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13 Places You're Probably Not Cleaning: Why It's Important to Clean Them

Do you ever feel like there's always a smell emanating from your oven? Or maybe you've noticed that the floor in front of the toilet is never really clean. There are 13 places that are often ignored when it comes to cleaning, but should be cleaned regularly for health reasons. We'll go into detail about each place below!

The inside of your oven - When you cook food, the chemicals from that food vaporize into a gas. This can leave behind an unpleasant smell. Cleaning it is as simple as wiping out any remaining residue and spraying it with water and baking soda to kill off bacteria or using lemon juice and salt to get rid of stains left over on the inside of the oven.

Your stovetop - You might not realize how much gunk is sitting on your stove top, and that's because it usually doesn't require a lot of cleaning. To keep the bacteria at bay wipe down with vinegar every couple of days or so. For stubborn stains, use baking soda and salt as scrubbing agents.

Microwave - Not many people know this but microwaves are often magnets for dirt and grime, especially if you cook food in them regularly (like popcorn). All you need to do is give them a quick blast of hot water once in a while using a spray bottle or damp cloth to get rid of any leftover residue! And don’t forget around the door frame too -- bacteria and food can easily get caught there.

Underneath furniture - People usually forget about the underside of their furniture, especially if it's against a wall or in a corner. To keep your place free from creepy crawlies, sweep underneath with an old broom at least once per month! 

The floor in front of the toilet- Again, not many people know that the floor in front of your toilet can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Use an old rag to wipe down the tile around it at least once per week!

Inside cabinets and drawers where food is stored-  If you're storing your food inside cabinets or drawers, be sure to clean it out at least once per week. Keep in mind that sometimes the dirt and dust can collect on top of the dishes so don't forget about wiping them down too!

Your shower head -   Not many people think about the shower head being a place that needs to be cleaned, but it's never good for your skin or hair if you're spraying bacteria and other gunk on yourself. A quick wipe every 5-weeks should do!

Baseboards in your home - Your baseboards are home to a whole host of dirt, dust and allergens.  Be sure to clean them with warm water and soap at least once per week!

Air vents - You may not think of the air vents as a place that needs to be cleaned, but it's important because they're full of bacteria and dust.  Clean your vents with some water and dish soap before you blow dry or vacuum them for best results.

Your laundry hamper - The last thing you want is dirt from dirty clothes spilling out onto clean ones! Be sure to wash your clothes hamper at least once per week so that any germs don't spread through all your clothing.

Between the cushions on your couch or armchair-  This is another place that's often overlooked when cleaning. Make sure to clean the cushions and any fabric surfaces on your furniture regularly.

Between the blades on your ceiling fan -  Dust and dirt are attracted to the blades of your ceiling fan, which can cause them to wear down prematurely. Make sure you clean between each blade with a duster for best results.

Kitchen sink and faucet -  The kitchen sink and faucet are often overlooked when cleaning because we're usually focusing on the counters and floors. Make sure you clean your sink thoroughly, inside and out, every time it's used so that any bacteria doesn't spread to other surfaces in your home.


All 13 of these places are often overlooked when cleaning, because they're not the focus point of your home. When you do clean, make sure to take a few minutes on each surface and keep them in good shape so that our house is always healthy.

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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