Sometimes the dirtiest places in your house are the places you won’t necessarily be able to reach with a vacuum, or the places that are out of sight and therefor out of mind. Here is a list of the dirtiest places in your house and how to best clean them!
#1 Under Appliances: This might not be a place you clean often, but to reduce the amount of dust and dirt built up underneath your large appliances, make sure you clean underneath at least once a year. Most large appliances like the oven/stovetop and refrigerator will be able to roll out so you can clean them. The list of large appliances includes refrigerator, stovetop, washer and dryer.
#2 Baseboards: This is one of the more noticeable places that get dirty and it can be super annoying to clean. Use a soft brush nozzle on your vacuum and just run it along slowly should help remove most of the dust. If there are stuck on dirt you can use a wet cloth or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Tip: You can save your old dryer sheets after using them in the dryer to run along the baseboards. I do every other week to keep my baseboards nice and clean.
#3 Ceiling Fans: This can be done once a month or as needed. You will need a ladder and a clean pillow case for easy cleaning! Simply climb the ladder until you can reach the ceiling fan without overextending yourself and then simply put the pillowcase over the blade as you would with a pillow and gently take it off wiping the blade. This ensures the dust does not fall onto your furniture or the floor. Turn the fan and continue until done, and then simply throw the pillow case in the washing machine to clean! You can go over the blades with a dusting spray afterwards.
#4 Dryer: This is more a safety precaution than a cleaning tip, but to avoid the dryer becoming a fire hazard make sure you clean out the lint trap after every use to avoid buildup! The back of the dryer will have a vent that’ll accumulate lots of dust and other dirt that can simply be vacuumed.
#5 Blinds: Whether you have proper dusting equipment, a microfiber cloth or using an old sock, these will all do the trick! For horizontal blinds work from top down and for vertical blinds go left to right. Add 3 drops of dish liquid to a bucket of warm water and wring your cloth well. Pinch the cloth around each blind and pull all the way to the other side. Rinse and wring as you go. If your blinds are made of fabric, you’ll need to use a vacuum to get them clean.
#6 Bookshelves and Wooden Furniture: Bookshelves easily collect dust no matter how often you read. They will need regular dusting and cleaning and it can easily be done with a handheld vacuum using a soft dusting brush attachment. Same goes for other wooden furniture as long as when you vacuum you follow the grain of the wood to avoid any scratches.
#7 Couch: Using a handheld vacuum is the easiest way to clean your couch. Take off all pillows and remove all the cushions, which will make it much easier to vacuum all the crevices of the couch. You’ll be surprised at how much dirt and old crumbs will collect under all your cushions.
#8 Stairs: If you live in a house with stairs you’ll know how often stairs are utilized. It’s one of the busiest parts of your home which means it’s also one of the dirtiest, especially if you have pets and/or children. The easiest way to clean your stairs whether they’re carpeted or not, is by using a vacuum and again this is easier if you have a handheld vacuum like a dust buster or something similar.
#9 Kitchen Nooks and Cabinets: This might not be a place you clean regularly, but vacuuming the nooks and corners of your cabinets is a great idea and will help you prevent bugs like cockroaches that live in the dark spaces of your cabinets and feed off old crumbs. Using a hard brush with the extension nozzle will be the easiest way to get into the deep corners.
#10 Under Beds and other Furniture: This is another place where dust will build up over time since it’s not a place that gets cleaned too often. So doing it at least a few times a year will be enough to keep the dust levels down. Using a stick vacuum will give you a longer reach as well as some of the slimmer versions of the robot vacuums.
#11 Vent Covers: A good rule of thumb is changing your A/C filters every time you pay your electrical bill and while you’re at it you may as well vacuum the air vent. Keeping it free of dust will help keep the air flowing and avoiding blockage. Vacuuming it is super easy and you can also vacuum the air intake vents to help your air filters last longer.
#12 Electronics: Blu-ray, DVD players, computer monitors and other electronic devices that you don’t often move around can collect lots of dust just sitting there. You can easily vacuum the dust off or use a wipe to clean and disinfect.
#13 Pet Beds: Now most pet beds can go in the washing machine and I would definitely do this often as they not only bring in lots of dirt from the outside, but also all the hair they shed! If the dog bed is firm and cannot go in the washing machine, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to get deep into the fibers of the bed.
#14 Curtains: While this might just be for décor, your drapes or curtains will collect lots of dust and dirt within the fabric. Most will come with a care label that’ll tell you how to wash them in the washing machine or if they need to be hand washed!
#15 Screen door: If you live in a state with lots of bugs, you may have screened in your patio or maybe only a door of the house. Because your screen is meant to keep bugs and other things out, they do collect lots of allergens, dirt and debris in the “net”. If it’s a door leading inside, I would vacuum it to prevent all the little unwanted things to get in your house. If it’s a larger area on your patio, vacuuming might take a bit of time, but it’s definitely the most effective way. You can also use a power washer, just be really careful not to use too much pressure as this can damage your screens!