Your mops and brooms are at the ready, and it’s time to get down to business. Spring cleaning is the time to get your house in order for the beautiful months ahead, as well as rejuvenate yourself and your family in the process! With that, many households have an established way of doing things: Begin in the garage, tackle the gutters, make sure to scrub the door handles… the list goes on.

But, have you considered that there are places—both indoors and outside—that you’re forgetting address year in and year out? Spring cleaning started as a way to simply get winter’s leftover soot and candlewax out of the home. But, with how much larger houses are, plus how many different appliances are now available, serious grime and build-up could be making your home their home without notice. Grab your rubber gloves and get started with these areas:

  • House Plants: Fake or alive, your flora is a perfect spot for dust and dirt to collect. For sturdier plants, you can run them under the shower for a minute – though don’t point the water directly at the pot, risking overhydration. You can also use a hairdryer on the “cool” setting to clean plants in a jiffy. Check out these other creative ways to clean with your hairdryer around the house.
  • Washing Machine: Your water supply could be ideal for bacterial growth. Knowing that, if your clothes don’t smell as fresh as they used to, funny enough, it’s time to wash the washing machine. All you need to do is pour a mix of white vinegar with baking soda into your washer, and then run it on “hot” for a full cycle.
  • Coffee Maker: Your most trusted morning companion can be a haven for mold if you’re not careful. To remove hard water minerals and improve the machine’s drip (i.e., decalcification), you need to do a few things. First, fill the chamber with equal parts vinegar and water, load up an empty filter, then let the solution brew halfway. After 30 minutes have passed, let the remainder brew, and then rinse with one brew of plain water.
  • Throw Pillows: Since they’re rarely comfy enough for a proper nap, it’s easy to forget that your decorative pillows need washing too. Dead skin, dirt and especially food particles can collect even within a week’s time. Avoid the laundry room, and instead use a hand vacuum and a water-baking soda mixture to keep them fresh throughout the summer.
  • Bathroom Backsplash: That thin space between your faucet and the backsplash needs some love too! Scrape off the filmy layer with a credit card or sturdy business card, and keep your countertops pristine in the process. This trick actually works for any sink and countertop throughout the house, so get swiping!

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