Most of us have our cleaning down to a science. Whether you’re a bare minimum cleaner or a deep clean fanatic, you’re probably ticking off the big hitters like roof and gutter cleaning for the outside, and vacuuming and mopping your floors every so often on the inside. In general, we tend to be pretty good at the cleaning basics. But what about those random cleaning jobs that we never think of? There’s plenty of dirt, grime, and unhealthy and unwanted house guests to be found in all kinds of unsuspecting places. Let’s go through some of the really important things that you’re likely forgetting to clean, or have never even thought about cleaning before.
Think about it: you use your pillow every single night, right? If you wash your dishes after every use, and some of your clothes after every wear, what does that mean for a pillow you sleep on every night? All kinds of lurking specimens may have made a home out of your pillow since you purchased it. To keep your pillows fresh, follow some these simple tips. First, check the tag on your pillow to find out if it needs dry cleaning or special care. Most pillows can be chucked into the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Dry them on a low heat or delicate cycle in your drier.
Shower curtains are a haven for mildew and mold, considering they are soaked in water on a daily basis. To prevent a buildup of these nasty substances, try using baking soda, bleach or vinegar in your washer with the curtain to clean it.
Carpets and rugs
Sure, we give our floors a good vacuum regularly, but do we actually clean them? All kinds of unwelcome house guests can be living in our carpets and rugs despite vacuuming. To truly clean your carpets, bring in a carpet cleaning and restoration specialist to deep clean and freshen your fabric floors. You can also try a DIY option, but we recommend hiring a professional annually or semiannually for the cleanest carpet and rugs.
The dishwasher is a silent and surprising item to clean. We put items in the dishwasher to get clean, so why should we have to clean the cleaner? Considering that you put dirty items in the dishwasher, however, it does mean that the appliance can build up with food scraps, grease, and excess soap scum.
Check your dishwasher regularly for food scraps underneath the bottom rack that can slow down your appliance performance. Every month or so, place some vinegar in a container on the top rack of your dishwasher, and sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and run a regular cycle to clean.
You’ve probably heard the shocking statistic by now: mobile phones typically carry more bacteria than toilet seats and many other items. Keep your screens clean, particularly your mobile phone, but wiping it once a day with a screen cleaner that is antibacterial and doesn’t harm your screens. You can also try this DIY screen cleaner if you prefer making it yourself.
Under your appliances
Oh, the horror that is the underside of your appliances. Have you ever dropped something on your kitchen floor, bent down, and gotten a whiff or a glance at what’s lurking under your fridge? Or moved your toaster over and seen the growing pile of bread crumbs underneath? The truth is, most of us rarely clean behind our washing machine or under our fridge, but this means that our appliances might not actually be working as efficiently as they can.
While it’s pretty gross in general, appliances need cleaning not just for appearances, but to help them run better. Your refrigerator condenser coils releases heat from your appliance, and helps keep your fridge cool. When it is ladened with dirt, grime and food particles, it won’t run as smoothly. To clean, pull it out from the wall and vacuum the coils, then use a coil brush to get grime off the coils.
Many of us are starting to use reusable bags for the first time, but whether you’re a seasoned pro and remembering them or not, most of us probably forget that we need to wash them. Food particles and dirt can build up and actually spread to your other uncovered food, so it’s important to wash your bags every so often. Aim for washing your bags once or twice a month and throw them in with your regular laundry load.
Cleaning the bins isn’t usually something we think of until they start smelling so bad that we have to! Avoid nasty, sticky and smelly spots at the bottom of your bins by giving them a good rinse once a month or so. If you’ve got an outdoor hose, this is a perfect place to bring your bins out and power wash, then air dry without having to stick your whole arm in the bin. You can also run some hot water with soap at the bottom of the bin, let sit, and then swish around to get some of the sticky things off. Otherwise, be innovative and try using a mop to really scrub the bottom!
Your home exterior
After an especially hard winter, your home can take a beating. We all know how important spring cleaning is, but what about spring cleaning for the outside of your home? Hiring exterior window cleaners will help make your home sparkling from the inside out. Consider house washing as well to really brighten up the exterior and help your house paint shine.
While this list might seem long and a bit exhausting, remember these don’t necessarily need to be done as often as your regular cleaning routine. Try and check off a few each month, and you’ll be on your way to a sparking clean and healthy home in no time.