We all know the basics of cleaning house. Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting and washing. But there are a few things that often slip our minds; that with a few minutes of attention can make a difference in the health of your home. With the beginning of the new year, it's a great time to tackle these 5 little things that will help your home feel better and breathe a little easier. Click through to find out what they are! Clean your washing machine and dryer: It always sounds silly to say, "Clean the washing machine," but it's a proven fact that our laundry appliances see more dirt and dust than many other places in our home (usually ones we clean more frequently even). A quick wipe down on the outside of the body, the inside of the lid and a duster run down behind are all great places to start. 5 minutes here will make it an inviting space to come get your laundry done in. Even if you share appliances in your building it's a great service to do!
Dust Lighting Fixtures: Be it a pendant lamp, shade or chandeliers, our light sources collect a crazy amount of dust. A little time spent here will make your illumination dust free, regular upkeep can keep your treasures lasting longer!
Baseboards: Dum dum dum. Even if you sweep them regularly with your normal house cleaning routines, baseboards are killer collectors of... well... everything. The simplest way to tackle them is the one usually thought of as "the hard way." A bucket, some warm soapy water and a towel to dry them as you go will take care of things nicely. If you are keeping up on dusting them regularly it won't take very long, take an old toothbrush along in case you run into anything needing a bit of effort (mud, spills and so forth). Make sure to dry as you go, you'd hate for your good intentions to turn south by collecting more dust as they dry!
Change The Basics: Air filters, furnace filters, smoke alarm batteries, flashlight batteries. Depending on your own personal emergency kits or plans, there might be more to this, but these few things are always good to do each year, just in case. Just like a boyscout, better safe than sorry (and uh, breathing clean air along the way).
Run A Kettle: Down your drains of course! Many who are regular kettle users pour their daily kettle remains down their kitchen sink, but what about bathrooms? Workrooms? Basements? 1-2 kettles (or stockpots... done with extreme caution) down each drain in your home can help keep things running smoothly. Add a little baking soda and vinegar beforehand and you have yourself a great cleanse on things that never get truly clean unless there is a problem with the drain/sink.
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Photo from The Worden's MC Inspired Modern Build, House Tour.