Floors, windows, furniture, and countertops are all typical items cleaned in a home. But some areas are routinely overlooked. Discover ten important areas you may be overlooking on cleaning day to make sure your house is spick-and-span.
- Light Switches: It’s so easy to walk into a room and switch on the light without any thought to the cleanliness of what you just touched. But light switches are notorious for picking up bacteria that can be spread every time someone turns on the light. An all-purpose cleaner sprayed onto a microfiber cloth is excellent for cleaning light switches.
- Vegetable Drawers in the Refrigerator: Most people think about the vegetable drawers in their fridge only when grabbing veggies to eat. But moisture and aging vegetables can cause E. coli to develop in the bottom of the drawer. Washing these drawers with hot water and dish soap can remove residue and bacteria.
- Kitchen Trash Can: If you have a lingering odor in your kitchen, it may be your trash can. Food and spills can collect in the bottom of the can, causing mold, bacteria, and odors. Cleaning a trash can is easy with the help of hot water and dish soap. Be sure to dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth.
- Drip Coffee Maker: You may only think about your drip coffee maker when you’re pouring your next cup. But the moisture and heat inside a coffee maker can cause mold to develop. A mixture of water and white vinegar is effective in cleaning the inside of your coffee maker.
- Dishwasher: You may be under the impression that your dishwasher is being cleaned every time you run a load of dishes. Not so! Splattered food can lead to bacteria growth inside your dishwasher. To clean it, fill a measuring cup full of white vinegar and place it on the top rack. Then, run the dishwasher through a complete cycle with hot water.
- Doorknobs: The door knobs in your home are touched each day by family members and guests alike. Not surprisingly, bacteria and germs can quickly start to accumulate. Use an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge to clean a doorknob, then allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Air Vents: Air vents are easy to overlook because they may be positioned on the wall overhead or near the floor. But cobwebs and dust can accumulate in them. This causes airborne debris that can irritate breathing issues of family members. Use the round brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner to swiftly remove the debris.
- Refrigerator Coils: It’s very easy to forget to clean a refrigerator’s coils. Some of the coils are positioned on the back of a refrigerator while others are at the bottom of the appliance. If your refrigerator is out in your garage, it’s even easier to forget about cleaning its coils! But the accumulation of dust on refrigerator coils can make the appliance inefficient. The first step in the cleaning process is to unplug the refrigerator. It won’t take long to clean it, so your food will not spoil. Second, use the round brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust from the coils. If your refrigerator’s coils are at the bottom of the appliance, then you’ll have to remove the plastic grid protecting them. You may need a flashlight to help you see beneath your refrigerator to clean its coils.
- Microwave: It’s so easy to quickly make a bag of popcorn or heat up soup in the microwave without giving its interior a good inspection. But food particles can stick to the sides of a microwave like glue! This can lead to bacteria and odors. To clean the microwave, fill a bowl halfway with water. Take half of a lemon, squeeze a little of it into the water and drop the rest of it into the bowl. Cook the water and lemon for about three minutes or until the water boils. Remove the bowl carefully and you’ll find that the stuck-on food has been loosened enough to thoroughly wipe off of the oven’s interior.
- Pet Food Bowls: If your dog or cat’s food sits in its bowl for hours at a time, it can develop salmonella. It’s a good idea to wash pet bowls several times a week using hot water and dish soap. That keeps the bowls clean and your pets healthy.
Next time you get the urge to clean, don’t forget these important areas in your home. Thanks for reading. – Alan