DIY Home Projects
15 Places You Dont Clean as Often as You Should
- Inside the oven: Admit it, even though the kitchen smells like burnt food every time the oven is turned on, you forget until right before that pizza is ready to go in. Be sure to line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil after you clean it…this ensures you never have to scrub burnt-on food again. Simply remove the foil when food collects, and replace with new foil!
- Inside the air ducts and vents: While a full duct cleaning may or may not be necessary for everyone, a superficial cleaning is definitely in order! Lift those vent hoods out of the floor and vacuum out what you can see. No doubt you’ll find lots of hair, food bits, and crayons or children’s toys. On the other hand, if anyone in your home suffers from severe allergies, or if upon visual examination you see mold growth, or if the air in your home is always musty, consider a consultation from a professional duct cleaning company.
- Behind the toilet: The toilet bowl isn’t the only place in your bathroom that needs some serious sanitizing. Often that little hidden crook right behind your toilet bowl is hard to reach and overlooked. The Scum Buster Xtreme with 3-in-1 extension handle is perfect for all your bathroom scrubbing needs. It does the scrubbing for you, and you never need to get down on your hands and knees.
- Atop picture frames: If the tops of frames can be spied from standing height, then don’t forget to dust them along the inside and top ledges. You want your guests to admire the art, not the thick layer of dust collecting around it.
- Window sill and screen: Dust, bugs, and paint chips collect around the window sills, and you see it every time you open the window…take a few minutes to vacuum the inner and outer ledge. Cleaning window screens take a bit of work, but you will see fantastic results and be appalled at how much dirt will be cleaned off your screens.
- The fireplace: Everybody loves a crackling fire during the winter months. Don’t cut corners and start new fires without cleaning up after the old, and make sure you hire a professional (properly certified) chimney sweep before using your fireplace during the winter season. Build-up of soot (or other things that may have made its way into the flue) can lead to fire.
- The upholstery & drapes: Just because you don’t see stains on your upholstery doesn’t mean it is clean. You wash your bed linens regularly, so why not sanitize your sofa and clean up your curtains? A handheld garment steamer will do the trick when it comes to sanitizing upholstery, and has an extra added bonus of de-wrinkling curtains!
- Under the refrigerator: It may not seem important to clean under the refrigerator; however, spilled drinks and bits of food attract bugs, and over time that gunk begins to stain and discolor your floors. Use the 2-in-1 Steam Mop to lift the grime and avoid scrubbing those dingy spaces.
- Under sink cabinets: You figure no one looks under your cabinets, however the cabinets that house sinks can collect moisture and should be attended to. Plus you never know when a nosy guest may take a peek while on the hunt for toilet paper…
- Along the walls and doorknobs: This especially applies to households with children and animals; they tend to slide their hands and bodies along wall edges leaving oils that attract hair and dirt. Once you take a wet rag with a little cleaner to one wall, you often discover that you have to do all the other walls to match!
- Sink & shower drains: We clean the sink and the shower, but often overlook the drains. Remember that our drains also need regular maintenance and cleaning…especially if there is a lot of hair in your house. Rather than waiting for a clog to form and being forced to call a plumber, make it a habit to do a superficial snake of your drains every 6-9 months.
- Inside your car: Drive-through car washes are easy for keeping the outside of our vehicles spic and span, but often the interior is neglected. Keep a 20V MAX* Pivot Vac charging in your garage for those quick touch-ups when dust and crumbs collect.
- On bookshelves: Whether primarily for function or fashion, keep those bookcases and all its accessories spic and span with a regular dusting.
- Atop Light fixtures: If you have light shade drums, or ceiling fans, don’t forget to give them a dusting every once in a while. No one wants to see a string of dust flying down from the ceiling.