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10 Places You’re Forgetting to Clean

Just because you can’t see dirt, doesn’t mean it isn’t there—in fact, it’s those hidden areas in each room of your home that are often the dirtiest of all. Whether you’re gearing up for spring cleaning or simply want to make sure your living space is as neat as it can be, review our list of 10 commonly overlooked places to clean for some inspiration. 

  1. The Inside of Your Drawers

Empty each drawer in your kitchen and bathroom one at a time and vacuum out what remains. If necessary, use a damp cloth to clean up any spills and allow to dry before replacing the contents.

  1. The Hood Fan

Wipe down all surfaces using a commercial degreaser or a mixture of hot, soapy water. Place filters in a clean sink filled with a few inches of very hot or boiling water and add one-quarter cup of baking soda. Let soak for several minutes, carefully remove, and rinse with clean water. Allow filters to dry before replacing.

  1. The Refrigerator Coils

Disconnect the power to the refrigerator and unplug the unit. Locate the coils on the back or below and use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to remove excess debris, and a refrigerator coil brush (available at most home improvement stores) to tackle what remains.

  1. Sliding Door and Window Tracks

Remove loose debris by vacuuming, and use an old, dry toothbrush to dislodge the rest. If necessary, sprinkle with a light dusting of baking soda, spritz with a mixture of vinegar and water, and leave for five minutes. Wipe up the solution and grime with a clean rag or paper towel.

  1. Garbage Disposal

Odors are likely due to an accumulation of food particles on the underside of the black, rubber splash guard. Disconnect the power to the unit, don a pair of rubber gloves, and spray a paper towel with an all-purpose cleaner. Continue to wipe and replace with a clean towel until all debris is removed.

  1. Air Filters and Vents

Replace your air filter every six to eight weeks as needed. Remove register covers and vacuum visible dust and debris from vents before replacing.

  1. Indoor Plants

Cleaning methods will depend on the type of plant, which can range from a gentle wiping of leaves with a soft, damp cloth, to giving plants a light spray with a showerhead or garden hose.

  1. Underneath Furniture

Dust and dirt love to hide under beds, sofas, and other large pieces of furniture. A long-handled dust mop works well on hard surfaces, but for carpeted areas you may need to use your vacuum cleaner or move the furniture to access the dirt.

  1. Faucet Aerators

Remove the aerator carefully to avoid damage and disassemble. Use an old toothbrush and water to gently scrub parts, being careful not to bend the screens. Reassemble and reinstall when complete.

  1. Fan Blades 

Disconnect the power to the fan and position your ladder below. Using a pillowcase, slip it over each blade one at a time, using the top portion to wipe the blade and the bottom to catch the debris. Use a lint-free cloth sprayed with an all-purpose cleaner to remove residual grime, and to clean the base and light fixture.

The outside of you home deserves equal attention, and power washing can help restore the natural beauty of a variety of outdoor surfaces. For all your interior cleaning needs, trust the experienced professionals at Molly Maid. Contact your local Molly Maid for a free estimate or call (888) 583-6490 today!

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April Fools: Guide to Avoid Cleaning Until Somebody Else Does

Chances are you have better things to do than dust, vacuum, wash, and wipe, and with a little ingenuity (and help from Molly Maid), you may never have to tidy up again. With over 30 years of experience cleaning homes across the nation, Molly Maid has witnessed some very creative methods of disguising a messy house—and in the spirit of the season, we would like to share some tips on how to avoid cleaning and ensure you never have to lift a finger again! Avoid Cleaning April Fools Style Sweep Things Under the Rug  We’ve all experienced the “pop in” where guests stop

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How to Deep Clean a Couch

Depending on how we use the couch; it can take a lot of abuse. From eating dinner in the family room or watching a movie with Fido snuggled up against you – the couch can capture more body oils, cooking odors and airborne dust and dirt than you care to imagine! For upholstered furniture, a deep-clean may seem like an impossible challenge. We have a few tips on the best way to clean a sofa: Read the label Before proceeding, it’s important to know what type of fabric is used in the upholstery and what the codes mean before you begin cleaning. Codes generally

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How to Pack Clothes for Storage

As the seasons change so does your wardrobe, but keeping a full years’ worth of clothing in one closet can really hamper your style. Items that are packed too tightly can become wrinkled, soiled, or smell stale due to lack of air movement, so we have a solution that can help free up space while protecting your valuable garments. The best way to store clothes during the offseason in the attic, basement, or anywhere else you have some extra space is included in this post. What Can Go Wrong? Whether you’re storing your clothes for a move, over the seasons, or

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How to Deep Clean Linoleum Floors

