No matter how clean or organized you think you are, there are places in your house where Swamp Thing would feel right at home. While floors, kitchen surfaces and sink get attention on a regular basis here are a few common areas that might have been left of your cleaning to-do list.
1 Bathroom Accessories
Sure, you wipe down the bathroom floors and clean the vanity counters, but there is a whole universe of germs and bacteria lurking that evades your mop. For instance – think about your toothbrush. Even if you replace your brush every few month, how often do you clean out the toothbrush holder?
Also, add your bathmats to your regular cleaning schedule. They are hotbeds for mold and mildew and most can go in the washer and dryer. Next time you change your sheets, throw in your bath mats too.
2 Major Appliances
Your dishwasher and washing machine are the bedrocks of your daily cleaning – turning grass-stained shorts and plates caked with dried, sticky food looking like new again. But what about the appliances themselves – how often do these get cleaned?
Fortunately, there is a tool for every job and cleaning out the insides of your major appliances is no different. There are cleaning pods made specifically for cleaning your dishwasher and washing machine, but you can also make your own cleaning solution from ingredients you already have on hand.
Simply pour one cup of white vinegar into the bottom of an empty dishwasher, run it on the heavy cleaning cycle and voila, clean as new! Afterwards, you can add one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the still-empty dishwasher on a short, hot cycle for a bright and fresh-smelling machine.
This miracle combination of white vinegar and baking soda can also be used for your washing machine. Set your empty machine to run on hot with the largest load setting and, after it has filled with water, add 3-4 cups of white vinegar. Allow the machine to agitate and mix with the vinegar for a minute and then add in a half cup of baking soda. Pause the machine and let the water/vinegar/baking soda mix sit for 30-60 minutes and then resume to let it finish its cycle.
3 Kitchen Trashcans
Does your kitchen sometimes have this lingering odor that you just can’t quite place, even after taking out the trash, running the garbage disposal, and wiping down your fridge? The culprit is probably hiding in plain sight – your garbage can.
Garbage juice, for lack of a better word, can leak out of your liners and leave a musty, rancid and offensive smell behind. Remember to wipe down the insides of your cans whenever you take out the trash.
When organizing your Spring Cleaning chores this year, add upholstery to your list. Upholstered furniture pieces and drapery collects dust, dirt and stains; yet despite this they are rarely if ever cleaned.
Whether you decide to DIY this cleaning project or call in a professional cleaning crew, giving your furniture and drapes a good deep cleaning will freshen up your space.
5 Laundry Hampers
Keeping an organized home requires hampers for everyone in your family so you don’t have socks and dirty undies strewn throughout the house. These hampers store muddy, sweaty, and just plain gross dirty clothes. Invariably, these germs transfer onto the hamper itself. Clean the hamper liner every month or so to better protect your clothes from getting even dirtier as you wait to do your next load of wash.