The good news is that there are tips and tricks on how to clean these challenging places.
1. Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
If you’re lucky enough to have a ceiling fan, you can use it to circulate air and cool off your home in the summer.
But it’s important to clean these hard-to-reach places on a regular basis. You’ll find a ladder to be highly useful for this job!
You may use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the blades of the ceiling fan. Although, you might need an extension pole if they’re high up.
You may also use a vacuum with a crevice tool to get the dust out of between each blade of your ceiling fan, especially if there are many blades that are highly decorative and aren’t simply flat.
A toothbrush may help here too if there are nooks or crannies between each blade where dust tends to gather so well, and don’t forget about the space behind those round bulb covers either!
2. Cabinet Tops and Tall Furniture
These areas require a step ladder. For cabinets, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the dust from the top of each shelf. Be sure to use a damp cloth if you need to wipe away any water spots or spills.
You can also use a microfiber duster, which is great for reaching into corners and tight spaces.
You can also clean tall furniture like bookcases and entertainment centers with a broom. Just be sure to sweep up dust before vacuuming it away so that the vacuum doesn’t cause another mess!
Cleaning the tops of cabinets, light fixtures, and other places high up on the walls can be a real pain. If you don’t have a step stool handy, you may need to enlist an assistant to help out.
A good solution is an extendable duster with a long handle. It’s easier than climbing onto chairs or stools and allows for more thorough cleaning in hard-to-reach places.
3. Window Blinds
When it comes to cleaning window blinds, you can get pretty creative with your tools. Here are some of the ways you can clean that space between the slats:
- If your blinds have fabric on them and no open spaces, try using a duster or a dryer sheet to dust off the dirt and dust. You can also use an attachment for your vacuum cleaner if you don’t have access to a duster or a dryer sheet.
- If your blinds are comprised of open slats (like venetian blinds), try using a very small brush attachment for vacuums or even just use some water with dish soap in it to spray down those areas that collect dust easily.
- For any other type of window covering, wipe down stubborn spots with a damp cloth first before trying any other method of cleaning so as not to damage them by scrubbing too hard with abrasive materials like sponges or brushes.
If necessary, apply some cleaning solution made specifically for this purpose before wiping down again with just plain water afterward.
4. Bathroom Toilets and Sinks
The bathroom is a dark, tight space. It’s easy to miss things when you’re cleaning, even when you know they’re there.
To keep your toilet clean and sanitary, use a long-handled brush with bristles that can reach the areas behind it. Be sure to have a trash can nearby so you can throw away dirty paper towels or cloth used for cleaning.
To get at those hard-to-reach places inside your bathroom sink, go in from above with your head down near the bottom of the sink basin so that no water splashes onto either side of your face.
Wear gloves if possible. They will help keep bacteria from transferring onto other surfaces throughout your house by preventing accidental contact with germs on your hands.
5. Dishwasher Filter
If you’ve got a dishwasher, chances are that the filter has collected some serious gunk over time.
You may even notice that dishes coming out of the dishwasher don’t feel completely clean—and sometimes they’ll even smell like they were just washed in dirty water.
To clean the filter, remove it from your washer and wash it with hot, soapy water. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub away food particles.
Rinse thoroughly and re-place before running a cycle with white vinegar for extra odor-fighting power.
Whether you live in a tiny studio apartment or a spacious house, it’s likely that you have at least one hard-to-reach area, like the inside of your shower stall or refrigerator, where you find yourself needing to clean.
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