How to Clean Items You Never Clean

Everyone knows how to clean the basics. We’ll run the dishwasher when it’s full (or we’re out of silverware) and run the vacuum cleaner periodically. But outside of those things, there are a lot of things you probably forget to clean regularly. Here are a few things you are probably missing and how to tackle them.

Bathroom Shower Heads

A shower can be the best thing after a long day or a hard workout. You may notice that over time the water pressure on your shower may have lessened. This is probably due to the build-up on the showerhead.

What is the best way to get rid of the residue? Mix equal parts of water and regular vinegar. Then, put the mixture in a plastic sandwich bag. Secure the bag to the showerhead with a rubber band and let it sit for an hour. Do this every six months to keep your shower head like new.

Outside The Refrigerator

You already know that it’s important to clean the inside of your refrigerator, but what about the outside? If you have never cleaned the outside of your refrigerator before, now is the perfect time to start. First, if your refrigerator sticks out beyond the cabinets, wipe that area down. It’s probably covered in dust. After that, wipe down the front and sides with a multipurpose cleaner (or stainless steel cleaner for a stainless fridge). You’ll also want to clean the handle with an anti-bacterial wipe or disinfecting spray. Clean the outside of your refrigerator at least quarterly and disinfect the handles at least weekly (daily is better).

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are an often neglected area. Since they are typically high up, they are easy to ignore. You may not think about it, but ceiling fans get dirty moving air around. However, they actually attract dust by doing this. A great way to clean the ceiling fan is to place an old pillowcase over the blade. This will catch all of the debris as you clean the blades. You can also clean your ceiling fan with a multipurpose spray and a microfiber cloth. Commit to cleaning your ceiling fans at least quarterly.


Clean windows make a huge difference in the amount of natural light that you have in your home. To clean your windows, mix 10 parts of water and one part vinegar to create a cleaning solution. Then use newspapers instead of a cloth with the solution to clean your windows. This is something that you only need to do once per year, but it makes a huge difference. Taking the time to clean the outside of your windows will make an even bigger difference.

Light Switches and High Touch Areas

Light switches often get overlooked when people are cleaning their homes, but they are some of the most touched areas. Light switches and other high-touch areas (think doorknobs and handles) should be disinfected on a regular basis. An easy way to remember to clean these areas is to clean them the same day you do your weekly grocery shopping (or use some other weekly trigger). This way it will naturally become a part of your routine.

Setting up a regular cleaning routine can be daunting. Do you need help with cleaning? Let Valet Maids check cleaning off your to-do list. We are your Dallas maid service and also service Fort Worth, Plano, Frisco, Addison, Richardson, Irving and surrounding areas. Easily book online or give us a call at 214-438-4804.

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