32 Unexpected Places You Should Be Cleaning In Your Home

32 Unexpected Places You Should Be Cleaning In Your Home

32 Unexpected Places You Should Be Cleaning In Your Home

Gross. Just…gross.


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1. Lampshades

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They can collect dust like nobody’s business and dim your lamp’s light output. Make a few passes with a lint roller about once a week to de-fuzz them and brighten the room.


2. Kitchen utensil drawer organizers

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Take special care with ~adjustable~ organizers like this one because they’re prone to dirt falling into their nooks and crannies. Once a week, wipe them out with any all-purpose cleaner you use on the rest of your kitchen surfaces.


3. Knife blocks


Those slots that protect your prize knives are also a prime spot for dust. Once a month, remove the knives and use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to suck out dust. Don’t have one? Blast it with your hairdryer on High or use a long pipe cleaner. Sanitize it by rinsing the block in hot soapy water, then soaking in a solution (1 tbsp. of bleach to 1 gallon of water) for 1 minute. Dry on a towel with slots-side down.


4. The tops of ceiling fan blades

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Halt an allergy storm before you need a seasonal indoor breeze. Use an old pillowcase to sweep off — and contain — the dust. Read the full tutorial on WikiHow.

5. Dishwasher

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It’s always important to clean the things that clean your things. Get the instructions on One Good Thing by Jillee.

6. Cookie sheets

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No, but like, really clean them. Check out our two-step trick here.

7. Wood cutting boards

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Obliterate the aftermath of raw chicken breasts with vinegar and hydrogren peroxide. Check out more Clever Vinegar Tricks That’ll Make Cleaning So Easy.


8. Clothes iron

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Annihilate rust from your hard-working iron with vinegar and baking soda. Get the full how-to on Thrifty & Chic.

Get 13.5 lbs. of baking soda from Amazon for $17.73. (It can be used to clean lots of other stuff on this list, too.)

9. Hairbrushes

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Loosen hair strands and mix up a batch of hot water and baking soda for a good soak. Get the deets on Passion for Savings.

10. Flat irons

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Styling products and hair oils can build up into a gross residue. This works for curling irons, too! Read the full how-to on One Good Thing by Jillee.

11. Jewelry

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Spiff up everything from your eyeglasses to your engagement ring (separately) with this little machine that uses sonic-wave technology to loosen grime and shine surfaces.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

12. Sunglasses

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Sweat, makeup, and sunscreen can have them looking worse for wear. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. But everyone should invest in a microfiber cleaning cloth ($8.99 for a pack of six).


13. The grooves of sliding-glass door tracks

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Brush away debris that can clog up your track with this handy little brush.


14. Pet bowls

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Wash bowls daily as you would human bowls. It’ll even help with the pet smell!


15. Clothing drawer organizers

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Give them an occasional wipe down because even though your clothes in storage are clean, dirt can get in from rummaging around to find the right bra.


16. In between blinds

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Make the task simpler on the reg with this specially made tool. Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

If you’re dealing with a horror show of dust — and they’re not wood — remove the blinds from the window and dunk them in a bath of hot, soapy water.

17. Makeup organizers

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It isn’t enough to clean your makeup containers and tools. Wipe down organizer surfaces with hot, soapy water or a cleaning wipe.


18. Around plumbing fixtures

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Sometimes you need some tiny tools to get into allllll the crevices.


19. Dryer lint trap

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Built-up lint can infringe upon — and lengthen — your machine’s drying process. Plus, it’s a fire hazard!


20. Basically everywhere in your car

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Keep this little hand-vac in your car, plug it into the cigarette lighter, and use the slim nozzle to get into every feasible spot.

And learn other ways to de-slime your ride with our 23 Genius Solutions To Issues Every Car Owner Faces.

21. Phone and computer screens

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Dust, oil from your skin, and every little piece of lint to ever float through the atmosphere ends up on your electronics’ screens. Make a pass with this little roller every day you use them to see a difference.

22. Toothbrush holder

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All those bathroom germs have to go somewhere. Wipe it down at least weekly during your normal bathroom-cleaning seshes.


23. Trash cans and recycling bins

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Nope. That smell wasn’t your actual bag of trash. Empty, rinse out with a garden hose (or in your bathtub), and then douse in disinfectant.


24. Plastic shower curtain liners

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Fight off in-shower mildew by tossing your liner in with some towels in the wash. Read the deets on Life at the Drafty Doublewide.


25. Bath mat

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Throw it in the wash once a week so you won’t instantly dirty your clean feet post-bath time.


26. Bedskirts

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Aka dust ruffles. Wash them weekly with the rest of your linens. Or this cat will judge you.


27. Toaster (the inside and outside)

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Actually crisp toast — not crumbs and debris from toast of yore — by emptying the crumb tray once a week. (Even the cheapest of toasters, like this one, have it.) And give the exterior a good wipe down with a stainless-steel cleaner, too.


28. Pet beds

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All the snuggles and treat-gnawing can leave them smelling worse than your actual pet. Remove further traces of your beloved family member with our 23 Tips And Products That’ll Save You From Being Covered In Pet Hair.


29. Makeup bags

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Take some brush cleaner or just good ole hot soapy water to the interior to pick up all matter of powders and liquids.


30. Throw pillows

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They get nearly as much contact as your bed pillows. Remember to clean your pillowcases and inserts as directed on the label so you won’t luxuriate among filth.


31. The bottom of your shoes

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A few passes on the welcome mat is NOT ENOUGH to really get in the treads of your footwear. A boot scraper stationed at the door of your mudroom will do wonders for your floors.


32. And lightbulbs

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Dust ‘em for an instantly brighter look!



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