When the weather starts to warm up and you can finally open your home’s windows, the light shining in can point out the dust and dirt hiding in every crevice.
If this has prompted you to start spring cleaning, you’ll want to look at more than just your bedrooms and main living areas. The rooms and items that are listed below are easy to forget but should be cleaned because they can help make your home brighter, cleaner and more hygienic.
1. Inside Dust Bins
It’s certainly not pleasant cleaning the areas where you place your rubbish but it must be done. Even when trash bags are used regularly, food and liquid can spill out and leave behind unpleasant smells.
Fortunately, cleaning rubbish bins isn’t difficult if you have a garden hose equipped with a high pressure sprayer. This will blast off any debris and will leave behind a nice smell if you use scented dish soap.
And don’t forget to clean inside of your bin store areas too, by moving out the bins and giving it a good sweep and wash.
2. Drawers and Cabinets
Almost every home has a “junk drawer” that’s filled with everything that gets tossed around the house. By cleaning this out, you’ll be one step closer to being fully organized within your home.
Drawer dividers are excellent investments for this drawer as well as any others that are a bit too messy for your taste. When it comes to your cabinets, it’s recommended to vacuum up crumbs and wipe down the doors to leave the interior fresh.
3. Solar Panels
Most homeowners forget that solar panel cleaning should be a regular part of keeping this investment in good shape. If you’re on a budget you can do this yourself with warm water, soap and a very soft sponge.
However, if you’re not comfortable or capable of getting on your roof, you’ll want to hire a professional to do this for you. By making cleaning your solar panels a priority, you’ll improve the efficiency of your solar panels while helping to boost their longevity as well.
Your baseboards go through a lot throughout the year, which can result in discoloration and debris stuck to them in all areas of your home. From pet hair to juice spills and everything in between, you might be surprised at how dirty these are when you crouch down to look.
The good news is that you can quickly clean these up with a damp sponge and a little bit of elbow grease. There are also stick cleaners you can buy that allow you to walk along the side of your baseboards and clean without bending down.
Baseboards are also known as skirting boards, depending on where you’re from and what circles you hang around in.
The first thing you see when you come home is your door, so shouldn’t it be sparkling clean? This will create a nice ambiance for a clean home, so it’s worth taking a short amount of time to scrub it down.
A garden hose will make this easy to clean up, although you may need to use a gentle scrubber to remove stains. If your garden hose doesn’t extend far enough, a spray bottle and sponge should be more than enough to spruce it up.
6. Switch Plates
Since you touch your light switches every day, they can end up smudged and stained. By taking the time to wipe these down with a lightly dampened cloth, you can make every room look brighter and cleaner.
Try to make this a regular habit to help reduce the spread of germs as well.
7. Ceiling Fans
The top of your ceiling fans will soon be in use with the warmer weather. To avoid spreading dust that will trigger allergies and create dust bunnies, clean the tops of them with a damp washcloth. This should be done regularly once the weather warms up to help keep dust to a minimum.
Freshen Up Your Home
When you get started with spring cleaning, don’t forget the small but important areas listed above. By addressing them, you’ll be on your way to a much cleaner home at the deepest level. This can mean fewer allergies, less mess and a brighter space that makes you smile every time you come home.