25 Things You Don’t Think About Cleaning

It’s spring cleaning time and everyone is currently pulling together their checklists to get their homes in order. But do you really have everything you need to clean on your list? There are actually quite a few items in your home that you probably don’t realize you may need to give a scrub down.

A couple weeks ago we gave you full access to our cleaning lists we use while in your home, but here are some others to add to your list-


  1. Brushes- Hairbrushes can pick up lots of germs that could cause buildup in your hair if you don’t clean them every once in a while. Remove the hair caught in the bristles and soak it in warm water with shampoo.
  2. Trash Cans- Just because you use a liner, doesn’t make the can itself clean. Disinfect to make sure no bacteria is growing on your can
  3. Toothbrushes- Just think about all the germs your toothbrush comes in contact with. A good vinegar soak can give it a nice refresh. While you’re at it, make sure to give your toothbrush holder a scrub. The dentist says to replace your tooth brush every 3-4 months.
  4. Cell Phone- With so much close contact with your hands and face, you should definitely disinfect your cell phone. Also be sure to clean behind the case where dirt can get trapped!
  5. Shower Curtain- Is a target for mildew, GROSS. Bleach it or replace it every so often to make sure that the space you are getting clean in, is actually clean.
  6. Coffee Machine- Did you know you should clean your coffee machine every three month. They have coffee machine solutions, or you can do a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
  7. TV remote- with all the snack that are consumed on the couch, and all the germs on your hands, wiping down your remotes are a good idea.
  8. Bath tub drains- if you have never had a clogged drain, consider yourself lucky. As a woman, mass amounts of hair go down the drain and get tangled. The hair acts as a breeding ground for bacteria and scum. Take care of it routinely and it won’t build up.
  9. Reusable Grocery Bags- You don’t know where that can of corn has been. And all food particles can grow bad bacterias when not properly stored.
  10. Duvet and Pillow Covers- Its routine to pull off the duvet covers and pillow cases and toss them in a load of wash. but when was the last time you washed the actual duvet or pillows. Linens aren’t germ proof, you could be snuggling up to those germs nightly.
  11. Vents- They build up dust. Make sure you know what your blowing through your air-conditioning and heating system
  12. Door Locks- You touch those as much as you touch your door knobs
  13. House Plants- This one is a weird one. But the leaves can attract bugs and dust. Just dust them off
  14. Bathroom Loofas- These are hotels for bacteria! Change out often, or soak in a vinegar and water solution.
  15. Lampshades- Maybe your really good at this on the visible parts, but when was the last time you dusted UNDER the shade
  16. Ice Trays- Check if yours are dishwasher safe, if not just a simple wash
  17. Dish Rack/ Drying Place- Whether you use a mat or a rack, make sure to clean it so that you aren’t adding bacteria back to your clean dishes.
  18. Bath Toys- Another hotel for bacteria. Make sure you don’t put them away wet, and that you always get all the water out of hallow toys. Once a week you should run them through a vinegar and water solution.
  19. Vacuum Filter- Your vacuums can build up allergens in the filter.
  20. Curtains- Dusting is fine on the weekly basis, but quarterly you should give them a wash in the wash machine.
  21. Fans- In the summer these can be a savior, but make sure you aren’t blowing air from a dusty machine.
  22. Water Bottles- Run through the dishwasher weekly
  23. Exercise Equipment- Sweat=Bacteria. Sanitize after using
  24. Sponges- Run through the dishwasher every time you run it. Your sponge won’t last as long, but thats a good thing. Sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria.
  25. Shoes- Your feet sweat all day, even if you don’t feel it. Spray some anti-bacterial in there every once in a while.

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