12 Places Messes Like to Hide in Your Home

12 Places Messes Like to Hide in Your Home

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Here’s a list of the most-forgotten-about items and the quickest ways to clean them.

Some messes like to hide in plain sight throughout your home, so you may not even think to clean them, let alone have the time to do it. But no worries! Check out our list of the most forgotten-about household items and the quickest ways to clean them.

1. Toaster
You may not use it every day, so it’s easy to overlook. Instead of simply shaking the crumbs out of the tray, here’s our 5-step guide for a more thorough toaster cleaning.

2. Microwave
From deep cleaning to deodorizing, our microwave cleaning tips will keep your microwave sparkling, even with excessive family use.

3. Refrigerator
You’ve already cleaned out the inside, but what about the outside? Dampen a Bounty paper towel and take a second to wipe down the top to remove any dust. And don’t forget to wipe down the handle, too. Mr. Clean Extra Durable Magic Eraser can help make the job even easier!

4. Cutting Boards
You may clean your cutting boards after every use, but now’s the perfect time for a deeper clean to keep germs at bay. To disinfect, wipe the board with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with a paper towel. Allow it to sit and bubble for 3 to 4 minutes, and then wipe with a clean sponge.

5. Dishwasher
Use our 3-step guide to easily and properly clean the hardest working appliance in your kitchen.

6. Reusable Grocery Bags
Most fabric grocery bags have labels with laundering care, but for those that don’t, throw them in the washer with hot water and Tide + Febreze Odor Defense Pods, then allow to air dry. Be sure to store them in a dry, well-lit area.

7. Mattress
Keep your mattress fresh and clean with our easy-to-follow 4-step guide.

8. Bedding
Machine wash your bed linens and duvet cover every one to two weeks on the hottest setting to help kill allergens and dust mites. Many newer washers have a sanitary or extra hot setting.

If you use allergy encasings over your pillows, comforter or mattress to trap dust mites, only clean the encasings when absolutely necessary. Removing them will release the allergens.

To get your white linens bright again, soak them overnight in a tub of extra hot water with a mixture of 1 cup laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup borax and 1/2 cup bleach. Then wash them in the washing machine on the hottest setting.

 

9. Window Treatments
Washable Curtains: Some fabric window treatments, like cotton curtain panels, are machine washable. Many fabric shades or custom-made drapes are not. First, check the tag for care instructions. If they’re washable, follow the instructions on the tag, wash and rehang them.
Nonwashable Drapes: For styles or fabric types that can’t easily be laundered, start by removing dust and hair with a vacuum tool or lint roller. If the curtains aren’t difficult to detach, you can even take them outside and shake them like a rug.

10. Ceiling Fans
Check out our simple, 7-step method for effectively cleaning your ceiling fans.

11. Couch Cushions
Remove the couch cushion covers and launder them according to the care listed on the tag. Spray the cushions down with Febreze Fabric Refresher to eliminate odors and keep your sofa smelling fresh.

12. Shoes 
It’s inevitable: Shoes get dirty, and fast. Follow these simple cleaning tips to keep your family’s tennis, suede and leather shoes looking their best.

Did we leave something off the list? Share your hard-to-remember items and cleaning tips in the comments below!

 

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