10 things in your home you don’t clean as often as you should

“Think your home is clean? Some obvious (and not-so-obvious) spots could be collecting epic amounts of gunk, grime and bacteria. Check out 10 of the biggest dirt and germ magnets in your house and the best ways to get them squeaky clean and disinfected. We all would like a home that’s free of germs, fungus, mold, and other pests, but there are some places we don’t how or even realize that they could use a serious cleaning.”

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Dryer lint trap

Do you use dryer sheets? If so, simply pulling the lint out of the trap after every couple of loads isn’t enough. Dryer sheets are covered with a silicone-based film that can build up on the lint trap filter and create an invisible barrier. Wash it every six months to improve the performance of your dryer and increase its lifespan. “Just use warm soapy water and a cleaning toothbrush, wash gently, and leave to dry overnight,” says cleaning expert Melissa Maker, founder of CleanYourSpace.com. “Your dryer will work much more efficiently.” Maker adds, “Vacuuming the dryer lint trap is also important to remove any lodged dust, which can be a fire hazard.”

Inside the dishwasher

Why would something that gets washed out with hot water and soap need to be cleaned? Well, tiny bits of food, grease, and soap scum can cling together and get deposited in the corners of the dishwasher. As time passes, they can make your dishwasher look and smell bad, while also decreasing its efficiency, Maker says. She suggests first removing and washing the filter and then deodorizing and sanitizing the entire appliance. “Sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight,” she says. “The next morning, add a cup of vinegar to the dishwasher and run the hottest possible cycle. Your dishwasher will now be cleaned and odor free.”

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