“Out of sight, out of mind” is a saying for a reason. We hardly ever see the undersides of the furniture in our house, so forgetting to vacuum and dust these areas is almost a given. Plus, who wants to move all their furniture around, only to move it back after an exhausting hour of cleaning?
As much as we’d like to avoid cleaning under furniture, it can’t be helped sometimes. Dust and dander accumulate under couches, bookcases, and other places. If we don’t clean the house, this hidden dust can lower the air quality in the home— time to move that couch and get to cleaning.
Range Hood Filter
The range hood filter is definitely one of the most overlooked parts of any kitchen. If you haven’t cleaned your hood filter in a while (or ever), be prepared for a fun hour of soaking and scrubbing. These things get covered in grease, lint, and grime. It’s pretty gross, and you won't believe the color this stuff turns into.
Pop those metal filters out and let them soak while you scrub down the rest of your range with soap, water, and vinegar. After some serious scrubbing, the layers of grease will start to melt away. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
Cleaning the microwave is as natural to some of us as breathing. For others, the microwave is the last thing on the list when cleaning the house. A microwave is a heavily-used appliance in most households, so there’s no excuse not to clean it. That thing gets dirty, and there’s no denying it.
All of those reheated meals and TV dinners can leave behind splatters, crumbs, and spills that build up over time. It can make your microwave look pretty gross. Plus, it can smell pretty bad if left to its own devices. Wipe it down with some kitchen cleaner and a damp towel to keep it looking and smelling fresh.
Mattress protectors are a great way to, well, protect your mattress, and they are also a great way to collect more undesired dirt. These covers can prolong your mattress's life and make sleeping much more comfortable. In the weekly rush to change the bed sheets and complete our chores, this humble cover can go unnoticed and uncleaned for months at a time.
All mattress protectors are in close contact with our bodies, making them full of sweat, dust, and other unpleasant things. Thankfully, the mattress protector doesn’t need to be washed as often as regular sheets. Set a reminder in your calendar to wash it every couple of months.
Top of the Fridge
The top of the fridge is a very convenient spot for storing stuff if you’re low on space. It’s also a prime location for grease and dust to congregate. This spot in our kitchens doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should, most likely because it’s hard to reach.
Well, it’s time to get the step ladder out. Clean off the dust and grime on a regular basis. If you don’t, it can get pretty gross up there. Nobody wants to reach up and grab the cereal box from the top of the fridge, only to find a sticky layer of grease over the Trix.