Things People Forget to Clean

I’m not going to lie. I do not enjoy cleaning. If I could get by without having to clean my house and it still looking spotless, I totally would. There are certain things I don’t mind doing because I do them so often that it’s not a chore, but a habit. However, I know that there are a lot of things to clean in a home that you may not even think about! Here are a few…

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1. Air Filter – Do NOT forget about your air filter. This controls what you are breathing into your lungs. I suggest going to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards – wherever you buy your air filters and buying 4-5 at a time. Store them some place dry in your home where they will not collect dust {you can keep them in a tightly sealed garbage bag}. Set a reminder on your phone to change it ever 2-3 months. It’s as simple as that.

2. Kitchen Sinks – Sure, you “clean” you sink when you wash your dishes. There is constantly soap in the sink – it must be clean. NOPE. Once every couple of weeks you should scrub your sinks clean. I like to use AJAX and a scrub brush. You can do this and then also plug your drain and fill your sink with a bleach/water mixture {just a little bit of bleach will go a long way}. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and then unplug your drain.

3. Baseboards – I do not like cleaning the baseboards, but they do get dirty. I clean them twice a year. You can vacuum them to get the dust off and I like to use a Clorox wipe to get them nice and clean.

4. Toilet – More specifically, around the base of your toilet. If you’re married or live with your boyfriend or fiance, or have a son, you know that men tend to miss the toilet – A LOT. I don’t know how they have such bad aim, but they do and it makes the base of your toilet disgusting.

5. Microwave – Let’s be honest, the microwave gets forgotten a lot. It’s always closed and only used for a few minutes at a time. However, it’s probably the easiest to clean of all your appliances. Just put in a microwave safe cup with water and vinegar for about 4 minutes. The mixture creates steam and moistens up all of the stuck on food/gunk that was in there. Just wipe with a sponge or moist paper towel. Done and done.

6. Sponges – You can extend the life of your sponge by sanitizing it. There are two ways to do this – in the dishwasher or the microwave. I like to do it in the dishwasher because I know it gets hot enough to kill the germs. If you don’t have a dishwasher though, just make sure you zap it long enough to kill the bacteria.

7. Garbage Disposal – I don’t have one of these, but I know many people do. Obviously, you can’t stick you hand down your garbage disposal to clean it, but you CAN stick a quarter of a lemon down there. Lemon is a natural clean and deodorizer. You can use up to half a lemon to get it nice and fresh.

8. Ceiling Fan – We don’t have one of these, but my cousin-in-law reminded me that if you don’t clean these often, when you turn them on during the Summer months, you’ll have a nice sprinkling of dust all over. Avoid this by simply using a swiffer pad to clean the blades. QUICK TIP: Did you know there’s a switch on your ceiling fan to make the blades go the other way? This pushes the warm air down making your room warmer during the cold Winter months.

What other spots in your home do think get forgotten often? Leave me a comment below!

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