It should come as no surprise that keeping your home clean will lead to increased property value, lower home repair costs, and happy family members. So instead of making a huge cleaning list, I made it my mission to find the 8 most overlooked homeowner spring cleaning tasks. Go ahead and add these tasks to your list…you can thank me later. (SMILES)
Overlooked Homeowner Spring Cleaning Task List
1. Your cleaning supplies. Yep, the number one overlooked cleaning task is actually cleaning or in some cases replacing you cleaning supplies. They are used year round and often hang out under sinks and in dark closets. No wonder they need a cleaning.
Make sure to replace old sponges, expired cleaning supplies, and the toilet brush. Then take a moment to fully clean your vacuum, including all the filters.
2. The washer and dryer. Cleaning these appliances won’t just make them work better but will keep you smelling spring fresh, too. Not sure how to clean your washer or dryer? Here is some advice from American Home Shield on cleaning your washer and dryer.
3. All those pillows. Those nasty little dust mites love our pillows. Check your pillow tags, and wash them if you can. If they can’t be washed, it is probably time for some new pillows. For decorative pillows, use your vacuum. You can even use dust mite pillow covers that block mites from deep diving into your comfy memory foam. A wise investment.
4. The dishwasher. The dishwasher is a perfect storm in the bacteria and mold world. It is dark, damp, often filled with dirty dishes, and remains closed for long periods of time. Cleaning a dishwasher can be as easy as a bowl filled with some distilled vinegar. For more tips, Apartment Therapy has a how-to guide on cleaning your dishwasher.
5. Trash cans. Trash cans hold all the stuff we don’t want anymore and can be a leading cause of getting sick. They carry some nasty stuff, everything from salmonella to the common cold virus.
6. Keyboards, mice, remotes, and game controllers. These items get passed from hand to hand and tend to carry all those collected germs for a long time. Use a mild disinfectant on the outside, and use compressed air for the small crevices.
7. Electrical switches, phone chargers, and push-pull spots on doors. We use these items everyday and tend to miss the dirt build up. Bust out the antibacterial cleaner for these items.
8. The coffee maker. Just cleaning the glass pitcher isn’t enough. You’ve got the clean out the whole coffee maker. This often goes overlooked because, well, coffee just smells wonderful when it’s brewing. The bonus is, after cleaning you will know you’re not getting some funky coffee leftovers from three months ago. How to clean your coffer maker from Consumer Reports.
Alright, now you know what you might have been missing. So off you go to turn these overlooked homeowner spring cleaning tasks into completed homeowner spring cleaning tasks. I know I’ll be paying closer attention to numbers 3 and 8 in my house. If after completing this list you need some more guidance on spring home maintenance, I wrote up a nice
checklist for homeowners. Enjoy your spring.
Are there any overlooked homeowner spring cleaning tasks you think readers need to know more about? Let me know in the comments.