When cleaning the house, there are a few places that are often overlooked. It’s easy to remember to clean the windows, countertops, and bathroom, however, there are some areas that are out-of-sight and tend to be neglected. Here are some places to add to the list while cleaning your home.
Beneath the Fridge
The coils on the back of or beneath your refrigerator allow heat from the appliance to dissipate. When these coils become covered with pet hair and dust, the appliance has a hard time getting rid of excess heat and becomes less efficient. Use your vacuum to remove dust, dirt, and debris from the refrigerator coils. The machine will operate more efficiently and you’ll help extend its lifespan.
Clothes Dryer Vent
If you’re like most homeowners, you clean the clothes dryer’s lint trap with every load. However, the dryer vent is sometimes overlooked. The combination of heat from the appliance and dryer lint can lead to a house fire. Every 30 to 90 days, remove the vent from your clothes dryer and use your vacuum attachment to clean it out.
Declutter the Closets
When deep cleaning the house, many people neglect the closets. These often seem like a daunting task. Tackle one closet at a time. Remove everything from the space. Get rid of items you no longer need and sort the remaining items into groups. You’ll be able to see what you have and make a plan for better organization. Hang all shirts and pants together, and add a shelf or over-the-door rack for shoes. You’ll have a neat, functional, clutter-free closet in no time.
Clean Your Mattress When Cleaning Your Home
One of the most often overlooked spots is the mattress on the bed. Be sure to clean the mattress to extend its lifespan and keep you healthier. Your bed is the perfect place for dust, pet dander, and dust mites to settle. When cleaning your home, don’t forget your bedding.
After removing pillows, blankets, and sheets, vacuum the mattress with your upholstery attachment. Clean stains with an upholstery cleaner. You can sprinkle baking soda on the surface to help eliminate odors. Let the baking soda sit for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.
Inside the Oven
Because the inside of your oven is out-of-sight, many people skip regular cleanings. While you remember to wipe down the countertops and clean the stovetop, the oven is often overlooked. Cleaning your oven will help the appliance last longer and lead to better-tasting food.
Scrub the Air Vent Covers While Cleaning Your Home
The covers of your HVAC vents are another part of your home that is often forgotten during house cleaning. Remove the vent covers. If they are metal or plastic, soak them in warm, soapy water in the kitchen sink, then scrub them clean to remove dust and dirt. Wooden vent covers can be wiped with a damp cloth and then dried. Keeping the vent covers clean will improve air quality by reducing the amount of dust that is circulated by the HVAC system.