Cleaning is a continuous chore that we all have to tackle in the home. And as we’re only human, we can sometimes miss or forget to clean obscure places without realising it. This is pretty much inevitable unless you hire a professional house cleaning service.
Here are 22 of the most common places in the house that people often forget to clean. See if you’ve missed any of them!
1. The tops of cabinets and shelves
Dust collects here, especially if you have high ceilings. You might not be able to see it, but it’s there! Use a microfibre cloth or duster to reach these areas.
2. The inside of the oven
Spills and splatters can bake on and be difficult to clean. This is definitely one of those cleaning jobs that it’s well worth staying on top of.
Use a natural oven cleaner, or make your own by mixing 1 part baking soda with 1 part water. Apply it to the surfaces and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before wiping it away.
3. The stovetop
Your stove is another place in the kitchen that sees a lot of action – and dirt. Make sure you don’t forget to clean it regularly – including those pesky burners.
4. Underneath furniture
This is where dust bunnies like to hide! Get under there with a vacuum attachment or a dust mop to clean up.
Baseboards often get neglected, but can really benefit from a good cleaning every now and then. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe them down.
6. Light fixtures
Dust will quickly collect on lamp shades. Use a microfibre cloth to keep them looking good. Doing this regularly will also improve the amount of light that your fittings can deliver.
Windowsills are a prime target for dust buildup, especially if you have windows that open. Wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge.
8. Door handles
We often forget about these, but they can get quite dirty – after all, they’re constantly in use. Use a disinfecting wipe or spray to clean them.
9. The inside of the toilet
This is one area that definitely needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Use a toilet brush and cleaner to keep it sparkling.
10. The washer and dryer
You might think that laundry appliances should stay pretty clean, but they’re not immune to dirt. Detergent can build up inside your washing machine drum, and the lint trap on your dryer needs to be cleaned regularly. Refer to the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for best results. You can also switch to homemade laundry detergents to cut down on chemicals.
11. The garbage disposal
For obvious reasons, this is another appliance that can get dirty quickly. Use a disposal cleaning tool, or clean it with baking soda and vinegar. Run some cold water while you turn it on to help flush everything out.
12. Window blinds
Dust tends to accumulate on window blinds, so be sure to include them in the cleaning every few weeks. Use a dusting brush or a damp cloth to wipe them down.
Your fridge is full of food, which means it’s also full of potential bacteria. Give it a deep clean every few months, and always wipe up spills straight away.
14. The dishwasher
We rely on them to clean our dishes, but we often forget to clean the dishwasher itself. Food scraps and detergent can cause issues, so be sure to give it a good scrub (including the filters) on a regular basis.
We all use them, but how often do we really clean them? Give your mirrors a once-over (including the frame) with glass cleaner to keep them streak-free.
16. Ceiling fans
These are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning, but they can get pretty dirty over time. Be sure to give them a wipe down every now and then. If they are located in a room where you open the windows regularly you may need to clean them more often.
You might be surprised just how much dust is lurking inside your wardrobe. As well as making its way onto your clothes, dust can make everything smell less than fresh. A quick vacuum will keep it under control. Closing the doors when your wardrobe isn’t in use will help to limit the dust too.
18. The garage
This is often one of the most neglected areas in the house, and as a result it can get pretty dirty over time. A stiff sweeping brush is ideal for tackling the floor, while a vacuum cleaner hose attachment makes it easy to get rid of dirt and cobwebs up high.
19. The top of your fridge
The inside and outside of a fridge is very visible, so we tend to keep these clean, but the top can easily get neglected. Dust and dirt will accumulate there, so remember to include this area in your regular fridge cleaning.
20. Underneath your bed
Just like the top of your fridge, dust bunnies love to hide under beds. Make sure to vacuum or sweep underneath yours on a regular basis to keep things tidy.
21. In between couch cushions
Your sofa cushions may look clean on the surface, but the gaps between them can collect all kinds of dirt and grime. Remove the cushions and give the whole sofa a good vacuum to deal with build-up.
22. On top of door frames
Door frames are another place where dust tends to accumulate. Wipe them down every so often to keep them clean and free of debris; a feather duster is perfect for this job.
Should you hire a cleaning service or DIY?
There are many reasons why you should consider hiring a professional cleaning service. One of the most important of these is for your own health; a clean home is a healthy home. By hiring a professional cleaner you can be sure that your home is being cleaned properly and effectively.
For many people, the biggest benefit of hiring a cleaning service is that it saves them time. If you’re someone who values your time and doesn’t enjoy cleaning, then hiring a professional cleaner is probably a good idea. If you have a busy schedule, it can be tough to find time to clean your house. Hiring a professional cleaner means that someone else will take care of the cleaning for you and do it to a high standard.
Of course, there are some drawbacks to hiring a cleaning service as well. One is that it can be expensive. Depending on the size of your house and how often you want the cleaning done, professional cleaners can cost a lot of money. And if you happen to get unlucky with the cleaning service you choose, you could end up with a less than satisfactory job. It’s definitely worth doing your research and checking out reviews before making a final decision on who to hire.
Do you tackle the cleaning yourself, or call in the experts? Is there a spot in your home that you often forget to clean?