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Tips for Cleaning Tricky Spots in Your House

Most of us follow the “out of sight, out of mind” principle when it comes to cleaning. We tell ourselves that it must be clean since we can’t see it. Then, one day, we squat down to get the holiday ornaments from beneath the mattresses and are confronted with enough dust bunnies to fill a down coat. Because, as it turns out, those out-of-sight, out-of-mind spots grow dirty whether we clean them or not (who knew?).

To help you finally clean those out-of-sight locations, we have compiled a list of smart, ingenious cleaning tips and tactics for the most difficult to reach areas in your home.

Refrigerator Coils

Dust and dirt on refrigerator coils increase your electricity expenditures and reduce the efficiency of your refrigerator. You can quickly clean the coils with a few tools and a little effort. You don’t even need to disconnect the fridge.

The coils that condense and cool the refrigerant are positioned on the back or below the appliance. Simply roll out the refrigerator and vacuum away dust from the rear coils with the vacuum upholstery brush attachment.

Unsnap the vented grill on models with coils on the bottom. Use a long-handled stiff brush and your vacuum’s crevice tool to eliminate dust and debris. Use the brush to get into any nooks where dust bunnies have gathered. While you’re at it, clean the condenser fan so the blades are dust-free and easy to turn. To reach the fan, you may need to remove a separate panel on the back of the refrigerator.

Dishwasher Filter

This is one of the most accessible areas to clean on this list. You need to pull out the filter using the tabs located on either end, then rinse it off in the sink. Don’t forget to replace it after you’re done!

Vacuum out the front access slot of the dishwasher. Be sure not to get water on the electrical connections or surrounding areas.

Pull out the bottom rack of your dishwasher and vacuum out the drain. This is a crucial step to prevent clogs from hardened water deposits.

Computer Keyboards

Dust and debris on computer keyboards are a sneaky place for potential infections to hide and fester. Keyboards see a lot of action. It’s just not easy to keep them clean, from constant typing to dirty hands and coffee splashes.

The next time you’re doing your weekly cleaning, take a few minutes to clean your keyboard using a soft brush and a small amount of warm soapy water. Use the brush to remove any dust or debris, then add a few drops of warm water to a cotton ball and use it to wipe away any sticky residue left behind.

Using a damp paper towel, wipe the keyboard’s surface, being careful not to wet the keys. Let the keyboard dry entirely before using it.

Shower Heads

In our bathrooms, we tend to forget about the showerhead. But if you don’t clean it, hard water and soap build-up can cause clogging, leading to leaks.

Use a toothbrush or cotton swab to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your shower head. If your shower head has removable pieces, take them off, soak them in vinegar and warm water to remove mineral deposits, and then rinse, dry and replace them.

Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal tends to collect both food and water. Food naturally rots and produces foul odours. Moreover, over time, the slow leaking of the disposal can lead to a leak that can be difficult to track down. Be sure to clean your garbage disposal regularly to reduce the chances of water damage.

When it comes to cleaning, you want to ensure you’re not putting anything at your disposal that could damage the blades. Also, check with your manufacturer to see what dish soap you can put into the disposal to ensure it’s safe.


Using the above tips and tricks mentioned in this article series, you can finally go ahead and clean those out of sight areas of your home. By simply following a few simple steps, you can keep your home tidy and clean in no time.

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