You forgot to clean something in your home!  While we all spend a good amount of time cleaning the obvious areas of our home, there are so many areas that we don’t clean.  These dirty areas or items could be affecting the cleanliness of your home and the health of those living in it.

 
 

1. Ceiling fans

We should be cleaning ceiling fans at least every other month to avoid blowing dust around our entire home.  In dusty environments, this should be a monthly task! There are many ways to clean the fan blades – with a good microfiber dusting mit, using a pillowcase which will catch a build up of dust.  Secondly, wipe the blades with a water and dish soap combination so you know that there is a clean blade circulating the air in your home.   You may want to clean the bathroom fan and the stove hood fan as well, and ensure that it is not blocked by dust and grease.

2. Cupboards and Drawers

Cupboard doors and handles generally get ignored in the kitchen and bathroom clean up.  Grease buildup around the stove cupboard, drips of meat off of the counter, toothpaste and dirty hands on the bathroom vanity.  Until there is an obvious visible mess, we neglect to disinfect drawer and cupboard pulls, which are high touch and most likely, germ-filled items.  Don’t forget these items every time you clean your kitchen or bathroom.

3. Hampers

Your dirty clothes go in that nice hamper, but it is pretty obvious you forgot to clean that during your last spring cleaning.  If you hamper has a fabric liners or bags you can wash it on a delicate cycle. If the hamper is made of plastic, it will be necessary to occasionally wipe it out with a disinfecting all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber towel.  Let the cleaning solution sit for at least 10 minutes to remove bad odors and bacteria.

4. Refrigerator coils

Our refrigerator is working for us all of the time, it should get some cleaning attention too.  Not just the inside and handles, but the back of the fridge is a dust magnet!  While new refrigerators hide the coils behind a metal plate in the back, it is simple to unscrewed. Vacuum the coils with the crevice tool after loosening the dust with a long spiraled bristle brush.

5. Knife block

Have you ever thought that your knife block needs cleaning? It is most likely you forgot to clean this item, though you see it and use it everyday.  Start by simply tipping it upside down to remove any loose particles that may be hanging to the wooden walls.  For a good cleaning, use canned air to spray out any remaining food or dust particles then soak for 30 minutes in hot water and a good grease-cutting dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and again tip the block upside down to drain.  Air-dry 8-10 hours before replacing the knives = clean knife block!