Everyone’s cleaning routines are different. Some people have a daily schedule of tidying up areas, while others take a spot-on approach and clean everything, everywhere, at once. Either way, there are definitely areas of your home you’ve missed.
Areas like bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms are given extra attention as this is where we spend most of our time. But even then, there are probably things you missed during your routine cleaning.
Cleaning these areas is especially important if you suffer from frequent and unexplained allergies, asthma or eczema. Being allergic to dust could be a culprit, which means a more thorough house cleaning is in order.
Here are some spaces and items you need to add to your cleaning routine.
Household items and appliances
Like all other appliances, washing machines require periodic cleaning and maintenance. You should clean the lint filter after each use and clean your washing machine thoroughly once a month. If you are unsure of your skills, there are technicians who can clean it for you.
Televisions, gadgets, and air conditioning remotes are other often-touched areas that require deep cleaning. Besides germs and dust, natural oils from your fingertips can damage pimples over time. Wiping it down with alcohol every other day should do the trick.
Handles and switches
In general, handles are commonly used areas. Whether it is a door handle, a refrigerator or a household appliance, there is a high concentration of contact. It can also mean that the handles are particularly susceptible to bacteria. Handles should be cleaned as often as possible to prevent the spread of germs. The same goes for light switches.
Knife holders and utensil holders
Cleaning our utensils is a given, but what about where we store them? Drying racks, utensil compartments and knife holders can accumulate dirt and grime over time. Washing them with soap and water can keep them clean so you don’t have to worry about them contaminating your utensils.
Knife holders, especially block types with slots, require special attention. Notching in wet or damp knives can promote bacterial growth. It’s best to soak the knife rests in soapy water and scrub the inside of each slot with a wire brush or pipe cleaner.
Rugs and carpets
Unfortunately, vacuuming rugs and carpets is not enough. If you have pets and children, you will need to give them a thorough cleaning at least once a year. Pet dander, dirt, crumbs and hair can live in your carpets and become a breeding ground for allergens and bacteria. There are professional carpet cleaning services that can shampoo and dry rugs and carpets, especially if they are delicate.
The figurines, collectibles, paintings, and assorted decorations are nice to look at, but also need a good dusting once in a while. If you keep your decor in a display case, it is advisable to wipe it down from time to time. Larger decorative pieces that are out in the open such as vases, paintings and other assorted trinkets should be dusted as often as once a week as they are more exposed.
Large decorative fixtures like chandeliers and lamps can accumulate a lot of dust over time. Ceiling lighting can be neglected because it is difficult to achieve such height. Going through delicate glass or crystal light fixtures with a feather duster should be part of your weekly routine. If there’s a special occasion on the horizon, you’ll want to break out the crystal cleanser to make sure the fixture really shines.
Under major appliances
The out of sight, out of mind principle is at work here. You don’t see the mess, so you don’t see the need to clean it up. Microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and stoves can accumulate a lot of dust and dirt if there is space underneath.
Besides the underside of those large appliances, you’ll also want to check the space next to it. With freestanding stoves, there may be a space next to it where dust, dirt, old ingredients and grease can collect.
Often seen and touched but rarely cleaned, walls also need a thorough cleaning. Natural oils from fingertips, smoke residue and dust can accumulate on its surface. The approach to cleaning is different depending on the type of paint and the material the wall is made of. Using all-purpose natural cleaners can work for most wall types, but be sure to spot test it in an inconspicuous location before you get started.
Moldings and baseboards
Depending on your tastes, crown molding can be a great addition to any home. It’s still a pain to clean. The grooves and corners of moldings can easily store dust and dirt. The same goes for baseboards. A thorough weekly vacuuming and scrubbing once in a while can keep dust away and ensure it stays looking good.
Alcoves and recessed lights have been trending for a while now. Although it is beautiful, it also requires a lot of cleaning and maintenance. Dust and insects can settle in the nooks and crannies of the house, so taking the time to vacuum is a necessary chore.