You may run your vacuum religiously and shine your windows every single weekend, but are there still things that you’re forgetting to clean in your apartment?
Dust, dirt, and grime can hide anywhere, which is why it’s important to clean every place you possibly can. A build-up of dirt and grime can lead to lower air quality and heightened allergies, not to mention the fact that it’s also just kind of gross.
Ready to do a deep clean in your apartment? Here are seven things you may be forgetting to clean that you should tackle.
Undersides of Furniture
How often do we really think about how dirty the undersides of our furniture are? Unless we’re going to grab a sweater from the abyss underneath our bed or dig for a ball that our dog has lost underneath the couch, we’re probably neglecting these areas altogether.
Although you don’t have to vacuum these up every single time you clean the apartment, it’s good to move the furniture around every once in a while so you can vacuum underneath.
You may routinely vacuum and mop your floors, but how often are you paying attention to the baseboards? If you’re anything like most of us, the answer is not very often. You’d really be surprised at how much dirt and dust can build up on your baseboards over time, and giving them a good cleaning can really make a dramatic difference in the way the inside of your apartment looks.
To clean the baseboards, all you need to do is grab a couple of magic erasers and a bottle filled with warm soapy water. Spritz a little bit on the boards and scrub away the grime with the erasers. You’ll be shocked by how much cleaner it looks after just a little bit of effort.
You probably make a point of hanging everything in your closet, and you might even take the extra step of organizing your cothes by color and/or item, but when was the last time you actually vacuumed or cleaned the closet floor?
Even though you’re not physically stepping into the closet (unless of course you’ve been blessed with a walk-in), there is still dirt, crumbs, and other debris that makes its way inside. You don’t need to clean off your closet floors every time you vacuum, but it is a good idea to clear out your closet at least once a season to give it a good vacuuming. This is also a great opportunity to go through your clothes to see what could be donated, what needs to be tailored, and what needs to be tossed.
Shower Curtain Liner
Cleaning out the bathtub is a routine part of most people’s cleaning process, but almost everyone forgets to clean the shower curtain liner. These plastic liners can accrue a lot of mold and mildew over time, which is why some of them can start to look pretty gross. It might be tempting to throw it away and just go get another one, but you can save yourself the money (and spare the landfill) by cleaning the one you already have. If you have a front-loading washing machine, simply toss it into the wash with some regular detergent. Alternatively, you can grab some all-purpose cleaner, gloves, and a paper towel and get to misting and scrubbing.
We touch our light switches all the time, but it’s surprisingly likely that not one of them has ever been cleaned. Once you get that gross image out of your head, it’s time to get to changing that. All you need to do to clean your light switch is spray a cleaning cloth with regular household cleaning spray and give it a quick disinfecting.
We switch out our toothbrushes periodically (or maybe once every six months when we visit the dentist and get some free ones), but we rarely clean the cup that our toothbrushes go in. All the germs and bacteria that build up in our toothbrush holders will eventually reach our toothbrushes — which of course can result in our getting sick. To clean your toothbrush holder, all you really need to do is pop it in the dishwasher and then let it dry completely before putting your toothbrush back in.
Even when you’re using the ceiling fan on those hot summer nights, it’s easy to forget that you actually have to clean the blades every once in a while. Ceiling blade fans, as we all know, can get extremely dusty, and it can be a little embarrassing to have a house guest turn it on only to get a little smattering of dust on their bed.
To avoid spreading dust bunnies all over the apartment, just regularly swipe a dryer sheet over the tops and bottoms of each blade.