If you don’t have a regular professional cleaning service and you want to conquer some of the dirt and grime yourself, it’s good to focus on some of the most forgotten, dirtiest places in your home. 

Everyone knows to clean the big things—the floors, the counters, the toilet, the shower, etc., but oftentimes in the midst of cleaning the entire house, we can forget the little things. Over time, these areas can accumulate germs, allergens, and dust. 

Start incorporating the areas below in your cleaning routine to ensure that your home is at its cleanest and healthiest.


  • Vacuum under bed and other large furniture
  • Wipe down bed frame, including headboard


  • Sweep behind toilet
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Clean toothbrush holder
  • Clean walls around toilet
  • Clean soap dispenser and nozzle
  • Dust top of medicine cabinet
  • Reorganize cabinet under sink
  • Clean and disinfect trashcan
  • Clean faucet aerator by soaking it in vinegar for 15 minutes


  • Clean tops of cabinets
  • Clean coffee maker
  • Wash pet food bowls
  • Reorganize and purge pantry
  • Clean inside of microwave
  • Reorganize and purge junk drawer
  • Sweep behind stove and refrigerator
  • Clean between stove and counter
  • Clean and disinfect trashcan
  • Clean and wipe down interior of refrigerator
  • Clean faucet aerator by soaking it in vinegar for 15 minutes


  • Dust shelves
  • Vacuum floor

Living Room

  • Disinfect remote controls
  • Vacuum or sweep behind sofa and other large furniture
  • Vacuum underneath and between couch cushions

Dining Room

  • Vacuum crevices of dining room chairs

Laundry Room

  • Sweep behind washer and dryer
  • Wash dryer lint tray with soap and water

Areas Throughout House

  • Dust air vents
  • Dust ceiling fan blades
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Wipe down door frames
  • Clean staircase banister
  • Wipe down light switch plates
  • Clean picture frames and mirrors
  • Check corners of rooms for cobwebs
  • Wipe down walls in high-traffic areas
  • Clean handles or knobs on toilet, oven, and refrigerator

Adding a few extra tasks to your cleaning to-do list could increase your chore time, but letting these areas accumulate dust and grime will cause a bigger mess for you to clean up later. 

Cleaning and disinfecting commonly used areas that are often forgotten will keep you and your family healthier and happier.

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