It’s easy to judge someone else’s home. We notice gunk on the floor, cobwebs in the corners, and dust on the overhead fan. But no matter how hard it is to find dirt hideaways on your own, a little expert advice can’t hurt. Jan M. Dougherty, author of “The Lost Art of House Cleaning: A Clean House Is a Happy Home,” revealed the seven spots you’re likely to miss.
#1 Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are loaded with dust and dead bugs. Take them down, spritz with a cleaning solution, and wipe clean.
#2 Toilet Body
You probably clean your tank fairly often, but what about all the bits and pieces that surround the tank, and the floor itself? Start with the top of the tank and spray all the way around — the lid, under the lid, the seat, down to and on the surrounding floor, and even the walls behind the toilet.
#3 Dust Collectors
The TV mount, picture frames, computer printer, keyboards, and remotes are great dust collectors. Use a microfiber rag that you’ve sprayed lightly with vinegar to banish it all. Vinegar isn’t electrostatically charged, so dust will take longer to return to that spot.
#4 Drawer Organizers
Crumbs and dirt love those little compartments. Suck them up with a handy vac, or spray with vinegar and wipe away with a rag.
#5 Ice Maker
Old ice absorbs food odors, so it’s a good idea to clean and sanitize the whole system every once in a while. Stop the machine from making more ice, pull out the ice bin, and dump the ice. Wash the bin and ice maker with vinegar, or put the bin in the dishwasher if your manual says it’s safe to do so. Wipe the ice maker with a dry rag to remove moisture.
#6 Appliance Handles
You touch them so many times every day. And you never think about it. Take the knobs off the stove, remove the dish and the grease screen from the over-the-range microwave and put them in the dishwasher.
#7 Glass and Mirrors
Wash dull, smudged glass and mirrors with straight vinegar. Be aware that if you’ve been using commercial cleaners it may take numerous cleanings with vinegar to get all the wax off the glass.