25 Forgotten and Overlooked Places when Cleaning Your Home

With my boyfriend away for the week, one thing I’m looking forward to is being able to clean the house, but I don’t just mean vacuuming the carpets, using a Swiffer on the floor, and dusting off trophies.  Whether you want your house to look nice for guests, or you don’t want to breathe in dust and live in filth, you should probably be cleaning the following areas, which are often overlooked:

1. Bags and Purses

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Bags-and-PursesIf you use the same bag or purse all the time (or even if you don’t), you should probably wash it once in a while.  Most bags can be put in the laundry with the rest of your clothes; some you may have to wash with a different method.  Either way, empty out your bag and check out all the dirt that’s been sitting in there from removing items to dirty places and putting them back in your bag.  If you keep make-up in your bag, you may even have stains, like the one in the picture to the left.

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2. Blinds and Window Curtains

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Blinds-and-Window-CurtainsThese can get especially dirty.  If you have blinds, you’ll probably notice a collection of dust accumulating on them.  Curtains can also fall prey to this.  If you have a window above your kitchen sink with a curtain, chances are some of the dirt you were trying to clean off of your dishes shot onto the curtains.  If you plan on cleaning your blinds and/or window curtains, make sure you also wash the supporting fixtures, like curtain rods.

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3. Cabinets and Closet Shelves

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Cabinet-and-Closet-ShelvesWhen people are dusting, they’ll often do so with trophy cases and the like.  Trophy cases aren’t the only things with shelves, though.  Many shelving units accumulate dust and dirt, so you should probably check out everything you have with a shelf.  This includes kitchen cabinets (where your clean dishes are supposed to go), closet shelves (where clean clothes and the like go), and even bookcases.  However, you shouldn’t get lazy when dusting these things.  With bookcases, if you take some books off the shelf, you’ll likely see some dirt in the back, so make sure you do a thorough cleaning.

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4. Ceilings and Walls

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Walls-and-CeilingsThe ceiling is likely the place in a room where you can start cleaning.  Sometimes you may not be able to tell unless the sun is shining on it or unless you look close enough, but many times there are spiderwebs and other things in the corners of rooms that aren’t cleaned much.  With ceilings, you’ll likely see stains in kitchen and dining areas, as well as in rooms below those where a leak had been.  You may also find dirt on the walls close to the floor near the front door from kicking off your shoes after stepping in from a rainy day.  Along with the ceiling and walls, you must not forget to clean the molding, as well.  A lot of dirt gets trapped in the crevices between two pieces of molding, and even the molding and walls or ceilings.

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5. Couches, Sofas, and Chairs

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Couches-Under-CushionsNormally, when cleaning a room with a couch, one would move the couch to clean underneath.  Rarely will somebody actually clean the couch itself, which is a big mistake.  If you’re allowed to eat or put your dirty shoes on the couch, you’ll probably find some crumbs and dirt hidden behind or between the cushions.  The one thing people often forget about is the area underneath the cushions.  If you’ve had a couch for a while and never checked underneath the cushions, you may want to do so to get rid of whatever has been living under there.  You’ll probably find all kinds of things–maybe even change and old food.

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6. Dish Racks and Towel Holders

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Dish-Racks-and-Towel-HoldersOne thing that people fail to realize is that the places where you put recently cleaned items or items that are supposed to help in the process of cleaning may actually be dirty themselves.  While dish racks are effective in drying dishes, the water that drips off of those dishes can cause mold and mildew to form on the dish racks.  When compared, towel holders don’t seem so bad.  Often, the worst you’ll find on them is dust, like the one in the picture to the right, but you wouldn’t want to put a wet towel on that and then use it again, would you?

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7. Doors and Doorknobs

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-DoorsSince they are used so frequently, doors and doorknobs should be cleaned frequently, as well.  On inside doors, you’ll probably see scuff marks if you’ve ever had to open or close the door with anything but your hands (like kicking the door open or closed because your hands are full with groceries.  The doors dividing your home from the outside world can get especially dirty, what with all the changing seasons.  You may also find dirt and insects trapped between screen doors and front doors, if you have both.

