshades
No matter the material, lampshades can be the collector of some pretty fine dust particles. Over time they can begin to look a different color and/or affect the color put out when turned on. Give your lamp shades a good wipe down every so often to prevent this from happening. Since shades come in a variety of fabric styles, be sure to use the appropriate cleaning cloth and solution to prevent staining.
3 – Garbage Disposals
Yet again, another kitchen agent that you think would be self cleaning. Nope. This one will take some attention of its own. If you use your garbage disposal more often than not, your sink is more prone to build-up, mold, and getting clogged. Give your disposal a quick clean by pouring equal parts vinegar and baking soda down the drain, turning it on, then running the hottest water for about one minute.
4 – Curtains
For most people, once the curtains are hung, there isn’t much thought to getting them down to clean them. The thing is, curtains should be washed an average of once a month. There are a few quick cleaning things you can do such as using the soft brush vacuum head and giving them a quick touch or spraying them with a cleaning solution that doesn’t have to be washed off.
5 – Trash Cans
You’d think these buckets would get more cleaning love, but most people overlook cleaning them. To keep the smell down, as well as any extra bacteria or mold from growing, consider cleaning your trash can at least once a week. Before replacing another bag, add equal parts warm water, vinegar, and baking soda and give it a good swish. You can add a drop or two of a citrus essential oil to give it a better smell.
6 – Toothbrush Holders
These by far are one of the least cleaned supplies in the home. Residue can quickly build up on these from water and left over toothpaste which over time can create a few bacteria problems. Add cleaning your toothbrush holder to your weekly cleaning regimen. All it takes is a sink full of warm water and vinegar. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse and wipe clean.
7 – Door Knobs and Handles
Because these are touched all throughout the day, they could honestly be cleaned on a daily basis. However, to keep from getting obsessive compulsive with keeping them cleaned every day, simply add them to your weekly cleaning to-do list. Keep a eco-friendly solution of water, vinegar, and a couple tablespoons of lemon (or lime) juice on hand to give them a quick spray and wipe down.
Don’t worry if these areas aren’t on your normal to-do list. Add them to your list as you see fit and you’ll no longer have to worry about those untouched areas!
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