There are literally hundreds of things in your home that need cleaning. But let’s be real, how often do we REALLY clean everything in our homes? These neglected items have some major FOMO (fear of missing out) when you’re busy cleaning the toilet and sanitizing countertops – and not to mention it’s important to clean them too. Germs and bacteria are real folks, and we’re here to help you fight them. Here are five things that aren’t normally on your cleaning list, but should be:
- Pillows – A lot of stuff (drool, dead skin, hair, etc.) get caught up in your pillow over time. Gross, we know. Air it out and fluff it once a month. And if it’s machine washable, toss it in the wash a few times a year!
- Light Switches – Something we touch every single day, yet something we often forget to clean. To clean, lightly dampen a towel with a cleaning solution, and wipe down the switch and wall plate. Just be careful not to use a soaking towel on the switches – after all, we are dealing with electricity here, people.
- Baseboards – Those pieces of wood that compliment where your wall meets the floor, pick up dust more often than you come to notice. Even though we don’t look at our baseboards every day, we still should be cleaning them. Apartment Therapy shares many ways to clean them, but one easy method we like is to take a cleaning wipe and simply wipe the dust and dirt off. You get the top of the baseboards, and we have the bottom edge by the floor covered with our D-shaped Neato. Deal?
- Tea Kettle – When was the last time you deep cleaned your tea kettle or electric kettle? If you ask us, we can’t even remember. And that’s ok. Better now than never, right? Start by combining 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and some water in your kettle. Then let it boil for 30 minutes, then cool and rinse thoroughly.
- Toaster – In addition to providing us with a toasty slice of our favorite bread, our toasters also leave us crumby surprises – literally. It’s important to de-crumb our toasters to avoid burning smells and toaster fires. Remove the crumb tray, shake off the crumbs and wash gently with soap and water. Be sure to let it air dry fully before returning to the toaster.
Speaking of crumbs. Often, those end up on the floor. So, while you’re busy giving some TLC to these neglected items in your home, let Neato do your floor work. One less thing for you to have to worry about! See which Neato is right for you with our robot recommendation tool.