30 Things You Should Clean in the Next 30 Days
It’s time to do a deep dive and clean your home.
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Cleaning tips and tricks
You know the obvious of washing your towels and sheets, but what about not-so-obvious items like stovetops and coffee pots? Many items in your closet and pantry deserve a good cleaning too, so you might as well take the time to clean your home. These are the 13 secrets of people who always have a clean house.
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Sometimes, it’s not enough to clean what’s in front of you, but what’s up above you as well. “[Ceiling fans] need to be cleaned regularly,” Jacqueline Janus, cleaning expert and owner of cleaning company Two Chicks and a Broom tells Reader’s Digest. “You can’t see up there, but it’s a great place for dust to settle, even if you keep them running. An extendable microfiber duster is perfect for this.”
Prepare outdoor furniture
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Freezing temperatures outside isn’t an excuse to neglect outdoor furniture. “Take out your outside furniture from storage to give it a good clean for warmer weather,” Jennie Varner, Brand Manager for Molly Maid, a Neighborly Company, tells Reader’s Digest. “Mix up a mild solution of dish detergent and water to clean umbrellas and cushions, and combine 1 gallon of water to ½ cup of vinegar, ½ cup of rubbing alcohol and about 2 squirts of dawn to clean glass tables.” Here are 95 surprising household vinegar uses you never knew about.
There are a few items around the house that you don’t even think about cleaning. Window screens are just those items. “Did you know that rain actually doesn’t make your windows dirty? It’s when rain passes through a dirty screen and carries dirt and debris with it onto your window that you see splotches after an April shower,” David Flax, Vice President of Operations for Window Genie, a Neighborly Company, tells Reader’s Digest. “It’s likely your screens accumulated a lot of dust, dirt, and other contaminants over the long winter, so prevent recurring dirty windows by also having your screens thoroughly cleaned during your first window cleaning of the spring season.”
There are a lot of items in the house that are overlooked for cleaning–and that includes trimmings. “Trimmings like baseboards/wall moldings, doors, and wall switch plates—these are all things that get a lot of use and need to be wiped regularly to prevent grime build-up,” says Janus. To clean these kinds of trimmings, Janus recommends using a damp microfiber cloth or a Magic eraser if they’re really dirty.
The kitchen sponge
The often thankless task of cleaning cutlery, dishes, and random kitchenware goes to the kitchen sponge. In the end, instead of actually cleaning it, the solution might be to just toss the sponge and get a new one.
Sometimes, the most overlooked spots in your house that should be cleaned are also the most obvious. Fortunately, dusting blinds is easy to do. “Close the blinds and use a microfiber cloth, a clean pair of cotton gloves or an old, clean sock to run your hand along each slat to pick up dust starting at the top and working your way down,” says Varner. “Next, close the blinds in the opposite direction and repeat.”
Outside of kitchen appliances
When cooking dinner or baking a cake for a friend’s birthday party, you don’t really think about cleaning the front of a microwave or the knobs of the oven—but those items can get dirty, too. “These items regularly pick up dust, grime, build up from cooking oils, etc,” Janus says. “Clean the front, sides, and top (especially the fridge, it gets really grimy up there).” This is how to spring clean your fridge in 9 easy steps.
“Coffee makers can get dirty inside just like anything else, and if you’re not using distilled water every time you brew, hard water buildup can take a toll,” says Janus. “Mix a 50/50 vinegar and water solution, add it to the water reservoir and start the brew cycle. I would recommend doing this twice, before running it again with just water 2-3 times to clear out the vinegar.” Make sure you know these 7 ways you’re shortening the life of your coffee maker.
You may be concerned with cleaning up your credit, but you may also need to clean your physical credit cards, too. “People often forget to clean the things inside their wallets such as credit cards, bus passes, library cards, and debit cards, even though these quickly accumulate germs,” says Varner. “To clean, wipe down with a damp towel or antibacterial wipe. Use a rubber eraser on the magnetic strip to wipe away excess grime.” Here are 11 ways to improve your credit score and fix your credit.