No matter how hard you try, it’s easy to overlook some spots when you spring clean – be cause you’re blind to what you see and use every day in your own home.
So before you say you’re done with your spring cleaning, check to see if you missed any of these tasks:
#1 Clean and Inspect Your Vacuum
A clogged and For a Fresh-Smelling Vacuum, add a sprinkle of baking soda to absorb odors, or cinnamon for a pleasant scent, to the bag or the bagless container. A dirty vacuum can undo any cleaning you’ve done the minute you switch it on. Blame it on that stinky odor that only vacuums seem to emit.
Best to clean it first:
- Change the bag and wipe down the bag’s holder or empty and thoroughly wash the bagless container with a soapy damp rag.
- Wipe down the entire vacuum.
- Pull debris from the vacuum’s brushes and wipe out the underside as much as you can.
- Change the filter.
- Inspect the hose for holes.
- This goes for your wet/dry vacuum, and handheld one, too, if you have them.
#2 Clean the Undersides of Surfaces
The bottoms and underside edges of dining tables, kitchen countertops, and high-chair trays can get pretty sticky. While you’re at it, if your table has leaves, wipe down those alarmingly icky cracks, too. Don’t question what the mystery gunk is: Just clean it and forget it.