6 Things You Can't Miss When Cleaning Your Home

Cleaning your home can be overwhelming, especially when you have to remember all the different areas you need to clean and tasks you need to complete. Sponge & Sparkle Cleaning is here to make it easier for you (as always). Here are six items or areas that often get missed, yet should always be on your cleaning checklist so you can keep your home in tip-top shape year-round!

1) Computer keyboard and other devices


Dust, dirt, and oils from your hands can build up on your computer keyboard and other devices, making them difficult to clean and causing problems with the keyboard's performance. A keyboard cleaning should be part of your regular cleaning routine to keep your computer running smoothly. 

You can also invest in a mat or cover for your keys. Additionally, we recommend using gentle screen cleaning wipes to wipe down all your devices while you're at it. This is especially important if your little kids are using phones or tablets, as well.

2) Door knobs


The door knob is one of the most touched surfaces in your home, so it’s important to keep it clean. Not only will this help reduce the spread of germs, but it will also give your home a polished look. 
Here are a few tips for cleaning door knobs: 
1. Use mild soap and warm water to remove any dirt or grime. 
2. For tougher stains, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water. 
3. Be sure to rinse the surface well after cleaning. 
4. Dry with a soft cloth or towel. 
5. You can also use a disinfectant wipe to clean door knobs on a regular basis.

3) Microwave & Refrigerator


The microwave is one of the most-used appliances in the kitchen, so it’s important to keep it clean. A dirty microwave can cause food poisoning, as well as spread bacteria and viruses. Plus, a clean microwave just looks and smells better. This should be a high priority on your list, as your microwave is in contact with your food.

To clean your refrigerator, start by pulling everything out (including shelves) and wipe down all surfaces inside and out with warm water mixed with dish soap. Then, go back with just a wet washcloth. You should also take out the drawers at least once a month to remove any food buildup on them. Also, try to set a cleaning routine for your refrigerator weekly. Pick a day to throw out expired items and also take inventory of what you already have. This will save you money when at the grocery store, as you will not buy more of what you don't need.

4) Trash Can


Let's face it, your trash can is one of the dirtiest places in your home. It's full of germs and bacteria, and it's probably been a while since you've given it a good cleaning. But don't worry, we're here to help. Here's how to clean your trash can and keep it looking fresh:

1. Empty the trash can and remove any liner or bag.
2. Take the trash can outside and rinse it with a hose.
3. Scrub the inside of the trash can with soap and water.
4. Rinse the trash can again and let it air dry.
5. Once the trash can is dry, put a new liner or bag in place.
6. Add potpourri, citrus peels, or drops of essential oils to prevent odor.

5) Washing machine lint trap filter


Most people don't realize that their washing machine lint trap filter needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Lint buildup can cause your washing machine to work less efficiently and can even lead to costly repairs. To clean your lint trap filter, simply remove it from the washing machine and rinse it off with warm water. You should also clean around the washing machine's door seal to remove any line that may have accumulated there. The good news is that you don't need expensive products to do this cleaning task. The easiest thing you can use is white vinegar. Simply mix one part vinegar and three parts water in a spray bottle then spray all over the outside of the door seal for about 30 seconds before wiping dry with paper towels or an old rag. If you notice any mildew or mold in those crevices, make sure to remove it with either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and then wipe dry before spraying again with vinegar solution as above and letting air-dry before replacing the door seal back onto the washer. Once you've completed these tasks, enjoy the satisfaction of doing them yourself!

6) Bedding


You should wash your bedding, including your pillowcase, at least once a week. But if you have pets or allergies, you may need to wash it more often. Bedding can harbor dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens that can trigger asthma and allergies. It would be great to switch out your sheets and entire bedding weekly but biweekly is still manageable. However, we insist on washing pillowcases weekly, as they are regularly in contact with your face, mouth, and eyes. Plus, they are prone to collecting more dust and germs, as well as drool from your mouth and oil from your hair. 

Contact Us!


As you’re cleaning your home, you may notice a lot more dust and grime than you remember. You know who to call. We will deep clean your home for you and can even make sure all of these areas of concern are sanitized.

Sponge & Sparkle values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. You can have peace of mind that your home will be well taken care of with us. If you reside in Atlanta, Georgia, or nearby areas, contact us today at (404) 633-9652 to sparkle up your living space. Our cleaners will leave it dazzling! You will also feel dazzling after knowing your home is as clean and germ-free as can be.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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