Cleaning Tips: 12 Things You're Likely Missing
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We all get the cleaning tickle every once and a while, right? It’s a feeling that doesn’t come often. We get caught up doing the basics in our apartment homes: sweep, vacuum, clean the toilets, and wash the dishes. Practicing everyday cleaning habits are great and are completely necessary. But what about the things we don’t think about?
Here is a simple and quick read on 12 things you might be easily missing:
1. Baseboards - When’s the last time you’ve taken a look at your baseboards? The last time I checked I had a film of dust with a light layer of pet hair hanging out. Depending on their condition, you might consider using a dry paint brush as a duster, or a sanitized wet rag to make them bright again.
2. Ceiling fans - Are your ceiling fans constantly running like mine? If so, find a few minutes in your cleaning spree to turn them off and remove any heavy dust build up. I find it easier to saturate my dust wand with a dust cleaner so the dust sticks to the wand rather than fall below.
3. Ceiling corners - There might be a few cobwebs hanging out in the upper corners of your home, but it’s nothing a few good swipes of your broom can’t handle. Fun fact: Cellar spiders might be living in your cobweb, but not to worry, they don't harm humans.
4. Scuffs on your walls - My dogs’ wet tails have made quite a mess on a few walls. For this, I gently use a magic eraser to remove the dirt so paint is not messed with. You might find marks by your kitchen barstool area or along door entries.
5. Blinds - You might not pay attention to blinds as much, but dust collects easily. Wiping them down with a dust wand is an easy way to maintain cleanliness here.
6. Door knobs - Imagine how dirty these can be! From the entry door to the bathroom door - something as simple as disinfecting wipes could be useful here.
7. Trash can lid - If you lift up the lid to your trash can, you might find dried gunk from who knows how long ago. It’s good to clean, especially if you have guests that could come across it. Also, it would be a good time to wipe down the wall area behind your trash can if you’re already in the area.
8. Utensil Tray -Over a period of time, crumbs and dust will accumulate on the bottom of your utensil tray. I make a habit of looking at it every time I put up my silverware. All you need to do is empty it out to clean and fully dry before escorting everything back in it’s place.
9. Inside Microwave & toaster- You will likely find the need to remove food splatters and crumbs from these kitchen appliances. Tip: if you microwave sliced lemons in a bowl of water for 10 minutes, it will help loosen up food particles so it’s easier to wipe clean.
10. Front, side, & back of toilet - We all know to use the toilet bowl brush to clean the inside of the toilet bowl. But what about the sides, front, and back? I would recommend spraying these areas with a Clorox disinfecting spray and then wiping down with toilet paper so that you may dispose of after. Always a nice feeling when I know I’ve completed this task!
11. Shower curtain liners - If you pay attention you’ll start to notice soap scum and mildew build up on the bottom part over time. If you wait a long time to take care of it then you’ll start to see it changing colors. Ew! If you’re not up for scrubbing down or putting your dirty shower curtain liner in the wash, they’re relatively inexpensive to replace.
12. Pet bowls - If you’re a pet owner, you know that your pet’s water and food bowls need cleaning from time to time. If you don’t clean or replace them when they start to look dirty, they’ll start to smell and can become an eye sore. Plus, it could make your pet sad, or that’s what I tell myself.Cleaning tip: Do not forget to clean your pet food bowls
So if you’re going to pay a little more attention to these areas in your apartment home please raise your virtual hand! If someone has shared this blog with you, you might need to be the one raising your virtual hand right now! But not to worry, we all miss something every now and then. Need some tips on how to help you organize your apartment? Here are a few simple steps to help you declutter.