Many people see house cleaning as an inconvenience. And for good reason: even the uncommon nooks and crannies in the house can collect dirt, dust, and other harmful elements. Since these areas are hidden from plain sight, it’s understandable how you can forget to clean dirt and germ-attracting places like carpets and curtains. But when you start paying attention to the hidden places where the dust and dirt gather, you can keep your house clean at all times.
The area under your bed
The space underneath your bed usually collects dust. But it can be tempting to skip it since your bed can be difficult to move around. But the accumulated dust could affect your breathing and even attract dust mites. Put forth the effort to declutter your bedroom and clean this space every once in a while to improve your breathing and sleeping patterns.
Light switches, door knobs, and handles
Turning on lights and opening doors are a part of everyone’s daily routine. It’s possible for you to touch light switches, door knobs, and handles at least 100 times daily—even more so if you’re part of a big family or have visitors often. But you can get bacteria from these fixtures. Prevent them from spreading by wiping your switches, knobs, and handles regularly.
Keeping your home beautiful takes effort. And it starts by cleaning your door frames since they can gather dust over time. Even a quick wipe over your door frames will make them look as good as new. Clean the top parts, sides, and entire exterior with a feather duster or a soft cloth to avoid the build-up of dust and dirt on your door frames.
Your curtains play a crucial role in regulating indoor temperatures by blocking off the sunlight. But since they serve as a protective covering to your windows, they can be prone to collecting dust, dirt, pollen, and mold. Get rid of the accumulated dust and dirt on your curtains with a vacuum cleaner or wet cloth.
You can’t just rid of funky odors from your garbage bag by throwing your trash outside. Your waste bin might smell foul because of the leftovers or used toiletries you’ve thrown out. And when your trash starts spilling all over the place, it makes the odors worse. In turn, these spills can attract flies, which carry bacteria. Clean your bin by wiping the whole can with hot water. Top it off by spraying disinfectant on your trash can.
Your light fixtures may be high up your ceiling, but they collect dust, even if you can’t see them from where you’re standing. But dusting them off is possible without having to strain yourself. Use an extendable feather duster for fixture cleaning, but make sure you’ve checked your duster first in case it ends up spreading dust to the light fixtures you’re trying to clean.
Under your rug or carpet
Sometimes, people go to great lengths to impress their guests. An example of this would be when you sweep unsightly food crumbs underneath the rug so you won’t give your visitors a bad impression. But what happens when the dirt and grime accumulate under the carpet?
Give the best care for your rug by cleaning it at least once a month to remove any traces of dirt or crumbs. Then, clean both sides with a vacuum so it’ll look spick-and-span, especially when you have guests over.
Over and under your appliances
After heavy use, your appliances can trap both dust and grease and cause food waste and grime to accumulate underneath. Keep the top of your refrigerator and microwave clean by wiping the front and sides clean after every use.
To clean the areas below your refrigerator, move it to the side then use a special brush to clean the coils and a vacuum to clean up the dust on the floor. Use a wet cloth to clean up its outside walls.
Your washing machine is another place inside your home that carries bacteria. If you notice that your clothes smell less fresh than they used to after finishing with the laundry, your washing machine could be the culprit. Cleaning your washing machine only takes a single cycle. Pour a mix of white vinegar and baking soda then run a hot cycle afterward to clean the inside. You can also keep your washer’s lid open in between uses to prevent odor and moisture build-up.
Your cleaning supplies and tools can spread bacteria in your home, too. So give your cleaning appliances TLC every now and then. Start by soaking your kitchen sponges in a mix of water and vinegar. Then wash your rags, washcloths, and mop heads with hot water. Put your cleaning cloths in the washer every week, and don’t forget to clean your vacuum filters once every three months. Lastly, keep your broom dust-free by cleaning them with a vacuum.
An immersion into an eco-friendly lifestyle will let you discover innovative yet simple solutions to different environmental issues.
About The Author: Raina Fadel believes in eco-friendly living and is trying to persuade people by writing to also do the same. She is also passionate about home improvements that she does not accept a professional fee to her family and friends. When she is also not writing, you can see her drawing sketches for her dream house.
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