When cleaning your kitchen it is easy to forget some of the hidden areas. Melissa Maker points out some of these nooks and crannies, as well as gives some tips on how to best clean them.
When it comes to keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean, the general consensus tends to be that those high profile chores, such as sweeping and mopping the floors and wiping down the countertops, should be high on your daily priority list. That said, it’s important to not neglect the small chores that, more often than not, fall to the wayside; a.k.a the nooks, the crannies, and the hidden spaces in your bathrooms and kitchen. Keep reading for a few tips to help keep those notorious areas clean and organized.
The Infamous “Junk Drawer”
Let’s face it, everyone has one of these, and whether it’s addled with stationary, straws, or screwdrivers, it’s not doing anyone any favors in its current chaotic state. To begin the daunting task of getting it organized, our experts recommend emptying the drawer out entirely and throwing out, recycling, or relocating as many items as possible. Post-downsizing, employ creative tactics for keeping what remains in your junk drawer organized, such as cutlery trays or little bins from the dollar store.
In the pecking order of things to clean in the bathroom, most people are more inclined to focus on keeping their tub cleaner than their toothbrushes! We’re here to tell you that your toothbrush needs regular TLC too. To do just this, soak your toothbrush in a cup filled with vinegar for an hour, for a deep clean requiring minimal effort. For your razors or nail tools, a similarly simple cleaning tactic can be employed: rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad to eliminate bacteria buildup and extend the lifespan of your toiletries.
A.k.a. your loofa! A common misconception is that loofas are self-cleaning, while in reality, they require regular cleaning just as your towels do. Soak your loofa in a simple solution containing vinegar and hot water for 30 minutes to an hour to renew it to it’s original germ-free state.
The Front Hall Mat
Your entryway mat is designed to trap dirt and prevent it from spreading all over the rest of your home, and as a result, this mat can quickly turn into a cesspool for bacteria and foreign debris. To combat your oh-so-typical filthy mat, use a vacuum on it to rid it of debris, and then toss it into the washing machine for a thorough clean, (if it’s machine washable, that is).