5 Places We Forget To Clean That Come Back To Haunt Us

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In our mind, the term “spring cleaning” means an aerobic cleaning marathon. This isn’t your run-of-the-week cleaning session— a vacuum, quick dusting, clean the toilet. Maintenance cleaning is all well and good, but it has its price. Suddenly those corners you cut in your cleaning routine have turned into major de-dust and detox projects. Here are five places you might not clean on a regular basis that, well, you should.

Under the Bed: We know it can be a pain to move the bed, or take out all your under-the-bed storage. And getting down on your hands and knees to reach all the way to the wall can be a painful endeavor. But if you don’t do it on a regular basis, you’ll have a nice little troop of dust bunnies that make it their mission to aggravate your nasal passages when you sleep at night.

Blinds: This is another easy one to overlook. But when your white blinds start looking more like grey blinds, you know the time has come. And oh what a time it is. Blinds can be such a pain to clean, especially if they’re really dirty. A weekly vacuum will save you grief later on.

Shower Curtains Liners: Because we don’t have a washing machine, we reserve our laundry cart space and our laundry money for all the dirty clothes we’ve accumulated over the past few weeks, and we tell ourselves we’ll get our shower liner another time. So we neglect to wash our shower curtain on a regular basis, and suddenly the bottom is moldy and we’ve got a much larger cleaning project on our hands. Sigh.

Behind the Fridge and Underneath the Stove: There is a tiny crack in between our stove and the counter on both sides, and there’s another crack in between the counter and fridge. And if you cook a lot, and move around a lot, and food is going in and off the stove, and around the counter… you can imagine what falls through the cracks. And then you know what else we imagine? Ants! And cockroaches. And mice. You see where we’re going with this.

Ceiling Corners: We don’t need to tell you to look down. You look down to walk, to tie your shoes, to mop the floors. Well, try looking up. Curtains blowing in the breeze are lovely. Cobwebs… not so much.

What other places are easily forgotten… or too much of a pain to clean that they’re deliberately neglected?

(Image: unknown. Originally published 2010-05-06)