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Do you think you’ve cleaned your house so much that you’re out of corners? Then you should know something—even if it’s going to trouble a neat freak like you. No matter how much you clean, there’s always gonna be a spot that you’ve ignored. Yeah, a ‘spotless house’ is a myth.
But who cares, right? It doesn’t matter if you’ve left a couple of spots here and there. No one’s gonna notice them. No big deal.
But it’s not about that, it’s about HYGIENE. The spots that you probably keep on avoiding can actually turn out to be the reason for your or any family member’s health issues. Yeah, these issues are not THAT bad, but if there are people with weak immune systems in your household, you oughta be very careful!
Don’t worry, it won’t take a lot of time to clean all these often-ignored things and spots. Let’s check them out!
41 Things You’re Not Cleaning But Need To ASAP
1. Remote Control
Do you know how we watch TV while having snacks and then touch the remote with our greasy hands? Yeah, we knowingly stain it because we don’t care. Also, as it’s mostly kept in the open, it’s prone to getting dirty. Some people are aware of these issues and keep their remote controls clean. If you aren’t one of them, BE one!
Dust the surface first. Then wipe it with a solution of water and rubbing alcohol, that’s it!
2. Bathroom Exhaust Fan
If you look up, you’ll be able to see the dusty stains on these little fans. They keep on absorbing moisture, odors, and get rid of airborne contaminants for you. If you’ve been using yours for a long time without ever cleaning them, they’ll start to grow mold and mildew soon. Go ahead and clean them right away! Then you only need to pay attention to them after about 6 months.
First, gently remove the vent cover. Soak it in dish soap water for some minutes and dry. Use a vacuum to remove the dust and then a damp cloth to get rid of the grime on the fan. Put everything back together after they are dry.
3. BBQ Grill
The barbeque grill is something that a lot of people forget to clean. They get pretty messy after each barbecue, so you better stop ignoring your grill and get down to cleaning it properly. And don’t worry, it’s not much work.
Ammonia is the key ingredient in this method. Pour a cup of it in a thick plastic bag and place the grates inside it and watch all that gunk loosen up. Check back on them the next day. You can give the grates a light scrub and rinse them under running water.
Be extremely cautious while you’re handling and disposing of ammonia as it’s a toxic substance.
4. Wallet Cards
You might wonder why it’s necessary to clean your cards. The grime deposits combined with continuous swiping can actually rub off the magnetic strip that holds your card’s information. Now you know why cleaning them is a big deal.
So, take a damp towel and wipe the surface to clean any grime deposit. Then use an eraser to rub the magnetic strip gently.
Very few people actually think of cleaning their phones! Your phones come in contact with a lot of germs from continuous usage. So give them a good wipe once in a while using a disinfectant spray. Use a dry cloth or tissue for properly wiping them, water shouldn’t be used (obviously).
6. Doorknobs And Handles
Doorknobs and door handles have to deal with dirty hands throughout the day! Your fingers leave dirt and oil behind and you know what’s going to happen next. That’s right, bacterial growth. If you’ve never cleaned them before, it’s high time you start doing this.
Wipe them using bleach-containing cleaner but be careful if there’s any wooden surface nearby as the bleach may damage it.
Don’t be under the illusion that your dishwasher gets cleaned in the process of cleaning the dishes. Nay nay. The food bits get stuck here and there in it, so it’s important to take care of your dishwasher too!
Give it a deep wash once in a while and get rid of any gunk and odors. But go step by step. First, clean the screen at the bottom, then the arm ports. Spray cleaner on the bottom edge and lip area, and scrub after a while. Finally, add a good cleaner and run your dishwasher on a full cycle.
Like doorknobs, your keys need some good cleaning too. For a quick cleanup, rub some lemon and salt on them and then wash with dish soap. If you see rust on your keys, soak them in a solution of vinegar and water for 20 minutes. Rinse off then soak them again for 30 minutes. The rust will come off.
If you just want to get rid of germs, spray a disinfectant on them and wipe them.
9. Trash Can
The trash can is something that contains a lot of germs, yet people never think about cleaning it. You should not take the risk of keeping it just like that. So, spray some disinfectant every time you take it out. You should also give it a good wash with bleach and hot water at least once a month.
The spaces between the keys attract a lot of dirt. Also, dirty fingerprints add to the grime buildup. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe between the keys for a thorough cleanup. If it’s just a little dust, brush it off. To prevent it from getting dirty, put a plastic cover over it. You’ll just need to change the plastic once in a while.
