Time for spring cleaning has arrived – it’s time to freshen up your home and to clean things up, even the ones that are hard to reach and that are out of sight. Usually, people have a tendency not to clean up the spots they can’t see, but even if you don’t clean those hard to reach places every week, it is still essential to clean them now and then. So, keep reading to find out how to clean places that are hard to reach in your home. Gather your cleaning products, and let’s get started!
1. Light Fixtures And Ceiling Fans
The best way to get rid of the dust that tends to accumulate in ceiling fans and light fixtures is with an extendable disposable duster. This is way better than a feather duster because instead of scattering the dust around, the dust will cling to the disposable duster.
If your ceilings are too high, use a ladder to reach them easily – but don’t do this by yourself, and have someone help you by holding the ladder and prevent falls and injuries.
Maybe you don’t usually look up when you are inside your home, but if you do and you pay close attention to your ceilings, you may notice a lot of spider webs and dust.
A long-handled duster is the best alternative to bring down all that dirt, but if you don’t have one, you can use your broom and improvise. This is something you should do before cleaning the room floors because this way, you can vacuum the debris and adequately get rid of the dust.
3. The Top Of Your Kitchen Cabinets And Other Tall Furniture
A disposable duster is a great house cleaning tool. It can be used for many different chores, and if you decide to invest in one, be sure to pick one that comes with a pivoting head. The latter can help you to easily reach the top of your cabinets by adjusting the angles.
If you are dealing with something more stubborn than dust, like clingy grease particles, mix two cups of warm water, one teaspoon of ammonia, and another one of dishwashing liquid. Next, you should step on a firm stool, dip a microfiber cloth in the solution, and use it to wipe your cabinets. Finish it up with a dry cloth.
4. Window Blinds
Likely, you will often forget to clean your window blinds, and don’t worry, because you are not alone. However, to prevent allergies and other respiratory issues, it’s good to clean your blinds now and then. Be sure to close them and clean one side at the time.
5. Sliding Tracks On Your Doors And Windows
If you have sliding tracks on your doors, windows, and even on your shower, not cleaning them is a huge mistake. Dirt and dust will accumulate in that tight space, and it will make your life easier if you remove the screens now and then and spend some time cleaning the sliding tracks properly.
First, use a vacuum to get rid of all that loose dirt; then, use the same mix of water, ammonia and dishwashing liquid and, with a flexible and small stiff-bristled brush, scrub the tracks until they are perfectly cleaned. Rinse it out with water and you are done! If you have a pressure washer, use it and save yourself some trouble.
6. Behind your toilet
Time for bathroom cleaning! Are you done with the mirrors, the tiles, and the bathtub? Well, now it’s time to clean behind your toilet.
Sometimes it’s easy to find a cleaning tool that will fit in that small space, but with a little creativity, you can get it done. Remove all the loose grime and dust using a dry stiff brush, and if you can, use the crevice tool of your vacuum to get rid of any leftover debris.
Then, mix a disinfecting product of your choice with some water, and wipe the whole area, including the tiny space of the bathroom floor on the back of your toilet.
7. Refrigerator coils
Your refrigerator coils will accumulate a lot of debris and dust, and if you don’t clean it properly, you will end up paying a lot more for utilities. Your electronic device won’t work as efficiently as it should.
If the coils of your refrigerator are on the back, you can roll your appliance and vacuum away all the dust using the upholstery brush attachment that comes with your vacuum.
If, on the other hand, your refrigerator coils are located on the bottom, the only way to properly clean them is by unsnapping the ventilated grill and then reaching under the fridge using a long-handled stiff brush, followed by the crevice tool of your vacuum.
8. Dishwasher Filter
If you want to avoid fishy smells coming from your dishwasher, you need to clean the filter regularly. If you don’t know where the filter is located, look it up in the appliance manual.
Then, proceed to clean it at least once a month using a moist microfiber cloth to clean around the area. If you can’t remove your filter, be sure to at least lift the cap and clean under it. But if you have a filter that can be removed, it’s more effective to soak it in a mix of water and soap.
9. Garbage disposal
Garbage disposals are great and have taken some of the weight of house chores by allowing you to get rid of the garbage easily. But even in-sink garbage disposals need a good cleaning every now and then.
The first step is to use your garbage disposal correctly: allow the water to run for at least ten seconds after you have turned off the disposal, and while you are using it, be sure to run a full stream of cold water at the same time. If you happen to notice some unpleasant smells coming from your garbage disposal, run it with cold running water, and grind a few ice cubes with baking soda.
10. Air conditioner
If you don’t clean your air conditioner regularly, there is a chance that dust and debris will start accumulating in the coils or cooling fins, clogging them to the point that won’t allow your climatization device to work correctly. Be sure to remove the filter and to clean it thoroughly to prevent respiratory issues and allergies.
11. Computer keyboards
You touch your computer keyboard with your hands and think about all the things your hands touch throughout the day. Scary, right? Hands can carry all sorts of germs and bacteria, which is why it is so important to clean your computer keyboard at least once a week.
You should also vacuum underneath it at least once a month to keep the keys from getting stuck. And while you are at it, clean all the computer accessories too. This includes the headphones or the mouse, and your cellphone as well.