If your muddy dog suddenly runs inside the house, you wipe the dirt up. If the trash is full, you take it out. We all know how to care and keep our homes clean, but let’s face it — there are areas in the house that we tend to forget. We get it — life happens, you’re busy. Or you have zero idea about what to do and perhaps thinking about cleaning it seems a little daunting.
But did you know that neglecting some areas in your home can lead to health issues and costly maintenance someday? Below are some of the most neglected parts of your home, why and how you can care for them.
Caring for the Most Neglected Parts of Your Home
Dishwashers and washing machines
You might think these places are clean. However, these are areas where buildup is more likely going to happen. Clean them with warm water, mild soap, and a cleaning cloth every month. Use an old toothbrush to get into all the grooves and crevices.
Dirt and dust can pile up fast behind and under washers and dryers and this might cause electrical fires. To avoid this, about every 2 months, vacuum the surroundings of the washing machine, especially near electrical outlets and cording.
Keyboards, remote controls, light switches and others are one of the dirtiest places in your home for the fact that you get your hands (and other family members) on these things a lot of times. To clean, you can use a mixture of 1/3 water and 2/3 rubbing alcohol lightly sprayed on a cloth.
A clean grill allows for you to have better tasting food and a grill that can last longer. Use a grill brush or scourer to scrub off debris. Avoid using toxic chemicals as they can cling to your food. If you barbecue often, clean at least once a week. Thoroughly clean the grates every two months.
Behind and under the fridge
About every six months, vacuum and wipe down the wall behind the fridge, the coils and back sides of the refrigerator and also the floor where it sits. Cleaning the coils greatly increases energy efficiency, which translates to energy savings.
Don’t wait until your garbage cans smell like old food that attracts all kinds of germs, pests and animals. Clean indoor trash bins with soapy water and hose down using strong water pressure about every two months; about quarterly of outdoor bins.
The bathroom rug absorbs all sorts of gunk—water, dust, hair, lotions and others, which can be attractive to germs. It is recommended to wash these in hot water at least twice a week.
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