Cleaning Chores You Should Never Neglect

A lot of chores are easy to remember – you know, such as cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen and the rest of the house. But there are some cleaning chores that are often neglected, because these are not that obvious.

These often neglected chores, however, are very important. So important that from now on you should make it a point to include them in your daily, weekly or monthly routine.

Clean the Dry Vent Filter in Your Washing Machine

Cleaning the dry vent filter in your washing machine is something that you must do every time you do the laundry. So yes, this chore should be a part of your laundry routine – if possible, it should be done after every load of laundry.

Collected lint can be a fire hazard, and don’t forget that your washing machine is an electrical appliance. Not cleaning the dry vent filter also reduces the efficiency of your washing machine – so it’s using more energy.

It is therefore considered cost efficient if you get into the habit of cleaning the machine’s filter after every use. And you will also notice that clothes dry faster when the filter is clean.

Clean the Coils in Your Refrigerator

Not everyone knows that the refrigerator coil needs regular cleaning too. To tell you the truth, I only learned this from a friend last year.

Eventually, the coil can get dusty and dirty and will make your refrigerator work really hard to maintain the temperature inside. So that’s why you need to clean it, as it can save on energy and prolong the life of the unit too.

No, you don’t need to do this every day. But please mark your calendar so that you can clean the coil in your refrigerator every few months or so.

The coil is usually found at the back or bottom part of a refrigerator. You might need to remove a panel or a covering to get to it, so refer to your user’s manual.

Before doing the cleaning, make sure that you unplug the refrigerator first. Not doing so will expose you to electrocution because again, this is an electrical appliance.

You can use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to clean your refrigerator’s coil.

Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

Your vacuum cleaner’s filter should also be clean in order to be efficient in cleaning. If the model that you’re using uses a bag, you can sense that the bag needs replacing when the unit’s sucking power starts to diminish. You can either wait for such sign or simply empty the bag before it’s full.

If your vacuum cleaner is bagless, cleaning will depend on the size of the dust bin. You can wait for it to get full before throwing all the dust and dirt. Again, you will notice a decrease in its suction power when the dust bin is already full.

Personally, I like emptying the dust bin as soon as possible. You can also do this chore at the end of the day.

Oh, and don’t forget to clean or replace your vacuum cleaner’s filter too. There are models that come with reusable filters, so you can simply wash the filter with mild soap and water. You should then let the filter air dry before using it again.

For models that don’t come with reusable filters, you will have to replace it as soon as it gets worn out. So check the condition of the filter regularly as a worn out filter will not be very efficient in filtering dirt.

Clean the Oven

Now this is really important – so I hope you’re not neglecting cleaning your oven. Did you know that grease build up can cause fire in your oven? And of course, this can readily spread all over your house. Yeah, scary thought, huh?

Ovens should be cleaned inside regularly, especially if you’re using it often. If you’re a little behind in cleaning and you notice smoke when you’re using it, this is already a sign that it’s getting dirty.

Modern ovens now come with self cleaning features, so it’s really no trouble at all. But I still suggest being present when cleaning the oven this way. It’s just that you might need to open some windows for ventilation when this procedure is going on.

Now, if your oven doesn’t have a self cleaning function, you will have to do it manually. There are solutions for cleaning the oven, so make sure that you are not using cleaning solutions that are not recommended for ovens. Remember, you cook your food in the oven and inappropriate cleaning agents may have toxic substances that can mix with your food.

Clean Under the Furniture

Dust and dirt can literally go everywhere – even under furniture. It is therefore important to include such areas every time you clean the house.

Fortunately, vacuum cleaners come with different types of attachments to make cleaning quick and easy. You won’t find it hard to clean under beds, sofas and other furniture as well.

Again, do this task every time you clean the house, because dust build up can cause health problems. If there are allergy sufferers in your house, it is even more important be spick and span around the house.

Clean the Dishwasher

Yes, believe it or not, your dishwasher needs to be cleaned regularly too (just like your oven). Grease and soap can build up, and you will notice this on the sides of the dishwasher.

It would be better if you clean the dishwasher even before you start to see any build up, though. Remember, you are using the dishes for food – so you don’t want to expose these to germs and bacteria.

Also, check on the filter often and make sure that it’s not clogged. If it’s worn out, replace it immediately. And if the filter is washable, make sure that it’s always clean.

A Clean House is a Beautiful House

A clean house smells good and is very comfortable to live in. Add the cleaning chores I mentioned here to your other regular chores to make sure that your home is always free from dust, dirt and germs.

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