23 Places in Your House You Shouldn’t Clean That Often
Do you spend the whole weekend trying to get your place perfectly clean, but the next day it looks like you never cleaned it?
We at Bright Side might have a solution! Some places in your house don't need to be cleaned too often, so put your mops and sponges aside. You just need to come up with a cleaning schedule that will help you stay organized and keep your home sparkling clean.
- To avoid hard water stains remember to wipe dry your stainless steel sink.
- Bathroom tiles: use a window squeegee to prevent bathroom mold.
- Dishes: never leave dirty dishes overnight, and don't let them soak for too long. Dirty water is a bacteria-friendly environment.
- Dining tables and kitchen counters should be cleaned with a damp cloth to remove any food remnants.
- Laundry: don't wait until you can run a full load. Wash your clothes every day so as not to let bacteria multiply in your dirty stuff.
Once a week
- Bedsheets need to be washed separately from your clothes at a high temperature, sorted by fabric type.
- First, dry mop or vacuum the floor, and then clean with a slightly damp mop. Important! Clean the floor 3 times a week if you have small children or pets.
- Clean bathroom cabinets and wall storage shelves with disinfectant solution, and keep toothbrushes in closed containers.
- Furniture: use microfiber cloths to clean your furniture (they won't leave any scratches).
- Remove grease stains from kitchen appliances using dishwashing liquid and warm water.
- When cleaning kitchen and bathroom faucets, use products that don't contain chlorine or strong acids.
Once a month
- For microwaves, use baking soda. It's the best product to use on enamel, and it fights odors too.
- Vacuum filter: when you empty the canister don't forget to clean the filter as well.
- Blinds and air vents: before turning to soap and water, vacuum the grates using low suction power.
- Use static dusters or any other soft brushes to clean wall sconces and floor lamps.
Every 3-6 months
- Refrigerator: baking soda will get rid of smells and leave your fridge perfectly clean.
- Pillows, blankets, and mattresses: if you can't clean them properly, at least leave them out in the sun for a few hours to get rid of dust mites.
- Get mold and mildew off your shower curtains: clean in your washing machine, then drip-dry.
- Kitchen stove hood filters: dip them in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Clean with dishwashing soap, and rinse thoroughly.
- Oven: before cleaning with detergents, preheat the oven for 20 minutes.
Once a year
- Carpets and upholstery: use special cleaners to remove dirt and stains. Important! Clean every 6 months if you have pets.
- Windows: never wash windows on a sunny day because cleaning solutions applied to hot glass dry too quickly, leaving more streaks. Important! If your windows face a busy street with much traffic, clean them every 6 months.
- Curtains: depending on the fabric type, wash curtains in your washing machine or use a steamer.