Easy Ways To Clean The Places You Can Never Reach

The cleaning method out of sight, out of mind doesn’t quite work for families with allergies. Sure ignoring those places you can never reach is easier but it’s not cleaner. You know it’s in everyone’s benefit including yours if you take the time to clean them. Not only will you reduce the household dust you will kill allergy causing bacteria while you’re at it.

How to clean the places you can never reach:

Behind The Toilet

Simply taking a mop to the back of the toilet just doesn’t work. In fact, cleaning behind the toilet is often a very difficult household task. But it needs to be done. So grab some knee pads and rubber gloves and get to work.

Take a dry stiff brush to remove loose dust, hair, and any other loose soil from the back of the toilet and the baseboard. Use the crevice tool that came with your vacuum to suck away the debris. Then take a soft brush, a microfiber cloth, or a sponge dipped in warm water and a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the area including the back of the toilet base.


Start by closing your blinds to one side and begin dusting them with an extendable static duster. Then reverse and direction of the blinds and dust the other side. To clean hard stuck dust from your blinds first dust with your static duster. Next, spray some dusting spray on them and let it sit for 30 seconds. While you wait proceed to clean off your static duster. And then continue to take your clean duster to your blinds wiping off the rest of the dust.

Door Tracks

Start by vacuuming the tracks with you crevice tool. Remove as much debris and grime as you can with the vacuum. Then mix a solution of two cups warm water, one teaspoon dishwashing liquid along with one teaspoon of household ammonia. Taking a flexible stiff bristled brush begin scrubbing out the tracks and then rinse with plain water.

If you are working on shower door tracks it may be helpful to add some vinegar in order to remove the soap scum. Of course, this depends on the type of material your shower door is made with. If you are unsure you can always test a small area of the track to ensure no damage will be done. The more you do this tasks, the easier it will be to clean in the future.

Heat Ducts

Here’s another thing you can use that crevice tool for. Isn’t the vacuum just a wonderful thing? By taking your crevice tool you can easily suck out all of the dust from your vents without any problems. No matter if the vents are high, low, or hidden behind furniture you can easily slide the hose up to the vent for an immediate cleaning. 

The Garbage Disposal

Nobody ever thinks about cleaning the garbage disposal until it starts to smell. And even then you might not know how to really clean it. Start by turning on the disposal allowing it to get out any extra debris that may be sitting in there. Let some warm water run down it for 20 to 30 seconds after turning off the disposal to help flush the rest of the grime away.

When cleaning your garbage disposal you never want to stick anything down there. No scrubbers, no brushes, and most importantly no hands. If you smell a bad odor coming from the garbage disposal add a couple of lemon slices (small) and a cup of baking soda. Allow that to sit for a little while and then you can flush it out by turning it on and running cold water down the drain.

Tall Appliances, Cabinets, & Furniture

An extendable static duster is your best friend for this task. Make sure you get one with a pivoting head so that you can adjust the angle to reach to the tops really tall pieces of furniture. If you still cannot reach it with an extendable duster, just grab a step stool to help you out.

When coming in contact with an area that contains a mass amount of stuck on dust you can do one of two things. One you can try the method we discussed for using your blinds. Or option two is that using your step stool you take a bucket of warm water, surface cleaner, and warm water and microfiber rag to the surface. When using the second method be sure to dry the surface with a nice dry cloth to prevent more dust from setting to the wet surface.

When it comes to cleaning places that you can never reach it’s crucial that you give them a good cleaning when you can reach them. Doing this a couple of times a year will not only make it easier for you, it will prevent buildup in those areas. A clean home is a happy home!

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