Whether you’re a neat freak with the perfect cleaning schedule, or one of those people who put off the dirty work for as long as possible, chances are you’re missing (intentionally or not) some of these dirt traps. Take notes and start cleaning.
1. The vacuum cleaner
Constantly sucking up dirt, dust and other items means that your vacuum cleaner’s filter or hose could get clogged if you don’t give it some regular attention. Simply dig up your machine’s instructions and follow the steps to take it apart and clear out any debris that you find.
2. The carpet
Your rug or carpet gathers a lot of dirt from feet, pets, falling crumbs, spills and anything else that enters your home. Make a point of sweeping and mopping underneath it, as well as having it professionally cleaned at least once a year.
3. The nooks and crannies of your couch
Think of all the time you spend sitting on the couch with snacks and food in hand. All of this, as well as general dirt and dust, accumulates over time in the couch crevices. All you have to do is strip the couch of its cushions and vacuum it. If it has removable covers, then these can be given a good wash too.
4. Behind the toilet
The occasional quick mop just won’t do, since hair, dust, and sometimes even a few dead insects can really pile up here. As unpleasant as it may seem, you have to grab some gloves and disinfectant and get down and dirty in order to properly clean this space.
5. Inside light fixtures
Avoid nasty surprises when you next have to change a light bulb by cleaning your ceilings lights, wall fittings and floor lamps whenever you clean the rest of your home. These spots attract bugs and insects, many of which die and remain there.
6. The drains
To avoid getting blocked, your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower drains all need to be cleaned and cleared of the debris that collects there daily. There are many trustworthy drain cleaners available but you can also make your own drain cleaner by pouring half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain using the plug or a piece of cloth for about 15 minutes, and then pour hot water down the drain.
7. The dishwasher
This is probably your favourite household appliance, which is even more reason to take extra care of it. Food particles and soap scum from regular use can build up in the machine, and you even risk getting a case of mould. Fortunately, cleaning the dishwasher is a simple process. First, remove the filter and soak it in warm, soapy water for a few minutes, then pour a cleaning agent into the machine and run a hot-water cycle.
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