6 Things You Probably Aren’t Cleaning Enough

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Welcome to the underbelly of your home—those dark, forgotten corners and crevices that haven’t seen a cleaning cloth since the last time you lost your phone behind the couch. Sure, you might swipe the counters and vacuum the floors regularly, but there’s a whole world of grime lurking in places you probably never thought to clean. 

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That being the case, let’s delve into some of those most neglected household cleaning duties—and how to tackle them without turning into Cinderella.

1. Light Switches: The Germ Headquarters

Let’s start with a shocker: light switches. These little germ-fests are touched by everyone but cleaned by almost no one. Imagine every sneeze, cough, or nose-pick (gross, but let’s be real) potentially ending up on these bad boys. 

A quick swipe with a disinfectant wipe a few times a week can prevent your light switches from becoming biohazards.

2. TV Remotes: The Snack-Smeared Culprits

Next up, your TV remote. It’s seen more greasy fingers than a bucket of chicken wings. Yet, it rarely gets more than a cursory wipe—if that. Take a moment to think about all the times you’ve eaten in front of the TV. 

Now, grab some disinfectant wipes and scrub that remote down like it’s a medical instrument.

3. Underneath Appliances: Where Crumbs Go to Die

Underneath the fridge, stove, or washing machine are places where once-thrown crumbs and dust bunnies hold ancient gatherings. If you’ve never ventured into these No Man’s lands with your vacuum or mop, now’s the time. 

What you’ll find might be shocking, but the satisfaction of cleaning it up is almost therapeutic.

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4. Ceiling Fans: The Dusty Blade Runners

Ceiling fans are notorious for collecting dust. And every time you turn them on, it’s a snowfall of dust particles. Giving the blades a good wipe-down every month can reduce the indoor dust mite population and might just help you stop sneezing randomly.

5. Toothbrush Holders: A Bacterial Bonanza

If the thought of bacteria parties gives you the creeps, take a peek inside your toothbrush holder. Often overlooked, this little item can harbor more bacteria than your toilet seat, especially if it’s holding onto water at the bottom. 

Regular washes (think dishwasher if it’s safe to do so) can make this holder a lot less party-like for germs.

6. Rehab Your Whole Cleaning Routine

Speaking of neglected areas, let’s talk about the overall rehab of your home’s cleaning routine. This isn’t just about scrubbing; it’s about reevaluating which parts of your home need more love and attention. 

Maybe it’s time to bring in a professional deep cleaning service to tackle the deep cleaning tasks that never seem to get done no matter how much you try. They can handle the hardcore cleaning, giving you a fresh slate to maintain.

By paying attention to these oft-forgotten areas, not only will your living space be cleaner, but your conscience will be clearer, too. Happy cleaning, and remember, a little extra scrubbing goes a long way toward making your home truly sparkle!

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