No matter how diligent we try to be about cleaning, there is almost always something we avoid or forget. A clean house is a healthy house, but if you can't remember the more obscure spots in your home, you may be stuck with tons of dust particles that continue to go unnoticed. To help remind you of the nooks and crannies you may have forgotten, we have made a list of commonly neglected areas of your home.
1. Trash Cans
Ever notice an unpleasant smell that you just can't seem to get rid of? It could be your trash can. We know that trash cans are pretty much made to get dirty, but so often we forget that they do need to be cleaned from time to time. Cleaning your trash can can to eliminate lingering odors and help to cover the smell of the trash they're hiding inside.
2. Washer and Dryer
Cleaning your washer and dryer seems counterproductive. Aren't they supposed to do all the cleaning? Your washer and dryer can grow to be less efficient than before due to different types of buildup. Cleaning the rubber door seal and running a cycle with just bleach can help refresh your washer and kill any mildew that has started to build up. Dryers need to have their filters cleaned every so often to clear them of buildup. Not only will this make your dryer more efficient, but it will also keep you safe. Cleaning the filters can keep your dryer from overheating and prevents any accidental fires or destruction of your clothing.
Another likely forgotten spot to clean is your dishwasher. Clean the filter and run a cycle using white vinegar to bring your dishwasher back to life. If you ever notice a weird smell coming from your dishwasher, it's a good idea to give this a shot!
4. Under Appliances and Furniture
Maybe you keep your countertops and floors pristine. But do you make sure that you are moving all your appliances off of the counters to do so? Beneath our furniture and appliances lives a whole world of forgotten particles. Whether it be dust or crumbs, next time you clean up, try moving things around to get the very best clean possible.
Pillows are something we use every single day. We rest our heads, our feet, arms, and legs on pillows constantly. And while we maybe are consistent with washing our pillow covers, what about the pillow itself? Have you ever taken your pillow covers off to reveal a yellowed, stain ridden mess? You shouldn't have to put your face on that. Try washing your pillows! There are so many hacks for getting rid of the yellow stains and stinky scents. Using a front or top loading washer, you can mix together some bleach, baking soda, and detergent to deep-clean your pillows without any hassle!
The next time you think about cleaning your house, make a checklist with these uncommon areas in mind. Household cleaners are great if we know where and how to use them, but the real secret to a clean house is getting down to the nitty gritty and doing some manual labor!