Linoleum made its first appearance in the marketplace in the 1860s, and although the popularity of this durable, environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic product has fluctuated over the years, it can be found in many homes and businesses around the country today. With proper care and maintenance, a linoleum floor can withstand decades of use, while the endless variety of colors and patterns make it suitable for every room in your home. Enhance the beauty and longevity of this versatile material with these tips from Molly Maid, for the best way to clean linoleum floors.  What is Linoleum? Although many people use the

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How to Deep Clean Vinyl Floors

Every homeowner wants a home that’s clean and attractive, welcoming to visitors.  Vinyl floors are common options in kitchens and bathrooms, and they are beautiful when properly maintained. This flooring is also a popular choice for homeowners because of their durability. While a quick sweep and mop usually clean routine dust and dirt, deep cleaning is a good idea when you want your floors to look like new again!  If you’re wondering how to clean vinyl floors when scuffs or stains mar their beauty, we’ve included a few tips below. The Best Way to Clean a Vinyl Floor Deep cleaning

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How to Disinfect Earrings

While it’s important to keep all your jewelry clean so it stays looking like new, it’s especially important for items used in conjunction with piercings, such as earrings. To avoid an infection or irritation it’s important to know how to disinfect earrings effectively, and how often to carry out this task. The best way to sterilize earrings depends on the material they are made from, and while most jewelry and department stores may offer jewelry cleaning as a service, you can use these tips from Molly Maid to clean your earrings at home.  Why is it Necessary to Sterilize Your Earrings?  Your

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How to Disinfect a Wood Cutting Board

A wooden cutting board is a classic, versatile kitchen tool, which can be used to prepare and serve a variety of different foods—unfortunately, the same attributes which make them indispensable can also make them unsanitary. The best way to ensure their longevity and keep them free from harmful bacteria is with an effective maintenance and cleaning routine after each use. Use these time-honored tips and techniques from Molly Maid for best results, to clean, disinfect, and remove odors from your wood cutting board, and keep it looking and smelling like new.  How to Clean a Cutting Board How you clean your

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Home Maintenance Checklist Highlights Importance of Deep Cleaning

Keeping a home clean and tidy can be a challenging task to stay on top of—especially with a busy schedule. Although, as experts in the industry, we know how keeping an organized home can do wonders for your family’s health and productivity. The Home Maintenance Checklist recently published on GetNeighborly.com includes routine deep cleaning as an important seasonal home maintenance task. Neighborly is a network of locally owned home service professionals offering personal and trustworthy advice and service. The checklist recommends routine deep cleaning at least once a year, and more frequently in high traffic areas. If you’re looking for

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How to Clean a Home Gym

Having a home gym is a great way to stay in shape, without the negative aspects of working out in a public space. Lineups for equipment, expensive monthly fees, inconvenient hours, and driving long distances to and from can be a deterrent for many, but while you can avoid these hassles by using the equipment in your own home there is one thing you can’t avoid: cleaning. Follow our list of tips for the best way to clean a gym using products you already have around your home—to leave the entire room and your equipment looking and smelling great.  Get Rid of

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How to Disinfect Your Nasty Phone

Phones are magnets for germs and bacteria. If you’re like most people, you love your phone and take it everywhere. It’s with you at work, at school, in the car, and even in the bathroom. You spill food on it, drop it in the dirt, and let your kids play with it. Then, you put your phone up to your face when you get a call. Are you grossed out yet?  Here’s how to clean your phone to prevent spreading germs and getting sick. Reduce Germs in the First Place The bathroom is the worst place to take your phone if you’re

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How to Organize Your Shoes

A gorgeous walk-in closet dedicated to our shoe collections might be a fantasy that most of us cannot achieve, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t organize and store our shoes in style! Here are a few ways to keep your kicks coordinated with a few simple materials and a bit of creativity. Crate Crazy Old milk and wine crates offer simple, stackable storage solutions that are perfect for shoes. Each box can hold a few pairs of shoes–enough to be useful, but not so many that it becomes a big mess. Turn the crates so the bottom is against the wall

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How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Enjoy cooking more, and ease before-mealtime frustration, by organizing your kitchen cabinets. Use the following Molly Maid kitchen cabinet organization tricks to keep your kitchen user-friendly. Get Cooking with Expert Kitchen Cabinet Organization Hacks Your kitchen should be a bright, delightful and utilitarian space that you’re happy to use several times each day. Here’s how to organize kitchen cabinets like a pro: First, eliminate duplicate items. Purge to avoid wasting space and make cleaning kitchen cabinets easier. How many vegetable peelers do you really need? Install hooks behind your upper and lower kitchen cabinet doors to hang measuring cups, spice rack, long or large salad

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