A clean home is not only a more comfortable place to live than a dirty one, but it’s also the mark of a homeowner who takes the time to polish up on its presentability for guests. You probably already scrub down the kitchen and bathroom surfaces, dust the shelves, and vacuum the carpets. Still, there are places in the home that are hard to clean that you may, therefore, miss. Unbeknownst to you, they can collect vast quantities of dust, dirt, pieces of food, and other particles that keep you from having a pristine house. Take a look at the following spots and you should clean out regularly.
The garbage disposal in your kitchen sink is a useful tool for shredding and disposing of food debris before and after meals. Since it has so much contact with decomposable food, it can become a hotspot for bad odors and clogs over time. Don’t neglect to clean the garbage disposal just because you don’t see its insides.
Run the disposal with cold water, baking soda, and ice to get rid of minor smells. If you want to clean it more thoroughly, make sure that you turn off its corresponding switch on your home’s circuit breaker to avoid accidents. Then, proceed to scour it with a hard brush and baking soda. Afterward, turn the electricity back on and run cold water through it for several seconds.
The condenser coils on your refrigerator are the component that cools its interior while letting out heat toward the outside. They are out of sight on either the back or bottom of the unit, and as a result, they can collect lots of dust after a while. This, in turn, hinders their ability to function and maintain the right temperature. You don’t want them to break from neglect, as the hot and humid Florida climate will quickly spoil the food you have within.
To stay safe while cleaning, unplug your refrigerator and move it away from any walls so you can reach the coils. A specifically designed coil brush or a general-use brush will help you remove any dust. Supplement this brushing with a vacuum that will suck up the rest of the filth before you turn the fridge back on and replace it in its proper spot.
Clothes dryers use vents that lead outside your home so that they can release hot air and water vapor as they perform their task. Your dryer vent is a place in the home that is hard to clean because it’s difficult for the average person to successfully reach inside it and take out the lint that gathers there. Yet, clearing it of this blockage is paramount to its efficiency and your safety. Since lint can sometimes ignite from the hot air, regularly cleaning out your vents reduces the possibility of an accidental fire.
To clean the vent, turn off the dryer and disconnect its foil tube from the wall. Vacuum the vent in the wall, and use a dryer cleaning kit to brush it as well. For a more exhaustive job, call a professional cleaning company. They will have tools that can reach far inside the vent and leave it spotless all the way through.