Secret Spring Cleaning Checklist: Have You Done All 10?

A man in a superhero costume cleaning a living room.

Even if you are a neat freak and your toilets shine, bed has fresh clean linens, and your kitchen is spotless, what areas have you missed? Dust and dirt can easily build up in unexpected places, leaving areas that we forget during routine housecleaning. To make sure you get your home clean from top to bottom this spring, cover these 10, easy-to-miss places.

1. Washing Machine

You may think the washing machine takes care of itself, but it is actually one of the grimiest places in your home. Try adding two cups of vinegar and one-half cup of baking soda to the drum. Run an empty cycle on the highest level and at the hottest water temperature. When the cycle is done, wipe inside the drum with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to clean the area where the fabric softener goes. You can clean it manually using a rag or toothbrush, or by running soapy water through it.

2. Personal Electronic Devices

Cell phones, TV remotes, gaming controllers, keyboards, and tablets are at the top of list most people forget to clean. Remove the batteries and wipe down all items with an anti-bacterial wipe to keep germs from spreading. A Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol works wonders between the buttons.

3. Toaster

Can you even remember the last time you cleaned your toaster? Those crumbs have to go somewhere. After unplugging, make sure you remove and dump the crumb drawer regularly.

4. Under Appliances

You can’t avoid cleaning behind the refrigerator or under the stove forever! Pull out appliances, clean the coils with a vacuum, then wipe down the walls, floor, and all sides with a damp rag.

5. Closet floors

The carpet can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. At least once a year, pull everything out of the closets and give the space a thorough cleaning.

6. Indoor Plants

Whether real or silk, plants can accumulate a surprising amount of dust. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down each fake leaf, or a wet cloth to wipe live plants.

7. Curtains

Dust, pollen, and mold can build up on your curtains. Start at the top and work your way down by using a vacuum or damp cloth to remove any dust.

8. Throw Pillows

We are used to washing the pillowcases we sleep on, but our throw pillows? Even though they are just decoration, they still accumulate dead skin and dirt. If they are not machine washable, vacuum up dust and spot-clean with a cloth.

9. Garbage Bins

Their name implies they are supposed to be dirty, but washing garbage cans out with a hose will make taking out the trash a less stinky chore.

10. Buttons on the Garage Door Opener

Mine were filthy!

Keeping your home clean is no small feat, but you may want to add these to your list this spring. How many places have you forgotten to clean?