A typical day of cleaning in the average household entails tidying up, dusting the furniture, cleaning the floors, and cleaning the bathroom; but that can’t be it, can it? Take a look around your home and you’ll probably spot a couple of things that need immediate attention, too. In fact, when going about their regular cleaning routine, homeowners often miss out on some crucial areas that require cleaning.
Today, we’re going to share the most important parts of your house that you are likely forgetting to clean so that they will never be overlooked again! Read on for all the information you need below.
1. Shower Curtain/Door
The shower curtain/door encounters the splashback of water mixed with soap and dirt leaving it extremely grimy and covered in bacteria. So, the next time you clean your bathroom, don’t miss out on washing and wiping down the shower curtain/door.
2. Doorknobs and Handles
Often crawling with bacteria if not sanitised regularly, all doorknobs and handles in your home should be wiped cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, or at least 3 times a week. Particularly during a virus outbreak such as COVID-19, it is of utmost importance to sterilise these high-touch household surfaces.
This is one of the bigger cleaning tasks you will have to endure but a very important one, too. At least once a month, the refrigerator should be deep cleaned and sanitised to kill bacteria. This is also a good time to dispose of expired/rotten foods from your fridge, and reorganise it. If you can’t manage this on a monthly basis, it is advisable to clean out the vegetable and meat trays routinely as these are two of the germiest places in a fridge.
4. Shower Head
Your shower head is yet another thing in the bathroom that accumulates bacteria while mineral deposits in the spouts hinder the water flow. To keep a shower head clean, sanitary, and performing well, soak it in vinegar for a few hours, and scrub clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap.
5. Window Tracks
You may or may not clean the window tracks when you’re washing windows; however, these narrow spaces should be cleaned out more regularly since they tend to accumaulate dirt, dead insects, and dust all too often. Along with dusting or vacuuming the window tracks, the window sill also accumulates dust which should be wiped when dusting furniture in your house.
6. Ceiling Fans
More often than not, ceiling fans are cleaned only when the homeowners start to notice dirt caked on the blades, or dirt falling from them! Luckily, there are simple ways to clean ceiling fans without dropping dirt on the floor. One of these include using an old pillowcase to trap and wipe dirt off the blades.
The slanted angles of vents make it easier to spot dust and debris sitting on them, yet they are overlooked. What’s worse is that dusty air vents can cause allergies and respiratory problems if not cleaned in a timely manner; therefore, homeowners are advised to wipe down vents every few days or as and when they become dusty.
8. Cabinet Tops
Perhaps the tops of cabinets are overlooked because they are out of sight. However, if you climbed up a ladder and took a peek up there, you’d be shocked by how much dirt and grime is caked over the surface. To keep your cabinet tops clean, dust them every week.
It’s rare to find dust-free baseboards because homeowners rarely clean them! Although it may seem like a lot of work because they run all along the interior of your home, cleaning baseboards is just a matter of dusting them with a long-handled broom or duster. No bending involved!
10. Trash Can
Just because it holds the garbage, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be cleaned! Germs can easily be spread around your home if you don’t clean and sanitise the trash can every now and then. On top of this, the bin can really start to stink up the place if left in this unsanitary condition.
So, if you want to keep your home clean and free from germs and bacteria, don’t forget to clean these 10 important parts of your house in a timely manner.