A healthy environment begins with a clean home. Although homeowners may be diligent about cleaning those areas of the home that are highly visible, more obscure places can easily be overlooked. Even though cleaning less obvious places won’t necessarily improve the aesthetic appeal of the home, it’s important to take time to do so since these areas are actually more susceptible to mold growth, pest infestations, and other health hazards that can affect the well-being of the whole family. To foster a cleaner home that’s more than meets the eye, consider the following four most commonly neglected cleaning projects.
Refrigerator, water, and air filters all have a significant influence on the cleanliness of the home and the health of its inhabitants. However, many homeowners aren’t as adamant about replacing filters on a regular basis. Replacing filters is an easy, important home cleaning project because it prevents the water supply from being filled with contaminants and keeps the air supply free from harmful allergens, dust mites and other airborne irritants. When purchasing filters, be sure to read the instructions for advice on how often they should be changed and keep instruction manuals handy for a helpful guide through the replacement process.
No matter how often food is covered when placed in the microwave, sometimes accidents happen and this cooking device becomes covered with oil and debris that can be difficult to clean off. It becomes even more difficult when this job is neglected simply because the inside of the microwave is often conveniently covered by the door. Fortunately, homeowners don’t have to spend hours scrubbing to clean this appliance. Blogger Adrienne Audrey of Crafty Little Gnome suggests cleaning the microwave by filling a microwave-safe bowl with water and a dash of vinegar and placing it in the appliance for five minutes. When the water heats up, it will become steam and helps soften some of the more hardened gunk in the microwave, while the vinegar will absorb any smells.
Many homeowners can remember to clean the toilet bowl at least once a month. However, due to the less-appetizing nature of the job, the cleaning isn’t done as thoroughly as it should be. Although homeowners may be used to pouring in the toilet bowl cleaner and using a scrub brush while turning their heads to avoid the sight, there are other parts of the toilet that should be cleaned to prevent bacteria growth and other health threats. Use bleach and other cleaning products to thoroughly clean both inside the bowl as well as on the outside and even the seat. This helps to keep the area free from any germs that can easily form in this vulnerable spot.
Although the furniture and the blinds may not be technically related, they can both be cleaned using the same method of vacuuming. Simply disconnect the nozzle from the vacuum and use it to fully remove dust that may have built up on the blinds and curtains, as well as in between furniture cushions and other hard-to-clean areas. If necessary, homeowners may need to wipe down the blinds with a wet cloth after vacuuming to remove any residual debris.
Remember, just because an area of the home isn’t visible doesn’t mean it doesn’t impact the cleanliness of the living space and the health of all those who share this space. The more often these areas are cleaned, the less likely homeowners are to have to conduct huge cleaning projects due to months of neglect. Moreover, consistent cleaning of less visible areas prevents more serious problems from occurring, including infestations and mold growth.