Cleaning the house isn’t usually something people look forward to. Depending on the task, sometimes we let it go for longer than we should. Whether it’s because we don’t like to do it or because we forget to do it, there are some areas of the home that don’t get the attention they should. To help you touch all the bases, consult the list below of often overlooked areas of your home that could use a little TLC.
1. Bathroom Cabinets
The bathroom cabinets – these spaces collect a lot of things from toiletries to makeup and everything in between. Before you know it, there’s no room left for the new products you buy.
To whip this area into shape, begin by throwing out any expired products or medications. You’ll likely find things you didn’t even know you had in there. Put everything back, grouping like items together.
2. The Pantry
The pantry is another area of the home that gets ignored. It holds a lot of stuff including boxed and canned goods, spices, baking ingredients, condiments, and more. If yours is like most, it’s hard to find what you’re looking for in all the chaos.
Begin by removing everything and throwing away any item that’s passed its expiration date. Don’t be tempted to hold onto these items as they can become rancid or lose their flavor as time goes by. To keep your pantry organized and less cluttered, avoid buying things in bulk you know you won’t use in time.
3. Light Bulbs and Fixtures
How often do you take the time to look at the light fixtures and light bulbs in your home? Probably not very often, right? If you did, you’d see just how dusty these things really get.
While cleaning these items is a tedious task, doing so can actually save you money. According to the Department of Energy, a dirty light bulb sheds up to 30 percent less light than a clean one, so grab a step ladder, a microfiber cloth, and start dusting those bulbs and fixtures to allow as much light as possible to flood your home.
4. High-Touch Surfaces
The easiest way to stop the spread of illness in your home is to disinfect surfaces that are touched a lot. Light switches, doorknobs, faucet handles, cabinet/drawer pulls, etc. are some of the germiest places in a home. Experts recommend you clean these areas at least twice a day, especially if someone in your home is sick.
5. Reusable Grocery Bags
When’s the last time you washed your reusable grocery bags? Have you ever washed them? While we commend you for doing your part to reduce plastic waste, reusable grocery bags can harbor some pretty nasty germs if they aren’t washed regularly.
Depending on the material they are made of, you can usually throw these bags right in with your regular laundry after each use. Furthermore, don’t leave cloth grocery bags in the car as the high heat creates a breeding ground for germs to multiply.
The areas listed above are just a few around the house that people tend to forget to clean regularly. If you fall into this category, it’s time to show these spaces some attention right away.