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8. Dresser Drawers

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Dresser-DrawersJust like bedroom closets, these should be checked while cleaning, as you can often find dust, lint, and other dirt inside of your drawers.  While dresser drawers are used for a number of things, the most common items placed inside of them are articles of clothing.  It’s bad enough if you have pets that shed, but do you really want all of this dirt on your supposedly clean clothes?  I would hope not.  The worst time is when you transform a junk drawer into one for clothing.  Make sure you use the hose on the vacuum to clean out unwanted dirt before reusing a drawer.

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9. Electronics

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Electronics-Remote-ControlSince your eyes are focused to the screen of a television or computer, most people will notice smudges and dust, so it’s likely to get cleaned for optimal usage.  One thing you may not notice is the dirt that gets stuck to smaller electronics, like remote controls, video game controllers, and even telephones.  It may be hard to believe, but if you take the case off of your cell phone, you’ll probably find some dirt trapped in there.  Take a look at the remote control in the picture to the left.  That’s not a sparkle design–it’s dirt and dust.

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10. Fans

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-FansThese can get pretty disgusting, and since they’re so high up, people don’t often think about cleaning them.  Fans and fan blades can accumulate a ton of dust, so they should be cleaned first, along with the ceilings.  Otherwise, you’ll probably get all of the dust on everything you already cleaned.  If they’re not in use for a while, more dust will collect atop the fan blades.  When you turn on the fan during the first hot day of the year, guess what happens–dust starts flying everywhere.  Make sure you clean these things off routinely.

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11. Garbage Pails

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Garbage-PailsGarbage pails are used to dispose of all of the dust and dirt you’re trying to get rid of in your house, so wouldn’t one think that the garbage pail itself would get dirty?  It may be hard to believe, but people don’t often clean these things, which makes the whole cleaning process seem like a bit of a waste (no pun intended).  Don’t just clean the outside of garbage pails, either.  If you have a lid, chances are food or dirt has gotten stuck to the inside of the lid when the can was full.  You may also find some dirt on the inside of the pail–even if you always use trash bags.

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12. Inside Kitchen Appliances

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Inside-Kitchen-Appliances-OvenThese things can get pretty disgusting, as well.  If you’re known to keep food in the refrigerator long after it has expired because you forgot about it, you’ll probably need to wipe down the interior.  The same goes for everything you cook food in–the oven, the microwave, the barbeque, etc.  How many times have you actually taken a good look inside of your microwave or oven?  If you have a spatter cover for your microwave, you probably won’t see any food remnants on the walls of the appliance, so you’ll only have to wash the tray that you put your food on.  That’s easy, since you can take it out and wash it in the dishwasher or sink.  The oven, however, can get pretty bad–especially if used often.

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13. Lamps

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-LampsWhen you’re dusting off surfaces such as nightstands and tables, you’re likely to move everything off of it without taking a look at those items that were on top of it.  Chances are, if your nightstand or table is dusty, so are the other items.  Lamps can get really dusty and dirty, along with other items like your alarm clock.  Make sure you clean these items after removing them from the table, but before setting them down on something clean.  Otherwise, the latter area will now be dirty.

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14. Outdoor mats

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Outdoor-MatsSince these are usually used for people to wipe off their shoes before entering a house, it would probably be a good idea to make sure that the mat itself is clean.  Otherwise, you’ll be getting nowhere and will probably get more dirt on your shoes.  Even the area underneath the mat will probably be dirty, so make sure you sweep the dirt away and clean the mat off thoroughly.

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15. Shower Curtains and Glass Shower Doors

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Shower-CurtainsIf you’re taking a shower, you’re using soap and water to clean, so everything that the soap and water touches will stay clean, right?  Hell no.  Mold and mildew is often found in bathtubs and showers because of the soap and water.  Many people will clean the walls of their showers and bathtubs, but forget about the one thing they touch every time they are about to take a shower.  The worst part is if you have a glass shower door with a towel bar.  If you haven’t cleaned your shower door, I wouldn’t put a towel on that bar!

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16. Staircase Handrails

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Staircase-RailingTake a minute to think about the number of times you’ve used the handrail for your staircase.  Now think about all of the other people who have used that same handrail throughout the day, before and after you used it.  Whether or not you’re afraid of those germs from other people, you should probably clean your handrails every so often.  Just like the steps themselves, handrails can get dirty, too.  They can also get dusty, which doesn’t really do much for the people who use them.

