9 Spots in Your Home That Need SERIOUS Cleaning

Updated: Nov. 11, 2022

Have a few extra minutes? Tackle these messy mainstays you're likely overlooking.

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Even if it’s not spring cleaning season, there are probably more than a few spots in your house that could use a deep cleaning. Be sure not to skip these when doing your weekend chores!

On the flip side, here are 9 things you may be cleaning too much.

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Your showerhead should get a wipe down every two weeks, and a deep cleaning twice a year or more depending on how much use it’s getting. Don’t fear, you won’t have to remove your showerhead to clean it, you just need a few items you probably have around the house to give it a solid cleaning.

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Laundry hamper

If your laundry hamper is made of plastic, you’re in luck! You might just want to wipe it down every once in a while, but if it’s fabric-lined you’ll need to give it a spin in your washer’s delicate cycle to rid it of any lingering odors and grime.

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Even if you pull the hair out of your hairbrushes and combs, they should still get a little rinse off every so often to get rid of any lingering debris and residue left behind from your hair products. Give them an overnight soak in warm water and baking soda (seriously, what can’t baking soda do?) to have them feeling brand new.

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Trash cans

Absorb any lingering odors with a weekly sprinkle of baking soda at the bottom, but a wipe down every once in a while wouldn’t hurt either to get rid of any spillage or stickiness left behind from dinner’s past. Bonus: Try a touchless trash can for more sanitary garbage disposal.

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Shower curtains

Your shower curtain attracts all kinds of yucky mildew and more from being in a moist environment like a steamy shower, so it’s best to give it a good wipe down with baking soda or a turn in the washer every once in a while.

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Remote controls

Your remote controls and game controllers might be forgotten about in the age of Netflix, but they’re still something that should get a good cleaning every once in a while. Just make sure to remove batteries if you’re spraying anything directly onto the remote, but a microfiber cloth should do the trick.

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Steering wheel

Your steering wheel carries with it the germs that your hands have brought from wherever your day may take you. Even if you are diligent about vacuuming your car interior and taking it for a spin in the car wash, your steering wheel might not get wiped down as often as it should be.

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Doorknobs and locks

Between the pantry, your front door, and especially your bathroom, doorknobs are centers for a germ party that you don’t want to be a part of (they’re among the dirtiest spots in your home). Just wipe them down with a disinfectant at least once a week to keep germs away.

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Cellphones and computers

Your phone goes just about everywhere with you (and can transmit a lot of germs too), but think how often you clean it. Probably not too much! Be sure to give your phone a quick clean each week. Same goes for your laptop or computer keyboard.