15 Spots You're Forgetting to Clean (and How to Take Them On)

15 Spots You're Forgetting to Clean (and How to Take Them On)

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Brittney Morgan
Jan 23, 2017
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You clean your home regularly, making sure the dishes are done, the bathroom is clean and the laundry isn't piling up too much, but even the cleanest people can overlook the little things without realizing it. If some spots—think light switches, TV remotes and window screens—are missing from your cleaning routine, here's a little reminder to thoroughly clean house, and some help on how to tackle them properly.

Light Switches

Light switches and wall plates are some of the dirtiest spots in your home—you're always touching them and getting bacteria on them, but they're often overlooked in the cleaning process. You can use disinfecting wipes or a paper towel with rubbing alcohol (or your preferred household cleaner) to rid your light switches and plates of germs and grime.

Window Screens

Love letting fresh air into your home? If you never clean your window screens, it won't be quite so fresh. Take on dusty, dirty window screens by soaking them in warm soapy water, gently scrubbing with a brush to get off stubborn debris, rinsing them off and then cleaning the tracks with a paper towel.

Trash Cans

Okay, so you take out the trash regularly, but do you ever deep clean your trash cans? Not doing so can leave bacteria behind and stink up your home. To get your trash cans clean and odor free, either take it outside where you have access to a hose, or clean it in your bathtub—you'll need a nylon-bristled scrub brush and a disinfectant spray, too.

Under Your Appliances

If you've never cleaned under or behind your refrigerator—or stove, or any of your other major appliances—it's probably time to take them on. To get you started, Real Simple has a guide to cleaning around your fridge.

The Washing Machine

Does your washing machine smell a little funky? It may mean that it's due for a cleaning. (And if it's not clean, it can't really get your clothes clean, either.) Good news: With a little help from some baking soda and vinegar, you can get your washer back to it's normal clean and odorless state.

The Dishwasher

Much like your washing machine, you may not realize that you actually need to clean your dishwasher from time to time—after all, it's the thing that's supposed to clean other things, right? This tutorial—and some lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda—can help.

The Coffee Pot

If you want to ensure that your morning cup of joe is grime-free, it's time to clean your coffee pot. How you clean your coffee maker depends on what type of coffee maker you use—for example, cleaning a Keurig is a different process than cleaning out a french press or a basic electric coffee pot.

TV Remotes

Your remotes are actually pretty easy to clean, but you might not ever give doing so a second thought. To keep all your remotes under control in the dirt and germs department, wipe them down with a cloth dampened with a mixture of half water, half rubbing alcohol.

Behind the Toilet

Cleaning the top and the inside of the toilet is an obvious cleaning task, but what about the space behind and underneath the toilet? If you haven't touched it, hair, dust and dirt are likely building up back there—ThrifyFun suggests using a cobweb catcher or a broom with a microfiber cloth secured over the bristles.

Inside the Couch

When was the last time you cleaned out your couch? Crumbs, change and other random items can get lost underneath and behind the cushions so easily. It's time to pull back the cushions and break out the vacuum.

Door Knobs and Handles

If you're just concerned about germs and dirt on your door knobs and handles, wipe them down like you would your light switches and other miscellaneous surfaces. But if you've got old metal door knobs that seem to have a weird smell, you'll have to deep clean them.

Baseboards and Door Frames

You make sure the floors are clean, but do you spend time on the baseboards? What about your door frames and any other molding in your home? Magic Erasers, vinegar, dryer sheets, and more can all help you get them in tip top shape.

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Your Phone

You take your phone with you everywhere, which means it collects germs everywhere you go. Do more than just wipe fingerprints off your screen—make sure it's thoroughly clean. A microfiber cloth, rubbing alcohol and water can help.

The Curtains

Curtains can collect dust just as easily as the rest of your home, so you shouldn't just hang them up and forget about them. How you clean them depends on the material they are, so make sure you know what you're working with before you throw them in the washing machine or take them to a dry cleaner.

Your Toothbrush Holder

Your toothbrush holder can be easy to ignore, especially if it's one that's hard to see inside (where most of the grime collects). To get your toothbrush holder—and thus, your toothbrush—clean and keep bacteria at bay, use hot water, a pipe cleaner or small scrub brush and mouthwash.

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