We love our pets, but it’s time to admit that they can be literal stinkers. Just like human blankets, pet blankets need regular washing. They easily become full of animal hair, dust, and other funky germs. Sometimes a dirty blanket or bed can lead to irritated skin or infections.
If you can, wash your pet’s blankets and bed at least once weekly. In reality, this can be a tall order. Throwing them in the wash once a month might be more reasonable. Try your best to resist the heartbroken look your dog or cat will give you when you take their favorite blanket away.
Like any other cabinet in our home, the medicine cabinet gets filled with random stuff that we hardly ever clean out and doesn't always consist of only medicine. However, this cabinet is probably the most important cabinet to clean regularly. Expired medicine and old bath products can be dangerous, so stop putting off the task.
Periodically go through and toss out anything that’s expired or old. Do you really need that full bottle of toner from three years ago? Probably not. Once everything’s cleared out, give the shelves a quick wipe-down. You’ll be surprised by how much dust accumulates between the Excedrin and Q-Tips.
Under the Bed
There could be real-life monsters living under your bed if you don’t clean it regularly. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, cleaning under the bed should come to mind every once in a while. Trust us, even once a month will do. If you’ve never cleaned under your bed, we promise there are more than a few dust bunnies living in the dark corners.
Run a Swiffer or a vacuum under there really quickly. If it’s hard to reach, get someone to help you move the bedframe. Then you can rest easy above a squeaky clean floor free of dust and hair of unknown origin.
The humble laundry hamper is probably one of the most common household items that people forget to clean. Many of us simply throw our dirty clothes in the hamper without a second thought. But, if you really think about it, these baskets are probably dirtier than our soiled clothes.
Give your laundry hamper some love once in a while. Depending on the material it’s made of, wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe or wash it with soap and water. Neglected laundry baskets are notorious for harboring dirt, germs, and even mildew. We don’t tolerate that stuff on our clothes. We should have the same attitude about the hamper.
Lampshades have to be one of the most tedious things to clean. You have to reach in at an awkward angle to reach all the dust, or you have to dismantle your lamp completely. What’s the point? Well, if you conveniently “forget” to clean your lampshades all the time, they’re probably home to a fine layer of dust particles.
Suck it up and dust those babies off every so often. Once a week is fine, or once a month if you truly dread the task. Like it or not, if you work it into your cleaning routine, it will eventually become a habit.