When it comes to cleaning our homes, we like to believe that we leave no stone unturned. However, even the most meticulous cleaners among us can overlook a few spots that require regular attention. These often-forgotten areas may seem insignificant, but they can harbor hidden dirt and germs, posing potential risks to our family's health.
To help you stay on top of your cleaning game, we've curated a list of the six most easily-forgotten spots in the average household that could benefit from a little extra love and attention during your next cleaning session. But don't worry, we won't overwhelm you with a major cleaning overhaul every time you remember they exist. We'll also provide you with simple and effective sanitizing techniques to incorporate into your regular cleaning routine, making it a breeze to keep these spots spotless.
So, let's dive in and discover these sneaky areas that often escape our cleaning radar. And if you find yourself strapped for time, don't fret! We'll also share information about flexible scheduling options for house cleaning services that can lend you a helping hand in maintaining a pristine home without the stress. It's time to reclaim those forgotten spots and ensure a healthier, cleaner living environment for you and your loved ones.
Under the bed
There’s no spot that encapsulates “out of mind, out of sight” better than the underside of your bed, and we’re not only talking about dust. Not only is it a perfect place for clutter to build up over months, but it’s also prime real estate for mold to grow up if you’re particularly careless about cleaning up the room. Think about it: It’s dark, secluded, and a little warmer than the outside, so you better get way under the covers and sweep that clutter out soon. You don’t have to wonder when to start spring cleaning just to look under the bed!
Kitchen sponges and cloths
What, cleaning the things you clean with? Well, of course! If you’re not careful, sponges and cloths can become some of the nastiest objects in the whole house for a number of reasons. First, they’re in constant direct contact with dirty, grimy things. Second, they’re damp all the time, without really having enough time to dry completely between uses. Third, they’re porous, so all sorts of germs love to make their home inside of them. We recommend replacing them constantly, but you can sanitize them by soaking them in boiling water with some disinfectant thrown in.
Behind the toilet
The back of the toilet is another good example of something that’s not easy to see, so it’s easy to forget. The back may look sparkling clean, but a lot of grime can hide behind that shiny facade. Another factor that makes it so unfortunately forgettable is that is a hard-to-reach place, so cleaning it up can become kind of annoying, but don’t be fooled; it can get nasty back there over time, so tackle it while it’s still easy to do!
Inside the washing machine
The inside of a washing machine is constantly getting filled with water and soap, and shaken violently around, so what’s to clean up? A lot, actually, and it’s important that you do it since it can get pretty dirty in there. Mold is your main concern since, like sponges and clothes, the washing machine is constantly wet without ever really drying out completely in some parts, so the environment is perfect for mold growth. An easy way to clean it is to mix baking soda and water, and adding it into a load of the hottest water your machine can handle to kill off the germs, and “wash” for a whole cycle.
Remotes, game controllers, mouse, and keyboards
Anything that you use in order to make your gadgets and appliances work, pretty much. You might wash your hands constantly, but that’s not the case for these objects, and you can be sure that touching them is like shaking hands with every single past version of you that did the same, including everything they were carrying in their hands. Cleaning them is easy enough, just use a disinfectant wipe and let them dry off.
Another case of “you use it to clean, so it must be clean.” The thing is, dishwashers handle small food pieces and such, which not always dissolve of going down the drain entirely in one go, so you can get caught up and not only still be in contact with other dish loads, but affect the performance of your washer. So, get in there!
There are plenty of other places that many people forget to clean up or disinfect regularly, but we believe that this list covers all the basics, and what’s important is that now that you’re well aware of how many places around the house get neglected over time, you’ll be a little more attentive with them next time. You can also get some additional help with that, of course, and it’ll make the job much, much faster, especially if you don’t know how to spring clean your apartment.