You probably dust weekly, vacuum every couple of days, and clean your bathrooms often, but when was the last time you wiped down your cabinets, cleaned your bathroom rug or cleaned your pet's dishes? These are most likely neglected areas of your home that need to be cleaned as well. See below for these and other areas that need to be cleaned around your home and reasons why.
1. Exterior Kitchen Cabinets
The exterior of your kitchen cabinets, especially around where you cook can accumulate with grease and oils, which dust can stick to. These cabinets, as well as your other cabinets can get quite filthy over time, eventually staining your cabinets if not cleaned. Use wood cleaner on your wooden cabinets, or mild dish soap and water on laminate cabinet types, paying special attention to the handle areas where oils from your hands can build up. Wipe then down using a soft cloth or sponge, then be sure to dry them thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth.
2. Bath Mat/Rug
The bath rug or mat in your bathroom that you step out onto each time you shower may not have been cleaned in quite some time. Read the tag to see if it can be thrown into the washing machine for a good cleaning. If it can be washed, wash it in hot water if possible. This mat/rug can have lint, hair and dust all over it, not to mention the germs that are probably on it as well.
3. Pet Bowls
Your pet's bowls can have quite a few germs in them from daily meals, plus the dust and dirt that can get into them when not in use. Be sure to clean your pet's bowls a few times per week to prevent these germs being spread to your pet, which could possibly cause illness.
4. Pet Bedding
Your pet's bedding is probably another area that you rarely clean. Check the tag on your pet's bed to see if it can be tossed into the washing machine. If it can't, use your vacuum to clean it off as best as you can to remove hair, dandruff and dirt. If your pet uses a blanket, just wash it in hot water and then dry it. Your pet deserves a clean bed, and your home may not smell like dog/cat as badly if you keep the bedding clean.
5. Light Switches And Doorknobs
These areas may not be cleaned as often as they should, if at all. Think about how often you turn on and off a light in your home, then think about how many times you or someone else has touched a doorknob. There can be quite a few germs in these areas, so they should be cleaned weekly when you clean the rest of your home. Use a bleach wipe to clean these areas to remove germs and other dirt/debris.
These are some of the most neglected areas that you probably rarely clean. Keep these areas clean to help your home feel cleaner, and to prevent germs from spreading. To help you clean these and other neglected areas of your home, hire a professional cleaning service for help.