You may spend a lot of time cleaning and working hard to keep you home looking nice but if you’re forgetting these little things, then you’re unintentionally making your house look dirtier than you want.
I know they’re not part of my daily routine so I forget about them sometimes too!
What are these so-called forgotten areas I’m talking about?
These are the skipped over areas that need a little extra TLC and elbow grease but leave your entire house looking great!
I also like to streamline my cleaning routine and only use one cleaning product to tackle everything. I quite literally use Branch Basics for countertops, bathrooms, windows, stainless steel, pots & pans, laundry, floors, walls and sticky finger marks, clothing and carpet stains and grease.
It’s a non-toxic, plant and mineral based cleaner that works better than 100% of all the other “green” products I’ve tried.
So, why do you have so many forgotten areas to your house?
Because these spots are probably not part of your normal cleaning routine – they’re aren’t on mine either – they can easily get overlooked.
Sure, cleaning these areas won’t make your home look better just by themselves but adding them to your routine once in a while will boost the level of cleanliness of your house.
If you want to streamline your mornings or evenings for less chaos, a cleaner house and more free-time, here are my favorite resources to do this:
DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN THE DOORS
How many times do you open and close doors? EVERYDAY… ALL-THE-TIME.
Are your hands clean every time you touch a door?
Chances are they’re not and you’re leaving dirt, grease and maybe even food fingerprints and handprints.
Do you have kids? Then, I can almost guarantee that you some build up on handles and door knobs as well as on the edges of the doors.
A wet cloth or magic eraser – depending on how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned – will easily remove these unsightly marks in seconds.
Make sure you also include your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors – inside and out!
Dust and food splatter from cooking will collect on kitchen cabinet doors so make sure you take the time to wipe these down every week or two, especially the lowers if you have kiddos.
Branch basics works amazingly well and won’t strip off paint or leave residue on doors either.
LIGHTING SHOWS EVERYTHING
This includes floor lamps, table lamps, ceiling lights and fans and indoor and outdoor lighting. Because these aren’t cleaned regularly, you’ll really notice a build up of dust and dead bugs here.
Have you ever noticed that bugs flock to lights… and then they die inside of them. Don’t believe me, take a look inside your light fixture – the ceiling and outdoors especially – and you’ll see a nice little stash of dead bugs. Gross, right?
You don’t want guests waiting at your front door and seeing an inch thick accumulation of this inside your porch light or worse, laying in bed at night in the guest room and seeing a dark center of the ceiling light and knowing what’s in there.
- Dust off light fixtures and lampshades with a damp cloth and make sure you wipe down the blades of ceiling fans carefully.
Flying dust bunnies aren’t really conducive to any home, let alone your clean home.
- I use baby wipes (because I use them for everything) or a paper-towel sprayed with branch basics’ general spray to wipe down the fan blades and clean off excess dirt and residue build up.
- I’ve also heard about using old pillow covers to wrap around the blade so when you pull off the dust bunnies, they collect inside the pillowcase.
Pretty clever, eh?
Let those lights shine dust and bug-free.
BASEBOARDS + WALL ITEMS NEED A GOOD SCRUB
This is not my favorite thing to clean since things tend to stick really, really well but the baseboards are out in the open and very noticeable to guests.
Try to throw baseboards into your routine so you’re wiping these down once a week or every other week at the minimum to keep from accumulating build up of dirt and dog hair. Getting down on the floor and scrubbing with a toothbrush sounds about as fun as a root canal.
- If you use branch basics (I know, I love the stuff and tell everyone I know about it), you spray your baseboards generously, let sit and wipe down.
- If you need something to get more dirt and grime out, simply add some of the oxygen boost, then spray with the concentrated basic spray, and all you have to do is lightly scrub with a kitchen scrub brush like this one and lightly brush out the gunk.
- window frames,
- the tops of doors,
- tops of mirrors,
- picture frames,
- anything hanging on your walls,
- light switches,
- top of refrigerators,
- over the range microwaves
Want a super simple way to keep the top of your refrigerator clean?
Cut a piece of paper to size and leave it on the top of the refrigerator. All you have to do to clean the top of the fridge is to replace the piece of paper with a new piece.
WINDOWS + COVERINGS ARE DUST MAGNETS
If you want to make your home feel welcoming, larger and open, then you need to open your window coverings and let as much light in as possible.
But if you have handprints, wet dog nose imprints and water stains on your windows, then the light can’t shine through as well and it’s probably time to get the window cleaner out and use a little elbow grease to make those windows crystal clear.
Blinds and curtains are also one of those areas that get neglected. Make sure you dust and vacuum using your extender tools to get rid of the yuck.
Throw these areas into your regular cleaning room and your house will be clean from top to bottom. Do you have any little tricks you use to clean these areas and how do you make sure your little spaces get cleaned?