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17. Stove

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-StoveIf it’s even possible, it’s understandable for your oven to get dirty because you don’t often look closely enough inside to see that it actually needs to be cleaned.  If you have a stove, though, I’m sure you’ve noticed all the food and dirt that has accumulated not in the pan your were cooking with, but in the drip pan on the stove.  In reality, the stove top should be cleaned after each use–especially since it’s not something where you can trap the dirt in with a door, like the oven or microwave.  Just be careful, though–you may shut the pilot light off if you use a gas stove.

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18. Toothbrushes and Toothbrush Holders/Chargers

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Toothbrushes-and-Toothbrush-Holders-and-ChargersThe bathroom sink and counter are common places to be cleaned within a house.  However, just like the nightstand, you should clean the products atop the bathroom counter instead of just moving them to clean the surface of the counter.  As much as you may not want to hear it, your toothbrush can get extremely dirty and mold can start to grow on it.  If you don’t want to spread this to your mouth, I’d recommend cleaning your toothbrush regularly.  As you can see in the picture, the chargers for electric toothbrushes can also get dirty, along with regular toothbrush holders.

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19. Tops of Fixed Structures (and behind, if possible)

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Tops-of-Fixed-Structures-MirrorsBy “fixed structure,” I mean just about anything in your home that normally stays in one space with a top that isn’t normally visible.  This includes refrigerators, mirrors, and other things that seem to protrude out from a wall.  If it’s something that can be easily moved, like a picture or a painting, you should also clean the space behind it on the wall.  All of these things can accumulate a massive amount of dust, as you can see on the top of the mirror in the picture to the left.  If possible, you should also clean behind large objects like bookcases, the refrigerator, dressers, etc.

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20. Underneath Kitchen Appliances

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Underneath-Kitchen-Appliances-OvenSince you’re already moving it to clean behind the appliance, why not clean the spot underneath where it once stood?  Just like the space behind appliances, the space underneath can get pretty dirty–especially with all the dirt kicked around just from people walking around.  If it is at all possible for you to move a large appliance to clean underneath it, I would definitely do so.  You can even have someone hold it at an angle for you while you vacuum the dirt up off the floor underneath.

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21. Underneath Rugs

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Underneath-RugsIf somebody is vacuuming a floor with a rug, they’ll often vacuum right over the rug, but leave it where it is, as if it’s one of those fixed structures.  Although they’re not meant to move around, rugs can often get pushed from people walking on top of them and dirt can often get underneath them.  If you plan on vacuuming a room with a rug, you should always clean underneath the rug, as well as the bottom of the rug.  If possible, put the rug in the washing machine to clean it.

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22. Underneath the Toilet

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Underneath-ToiletThis can be one of the most disgusting sites in your house if not cleaned routinely.  Often, people will clean the toilet seat and cover, the tank, and the lid, but they won’t get the other parts.  There are two spots on a toilet which can get extremely disgusting.  One part is often visible, if you pay attention.  This would be the space just behind the lid of the toilet seat, where you can often find dust, dirt, hair, and other things.  The second place is underneath and behind the toilet bowl and tank which, while not visible, can give people nightmares.

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23. Vacuum Cleaners and Other Cleaning Tools

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Vacuum-CleanersIt may seem like a no-brainer, but most people will clean the ins and outs of their home, but forget to clean the cleaning products that they are using to “clean.”  This is probably one of the most important steps when getting ready to clean: First clean your cleaners, then clean the house.  If you don’t clean the vacuum and whatnot, you’ll just be leaving a trail of dirt and dust wherever the tool goes.

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24. Vents

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-VentsWith all the dirt being moved around the house, it’s likely that your vents and air ducts are getting dirty, as well.  From dust and dirt to human and pet hair, you’ll probably find a lot of unwanted things inside of your vents, which can be bad for air circulation.  This should give you all the more reason to clean them every once in a while.  Imagine the things that are growing and living in there right now!

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25. Windows and Windowsills

Forgotten-Things-and-Places-to-Clean-Windows-and-WindowsillsIf you’re going to clean your blinds, you might as well clean the windows and windowsills, too.  A lot of dirt can get trapped here and if you have pets who like to look out the window, you’ll probably see some smudges, also.  The sad part is that most people would clean a mirror without even thinking to clean any of the windows in their home.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot of work to do.

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