How to Clean Things in Your House You’ve Probably Never Actually Cleaned Before

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I’m not super great at cleaning.

My home is usually pretty tidy, and I enjoy the act of putting things where they belong, but actual cleaning? Like, scrubbing, dusting, wiping, mopping, etc.? It’s not my strong suit. Honestly, I just kind of forget that that’s a thing you have to do sometimes.

As it turns out, it’s not enough to just wipe down your counters or dust your TV stand every once in a while. In fact, there are all kinds of places in your home that deserve more cleaning attention that you may not have even thought about for years — if ever. Unless you’re way better at cleaning than I am, that is.

Luckily for you, these hidden areas are not impossible to clean! And they don’t necessarily require you to get down on your hands and knees and scrub until your arms are tired, either. Here are some of the best cleaning hacks for the forgotten corners around your home.

1. Your Stove

A lot of people don’t even realize that most stoves open up like this so you can get in there and clean a little bit easier. Mind=blown.

2. Your Keyboard

Your keyboard is probably full of all kinds of crumbs and dust bunnies. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to get all that gunk out. Unless you use a sticky note!

3. Your Screen Door

Easily remove cobwebs, dust, and other messy stuff from your screen door with a lint roller. So simple. So easy. I wish I had thought of this sooner.

4. Your Gutters

OK, so you probably don’t totally neglect your gutters (you’d have pretty major problems if you did), but have you considered how much easier they are to clean out in cold weather?

5. Your Nail Clippings

Granted, your nail clippings aren’t really a part of your house, but they do tend to go flying and often end up who knows where. Add a couple of pieces of tape to the sides of the clippers to keep those clippings from flying every which way.

6. Your Glasses Frames

If you have plastic frames, you may have noticed that they tend to mysteriously turn white after a while. To fix them, simply rub them with a melamine sponge (like a Magic Eraser), then add a little bit of oil and let them sit for about 15 minutes. That should solve it!

7. Your Blender

Blenders are notoriously difficult to clean every part of…unless you make yourself a soap and water smoothie! This is so brilliant.

8. Your Coffee Grinder

It’s not like you can just submerge the thing in water. Before doing the baking soda trick, you can also grind up some stale bread to “scrub” the coffee grounds out.

9. Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher washes the dishes, but who washes the dishwasher? You do, actually. All you have to do is put a cup of vinegar in the top drawer and run it. Then sprinkle in a bit of baking soda. P.S. You can pretty much clean your entire house with vinegar and baking soda. It’s a good idea to stock up.

10. Your Ceiling Fan Blades

These things can get surprisingly disgusting before you even realize it. Keep all the gross stuff from falling all over you by using a pillowcase to trap the dust (while the fan isn’t running, obviously).

11. Your George Foreman Grill

This trick also works like a charm on waffle irons!

12. Your Carpet

If you have pets, you should have a squeegee. That’s just a fact. You can also use it on your couch and car seats!

13. Your Walls

Chalk naturally absorbs grease stains and is then easily cleaned off. You can also use chalk to remove grease stains from your laundry!

14. Your Garbage Disposal

I don’t know about you, but I have never even really thought about all the gunk that gets stuck under the rubber flap of the garbage disposal. I kind of don’t even want to think about it now…but I should probably go clean mine.

15. Your Toaster

Use a toothbrush to clean the crumbs out of the toaster vents. Obviously, unplug the toaster first. You didn’t need me to tell you that, right?

16. Your Air Vents

Reach all of the nooks and crannies of your air vents using a butter knife and a cloth. You can also use this trick for the vents in your car.

17. Your Vacuum Cleaner

Use a seam ripper to remove all the hair that gets collected in your vacuum cleaner brush. It works like a charm!

18. Your Showerhead

Think about it. You use the showerhead to get yourself clean, so you obviously need to clean the showerhead, too! Put some vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, and voila!

19. Your Dryer’s Lint Collection Tray

It’s not enough to simply empty the trap with every load of laundry (although you should absolutely be doing that, too!). You should also clean out the area underneath the trap every month or so. Use a yardstick with a T-shirt wrapped around it to do a thorough job.

20. The Vents over Your Stove

These things get super gunky and grimy, and the thought of all that gross stuff hanging over your food while you cook is pretty gross. Luckily, it’s super easy to clean these vents! Fill a stainless steel pot with water and a bunch of baking soda, bring to a boil, and dunk the vents in. The grease will come off in a matter of seconds!

21. Your Plastic Cutting Boards

Make a paste with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish detergent. Apply it to your plastic cutting boards, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off and wash the board like normal.

22. Your Pillows

Yup! You should be washing your pillows every once in a while, too! Here’s an easy way to do it that keeps them nice and fluffy!

23. Your Trash Bin

Hose down your outdoor trash bin every once in a while to keep gross gunk and smells at bay. You should also wipe down the trash cans you keep inside!

24. Your Hairbrush

Your combs and brushes can collect buildup from grease and hair products that you use. Soak them in a mixture of water, dish soap, and Borax to get them squeaky clean.

25. Your Toilet Brush

I am ashamed to admit that I have literally never thought to clean my toilet brush. But come on! It goes in the toilet! Of course you need to clean it!

26. Your Blinds

You might already be dusting your blinds, but I bet you’re not doing it with tongs and a microfiber cloth! You should be!

27. Your Garbage Disposal Blades

In addition to scrubbing that rubber gasket thing, you can drop ice cubes containing little pieces of lemon and some vinegar in down the drain in order to eliminate gross sink odors.

28. Your Wooden Cutting Board

If you have a wooden cutting board, you know the struggled of keeping it clean. You can’t soak it in water or put it in the dishwasher (if you do, it’ll warp and create cracks!). Instead, use half of a lemon and some salt to scrub the top of it. Wipe it with a damp cloth and you should be good to go.

29. Your Kids’ Toys

(Or your toys!) This is especially good to know when sickness is going around. Put plastic toys like Lego bricks into a mesh bag and toss the whole thing in your washing machine. Some toys can also be washed in a dishwasher!

30. Your Couch

Sprinkle some baking soda on your couch and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Vacuum it off and enjoy your refreshed couch! Now, check out these genius cleaning tools that practically do the cleaning for you…