A huge goal for me for 2016 is to simplify and minimize the stuff in our home, which seems to be a popular resolution with people lately – minimalism is IN. I too want to live simply, have a clean home and thus have no clutter in or on my mind. And while I’ve been simplifying I’ve also been cleaning because we are putting our house up for sale very soon. I’m cleaning stuff I haven’t even thought to clean in the three years since our home was built. I’m cleaning stuff that many people probably don’t think about cleaning at ALL.
Or maybe you do. Maybe you clean all of these things already. In which case this list is not for you, and also maybe you can give me some tips on cleaning, he he.
Here are 10 things you need to clean but haven’t been..
Both your indoor and outdoor garbage cans need washing occasionally, unless you are consistently using bags in them and the bags never get punctured or spill. But that’s gotta be rare because I seem to need to wash my bins all the time. I can’t be alone! They get super gross, so I try to wash them every 6 months or so.
These can get pretty nasty. Dusty, gummy, toothpaste, etc. They need a wipe down every now and then, or even a little soak in vinegar (as long as they aren’t wood). Use your discretion as to how often, but keep an eye on them. If you have a lot of people in your home, or have little ones, you’ll likely need to clean them more regularly.
Drawers and cupboards
I’ve had dark and light cupboards, and they both get dirty on the outside. Dark cupboards seem dirtier than light do since everything is so much more noticeable, but white ones can get dirty without you even noticing! You should wipe your cupboards down often, once per month at least, and whenever you notice spots. A cloth with soap and water works fine. You will also want to take everything out of your drawers (and toss the things away that you don’t use, have broken, etc) once every 3 – 6 months, and wipe down the bottom. I do the same in my cupboard as well – remove everything, toss what is empty or never used, and wipe the bottom down.
The base/back of the toilet
I would hope it’s pretty obvious to most people to clean the toilet and seat, they get super dirty. I do this once every few weeks. But what you may not notice is that the back of the toilet and the base (and even the floor behind the toilet) get super dirty, too. I wipe down the top of the toilet whenever I clean the rest of the toilet, and the base gets cleaned once every month or so. Dust can collect down there like CRAZY!
The nooks and crannies of your oven
I cook a lot of soups and sauces, and they tend to splatter and spill. Whenever I wipe the stovetop down I wipe the edges or lip of the oven as well since things can run down and dry there. It’s pretty easy to miss, actually. The way I check is to kneel on the floor and look up at the edges. I also open the over door and wipe along there, too. And speaking of your oven, another area in the kitchen you want to clean is…
Beside and underneath appliances
Once a year I pull the oven and fridge out and sweep and clean the floor underneath and next to them. Stuff gets trapped down there, and dust accumulates as well. It can get really, really gross. And if you have any appliances that can’t be pulled out, be sure to clean the nooks and crannies of those as well.
Things get gross in the fridge. It just happens. So once every 3 – 6 months I take everything out and wipe the shelves clean. Some people cover them with saran wrap and just remove that to clean them, which would work, too. But I don’t mind using a cloth!
Think about how often you use them. Now think about the last time you cleaned them. Have you ever? Do yourself and your family a big favour and grab some Lysol wipes and wipe those suckers down. Especially right now, during cold and flu season!
Okay, most people probably know to clean this, but I ALWAYS forget, so I’m sure others have! To clean our microwave I soak a dish cloth, set it in the microwave and turn it on for a couple minutes. Then everything wipes off really easily.
Your makeup stuff
Your brushes, bag, and cosmetics themselves need cleaning (or at very least a good wiping off). Brushes should be cleaned once a month, and the bag and cosmetics you should clean on an as-needed basis.
Now that these items are clean, it’s a good idea to maintain the cleanliness, so I’ve decided to follow a cleaning schedule for 2016! I found an amazing printable (and a ton of other household printables) for from this great blog. Do you follow a schedule? Do you always forget to clean certain things in your home?
What items do you always forget to clean that aren’t on this list?