Here are the 12 things cleaning professionals wish people would realize need to be cleaned – are you guilty?
#12. Go eye-level with your toddler
“If you have toddlers/short children – the entire inside perimeter of your house at the 2.5ft mark has a layer of snot encrusted dirt that’s built up over the years that you are most likely blind to by now.”
#11. Don’t forget the wash
“When I did housekeeping during college, I noticed that many people neglect to take down their shower curtains periodically for washing.
That’s the accumulation of body oils, fluids, etc that has splashed off your body. You can disinfect and make a bathroom sparkle, however, the stench off the ripe curtain…ick.”
#10. Head allergies off at the pass
“Their fans. Mfs be having the DUSTIEST ceiling fans in the world. How do y’all sleep with those things spinning? It’s like snow.”
#9. Remember to look up
“Coming from someone who is taller than average I’d like to mention that many people only clean to their eye level.”
#8. Take a whiff
“Clean the things you use to clean other things.
Replace your kitchen sponge at least twice a month. Wash your towels weekly. Leave the door to your washing machine open after each cycle so it doesn’t mildew. You get the idea. If these things aren’t clean, it can manifest in big ways. Ever met one of those people who has a faint musty/sour smell even after showering? Chances are they’ve been using the same nasty bath towel for weeks/months and don’t notice the smell from it anymore.”
#7. Never have I ever
“The dish drying rack. I’ve never seen anyone with one that wasn’t fucking horrific looking.”
#6. Wear gloves
“I learned about this when I was being trained to clean professionally…
You really need to take the toilet seat completely off every now and again – every 6 months minimum to clean the sludge that accumulates around the screws and fittings.
It’s really gross. Wear gloves.”
#5. The more you use them…
“People who are busy but wonder how it looks different when I do it, the finishing touches they miss are polishing or wiping down their kitchen bin, kettles and other shiny things on their counters. One job I struggle with is removing hair from a plug hole and as I rule, I don’t do it because i’ll spend the day heaving. People forget to clean their taps, door handles and light switches, yet they are probably the most used item.”
“Honestly? Even in the wealthiest of homes the bathrooms were an absolute nightmare. Grime so thick on the walls you could make an entire bar of soap out of it. Hard water stains were even harder. We had this fancy pumice stone that we’d use to scrub majority of it away. A lot of us would use toilet bowl cleaner on the entire bathroom. It had some really strong compounds that would just cut right through that stuff.”
#3. I wish those things were self-cleaning
“I cleaned houses in college…clean your microwaves people.
Baseboards and windows are less disgusting, but more often neglected.”
#2. Fire hazard
“The fan heaters. I unplug mine and use a skinny crochet hook to yank the hair and dust out of ours.
I have seen one catch fire. Clean them, it’s important.”
“Not a pro, but worked housekeeping at a hotel for a bit. Wash your walls. You don’t have to go all out, just if you see scuffs wipe them off. Even if you’re not smoking inside or anything, so much grime builds up on walls.”