How to Tackle the Most Difficult Cleaning Jobs in Your House

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Even if you find cleaning therapeutic, tackling the hardest cleaning jobs in your house is bound to bring at least a little bit of dread. And if you hate cleaning, these chores can be nothing short of a nightmare.

There are so many things in the house that are tricky to clean, and sometimes, you don’t even know that you need to clean them. Nevertheless, there are a lot of ways you can make these tough cleaning jobs a whole lot easier. Here are some of the best examples that we could find:

1. Driveway

Many people don’t clean their driveway for years, and some don’t even know that they have to clean their driveway. Yes, you do have to clean your driveway once every few years. But if the thought of scrubbing pavement with a brush is already steering you away from the idea, let us placate your dread by saying that there are driveway cleaning service providers that can take care of the job for you.

However, if you want to go DIY, using a pressure washer is the way to go. No one wants to use a push brush to scrub years’ worth of dirt from their driveway, and the good news is you don’t have to. With a pressure washer, you can remove dirt, debris, moss, and sometimes even stains from your pavement in no time.

2. Behind the toilet

The space between your toilet and the wall is often one of the most neglected areas in the house. That said, you’ll be sure to find years’ worth of dirt and germs just behind the porcelain tank.

The easiest way to get rid of this tough cleaning job is to install a floating toilet so that there is no space between the tank and the wall. If this is not an option, the best way to clean this area is to use a mop with an adjustable head so that you can get into all the nooks and crannies without much hassle.

3. Ceiling fan blades

When a ceiling fan goes too long without dusting, you’re basically spreading dust mites around the room every time you turn the fan on, effectively reducing your indoor air quality. However, few people like dusting the ceiling fan blades because, well, the dust is everywhere, including your skin and clothes.

A simple hack to tackle this dusty cleaning job is to use a pillowcase and some water with white vinegar. Create a solution with water and distilled white vinegar then place it into a spray bottle. Spritz the solution on the blades and let it settle in. Then, place the pillowcase over each blade and pull it back slowly to trap dust. For any remaining dust, use a damp cotton cloth.

Pro tip: if you are allergic to dust, cover your mouth and nose with a mask. Use some safety goggles if you’re particularly sensitive.

woman cleaning the fridge

4. Behind the refrigerator

Cleaning behind the refrigerator is a hassle mainly because you have to move the entire thing to reach that area. Nevertheless, you can make the rest of the job easier by using a refrigerator coil brush to clean around the coils then vacuuming with a brush attachment.

5. Kitchen trash cans

Even if you use trash bags, there are some instances where food residue and garbage juice can end up on the inside of your kitchen trash can. Any residue that stays too long in the trash can promote the growth of bacteria as well as attract pests. Hence, it’s best to clean your trash can at least twice every month.

The easiest and most efficient way to clean your kitchen trash can is to take it outside, spray with a cleaner meant for pet waste (which can kill bacteria and remove odors), brush it both inside and out, and then hose it down on the lawn. If you can’t do this outside, use your bathtub or shower–just make sure to clean it afterward.

6. Shower curtain

Anything that is moist and is left in a non-well-ventilated area will grow mold. This is usually the case for shower curtains, which are frequently exposed to moisture and are located in bathrooms that are not very well-ventilated.

The best way to avoid this problem in the first place is to let your shower curtain dry after every shower by pulling it across all the way and then leaving the fan on for a few minutes. Mold will still grow despite this, and the easiest way to get rid of it is by putting the curtain into the washing machine with baking soda, vinegar, and detergent.

These cleaning jobs don’t always have to be difficult. By using these strategies, you can clean these tough-to-clean things or areas in your home without making it too much of a hassle.

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