Whether you’re spring cleaning or getting ready to put some things into personal storage, a deep clean is healthy for your home. While routine cleaning gives the impression of a clean home, it’s only superficial. Dust and mold tend to get into places often overlooked for months — if not years. Below are nine dirty places often overlooked.
1. Washing Machine
If you notice your clothes smell weird after doing a fresh load of laundry, there is a chance your washing machine has a mold or mildew build-up. When your washing machine drains water, it doesn’t completely drain out. Usually, a small amount of water remains trapped in the system. This stagnant water becomes an incubator for mold and mildew that can resist both your detergent and fabric softener.
To rid yourself of this annoying problem, pour a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda into your washing machine and let it run through its cycle as usual. Be sure to use hot water, and make a habit of leaving the lid or door open between washes, so the drum airs out.
2. Window Curtains
Damp homes are prone to mold and mildew — especially older homes. Even windows that don’t leak when it rains can have condensation accumulate. This can cause moldy curtains which are prone to gather a lot of dust over time as well.
The best way to tackle this is by using a vacuum or damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. For mold and mildew, it might be necessary to remove the curtains and wash them properly. Add a half a cup of baking soda to get rid of any odors. When the curtains are done, hang them out to air dry rather than putting them in a drier.
3. Door Frames
When was the last time you dusted your door frames? Just take a feather duster or a damp cloth and wipe tops, sides, and surfaces.
4. Coffee Maker
Coffee makers are frequently used and then forgotten until the next cup of coffee. Over time, mold can start to grow in parts of the machine. Furthermore, hard water can cause lime deposits. The best way to clean your coffee maker is to run it using equal parts white vinegar and water. Once the machine has finished its cycle, run it using clean water to rinse. Also, on the more obvious side, be sure to regularly change the coffee filter, or else your coffee will taste nasty anyway.
5. Under Appliances
If dirt and grime had a prime real estate location, it would be under kitchen appliances. Start by unplugging and pulling out your refrigerator. Take a damp cloth and wipe down all the sides and then the coils and vacuum pump. Wipe down the wall with a wet rag, too — and then sweep and mop the floor. Do the same with your stove and other appliances.
6. Trash Cans
Cleaning your trash can may be an unpleasant chore but left unchecked, leftover food and other waste can start smelling. Pour water into the trash can and swish it around a little. After that, take soapy water and a scrubber and give the inside of the trash can a good once over. Rinse with clean water, and finish the job by spraying disinfectant inside. You might also want to give a quick spritz of an air freshener, because it is still a trashcan.
7. Remote Controls
Remotes can become caked with dirt and finger grime quite quickly. To clean them, take the batteries out and wipe them down with alcohol wipes; they’re a great disinfectant and remove oily residue. Alcohol also evaporates quickly and won’t pose a danger to the electronic components.
Baseboards seem to get forgotten, too. Pets and constant foot traffic cause baseboards to collect dust and dirt over time. Fortunately, just like door frames, they’re easy to clean. Simply vacuum over the baseboards and then wipe them down with a damp cloth.
9. Toothbrush Holders
Toothbrush holders are germ central because the human mouth can contain more than 1,000 different kinds of bacteria. Using disinfectant soap or a small amount of bleach, fill a cup with warm water and soak the toothbrush holder in it for a few minutes. Then take a cloth, wipe carefully, and rinse thoroughly.
While cleaning your home from top to bottom, you might find numerous items you thought were lost! We’d like to suggest you consider putting unused items in self-storage to free up space as well. Best of all, you’re likely to feel a great sense of accomplishment — and your home will not only be cleaner but healthier as well.