Keeping your home clean is an important part of homemaking and home management. There are plenty of places in your home that are easy to remember to clean — kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, clothes, floors, etc. But, there are also plenty of places in your home that are easy to overlook. We’ve put together a list of 5 areas in your home you may be forgetting to clean.
1. Light switches & doorknobs
Light switches and doorknobs are touched all the time. They’re probably covered in bacteria and oil from your skin. The good news is that they’re also effortless to clean — just take a disinfecting wipe (or cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol) and wipe down your switches and doorknobs. Just be careful not to get any liquid behind the switch.
2. Kitchen handles
There are a lot of handles in your kitchen that are easy to overlook, like your refrigerator, oven, and cabinets. You’re probably touching these a lot while you’re cooking (even if you just handled raw meat). Remember to wipe them down often and to wash your hands throughout the meal prep process.
You probably wash your pillowcases each time you wash your sheets, but don’t forget about the actual pillows, too. You might think that your pillowcases protect them, and they do … to a degree. Pillows, though, can still harbor a lot of gross stuff. Thankfully, most pillows are machine washable so just stick them in your washing machine every now and then.
Does your trashcan still smell a little bit even though you just took out the trash? Things can seep through your trash bags and stick to your trashcan. To keep your trashcan clean and odor-free, spray it with disinfectant on a regular basis and wipe down the outside.
Your baseboards collect dust, hair, and dog fur. The next time you vacuum or sweep, run the vacuum cleaner or broom over your baseboards. Then, wipe them down with a cleaning wipe.