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5 Things We Forget to Clean

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Spring is in full blast and summer is right around the corner. Have you done your spring cleaning yet?

Yes? Good job! No? Well, what are your waiting for?

I have a few important reminders of things in our home we tend to overlook. The five areas in our home we forget to clean that need attention more often than you would think:

  • Bathroom rugs – They don’t have a chance to dry out well between uses which means mold and mildew tend to grow easily. And, if you are anything like me, shedding hair sticks to the rugs and makes them gross. Try to make it a habit to throw them in with your weekly laundry load as they get as dirty as your towels do. I like to use white rugs in the bathroom for that spa feel. If you too have white rugs, use some non-chlorine bleach when you wash them. Ecover Zero makes my favorite non-chlorine bleach as it is 100 percent hydrogen peroxide and nothing else.
  • Air vents – Be sure to change your HVAC filters every three months. The vent itself gets dusty too. Use your vacuum cleaner’s bristle attachment to clean it monthly. If it gets too dusty and dirty, unscrew it from the wall and hose it off. The air ducts need servicing every three to five years as well for optimal performance. When changing your HVAC filters, add a drop or two of essential oils for a natural, whole house fresh scent. doTERRA is my favorite brand of essential oils. Read more about why HERE.
  • Door knobs, light switches and outlets – Because everyone is touching them, they are one of the dirtiest places in the home. Regular hand washing isn’t enough to stop this form of germ breeding from occurring. But, never fear, cleaning them is quite easy. Just spray a bit of OnGuard cleaner and wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Doing this weekly will help you keep germs at bay. Read more about why I love OnGuard for cleaning the germiest areas of my home HERE.
  • Blinds and curtains – They collect dust and dirt easily. Although weekly dusting or vacuuming with the brush attachment is helpful, it isn’t enough. During your spring and fall cleanings, take them down and wash or dry clean them. Need a good vacuum cleaner that is up to the task? Check out my Vacuum Cleaner Shopping Guide.
  • Ceiling fans – Although it can be intimidating, it must get done. These fixtures hide lots of dirt and dust. The longer it sits the more of a chance of dust mites which can contribute to allergies and sinus infections. There are quite a few long handled dusters to make this task easier. Add them to your monthly cleaning schedule. Norwex has two awesome microfiber dusters I use, the Dust Mitt and the EnviroWand.

Do you regularly clean any of these things right now? What other places in your home do you forget to clean?

Until next time,

Signature Mel


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2 comments

  • Robin

    May 24, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Nice post!
    A good tip someone told me is to clean your ceiling fans in bedrooms right before you change the sheets. Then any dust that may have fallen onto the bed while cleaning, will now be headed to the wash with the sheets.
    🙂

    1. Mel

      June 3, 2016 at 2:45 am

      That is a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

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