Tamatha Harris, owner of Busy Bee Cleaning Company in Clarksville, stays busy cleaning homes of soldiers, busy families, the elderly and everyone in between. Harris says there are a few things that almost everyone forgets to clean, but spring is the perfect time to tackle them.
- Ceiling fans
Practically flying out of sight, ceiling fans collect dust throughout the year and can
redistribute lint throughout the room. A ceiling fan duster can run up to $30, but a less expensive tool sits right on your bed — a pillow case. Real Simple says to slide the pillow case over the blade and pull the fabric back to trap the dust inside. When you’re finished, take the pillow case outside and flip it inside out to shake off the dust.
- Windows and window sills
Dust window sills before cleaning the windows with a solution of warm water and a few drops of dish detergent. Instead of using paper towels, use a window scrubber or strip washer and a squeegee to remove soap suds.
Take inventory of expiration dates in your fridge (and cabinets) and throw out anything that’s past due. Take everything out, including shelves and drawers, and wash with dish soap and water. Wipe out the inside of the refrigerator with a natural cleaning solution, like two tablespoons of baking soda mixed with hot water in a spray bottle, or vinegar and warm water.
- Light fixtures
Chandeliers, lamps and light bulbs set the mood for a room, and if your lights are dull, you may feel that way too. Research shows that you’re using more energy and wasting money when light fixtures, especially the bulbs, are dusty. Take down a heavy light fixture or use a step stool to clean delicate crystals with a soft, dry cloth.
Vacuum horizontal blinds across the slats, not up and down. For vertical blinds, be sure to vacuum in a downward motion.
Harris specifically mentioned the overhead ventilation fan in most bathrooms. They’re prone to build-up and should be wiped regularly.
Probably the most labor intensive, baseboards can make or break the feel of cleanliness in a room. To clean, dust or vacuum baseboards, and then wipe down with a damp cloth or baby wipes. A Magic Eraser or dryer sheets work well for stubborn spots. Many parents enlist their children to clean baseboards because of the need to get down on the floor.
- Air filter
Harris said people forget about changing the return air filter and that affects the air quality in a home. Filters should be changed every three months, but if your home is dusty, they should be changed more frequently.
From spills and splatters to burns, ovens can get pretty dirty during the year. Most ovens have a self-cleaning cycle that will get the job done for you. For those who don’t, oven cleaner and elbow grease will do the trick.