It’s almost the middle of March but we’ve yet to have warmer weather here in the UK. It’s also snowing… AGAIN! I first started organizing a few spaces to pass the time. Then the snow decided to linger around a bit more, so I began to spring clean… and when we got even MORE snow, I started cleaning places that I usually don’t… like the washing machine’s drain pipes… it’s been rough, guys! So here’s 6 places that I should probably deep clean more often:
Cleaning the Dishwasher
Dishwashers are amazing, but gross. Even though we rinse everything a bit before it gets packed, it’s still a germ factory. The thin mesh that filters the small bits of food goes smiley SO fast and cleaning it makes my skin crawl. Yuk! I’ve since realized that I don’t have to clean it myself. All I have to do is remove any food bits from the main strainer (such as rogue grains of rice) and pop in Finish’s Dishwasher Cleaner. Job done! It removes grease, lime scale, that slimy build up at the bottom and all the bits inside the sprayer arms as well as the drain pipe. The only places that I have to manually clean, are the rubber seals and the buttons on the outside.
Cleaning the Washing Machine
I’m pretty good at keeping the detergent tray clean. I make up a batch of metal and plastic safe lime scale remover and drop the tray in it for 20 minutes and it comes out as good as new. The actual washing machine though, that’s a different story. After reading a horrifying article on how much E.coli lives in a washing machine, I headed out and bought some Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner, which sanitizes and removes limescale. It’s safe to use every two months and it’s really cheap too. I’ve switched to Dettol laundry detergent and once a week I wash the towels on the hottest temperature to make sure the germs are deader then dead. Our washing machine also dries, so I dry the towels on the hottest setting to be extra safe.
Cleaning Behind Large Appliances
I was horrified to see the gray colour of the walls behind the washing machine when I moved it to get to the drain pipe. We never had this issue in summer but with the cold damp air coming in from the drainage holes, it’s caused a problem. After we bleached the walls, we sealed around all the plumbing and placed a dehumidifying block behind the washing machine. It’s worth having a peak behind there if you haven’t yet.
Cleaning your Curtains
The house we lived in before, didn’t have double glazing, so condensation on the windows was awful. We invested in a Katcher window cleaner to suck it all up in the morning, but there was always a slightly sour smell lingering on the curtains. It’s become a habit for me to get our curtains properly cleaned after winter. Most of them can be machine washed, but the rest have to be dry cleaned. It’s a schlep but so worth it.
Cleaning your Carpets
We have a Bissell carpet cleaner (worth every penny) so we clean our carpets once a month. It is insane how dirty they get, even with daily vacuumming. I’ve decided to do the entry way twice a month now because I’m just that pedantic about the dirt we walk in the house (even though we leave our shoes by the door). The Bissell is so easy to use, it’s pretty much the same effort as vacuuming, but it just takes a few minutes longer.
Cleaning The Oven Extractor Fan
I’ll be honest. I hate doing this. I know it needs to be done often, but I put it off because it’s my absolute worst thing to do… so… I just buy new mesh inserts every six months. Life is too short to do things you hate.
Are there any places that you forget to clean, or love to clean? Let me know in the comments below.