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Some of the Most Overlooked Places to Clean in Your Home

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It’s easy to forget to clean a certain room or area of the house, no matter how often you do it. Hard-working areas like the dishwasher and the fireplace should be cleaned thoroughly to control the growth of mildew, dust, mold, and other allergens.

We’ve written various guides on how to clean tough spots in your home throughout the years. However, finding them is the first step toward a thorough cleaning. Therefore, we have compiled this list of the often-overlooked spots to clean in your home.

  • Curtains and Upholstery

Aside from the windows, you should also clean the drapes and curtains. You can get rid of dust and lint as you vacuum by attaching the soft brush to it. Wash them by hand with a detergent for the most thorough cleaning.

  • Dishwasher

Your dishwasher may produce spotless results, but it doesn’t clean itself. You may need to spend some time scrubbing the filters and loosening old food and grime if it has been a while since you last cleaned your dishwasher. When using a powerful cleaning solution like baking soda, set the machine to its hottest setting and start the cycle.

  • Door Knobs and Handles

Since we constantly have our hands on them, doorknobs and other handles should be rubbed down frequently. You can keep them looking brand new by giving them a periodic scrub with a damp microfiber towel and some multipurpose cleanser.

  • Drip Coffee Maker

If you don’t give your drip coffee maker a thorough cleaning on a regular basis, it can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, in addition to mineral deposits and water stains. To fix these issues, try brewing for only half the usual time using vinegar and water.

  • Garbage Disposal

In a bind, garbage disposals can get rid of a lot of food waste, but they are also susceptible to rot, deterioration, and clogging. Turn on the hot water, pour in a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, and run the disposal for at least a full minute once a week to maintain proper function.

  • Lampshades

Lamp shades attract dirt and dust like magnets. All that dust may be harming the quality of your light and air, yet most people don’t think to clean them. The method(s) of cleaning a lampshade will vary greatly depending on the material used to make it.

  • Light Switches

Light switches, like door knobs and handles, often become contaminated with germs when handled frequently. Before wiping down the light fixtures, you should spray your all-purpose cleaner onto a microfiber towel.

  • Outdoor Furniture

Due to constant exposure to the outdoors, outdoor furniture quickly accumulates a thick layer of dust and dirt. To clean outdoor furniture, we advise hosing it down with water in the backyard, then wiping it down with dish soap and microfiber cloths.

  • Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a magnet for anything from pet stains and food stains to mold and bacteria. Covers should be washed every other week at the very least, and if ornamental pillows are not machine washable, they should be cleaned by hand using a gentle method and a professional upholstery shampoo.

  • Toothbrush Holder

Yes, you should also disinfect the container in which you keep your toothbrushes. Your holder and bathroom accessories are a breeding ground for germs and dirt and should be cleaned frequently. To clean your holder in the dishwasher, place it in the top rack and run a cycle.


Indeed, it is important to clean all the nooks and crannies in your home to prevent dirt, dust, and grime from accumulating. Some of the most overlooked places to clean also include your door knobs, light switches, curtains, and dishwasher. By taking the time to clean these areas, you can help keep your home clean and tidy all the time.

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