We all have our routines and go-to cleaning practices, but there are often overlooked areas that accumulate dust, dirt, and grime. These are all things I have forgotten to clean at times only to be mortified by their uncleanliness. Now I am much better about including them in my cleaning rotations. Here are five commonly forgotten spots in your home that deserve a little extra attention during your cleaning routine.
- Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures:
While we may remember to dust surfaces like countertops and shelves, ceiling fans and light fixtures often go unnoticed. Over time, these fixtures gather dust and can affect the air quality in your home. To clean them, use a microfiber cloth or a duster with an extended handle to reach high places. Remember to switch off the power before cleaning light fixtures and carefully remove any delicate components.
- Baseboards and Moldings:
Baseboards and moldings add an elegant touch to our homes, but they are prone to collecting dirt, pet hair, and dust. To clean them effectively, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the grime. You can also use a mop head if you would prefer not to bend over. For stubborn stains, a mild detergent solution can be used. Pay attention to corners and edges where dirt tends to accumulate.
- Window Tracks:
Windows are often a part of our regular cleaning routine, but the window tracks are commonly forgotten. Over time, these tracks accumulate debris and can become a breeding ground for dust mites and mold. To clean them, start by vacuuming the loose dirt and then use a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to scrub away the grime. An old toothbrush can be handy for reaching into tight spots. A steam cleaner can also be helpful in removing tough messes.
- Kitchen Appliances:
While we may diligently clean the surfaces of our kitchen appliances, we often forget about the nooks and crannies where spills and food particles can hide. Make sure to regularly clean the seals and crevices of your refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven. Remove the removable parts and soak them in warm, soapy water to remove any stubborn stains or buildup. Also regularly clean your coffee makers and any other often-used appliances.
- Mattresses and Upholstery:
Mattresses can accumulate dust mites, dead skin cells, and other allergens. Vacuum your mattress regularly and consider using a mattress protector to prevent stains and spills. Upholstered furniture can also harbor dust and pet dander, so use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove loose dirt and give them a thorough cleaning periodically. An upholstery cleaner like the Little Green Pro can be very helpful in deep cleaning your upholstered furniture.
Maintaining a clean home goes beyond surface-level cleaning. By paying attention to the often-forgotten areas mentioned above, you can create a healthier and more inviting living space for you and your family. A little extra effort in these areas will go a long way in keeping your home sparkling clean and free from hidden dirt and allergens.