Like many others, I’ve been spending a good deal of time cleaning the house lately. With 7 people and 2 dogs currently at home, it’s not exactly a vacation per se, but I have managed to find enough time and energy to cross a few long overdue cleaning projects off my to-do list!
Since I doubt that I’m alone in channeling my energy into cleaning, I thought that today I would share some helpful cleaning tips with all of you! More specifically, today we’ll be exploring some useful tips for cleaning hard-to-reach spaces around the house.
As you work your way around the house in the coming weeks, this list is sure to save you time, energy, and frustration as you clean these tricky locations and items! :-)
13 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks For Hard-To-Reach Spaces
1. Keyboard Cracks
The nooks and crannies beneath the keys of your computer’s keyboard can be tricky to clean, but this cleaning gel can help! Tap the back of your keyboard to dislodge any loose crumbs and dirt, then turn it back over and spread the gel over the keys to pick up any leftover debris.
2. Car Vents
Are the vents in your car looking a bit dusty? Use a cheap sponge paintbrush to swipe any dust or dirt away. The handle on the brush will help you reach inside the vents to brush away dust and dirt, no problem!
3. Window Blinds
Wrap the cloths around the ends of your tongs and secure them in place with rubber bands. Use the cloth-covered tongs to quickly clean both the top and bottom of each slat of your window blinds.
The faucets in your kitchen and bathroom can get grimy with deposits, mildew, and bacteria over time. An old toothbrush makes a great tool for scrubbing them clean!
The scrubbing action of the toothbrush and a little bit of soapy water will help you clear out all the nooks and crannies. (And use this tip to make your old toothbrush even easier to use as a cleaning tool!)
5. Underneath The Rim Of Your Toilet
The area underneath the rim of your toilet bowl is a hot spot for all kinds of nastiness! Sometimes even a good scrubbing can’t get it completely clean.
The best way to clean this hard-to-reach area is to soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, and stick them up under the rim. Let the vinegar work its magic for about 30 minutes, then discard the paper towels and use your toilet brush to scrub away any remaining gunk. (You can also use this approach to clean grimy shower door tracks!)
6. Window Tracks
Your vacuum probably has attachments for cleaning crevices, but they may not be useful in every situation. For instance, your crevice tool may not be narrow enough to fit into the tracks of your windows to vacuum them out!
A great DIY solution for this problem is to use the cardboard tube from the center of a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Tape one end to your vacuum hose, then flatten the other end until it can fit into your window tracks and other narrow spaces.
For a more permanent solution to the problem of too-big vacuum attachments, read about my favorite small-space vacuum attachment here.
7. Dishwasher Filter
In order to keep your dishwasher in tip-top shape, it’s important to keep the inside clean and free of food residues. Use an old toothbrush to clean the screens, filters, and other small removable parts in your dishwasher.
8. Car Crevices
Some of the nooks and crannies around your car’s interior can seem impossible to clean! But using a few cotton swabs makes it fast and easy to to clean them out.
Use a cotton swab to brush away loose dust and dirt, or dampen it with a bit of rubbing alcohol to wipe away stubborn gunk.
9. Air Vents
To quickly clean your air vents around the house, start by vacuuming them to remove any loose dust. Then wrap a microfiber cloth around a butter knife and use it to remove any dust that may be stuck to the openings in the vent cover.
10. Shower Head
Finding it tricky to scrub away all of the mineral deposits and limescale from your shower head? Swap the elbow grease for white vinegar, which will do all the hard work for you!
If you can remove your shower head, do so and place it in a container of vinegar for a couple of hours. If you can’t remove it, fill a ziplock bag with vinegar, place it over your shower head, then secure it in place with a rubber band.
After a couple of hours, discard the vinegar and use a sponge to wipe away the loosened gunk. It’ll look and work just like new!
11. Underneath Appliances
Cleaning underneath your appliances doesn’t have to be a once-a-year affair. This long, flexible duster makes it quicker and easier than ever to remove dust and debris from underneath your major appliances!
12. Ceilings & Moulding
To clear cobwebs and dust from ceilings and other hard-to-reach spaces, having a cleaning tool with an extension pole is a total game-changer! Along with an adjustable pole, this cleaning kit includes 3 different dusting heads and a washer/squeegee tool for windows, making it a versatile and useful tool for those with high ceilings or limited mobility.
Baseboards come in all shapes and styles. Some types of baseboards are easy to clean, while others have plenty of nooks and crannies that dust and dirt can settle into.
If yours fall into the latter category, check out this set of ingenious cleaning sticks! Each stick has a microfiber cover that’s perfect for grabbing dust out of the crevices in your baseboards. Then just toss the dirty covers in the wash to use them again and again!
What’s your best tip for cleaning small or hard-to-reach spaces?