12 Small Places You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

12 Small Places You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

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It can often be the little things that make the big difference, and the same is true with cleaning. There are a few things that we can overlook that really make a big difference to our health, simply because a lot of people just think it’s not important. That is how we came up with our list of 12 Small Places You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean.

12 Small Places You're Probably Forgetting to Clean

12 Small Places You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

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Electric Can Opener

This is probably something you don’t use every day but those gears touch all of your future food every time you open a can. Just look at it – they are pretty disgusting! Before cleaning makes sure you unplug the can opener from the socket. Wipe it with a clean cloth after use. Remove the lid opener and the cutting wheel. Soak in hot water. Scrub the inner part with a brush and then replace the parts.

Toilet Handle

What is the first thing you touch when you are done doing your business? The toilet handle! Everyone neglects this part while cleaning the toilet and it really isn’t that hard to clean. The toilet is one of the most common places people catch gastrointestinal diseases. Ensure your toilet handle is cleaned thoroughly alongside with the rest of the toilet or just swipe with a Chlorox wipe every once in a while.

Light Switches

I, for once never cleaned any light switch when I was younger. I mean who would ever think of that? Light swithes are touched by all and a great place to pick up germs. Don’t use water to clean it to be on the safest side, after all, it is electrical. Use that Chlorox wipe of a slightly damp cloth.

Door Knobs

Another thing that passeed through a lot of hands and is a playground for germs are door knobs. Get those wipes out or use a mix of water and white vinegar.

12 Small Places You're Probably Forgetting to Clean

Trash Cans

I might have gotten this from my Sanitation Certification class when I had my restaurant. You could have eaten out of my trash cans when we were open. The funny thing about this is that I’ve asked myself, “why should a can for dirt be cleaned?” If you have ever looked inside a bag of old garbage, you want to make sure that nasty collection of germs and rot stays to the inside of the bag, not spreading around your kitchen.


We touch them with our dirty hands as we wash them, and then touch those dirty knobs again when we shut the faucets off, LOL! Not ony thata, but faucets can harbor debris or dirt. Chlorox wipes to the rescue again!


Maybe your shower isn’t bringing out the water well, it’s because you don’t clean it often. With a few cheap products, you can make your shower experience more pleasant. It is as simple as filling a Ziploc bag with a vinegar and water solution and tying it over the showerhead to it is soaking for a while. Just run water through it and you are ready to rock!

Under Cushions

While cleaning, never neglect underneath your couch and chair cushions. If you have kids or pets, there is always some strange things to be found under the cushion. My favorite find? Apple cores. Just ewww… those would have molded and that mold wold have sprad to the fabric, in effect killing my couch.

TV Remote

Another germ factory, the TV remote should be cleaned often.  This will also improve the life span of your TV remote. Remove the batteries first and then clean the entire surface with cotton wool dipped in rubbing alcohol. If there is anything inside the buttons, use a toothpick to remove it. Dry up with a clean cloth and put the batteries back in.

12 Small Places You're Probably Forgetting to Clean


Keyboards should be cleaned often, not only due to the germ factory thing, but particles get in behind the keys and impair function. Start by shaking it upside down to let gravity help remove chunky items. Then wipe the keyboard with a damp cloth. (Damp, not wet so you won’t damage the keyboard).

Dryer Vent

You know how we are trained to check smoke detector batteries in the spring and fall with Daylight Savings Time? A dryer vent should be inspected at the same time, no matter how often it is used. Not only does it impair the effectiveness of the dryer, it becomes a fire hazzard! Failure to clean may cause damage to your dryer. Follow this tutorial here to see how to save the cash and not pay someone to do it.


Not only are phones a germ factory from your hands, you constantly put it up to your face! You can simply wipe with a damp cloth or sprinkle little disinfectant on the screen and wipe.

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