7 Things You Never Knew You Needed to Clean at Home

7 Things You Never Knew You Needed to Clean at Home

Cleaning your home can seem like a never-ending task, especially if you’re the only one doing it in your family. It’s easy to get down on yourself and lose motivation, but when you focus on how clean your home is, you’ll be able to push through those days when you just want to sit around and do nothing. However, there are some areas that even the most motivated cleaners sometimes overlook or don’t know they need to clean at all!

Air vents

These can get dirty over time due to dust, pet hair and other things floating around your home. If you don’t clean them regularly, they’ll start collecting even more germs and dirt, which will lead to a buildup of bacteria in your home. Take some old rags or Wowables® Reusable & Biodegradable Paper Towels, and wipe down your air vents every couple of months. It may sound like overkill but it will keep everything clean so it doesn’t smell bad or look disgusting when guests come over. 

Ceiling fans

Not all fans are created equal. While many of us clean them on a regular basis, we often forget about what happens when dust and dirt build up in them over time. A dirty ceiling fan is no different than any other place in your home: it can harbor dust mites, mildew and mold that can lead to respiratory issues. Fortunately, cleaning a ceiling fan is simple and very easy.

Toilet tank

Keeping your toilet tank sparkling clean is essential, especially if you have hard water. Hard water leaves mineral deposits on surfaces like sinks and tubs, so it makes sense that it would also leave its mark in your toilet’s tank. Start by cleaning any visible stains with vinegar and then add a disinfectant. Let it sit for about 30 minutes before flushing. When you next flush, take note of how clean everything looks—no more cloudy residue!

The inside of your dryer

Did you know that it’s also important to clean your dryer? Using too much fabric softener and leaving wet clothing inside for long periods of time can cause mold, mildew, and other build-up in a dryer that can lead to extensive problems later on. If you notice an odor coming from your clothes or if they come out discolored, check for odors or residue around your dryer and take care of any issues immediately. If possible, run an empty load without heat through once a month to keep lint build-up minimal.

Behind your bed frame

Tucked away behind your bed frame is a great place for dust bunnies and other filth to hide. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Take a look at your box spring and headboard—you might be surprised. Use a Swiffer® 360° Extender Duster Comparable Starter Kit by Lola® to remove dirt. And while you’re under there, check out all of your wires—they get quite gross! Disconnect them from behind your bed frame and clean each one individually with a Lola® Anti-microbial Clean N' Wipe™ Cloth.

Underneath your refrigerator

Every few months, it’s a good idea to take off your fridge’s bottom kick plate and wipe down underneath with either vinegar or soapy water. Doing so will help keep any weird smells from developing in addition to prolonging your refrigerator’s life. 

Inside your trash cans

Chances are good that your garbage cans need a clean. Consider replacing your trash bags with high-quality ones that help keep odors locked in and make sure you don’t have flies buzzing around trying to get into them. Also, it’s best to change out your trash cans every three months or so—that way they won’t start smelling funky too!

Cleaning your home seems like it would be easy enough to do, but with all the different surfaces, corners, and hiding places in your home, you may have missed a spot or two that could use some scrubbing or dusting from time to time. Take note of the items and areas mentioned above and make sure to give them all a good cleaning after reading this article!

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