Cleaning under beds and couches is what usually comes to mind when thinking of “Spring Cleaning” chores. Though, we’ve curated the top ten places that are often accidentally left off the cleaning list. So put on your favorite playlist, open the windows to let in the fresh spring air and let’s get cleaning!
To start here are the top three spots related to your appliances. Yes, our cleaning appliances need cleaning, too!
1. Washing Machine
Even though it seems a washing machine should always be clean, over time it can gather build up and cause your clothes to not smell as fresh. Every washing machine is different, so make sure to find the cleaning method that’s best for yours. For most washing machines, you can pour a mix of white vinegar with baking soda into the washer and then run the cycle on hot. To keep your washing machine fresh and clean longer, leave the lid or door open between uses
Your dishwasher is another appliance that seems it should stay permanently clean, but that’s not the case! It can get loaded up with hard-water deposits, soap scum and clogged food debris. To clean out your dishwasher, run a cycle on hot with a cup of white vinegar on the top rack.
3. Under Your Appliances
Cleaning under your appliances likely seems like a huge nuisance, but as one can imagine, there are probably a lot of crumbs under the fridge and dust bunnies under the washer and dryer! Get a family member or friend to help you scootch your appliances from their usual nook and then sweep and mop under the appliance. Although it’s an annoying process, you’ll feel so satisfied afterward!
Once you tackle those areas, make sure to check these most forgotten places off your cleaning list, too.
4. Ceiling Fans
When your ceiling fan is off, it can collect a layer of dust on its blades. Take an old pillowcase and put it over the fan blade to wipe the dust off and into the pillowcase. This method is quick, easy and mess-free! Repeat this process for every fan blade.
5. Shower Curtains
Shower curtains can collect mildew, dirt and soap scum. An easy fix is to take your shower curtains and liners off and throw them into the washing machine. Get your curtains and liners spotless by combining them with a batch of towels, laundry detergent and baking soda.
6. Trash Cans
Over time, your trash cans can absorb the smell of all of the garbage it holds every day. Take out the bag of trash and get your trash can outside. Spray it down with the hose and then scrub it with disinfectant and rinse it with the hose again. Let it dry in the sun.
You may clean your coffee pot on a daily basis, but what about the coffeemaker? To really give your coffeemaker a super deep clean, run a cycle of equal parts white vinegar and water through it. Then run another cycle with water only to eliminate any lingering vinegar. This will also help decalcify the machine and prevent mold growth.
8. Door Frames & Baseboards
The tops of your door frames can collect a lot of dust throughout the year. Even though it’s out of sight, it may be causing some extra sneezing in the house. Get a soft, damp cloth and wipe the top, sides and surface of your door frames. Your baseboards can also get dusty from the pets and foot traffic in your home. Run a damp cloth along the surface of those, too!
Most curtains are machine-washable and dryer-friendly, but double check yours just in case. Throughout the year, dust, pollen and dirt will build up on your curtains, so you’re going to want to give them a good cleaning. You can also vacuum your curtains if you have a handheld vacuum.
10. Throw Pillows
Throw pillows can collect dust, dirt, food and… dead skin. Yes, that’s a bit gross to think about. Vacuum up the dust or dander with a handheld vacuum and spot clean any stains. Some throw pillows are machine washable, so check to see the best care for yours!
We hope this will help you get the nooks and crannies of your home extra clean and fresh for the spring!