11. Reusable Bags
The reusable bags you use to carry the groceries and other stuff aren’t really “germ-free”. They come in contact with many places- the trunk of your car, floors, etc. Do you get what I’m trynna say? Yeah, clean them! Put them in your washing machine and run a regular cycle.
12. Makeup Brushes And Hairbrushes
How can you not clean the brushes that touch your face every day? You absolutely have to clean them. You can use your makeup remover for their cleansing or just soap and water.
And don’t leave out your hairbrushes! Did you know that you can use your dishwasher for the plastic ones? Run them on a normal cycle. Or, you can soak them in warm water with some shampoo for some time and then scrub away the dirt.
13. Kitchen Cabinets
I think you’re aware of how dusty the outside of kitchen cabinets can get. Most of us don’t usually care about this even though it doesn’t take much work to get them clean. Just wipe the surfaces with a damp cloth once in a while.
Make sure you also check the inside of the cabinets for dirt. Also, throw away anything that’s not useful or expired.
14. The Spot Underneath The Fridge
Okay, this is surely a place that everyone avoids. But A LOT of dirt gets accumulated underneath your fridge! If you ever move your fridge to somewhere else, you’ll see it with your own eyes. You can vacuum this spot after moving your fridge. If you aren’t up for moving it, use a drain cleaning zip tool and pull out all hair strands, dirt, and other debris from there.
They go in your mouth every day so it’s essential to keep them hygienic. Just washing them every day under the tap is not enough—a deeper cleaning is required. Just soak in a little bit of white vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes and they’ll come out as good as new.
No one ever bothers to clean faucets and as a result, they get clogged and you’ll end up calling the plumber. But, the unclogging job is actually not that difficult. If you have some tools like a screwdriver, adjustable wrench, utility knife, and slip joint pliers, then you can do it all by yourself.
All you have to do is disassemble the parts of the faucet and then scrub each part properly with a toothbrush. Put everything back together when you’re done cleaning and do this every once in a while to prevent clogging.
Showerheads can grow bacteria and even cause respiratory problems, according to research. Add the cleaning of showerheads to your bathroom cleaning chores. All you have to do is give them a wipe using a damp soapy cloth. That’s it.
18. Brooms and Mops
You use the broom to clean so many dirty corners of your house. And if you think that the mop gets cleaned whenever you dip it in water before cleaning, you’re wrong. They can serve as the breeding ground for bacteria. So, make sure that your brooms and mops are clean too.
Comb out any debris from the broom then soak it in dish soap and water.
Your mop can be soaked in white vinegar and a warm water mixture after every use. Then rinse and further soak in lemon juice. Let it dry.
19. Bathroom Rugs
Your bathroom rug can get as dirty as your towels. Your feet can easily carry the dirt, dead skin, and other contaminants from the rug to other rooms. So give it a good wash in the washing machine just like your towels. Give it a good shake before putting it back.
20. Reusable Water Bottles
If you’re a neat freak, then I bet you clean your water bottles. And if not, then you better start already! Just run the bottles in your dishwasher along with other dishes. You can also manually clean them with a toothbrush and soapy water.
21. Stove Knobs
Honestly, it’s not a pretty big deal if they aren’t clean. But as you touch them while cooking, they get oily and food-stained. So it’s better to clean them as well if you want your home to be somewhere close to “spotlessly clean”. Give them a quick wipe with a damp cloth, or if they are removable, toss them in the silverware tray of the dishwasher.
22. Nail Cutters
All of us know that our nails carry a lot of germs. Weren’t we taught that as a kid? Anyway, you use your nail cutter to cut and shape your nails. So, the germs will definitely get transferred to the cutter. Clean ‘em right away! They are dishwasher safe.
It’s a known fact that hair gets stuck in between the blades of razors. But it’s not just that. It also attracts the chemicals of the shaving cream and salt from the water too. So keep ‘em clean using your dishwasher! Use liquid detergent for the job, not dishwasher tablets.
24. Coffee Maker
You’re probably wondering why this has been added to this list as everyone cleans them. Actually, they don’t. Yes, people do wash them but an actual deep cleaning? Nope. You know, according to research, the coffee maker reservoir is one of the most germ-filled spots in your house. But don’t worry. Separate the parts and hand-wash or run them in the dishwasher. Clean the reservoir with white vinegar and warm water.
25. Scrubs And Sponges
Although you use soapy water while washing your dishes with scrubs and sponges, these need a separate cleaning. They can be germ-filled and many people don’t realize this. You can throw them away after a while but why not clean them instead? They are dishwasher safe. You just need to put them on the top rack and run on a normal cycle and do this often.
