When it comes to cleaning our homes, there is a good chance that no matter how fastidious we are there are some places we miss. Let’s take a look at some of the most neglected spaces in your home, Deco & Bloom style with Places You Always forget to Clean.
6 Places You Always Forget to Clean
6. Filters – Many of the appliances in your home, from air conditioners, to furnaces, to water systems, are likely equipped with a filter. Many people aren’t aware that these filters should be cleaned out regularly to avoid dust, dirt, and other contaminates in our homes. Check your appliances for cleaning instructions, and to see how often the manufacturer recommends that the filters be replaced. Some appliances may have reusable filters, who’s cleaning could be as easy as wiping the filter down with a damp cloth.
5. Refrigerator – Since we store our food in the refrigerator it’s important to ensure that it is kept clean. While the fridge is often already part of your kitchen cleaning process, it is very important to ensure that you are cleaning all of the problem areas. When you are cleaning the fridge, make sure that you wipe down and disinfect the handles and drawer pulls, both interior and exterior. These are the places that your hands come into contact with the most often while cooking. Be certain to clean the dust off the top of the fridge as well, since it is usually above eye level and can be easy to miss.
4. Dishwasher – Dishwashers are also important to keep clean so we can be sure that any dishes that are run through are clean when we take them out to put them away. Make sure you clean and disinfect the handle as it is the part of the dish washer that comes in contact with your hands most often. Also make sure you clean off the racks, as well as the spinning arm on the bottom, and empty the trap basket on the bottom if your dishwasher has one. After a thorough cleaning, make sure to run the dishwasher though a cycle free of any dishes, save for a cup for food safe vinegar on the top rack. You can also sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher to remove stubborn stains, and scents, ensuring that your dishes are clean and fresh after washing.
3. The Tight Space in between the Stove and Counter Top – Cooking on the stove can cause food and oil to splatter or be spilled across the surface of the cook top. It is not uncommon for some of that debris to become stuck between the stove and the adjacent counter top. This can cause bacteria and mold to grow between the counter and stove, which is not good to have near your cooking surfaces. To clean this space, wrap a cloth around the end of a butter knife and wet it with warm water. It is also good to apply your favorite food safe disinfectant (we recommend vinegar). Insert the knife between the stove and counter, and run it all the way around (be careful not to scratch your stove if the fit is tight).
2. Under the Front Edge of the Refrigerator, stoves and other appliances – Most refrigerators have a small air vent just under the front door, allowing air to be pushed out by the compressor. Wiping this area down will ensure proper airflow from your fridge. The refrigerator is not the only appliance to have this small overhang though; many counters have similar indented areas beneath their fronts. Be sure that you make sweeping beneath appliances and counters part of your cleaning routine to keep the areas beneath appliances and counters free of debris.
1. Garbage Cans – Since garbage cans are the designated spot for trash and scraps, it should come as no surprise that they are often breeding grounds for germs and viruses. Since we don’t often clean them as well as we should this puts us at great risk of illness and disease from airborne contaminates. In addition to wiping down the exterior of garbage cans as often as possible, it’s important to soak your garbage at lease once a week with plenty of hot water, and a disinfectant. Leave the cans to soak for at least an hour before you drain them, wipe them down inside and out one more time, and put a garbage bag back into the can, before returning it to use.
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