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3 Things You (Maybe) Keep Forgetting to Clean

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Amy
09.11.14

If you see a dusty table, you wipe it down. Easy, done. But what about your bacteria-ridden laundry hamper? Just like your credit card statement, mess can be out of sight, out of mind. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be checked out every once in awhile.

Next time you break out the cleaning supplies, tackle these three frequently forgotten spots:

1) Ceiling Fan

Time: 15 minutes

You’ll need:

  • canned air
  • screwdriver
  • soft cloth
  • all-purpose cleaner

First, turn your fan off (that’s important). Then, position a stable ladder directly under the center of the fan. Remove the motor cover (you may need a screw driver to do this) and use a bottle of canned air to clean the electronics. This will remove dust and debris and ensure your fan is working at its highest efficiency.

Once dust is blown away, spray a rag with an all-purpose cleaner like Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner and wipe down the blades. The tops of fan blades tend to be dust havens. Important: Be sure to keep the liquid spray or any moisture away from the motor.

Still not clean? You’ll find step-by-step instructions on cleaning your ceiling fan here.

2) Clothes Hamper

Time: 5 minutes

You’ll need:

  • all-purpose spray
  • baking soda

Considering that this is the permanent home of all things dirty, there’s a pretty big possibility that you got some funky smells brooding in the Hamperdome. And every time you come home from the gym and add to that hamper, you feed the beast.

Use some all-purpose spray like Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner on your empty hamper and let it dry before you begin filling it with dirty clothes again. This will eat the bacteria that could be causing odors. Tip: To keep your hamper from smelling as it fills with clothes, sprinkle baking soda into the hamper after you toss in your dirty things.

3) Coffee Maker

Time: 30 minutes

You’ll need:

  • white vinegar

Every time you brew a pot of drip coffee it leaves a bit of residue. When you make your 3rd pot of the week, we’re not sure you can call that just-brewed joe “fresh” anymore. Pour a mixture of three cups white vinegar and six cups water into the reservoir and run a pot as normal.

Once the coffee maker has finished the cycle, allow the vinegar solution to sit for 15 minutes. Then, run two water-only pots to get rid of the vinegar completely.

Do you have a single-cup coffee maker that needs a cleanin’? Here’s how.

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