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Things You Forget To Clean

Take a look around any room in your house. Is it clean? Sure, you’ve stuck to your routine housekeeping schedule and consider yourself somewhat of a neat freak. But is every single object in that room pristine?

If you’re like most of us, there are undoubtedly some things you forget to clean in your house. We have a tendency to overlook certain items that are a fixed part of our lives. But many of these are the very objects we use most throughout the day, so it’s important to keep them clean. Take a look at seven things that most people space on when it comes to housekeeping.

Home Gym Equipment

Whether you practice yoga or hit the elliptical, workout equipment can get pretty gross. After all, sweat, skin cells, hair, lotion and all sorts of other fun body bits and particles drip and drop onto mats and handles as you work out. Learn the best ways to clean home gym equipment, so you can focus on your gains rather than worry about germs.

Sheets and Pillowcases

How often do you wash your bed linens? Unless you’re sticking sheets and pillowcases in the washer on a weekly basis, you’re not cleaning them often enough. Like exercise equipment, bed clothes are exposed to our skin cells, dander, body fluids, dust and so forth. Don’t let linens be things you forget to clean: Make sure you’re crawling onto a cozy — and hygienic — bed each night with these tips on washing bedding.

Personal Electronic Devices

We spend a good portion of the day interacting with the touchscreens on smartphones and tablets. And in some cases, we press those items up to our faces immediately after touching them. As most people don’t wash their hands every time they make a call or check an email, those electronic screens can be covered with germs and other gunk. Do yourself a solid and heed this advice on how to clean electronics. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Refrigerator and Freezer

When you’re thinking about things to clean in a house, the fridge and freezer usually don’t top the list. Many times, we simply forget the insides of that magic cold box exists. Other days, we just don’t want to deal with it, but neglecting to clean your fridge could lead to you spreading germs around your home. You probably don’t want to be known as the home chef who sent your guests home with leftovers and E. coli, so check out these how-to guides for cleaning out your refrigerator and tidying up your freezer.

Shower Curtain

Another winner on the list of things you forget to clean in your house is the shower curtain. Thinking that it’s clean because of constant exposure to soap and warm water? Think again, because this can quickly become one of the grossest items in your home. After all, the shower curtain spends all day in a warm and damp room, which is the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of fun microorganisms. And we haven’t even gotten started on soap scum and hard water stains. Keep those at bay with these handy instructions on washing shower curtains.

Vents and Baseboards

The only time we tend to look at vents or exhaust fans is if we’re changing a filter or searching for a contact lens that fell out. These fixtures just blend into the walls or ceiling for the most part. Unfortunately, that means they get coated in furry dust, which can drive your allergies nuts. It also doesn’t do much to impress house guests. Grab a microfiber cloth and spend a few minutes wiping vents down every two weeks or so, and learn how to clean your baseboards so that they’re easier to maintain.

Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures

Ceiling fans and light fixtures are two more of the top hits on the list of things you forget to clean in your house. We rarely stare directly into lights and ceiling fan blades spin most of the time, so it’s not difficult to see how these fixtures are overlooked. However, visitors have a knack for spotting the grime on light globes, and no one likes it when a rogue dust bunny flies off a fan blade and falls in their lap. Avoid these unpleasant events by knowing how to clean light fixtures and reading up on ways to care for hard-to-reach places.

Wondering how on earth you’ll juggle all these things to clean in a house with work, your family and your personal life? Before you start hyperventilating, reach out to your local Merry Maids for some help. Our professional housekeepers are happy to lend a hand so that you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy with the people you love.