Dust likes to settle on all areas of the house, from walls to baseboards and on the floor. These are common areas you might be forgetting to dirt around your home.
It is common for weekend cleaning to include a wipe down of high traffic areas, light switches, and entertainment stands followed by a proper vacuum, but are you making sure to hit these hidden spots where dirt likes to settle?
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There are various nooks and crannies where dirt seems to really like to be, and I often forget all about these areas of they are too far out of reach or sight that I ignore them.
If you hate dirt, you might want to follow your very popular tips on how to keep your home as dust-free as possible. While it’s nearly impossible to keep the house completely free from dirt, there are things you can do to minimize the amount of dirt that you have floating around the home.
I personally hate the sight of dirt, and the idea of your children crawling around on dirty floors is simply cringe-worthy, but as much as a try to keep the house clean with pets and children of active ages and baby stages, it’s a hard task.
If you would like to know the 18 hidden areas of the house which you might be forgetting to dirt, then read on.
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Hidden Spots You Forget To Dust
Lights And Bulbs
Light bulbs and light fixtures are common areas which most people forget to dirt on a regular basis. They collect a lot of dirt and if enough dirt accumulates, the light bulb becomes ineffective at providing light to your home. Wipe your light bulbs with a cloth to get rid of the dirt. If the dirt is really settled and a simple dry cloth does not get rid of the dirt, you can use a cloth with a dollop of dish soap to wash the dirt away. Be sure to not It the light bulb too much, just a slightly damp cloth will do. The lampshade can be cleaned with a lint roller, a vacuum cleaner, or a lightly damp cloth as well.
Bookshelves And Books
If you have bookshelves, then I’m sure you know just how much dirt can settle on them. Clean your bookshelf with a duster or a microfiber cloth and be sure to wipe down the books as well. Be sure to dirt from top to bottom and then vacuum up the floor when it’s all finished.
Houseplants should be cleaned regularly as well. Personally, I found them rather intimidating to clean until I found out that you can run them under the shower, or blast them with a hairdryer or a can of air spray. It doesn’t matter how you choose to dirt the houseplants, just make sure you don’t forget about them.
Doors And Door Frames
The doorframes and doors are often used but also often forgotten when it comes to cleaning and dirting. Be sure to reach the top of the door frames of every room in your home a few times a month to get rid of all the dirt that settles in these out-of-sight, out-of-mind spots. Don’t forget to dirt the door as well, especially if it has indents and designs on it.
The Top Of The Fridge
I am very guilty of piling things on top of your fridge and then forgetting to clean that area simply because I don’t want to deal with it. Maybe you are like me, but if you don’t like dirt, you really should dirt off the top of your fridge.
Top Of High Kitchen Cabinets
Does your home have kitchen cabinets that don’t quite reach the ceiling but have enough space for dirt to settle? Don’t forget to clean there. I wouldn’t focus on cleaning it once a week, however a few times a year would be good, maybe quarterly or more often, whatever you feel is best for those, just don’t forget them completely.
The Top Edge Of Shower Tiles
I don’t know about you, but your bathrooms gather dirt daily and I need to wipe them down daily to maintain a clean and well-functioning bathroom for your family. When it comes to the top of those pesky shower tiles that don’t quite reach the ceiling, dirt really likes to settle there too. Don’t forget to clean that dirt.
Dust likes to settle on ceiling fans, and if you turn on your ceiling fan all of that dirt is going to fall around your home. Avoid this, and clean your ceiling fans every two likes. Follow this guide on how to clean a ceiling fan.
The Corners Of High Ceilings
Have you ever seen dirt settle in corners of high ceilings? I have, and it kind of looks like spider Ibs which is very frightening to me personally. Get your vacuum out and get those dirt strings asap.
Blinds get pretty darn dirty, and you should be cleaning your window blinds 4 times a year or more.
Behind Fridge and Stove
Just like the top of the fridge, the back of the fridge and stove needs attention too. Since it can be difficult to get these appliances out of their tight spaces, I would recommend dirting these areas a few times a year rather than on a weekly schedule.
Have a radiator to heat your home? If the dirt on your radiator is rather thick, use a damp cloth to wipe it off. Make sure your cloth is not dripping because a radiator is meant to withstand a lot of water.
Under The Couch and Bed
If you’re dirting the bedrooms and living room, don’t forget to get the hidden dirt under the beds and couch. I use your vacuum cleaner to reach those hard places and while it’s not always a perfect job, it helps keep the air in the house clean and fresh.
Baseboards And Walls
Walls and baseboards like to gather dirt too! Did you know that you should be cleaning your walls regularly? Use a dryer sheet and run it along your baseboards to repel dirt from settling, you’ll be truly amazed at how well this works.
Air vents gather dirt, and they can be difficult to clean. If you can take your air vents off, then do so and wash them in the sink with warm water and dish soap. If you cannot take them off the wall or off the floors, then use your vacuum and suck up as much dirt as you can.
Your vacuum cleaner can accumulate a lot of dirt too, so be sure to wipe it down regularly. I like to wipe down y vacuum cleaner after each use to keep it looking and feeling clean.
I don’t know how, but dirt gets trapped inside closed drawers often, so you should try to vacuum out any drawers you have regularly such as once a month.
Don’t Forget To Dust!
When you’re being a dirt detective, don’t forget to dirt those 19 items that I mentioned above. Keeping your home as dust-free as possible will ensure that your family is breathing in clean air.
You don’t have to tackle off of these areas in one day either, if this list is overwhelming, simply take a task and do it and tackle another if you have the will.
Cleaning your home can get easily overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of family members messing things up all day long. This is why I have an evening routine, a laundry routine, and a busy mom routine that I’ve shaved to help you create a manageable schedule and keep your home clean too.
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