Do you follow the same auto-pilot routine when you clean your home: Vacuum, mop, dishes, laundry, and some dusting now and then? There are many places in the home that we wouldn’t even think of when cleaning the house but are just as important as your standard household jobs.
Here, we uncover some of the dirtiest places in your home and how to clean them.
1. Behind the Toilet
Cleaning the toilet is a no-brainer but what about around and behind it? Often hard to get to, the back and sides of toilets not only accumulate dust and dirt but harmful bacteria. Put on those rubber gloves and give it a good scrub with disinfectant and hot water.
2. Inside the Couch
Crumbs, trash, pet hair, and maybe a few coins (if you’re lucky!) are just some of the interesting things you’ll find if you dare to take off your couch cushions. Give your couch a good vacuum at least once a month and wash the cover, if you have one, to instantly freshen up your living room.
3. TV Remote
Although they are handled every day, TV remotes are often overlooked when it comes to household cleaning. Multi-purpose anti-bacterial wipes are great to have on hand for quick and easy jobs like this.
4. Door Knobs and Light Switches
Like the TV remote, these are something we handle every day in our homes. Give them a wipe down at least once a week to prevent bacteria build up, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
5. Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds collect dust and mildew just like the rest of your home. Depending on the material, fabric curtains can be machine washed or dry-cleaned. Roller, vertical, and venetian blinds can be wiped down with a damp cloth. For tough stains, scrub them gently with an old toothbrush and detergent.
6. Your Toothbrush Holder
If your toothbrush holder is hard to see inside, chances are it hasn’t been cleaned in a while. Rinse, scrub, and repeat until the grime is gone. You can even run it through the dishwasher to kill any bacteria.
7. The Dishwasher
How is your dishwasher supposed to clean your dishes if it isn’t clean itself? If you’ve noticed your dishwasher isn’t quite doing its job (or it smells a bit off) it may be time for a clean. Scrub with a solution of baking soda and white vinegar and then run a cycle with nothing in the dishwasher to get that sparkle back!
8. The Washing Machine
Like dishwashers, washing machines need to be cleaned to wash your clothes effectively.
Again, using baking soda and cleaning vinegar, add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the detergent container of your machine and pour two cups of vinegar into the drum. Run normal hot cycle and let the machine do all the work. Give the whole machine a wipe down with vinegar or multi-purpose spray.
9. Under the Bed
When was the last time you vacuumed under your bed? You’ll be surprised at how quickly dust accumulates under there, especially if you use that area for storage. Pull everything out and give it a good vacuum and a mop if you have floorboards or tiles.
10. Trash Bins
You change your trash bin liners regularly to prevent it sitting inside for too long, but what about the bin that holds said trash. To prevent nasty odors and bacteria building up, it’s a good idea to wash your bin weekly with disinfectant and hot water.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.