While we like to think we’re keeping up on routine cleaning, believe it or not, there are spots we likely don’t even touch. You’re probably a little grossed out now, right? Well, at least there’s good news—you can say goodbye to old habits and tweak your current cleaning regimen. Here is a short list of a few things you’re definitely forgetting to clean in your home, so that you can add them to your next to-do list.
We use our appliances every single day, but we’re probably not giving them as much attention as they deserve. Try to wipe down your appliances daily—and particularly your stainless steel items. Microwaves, ovens, and refrigerators will quickly start to look dull and even feel sticky to the touch. By staying on top of it, you can keep your appliances sparkling all the time!
Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans attract a ton of dust—and if you neglect to clean them, you’re essentially spreading dust all over your bedrooms and other living spaces! Of course, climbing on a ladder or step stool to reach your fans takes time, but you should wipe down the blades every single week. Your allergies will certainly thank you.
Your Shower Curtains
When we bathe, we assume that the soap and water we use on our bodies will clean everything else in the shower. Right? That’s how that works? But mildew and soap scum will quickly accumulate on your shower curtain and liner. Fortunately, it’s just as easy to clean these items properly—simply toss them in the wash with warm water and your regular detergent.
Out of all the things you’re definitely forgetting to clean in your home, your walls are by far the nastiest surfaces. The grime that accumulates on your walls will shock you, and dirty fingerprints, dust, and food stains are only some of the culprits. To effectively remove these, mix some warm water and a gentler cleaning solution, such as dish soap. Be careful, though—you don’t want to damage your paint or wallpaper, so a spot test is always best before you fully commit to it.
Your Windows’ Tracks
Right now, numerous states in our nation are experiencing warmer temperatures. However, before you go and open your windows, look at your windows’ tracks. If you’ve never cleaned these, then it’s highly likely there’s gunk caked up in them. Use a vacuum and its hose attachment to suck up loose debris, then combine equal parts water and white vinegar and spray onto the tracks. After letting them sit for a minute or two, use a microfiber or paper towel to wipe away the solution—and the extra grime.