Let these house cleaning tips remind you of 6 dust-loving areas of your home you’re likely not cleaning regularly, but should be! Add these places to your cleaning list, pronto!
So, to start, I have a little confession to make… I am not a cleaner. I don’t enjoy cleaning, in fact, I really DISLIKE it. Thankfully, I am married to a man that’s slightly obsessed with cleaning, so I rarely have to do the cleaning in our home! My husband Chris (aka. the cleaning expert) gave me these house cleaning tips regarding 6 areas of a home that collect dust like crazy and yet often get forgotten in the routine cleaning process.
It is my hope, that by sharing these simple house cleaning tips with you, it will bring to light a few places YOU might need to add to your house cleaning list!
HOUSE CLEANING TIPS –
6 PLACES TO REMEMBER!
1. Behind Large Appliances
Eww! As you can see, that the area behind large appliances is a keen landing spot for dust, food, and on our case, toys! 😉
Large appliances also include your washer and dryer, so don’t forget those!
I’d encourage you to try and pull them out once a month to sweep behind and underneath them.
2. Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are often out of sight, out of mind. It’s hard to see the dust build-up on them from standing height, so most people tend to neglect cleaning them.
One of the biggest culprits of dust build-up in our home is the ceiling fan in our master bedroom!
If you look closely, you’ll see dust on top of the black cages, all along the tops of the fan blades and even on the black part of the blades. Now, just think that when we turn that on, it’s blowing dust all over the room! Gross!
Try to clean your light fixtures at the same time as the rest of the room they’re in. So if you clean your bedrooms once a week, make dusting off the light fixture part of that routine and mark if off your cleaning list each time!
3. Air Vents
Most homes include at least a few air vents for their furnace or heating system. These vents collect or push air through the home, making them a likely place to find lots of dust.
Our hallway ceiling vent (which takes air into the furnace) is continually dirty… See it there?
For routine cleaning, we just vacuum it out with our vacuum’s hose. But when we want to really deep clean it we use a screwdriver to take it down and wash it in the sink.
We also occasionally clean the floor vents where our heating system pushes air through the home – but those tend to need cleaning less often.
I would encourage you to identify where the air vents are in your home and be sure to add them to your cleaning list and make sure they’re cleaned regularly!
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While windowsills are likely dusted off on a regular basis, the tops of your door and window trim are easily overlooked!
Once a month, go through your entire home and dust off the tops off all your trimwork.
5. Behind Large Furniture
Large furniture, like sofas and beds, are rarely moved out of their positions in a room, so the likelihood of dirt and dust settling behind them and never getting cleaned up is high.
We pulled out our sofa to plug something into the outlet recently and found, not only dirt, but goldfish crackers on the floor!
We also tend to see dust build up heavily on the top and back-side of our upholstered headboard.
In both scenarios, we’ve added cleaning behind the large furniture items to the routine cleaning list for their corresponding rooms.
6. Under Tables
Console tables, end tables, coffee tables and nightstands – especially the ones with feet on them – are likely hiding loads of dirt and dust beneath them.
Even with my sweeping below it on a regular basis, this is what we found underneath the console table in our dining room:
It’s a good idea to add the process of moving the tables in your home and deep cleaning below them to your monthly cleaning list.
Ok, let’s review these house cleaning tips really quick…
6 PLACES TO ADD TO YOUR CLEANING LIST:
- Behind Appliances
- Light Fixtures
- Air Vents
- Behind Large Furniture
- Under Tables
I hope these house cleaning tips in the way of a quick recap of some dirty (and forgotten) places in your home that need cleaning helps you to get your home cleaned better! I know for us, my husband is allergic to dust, so getting these places cleaned up regularly is important to our health and the air quality in our home!
Can you think of any other overlooked or forgotten areas of a home that should be cleaned more often than they are? Let me know in the comments!