Spring Cleaning: 10 Areas You
May Be Missing

Spring cleaning is a great way to deep clean your home after a long winter. However, there are some areas that are neglected year round and can also be forgotten about during seasonal cleanings. This list will help remind you of all the places in your home that may need cleaning the most.

1. Trash Cans
Even though they always have a bag in them, trash cans can get messy from overflow and odors. Take your cans—kitchen and bathroom—outside, spray them thoroughly inside and out with an antibacterial cleaner, let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse well, and dry.

2. Medicine Cabinets
When you spring clean, it’s also a good time to go through your medicine cabinets and clean out expired medicines. There are a few ways you can safely dispose of them. Don’t flush them down the toilet as they can contaminate ground water. For prescription medications, remove the label and destroy it, then you can either crush the pills and place in a bag with soil, cat litter, coffee grounds or wet newspaper, and tie it up or find a pharmacy that accepts medicines and will properly dispose of them for you.

3. Blinds
I don’t know about you, but blinds in my house are frequently neglected. Dust build up on hem and they start to look shabby. I try to clean them every six months or so, but it usually doesn’t happen. I o make it a point to give them a thorough dusting when I spring clean. Knock down any cobwebs in the corner, and run a duster between each slat, rotate blinds and dust the other side.

4. Behind Appliances
Pull out the refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer. Sweep and mop well to remove dust, and dirt that has built up.

5. Under the Sink
Combine any duplicates or throw out empty bottles of cleaners, wash used dust rags and replenish if needed. Wipe of the shelf and replace items.

6. Oven
Coat interior with oven cleaner. While it’s soaking, remove knobs and soak the in a bowl of half water and half vinegar to remove grease and grime buildup. Scrub the top of your stove and around where the knobs were. If your oven has a bottom drawer, pull it out, take it outside and scrub it thoroughly. Pull the oven away from the wall and wipe down the sides where food often spills and drips.

7. Mattress
Strip sheets off mattress, sprinkle baking soda all over it to cover completely. Allow t to sit for an hour or more and then vacuum off completely. Spray the mattress with Fabreeze or spray with straight rubbing alcohol (it will smell strong, but when it dries, the smell evaporates). Allow to dry and make up the bed.

8. Dishwasher
Empty the dishwasher, take apart the bottom components—sprayer, grate and filter. Clean out any food particles from holes in the sprayer and wipe food from bottom of dishwasher. Soak items in a sink of hot water with 2 cups of vinegar for 30 minutes. Put parts back. Place a shallow bowl with 2 cups vinegar onto the top rack and run an empty cycle. This will refreshen and sanitize as well as cut grease in the dishwasher.

9. Door Jambs and Trim
Use a duster with a telescoping handle or stand on a sturdy stool. Dust across the top of the door and then down on door frames. 

10. AC Vents
Dust and allergens can cling to the vents and every so often need to be cleaned more thoroughly than with a quick feather duster. Remove vents and soak in a sink of hot soapy water, use a toothbrush if needed.

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