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Be a Spring Cleaning Boss: Conquer 5 Hard-to-Reach Spots

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Brian
03.22.13

You know that feeling when there’s something stuck between your teeth, but you can’t get it out? It’s annoying, right? Well, the spring cleaning version of that feeling is when you can see some dirt, but you can’t reach it! And, much like that rogue morsel of pork, the dirt lingers and bothers you to no end.

Well, rest easy – we’ve found some floss! Here are easy solutions for five hard-to-reach cleaning spots.

1. Beneath Sliding Doors

If you’ve never cleaned the tracks of your sliding glass door, you may want to brace yourself before you try this – there’s probably a gross layer of muck mixed with an insect graveyard down there. Not to worry! Use an old rag to remove the worst of the dirt, and then use an old, hard-bristled toothbrush for the area deep inside the track. You’ll have that dead-bug-infested track looking clean again in no time.

2. Underneath the Refrigerator

There aren’t many places in the home that attract dust and sticky stuff like the crevice between your kitchen floor and your fridge. Instead of trying to cram a mop down there or ruining a Swiffer pad in two-seconds flat, use a sock! Grab a broom, put the old sock around the handle (fasten it in place with a rubber band) and swab the area out.

3. Lint Trap 

Your dryer probably has a lint filter with a removable screen that catches most pocket fluff, but over time little bits of lint tend to get stuck in your filter. Once they’re jammed in there, it’s really hard to get them out! To solve this one, grab a pair of chopsticks, remove the screen and get after that lint like it’s Kung Po Chicken!  

4. Ceilings 

The “fifth wall” isn’t always so easy to reach, and high corners are notorious for harboring cobwebs and other devious dust particles. The easiest ways to reach cobweb-filled corners is with the attachments on your vacuum. If your ceilings aren’t that high, you may be able to reach them with just your arms. If not, try hopping on a small stool or ladder (just make sure you’re safe!)

5. Behind the Toilet

Since your porcelain throne is generally pressed up against a wall, its backside can be a tough cookie to reach. You may be tempted to grab a broom or mop, but you’ll probably have trouble getting total coverage. Instead, grab a stiff-bristled brush with a short handle and prepare for some hands-and-knees work. Note: If you find some mold back there, which is common due to moisture, get rid of it using this natural mold-killing recipe

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