Cleaning your home regularly may give you the impression that you’ve been maintaining your house very well. Although this is partially correct, you should exert some effort to check out some areas in your home that might have been overlooked. Often, hard-to-reach places accumulate grimes and dust which, may cause illnesses.
Some places in your home that seem to be hidden from your sight are exposed to dirt and need thorough cleaning, too. These tricky areas should be added to your cleaning routine, from your dishwasher, cupboards, fireplace, gutters, to the ceilings.
Having a clean home inside out gives you that sense of pleasure, knowing that your family and loved ones will be safe from any disease-causing bacteria. Whether you decide to clean your home by yourself or hire a professional house cleaner to do it for you, familiarise yourself with the forgotten places that need to be cleaned, too.
Below, check out some of the overlooked areas in your home and include them the next time you schedule a cleaning session:
1. Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are unclean, contrary to what most people believe as they hug them and use them to cover their faces when watching horror movies. Pet dirt or food stains are usually found on these small pillows, resulting in unpleasant odours and bacteria. One way to prevent these is to remove your throw pillow covers and replace them with new ones. You can also include the cushion for washing if they’re machine-washable. Use an upholstery detergent to maintain their original condition.
2. Curtains And Upholstery
Are you the type of person who also forgets to change their curtains and drapes? It’s okay; many people do the same way. But, you must wash them, too, or, otherwise, use a vacuum if the drapes aren’t washable. Dust and lint will be removed through the vacuuming process.
3. Refrigerator Drawers
Sure, you may have cleaned your refrigerator quite recently. But, check if you’ve cleaned all parts of it. Sometimes, the drawers are forgotten simply because they’re usually hidden. Bacteria strains are lurking around these areas, mainly because the drawers hold different kinds of food items and ingredients. Some may have been spoilt before you realize to throw them away.
Besides ensuring that your home's interiors should be squeaky clean, the exteriors should also be adequately maintained. Check your gutter conditions if they need to be cleaned, repaired, or if you need complete gutter replacements.
5. Light Switches
Like the other handles on your doors, drawers, and cabinets, light switches also tend to accumulate bacteria from hands. Many people touch them every day to turn them on or off. Spray some all-purpose cleaner on a washcloth and wipe it clean every once in a while.
6. Toothbrush Holder
Your toothbrush holder is probably one of the things you forget to clean regularly. It’s crucial to keep it clean at all times, considering that your toothbrush is placed inside it. Other bathroom accessories should also be washed and regularly cleaned. Make it a habit to include them when you’re sanitizing your bathroom.
7. Under The Bed
If you check out the dust bunnies that have accumulated under your bed, you’d be surprised at its size. These ‘cotton candy balls’ can cause respiratory problems and also entice dust mites. Thus, make sure to include sweeping or vacuuming the areas under your bed.
8. Remote Controls
Remote controls are often stained by hands that have been used for eating finger foods, snacks, and chips while watching the TV. Most people don’t realize the number of bacteria they have, and it’s harder to imagine that these remote controls are sometimes put by your toddlers or babies into their mouths. Constantly wipe them off with sanitary wipes and an all-purpose cleaner to kill the bacteria.
9. Under Rugs
Like the dirt under your bed, accumulated germs is also lurking and hiding under the rugs. Little bits of dust gather over time, significantly depending on the location of your carpets. Schedule some time in a week to hoover underneath them, and remove the hidden dust and bacteria off the surface.
Often, the microwave usually gets some spills from the food and dishes that you heat. Over time, these splashes stain your microwave and may be harder to remove. Make sure to give it a good clean every after heating something with sauce or liquid parts in it. Try to cover your dishes when heating to prevent splashes and spills.
The fireplace can also accumulate a lot of ash, dust, and soot. If they’re not removed and are taken for granted, it will affect household members’ health, such as triggering allergies. Clean your fireplace as often as needed, especially if seasons are about to change.
12. Trash Cans
Taking out the rubbish isn’t enough to ensure that your home is free from germs. The bottom and sides of your trash can hold some bacteria that need to be cleaned regularly. Have it washed regularly to remove any stubborn germs sticking inside. Use the disinfectant spray and scrub the inside and outside parts.
13. Light Fixtures
Light fittings also have germs hidden in them. So, use an extendable feather duster to reach into their hidden areas. Improve your lamp's soft quality by making it bright and squeaky clean once again.
14. Drip Coffee Maker
Drip coffee makers also contain bacteria in the form of mineral deposits and water stains. Yes, water also creates stains when left unwashed. It can lead to mould and mildew when it’s not adequately cleaned and dried. Thus, it should be in your best interest to clean your coffee maker thoroughly after each use.
15. Outdoor Furniture
Even couches need to be cleaned, even more so if your furniture is placed outside your home. Placing it in the yard, balcony, or veranda will expose it to a lot of dust, debris, and dirt over time. You can wash it with an outdoor hose every once in a while.
Cleaning your home regularly has a lot of benefits for you and your family’s health. However, include the abovementioned hidden areas in your home the next time you clean to ensure that every nook and cranny in your home is free of bacteria, dirt, and grimes.