26. Steering Wheel
This one was unexpected, right? But it’s important to keep the steering wheel clean as it’s always touched by dirty hands. Use a disinfectant wipe for the job. If it’s made of leather, apply a leather cleaner with a cotton cloth. Pretty easy, isn’t it?
27. Sink Trap
Undoubtedly, the sink can get very dirty. But have you ever wondered about the sink trap? People usually don’t bother to clean it. This ignorance actually led to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a hospital in Israel. Now I’ve got your attention. You can get a cleaner for it from the store.
You can imagine how dirty doormats can get—people stand on them with their muddy shoes on! Hence, you have to clean your doormat no matter what. Shake it well before tossing it in the washing machine, shake off as much dirt as you can. If a thorough cleanup isn’t enough then you’ve to replace it. But do give it a try!
29. Heater Vents
The forced air heater vents or wall units need cleaning more often. If the radiators get very dirty, it can even cause a fire! So brush off the dust from the vent once in a while. Give the radiators a good wipe down with a damp cloth.
30. Light Bulbs
Keeping light bulbs clean wasn’t a thing in the past as they used to be replaced pretty often. But the new LEDs and other types last longer than the old ones. As a result, layers of dust get built up and this increases the risk of fire hazards! So you should wipe them with a dry cloth often and keep an eye on them.
31. Flip Flops Or Crocs
Yup, you have to clean them as well! It’s not surprising that they can get dirty, especially in muddy situations. Use your dishwasher for cleaning them. Place them on the top rack so that they can withstand the pressure of the high water cycles.
32. Shower Curtain
I’m quite certain that the neat freaks don’t avoid cleaning their shower curtains. You shouldn’t too. They are often wet which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. So run them in the washing machine with white vinegar through a rinse cycle. Or, you can run them through a wash cycle but use detergent for that.
33. Vacuum Filter
People clean the dirt canister of the vacuum cleaner but often forget about its filter. If it’s kept uncleaned, it’ll gradually lead to the breakdown of the motor. So take it out and shake the dust away. But do this outside, otherwise, it’ll create a separate mess in your house.
Just washing your loofah with water after every use isn’t enough. If it’s left hanging wet, it may become a breeding ground for bacteria. So clean them using bleach water—soak your loofah in it for about 5 minutes. Or you can throw it in the washing machine with regular laundry detergent.
35. Earphones And Headphones
Anything that comes into contact with your face, MUST be kept as clean as possible! With a small brush, wipe your earphones and headphones gently after every use. Take out the earbuds and wipe them often with soap water using a lightly damp cloth. You can also use a Q-tip to clean off any dirt.
36. Sink Drains
A lot of people avoid cleaning their sink drains and end up clogging their sink pipes! Instead, do some super easy cleaning to prevent any clogging. Clean up any debris from the stopper and soak it in white vinegar. That’s all you’ve to do! If there’s only a little clogging, pour some white vinegar and baking soda down the drain to loosen it.
A dirty lampshade can ruin your room’s decor. Wipe it with a microfibre cloth regularly. If the fabric is stained, soak it in a mixture of warm water and laundry or dishwashing detergent. Then, rinse and dry. The method you choose for cleaning will depend on the lampshade material, so make sure you do enough research before attempting to clean it.
To be honest, all vegetables and fruits need to be washed properly before eating. But most of the time, potatoes are super muddy compared to the rest. Save yourself some time and toss them in the dishwasher but without any detergent.
Streaming your favorite shows can make you forget about cleaning the TV. A lot of dust gets accumulated on its surfaces. A gentle wipe with a dryer sheet or microfibre cloth can get rid of the dust.
Switches are touched countless times throughout the day. The germs keep transferring from finger to switch and vice versa. So take a lightly damp soft cloth—NOT soaked—and wipe the switches and the area surrounding them. To be on the safe side, wear rubber gloves while cleaning.
41. Yoga Or Exercise Mats
You must know how dirty these mats can get! Not just sweaty, but oily and grimy as well! To think about putting your face down on them—NO NO. Please keep them clean by spraying a mixture of apple cider vinegar with equal parts of water. But first, wipe the mat using a damp cloth.
We have finally reached the end of the long list of things that people often avoid cleaning or forget to clean. I’d suggest you take a quick check around the house—if you find any ‘spot’ in your house that needs to be cleaned, do NOT ignore it. Just a simple wipe can go a long way.