If you are the sort of person who cleans their house regularly it likely means you have a schedule for what to clean and when; you might even be pretty good at sticking to it.
It’s nice to have a clean space, and even the messiest people can enjoy that clean feeling. But no matter how clean you keep your living space, chances are you’ve missed a spot. Nobody is perfect after all.
To help you avoid any unpleasant surprises way down the line, here’s a list of 64 items that can be forgotten on the clean-it check list.
In the Kitchen
- Cabinet fronts.
- The dishwasher.
- The top of the refrigerator.
- The oven hood.
- The warming drawer of the oven.
- Underneath appliances.
- The space between your counter and the stove.
- Drawers. They’re always full of stuff, so we may not realize how many crumbs have fallen into our kitchen drawers.
- Back splashes. And their grout.
- The wall behind the pet food bowls.
- The coffee maker. You can’t see the build-up inside, but it’s there. Run a vinegar cycle through it.
- The tea kettle. Same as above. Boil some vinegar water inside to remove build-up.
In Your Living Space
- Fake plants. They might not die, but they still get dusty!
- Candles. Dust seems to cling to wax. You can use pantyhose to wipe it off without damaging the candle.
- Throw pillows. Read care labels, but most can be tossed in the wash.
- The diffuser. You do not want to be diffusing mold or bacteria. Wash your unit with vinegar water weekly.
- The TV screen.
- The remote control. You bring disinfecting wipes to clean hotel remotes, but when was the last time you wiped yours?
- The front door.
- Lamp bases. They get so dusty but they’re often easily missed because they’re a mostly vertical surface.
- The sheepskin (or faux sheepskin) tossed over your chair.
- Throw blankets. Wash ’em.
- The vertical rungs of wooden dining chairs.
- Bar stools.
- Outdoor furniture.
Bed and Bath
- The shower curtain liner. It’s just a matter of tossing it in the wash.
- Hairbrushes and combs.
- Hair styling tools like curling irons and flat irons.
- The loofah or shower scrubber.
- Bath mats.
All Over the House
- Picture frame glass.
- The tops of picture frames.
- The tops of door frames.
- Window tracks.
- Table pedestals.
- Chair rungs. And legs.
- The trays used to corral kitchen items, coffee table trinkets, etc.
- Light fixtures, especially over bathroom vanities.
- The floor in coat closets, cleaning closets, regular closets, the pantry, etc.
- Leather furniture and accessories. Even if it looks clean, it needs regular maintenance.
- Ceiling fan blades.
- Doorknobs and light switches/plates. Even if no one has the flu, regular cleaning of these germy hot spots is a good idea.
- Garbage cans and recycling bins.
- Vent covers.
- The walls in general.
Your Cleaning Supplies
- Mop buckets.
- Vacuum cleaners.
- Hand soap dispensers.
- The plunger.
- The toilet brush.
- The washer and dryer, inside and out.
- The crevice the lint catcher fits into.
Your Personal Effects
- House keys.
- Reading glasses.
- Regular glasses.
- Water bottles.
- The phone.
- The entire laptop, including the screen, keyboard, outside.
- Smart watches.
- Jewelry. You won’t remember how sparkly your ring is until you remember to clean it.
- Reusable shopping bags.
Whether you decide to keep this list to include into your regular routine, or just as an occasional reference, we hope you find it helpful.