The good news is, you’re spending more time at home. You’re enjoying more family time, more home-cooking and more me-time. The bad news is, you’re spending more time at home. You’re creating more mess and you’re the only person who can clean it up. While you’re putting away dishes, washing linens, or giving the tub a scrub, consider tackling some of these often overlooked areas.
Acting as a little shelf that accumulates dirt, baseboards should be cleaned often. A quick wipe with a microfiber duster once every few weeks should keep them looking fresh. If it’s been a while, you’ll need to put in a little extra effort to remove the grime, but it will only take a damp sponge and some all purpose cleaner. If you moved furniture out of the way to access your baseboards, wait until they are dry before moving the furniture back. Your whole home will look cleaner.
You clean the tub, the faucet, and the toilet, but not often do we clean the showerhead. After all, it dispenses water, how dirty can it be? If you’ve noticed your water pressure decreasing, it’s probably because of calcium buildup in your showerheads. Don’t go buying a new showerhead, simply fill a ziplock with one part water to one part vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with an elastic, and let it sit for an hour. Problem solved.
The Base of the Toilet
When it comes to cleaning the toilet bowl, it’s easy to see when you’ve waited a few days too many to clean it. The visual cue is usually enough to ensure that most of clean the toilet weekly, but have you ever noticed a lingering smell even after you’ve done so? The base of the toilet is usually the culprit. Grab a cloth and some all purpose cleaner, get in all the crevices and you’ll be good to go.
The Range Hood Filter
You might not realize just how dirty these things (that hang directly above your food – gross) can get, but I assure you, they need to be cleaned. Since most of what gets trapped in your filters is oil grease lifted by the fan, you’ll want to start with some grease-fighting dish soap. Mix a little soap and a quarter cup of baking soda into a large basin (or your sink) of hot water. Give it a good stir. Pop the filters out from the hood and slide them into the mixture where they’ll enjoy a long bath. Pour yourself a glass of wine while you wait. When you’re done, use a non-abrasive scrubbing device and get to work.
Lamps and ceiling lights collect just as much dust as the rest of your home. Use a lint roller on lampshades, a duster for overhead lighting, and soak glass fixtures in warm soapy water before gently scrubbing – just don’t forget to allow glass coverings to cool down after use before cleaning them! You’ll be on your way to a brighter house in no time.
There’s a trend here, do you know what it is? We forget to clean the things that are above or below eye-level. We don’t see them, so we forget about them. Next time you’re cleaning, look up and down, not just side to side. This extra time at home is a great opportunity to do a deep clean and keep your home fresh. If you’d rather hire someone to do the job for you once the social distancing restrictions are lifted, get in touch. I work with some great cleaning professionals!