You may not be cleaning these things, but but here are 15 things to clean more often as well as more house cleaning tips and ideas for how to keep your house clean
C’mon, admit it. Cleaning is no fun. It’s a chore that never seems to end. But while you’re cleaning the obvious things in your house like the toilets and kitchen floor, but as I’m cleaning certain things I start to think, “Man, I always forget to do this.” Hello, garbage disposals, ceiling fans and window sills.
I thought I would round up the 15 things you might forget to do or clean, which honestly could be very important with the state of affairs currently.
15 Things You Should Clean More Often + Deep Cleaning House Tips
1. Bed Pillows
I’m sure you wash your sheets on a regular basis (well, at least I hope you do…). But oftentimes people forget to wash their bed pillows as well. You can just wash your bed pillows in the washing machine just like you do your
2. Washer and Dryer
Yes, you would think since you’re washing your clothes and constantly using detergent and warm soapy water that your washer and dryer would be relatively clean.
If you want to keep your washer and dryer in the best shape possible, clean it once every 3 months.
Run 1 cup of white vinegar run through the warm cycle to break up mineral deposits and keep the pipes clean. The vinegar will also serve to neutralize any lingering odors (including that moldy smell). Make sure you check the dryer exhaust and the hose for lint or any dryer sheets, too.
If you want to get super fancy with it, you can spray some all purpose cleaner on the surfaces of your washer and dryer and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
Remove all debris in the bottom of your dishwasher with a paper towel or rag. Next set a dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack. Run a full cycle with hot water and let steam dry. You can wipe any remaining gunk out when the cycle is complete.
This would also be where I would add in the reminder to also clean out your garbage disposal too.
4. Your Kitchen Sink
Again, if you hand wash dishes, you might think that because you use dish soap that the sink would just be clean, but again, false.
Even if part of the sink is clean that way, it’s near impossible to make sure the sides and top of your sink are clean.
Chemical cleaning products are an option, but can damage the pipes and sink in the long run. For a more eco-friendly cleaning process, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Wash it down with half a cup of vinegar and a spritz of lemon. Let this set for a few minutes while it fizzles. Then rinse with soap and water.
5. Bed Sheets
Oh my, I really hope you do this on a regular basis. To make things easier, have at least one extra set of bed sheets so you’re not scrambling right before bedtime to make the beds.
6. Bathroom Mats
These are another thing that get used on a daily occasion but probably don’t get washed as much as they should. Think about all the mildew and germs they gather everyday, yuck. Wash on the hottest temperature you can (throw in some towels for scrubbing help), then tumble dry low. If needed, use a little cleaning brush to fluff it back into shape. Also, this is another one I recommend having backups for.
7. Makeup Brushes
Considering makeup brushes usually sit in the bottom of a makeup bag with tons of residue, it’s no wonder people get breakouts. You’re basically wiping access oil, dirt and bacteria back into your skin. To clean, just gently wash with warm water and baby shampoo then rise. So simple people. And it will breathe new life into your brushes.
Urgh, this one makes me wanna barf. Just think for a minute of all the things that could be in your carpets right now… dirt from your shoes, dander, bacteria, dog hair… not to mention what your little kids bring in from their little adventures.
First thing is to VACUUM. Vacuum that carpet like crazy in every possible direction. Get all of the dust and allergens out! Then you need to do a deep steaming using the hottest water possible. I almost always suggest calling in a professional cleaning service at least twice a year though. You can find coupons in your mail and online. Trust me, it’s worth it. Think of the stuff trapped in your carpets that you’re breathing in daily.
9. Your Purse
Clean out your purse at least once a month. Or to make it easy, every time you switch your purse to go with an outfit or season, empty out the pockets and start with a clean slate.
To clean, pull the interior fabric out and use a lint roller to grab all of the crumbs and dirt. You can also clean the exterior with a damp microfiber cloth for most surfaces or use a baby wipe if it’s leather.
10. Your Desk at Work
I’ve heard before that an office desk has more germs than a public restroom. Dear goodness, I hope that’s not true since a lot of people eat at their desk everyday. Make sure on Fridays that you wipe it down with cleaners (all purpose cleaner or even a glass cleaner like Windex would do). I would at the very least clean up after you eat.
While you’re at it, clean off your mouse and computer keyboard (first with the can of compressed air, then wipe with a damp cloth with mild soapy water).
While I’m sure that most people don’t wash their comforter as much as they should, there’s really no one perfect way to do this. You will need to read the instructions on your comforter tag or just take it into your dry cleaners once a year for a deep clean.
Vacuum off your couch cushions with your brush attachment once a week, including under the cushions. If you’re going to use any cleansers, make sure you check an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it won’t harm your upholstery.
13. Door Knobs
Every cough, cold, and flu season I think a little more often about cleaning our doorknobs, don’t you? Best and easiest way to clean is with disinfectant wipes.
You probably use this more than any other accessory but hardly ever clean it. Disinfectant wipes are great for a quick clean. Another idea is to get cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol and clean in between the numbers, your phone case, etc.
15. Remote Control
Yeah, this is another one that gets used daily and often forgotten about when cleaning day comes around. To disinfect, use cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol to get in the nooks and crannies, or just use a disinfectant wipe. And make sure you definitely clean the remote when you have a sick kiddo at home laying on the couch watching TV!
Just as a couple honorable mentions:
Light fixtures – These are often out of sight, out of mind because they’re, you know, on the ceiling. But a quick dusting of these once a month would be beneficial to you. I’ll spare you here, but the term “dust bunnies” sounds cute until you actually know what a dust bunny is.
Shower curtains – If you have hard water, the bottom of your shower curtain can turn orange real quick. While that stain may be permanent, if you aim to wash the shower curtain frequently (if you have a fabric one) and flip the liner over the shower curtain to allow it to fully dry, this may prolong the discoloration.