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Things you Never thought to Clean around the House

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

Keeping a house clean and tidy can and usually is a never-ending chore!   No matter how much you dust, vacuum, sweep/dust, it usually doesn't last long before it needs to be repeated.    Here are a few areas of your home that can go overlooked.   

The Bathroom

The walls need attention after a while with hot steamy showers.   Use a microfiber cloth or soft sponge to thoroughly wipe down the walls.

The shower curtain will last longer if you throw it in the washing machine on a regular basis.    You can clean it by itself with detergent and if it needs more attention, add a cup of baking soda to the water.   Wash on gentle, and add white vinegar during the rinse cycle.   Hang the curtain to dry.  (be sure it is machine washable)

The Kitchen

The coffeemaker is usually the most overlooked item and definitely needs cleaning.   This depends on what type of coffee maker you have, but should all be cleaned once a month for everyday drinkers.   If you use a grinder for the coffee, this needs to be included.

Garbage Disposal Splash Guard may be the source of some unwanted smells.   A soapy scrub sponge should do the trick to remove the gunk from the folds and grooves.   (BE SURE to unplug it before cleaning!)

The dishwasher filter needs a good hot water rinse and a good idea to use a toothbrush to gently scrub the mesh screen and plastic to remove any residue.

How often do you see crumbs in the silverware drawer?    They find their way in, and on occasion, you need a quick wipe down of this drawer.

Around the House

The doorknobs, light switches, handrails, cabinet handles, and TV (and remotes) need to be wiped down with disinfectant wipes or antibacterial cleaner.

Now that we are using reusable shopping bags, these bags can quickly become the perfect environment for bacteria.   Hand wash fabric bags in warm water w/soap or laundry detergent, then hang them to dry.   Disinfecting wipes are also a good choice.

 

SO, turn on your favorite energy-boosting playlist, and get cleaning!

 

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Joan Cox
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House to Home, Inc.

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Comments (30)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Roy.

May 11, 2023 08:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tammy, I should check into that, but do love my duo Keurig.

May 11, 2023 08:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joan... I have an excellent housekeeper and she totally stays on top of all these things and more. I clean my coffee machine, my dishwasher, my disposal, and my washing machine each and every month without fail.

May 11, 2023 11:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina Hollander, Broker having been in your house, KNOW it is clean as can be!

May 11, 2023 12:27 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox I have a new housekeeper as of about 18 months ago... and she's awesome! So my house is even cleaner!

May 11, 2023 03:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joan- these are all important areas that are often forgotten. I do use the reuseable shopping bags and toss them in the washing machine after a trip to the store. 

May 11, 2023 05:33 PM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Joan Cox - thank you for all these tips and reminders - I never thought about bacteria in the reusable bags and it makes good sense to give them a wash - Kathy Streib I’m so glad to know these bags can go in the washer.

May 12, 2023 03:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, that is a good idea with the shopping bags.

May 12, 2023 08:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Vickie, that is a good idea, and we should all be doing that.

May 12, 2023 08:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 13, 2023 06:16 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are all good reminders of things we need to keep clean!

May 14, 2023 06:30 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks so much Kathy!

May 14, 2023 10:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, I need to be better at cleaning the coffee pot.

May 14, 2023 10:23 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Also important to clean between the sink and the backsplash.  Our coffee maker lets us know when to clean it. Also we use the old fashioned ice cub trays and I wash them with soap and water once a month. The challenge is out here in the high desert the dust is everywhere and one must learn not to become obsessive compulsive about the dust. Dust the furniture and in 30 minutes the dust is back.

May 15, 2023 07:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Leanne Smith I have found a mess between the stove and the cabinets where food has slipped down, and made a mess.    I don't think I would like that much dust!

May 15, 2023 07:19 AM
Leanne Smith

In life we exchange one issue for another. Back in the Midwest our dust was oil from all the pollution. Here is it is just dust.  The lovely sunsets over the mountains, the early morning coffees on the veranda are for me worth the dust. 

May 15, 2023 07:49 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

I like the reminder to put on a playlist.  It does seem more fun when you're bopping along to a favorite tune!

May 15, 2023 01:38 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cara, I think so too!   Music makes the time go by much faster.

May 16, 2023 06:12 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Great tips Joan! I am the main coffee drinker and I do clean it on a regular basis. I never think to wipe down the bathroom walls though. I'll have to do this. The playlist helps for sure!

May 16, 2023 06:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carla, I haven't cleaned the walls since I moved in almost 5 years ago, I need to do this too.

May 16, 2023 06:52 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

All good reminders for keeping things clean.  My pet peeve?  Ceiling Fans ... they are dust collectors.  We should give it a good dusting at least once a month!

May 19, 2023 10:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana Dahlberg I only use mine in the summer, so sure they are very dusty.

May 19, 2023 01:13 PM
Diana Dahlberg

We use ours year-round as we like the air circulation in our bedroom -- especially while sleeping.  

May 20, 2023 09:32 AM