15 Highly Useful Tips For Cleaning Out Cracks And Crevices

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15 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks For Hard-To-Reach Spaces

Whether you’re doing some spring cleaning or just trying to keep things tidy, it’s often the small stuff that presents the biggest challenge! Because while we all know how to the big stuff like vacuum carpets and wipe down countertops, smaller spaces like window tracks, air vents, and other nooks and crannies aren’t exactly covered by our everyday routines.

So I thought that in today’s post, I would do my best to save us all some time and effort by sharing a few helpful cleaning tips! But more specifically, I’ll be focusing on tips for cleaning hard-to-reach spaces around the house.

As you work your way around the house, this list is sure to save you time, energy, and frustration as you clean these tricky locations and items! :-)

See how to clean your car vents and window tracks quickly and easily in my videos below!

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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.

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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!

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Keep one of these in your glove box for cleaning on the go!
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3. Window Blinds

Dusting your blinds can be a real pain, but using your kitchen tongs can make it much easier! Just grab your kitchen tongs, a couple of microfiber cleaning cloths, and some rubber bands.

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.

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4. Faucets

The faucets in your kitchen and bathroom can get grimy with mineral 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 be sure to use this tip to make your old toothbrush an even better cleaning tool!)

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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 won’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 bunch them up under the toilet 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. (Bonus: This tip also works well for cleaning out grimy shower door tracks!)

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6. Window Tracks

Your vacuum probably has attachments for cleaning crevices, but they may not be useful in every situation. For instance, the crevice tool that came with my vacuum isn’t narrow enough to fit into the tracks of my windows, making it tricky to clean out accumulated dirt!

But I discovered a great DIY solution for this problem, and all it requires is some tape and a cardboard tube from the center of a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Just tape one end of the tube to your vacuum hose, then flatten the other end so you can slide it into your window tracks and other narrow spaces. Clever, right?

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These are most useful for cracks and crevices!
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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.

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8. Car Crevices

Some of the nooks and crannies around your car’s interior can seem impossible to clean! But cotton swabs can make it fast and easy to to clean out even the tightest spaces.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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 on a regular basis.

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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, limited mobility, or both.

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13. Baseboards

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, and when the covers get dirty, just toss them in the wash to reuse them again and again!


14. Microwave

If the inside of your microwave is coated with stubborn splatters, never fear! Just pour 1 cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl, add 5 drops of lemon essential oil, then microwave the bowl of lemon water for about 3 minutes.

Afterward, use oven mitts to carefully remove the hot bowl from the microwave. The combination of steam and grease-cutting lemon oil will have loosened up that stubborn microwave grime so you can wipe it away quickly and easily!

Read More: 13 Practical Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks You Need To Know

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15. The Air

As strange as it may seem to consider cleaning the air inside your home, between dust, pet dander, pollen, and other airborne particles, there are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea! And what’s harder to reach and clean than something you can’t actually touch?

Luckily, cleaning the air is actually easier than it sounds—just add a few drops of Defend to your diffuser! This blend of purifying oils has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it includes oils known to help soothe respiratory issues that can be aggravated by airborne irritants.

What’s your best tip for cleaning small or hard-to-reach spaces?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I love all these tips! The one I was most excited to try was the vinegar soaked paper towel under toilet rim. How do you keep the paper towel stay? Any tips?

  • Hi, lots of great tips:) Thx! But I’m missing something on the toilet rim idea..you can’t make the paper towels stay under the rim, so what’s the trick?? Or are you saying we should give it a good wipe down, as opposed to spraying it with the vinegar, & let it sit there for awhile?

  • Thank you for the brilliant ideas! One place I struggle with is the grooves for shower doors. I have managed to get them clean, but it’s trial and error. In a house, I’d just get rid of the doors lol. But at this time we are living in our 5th wheel, and that’s not an option.

    • You’re very welcome Tamalita! As far as the grooves on the shower doors, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray the grooves. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then use a toothbrush to scrub the area. Vinegar is a mold killer and great for cleaning.

  • Hi! I use q tips for a lot of cleaning projects. I use one to get the gunk behind kitchen and bath faucets.Wet it first.Also for vinyl windows, in the corners. Also the microwave cleaning trick is good except let the hot water sit in the oven for 5 minutes before opening. The steam as it sits will dissolve everything on walls, then open and just wipe. I like the tongs idea for blinds.

    I like the tongs idea for blinds.

  • I recently tried Jillees travel
    wipes. I’m not planning on going on trips anytime soon. But, this Virus mess has made the wet ones wipes and even regular hand sanitizer. I used the napkin one for the car. I just add oils to some wipes I had cut up. I was really glad to know how to make the wipes.

  • I have a problem with dog hair everywhere. Do you have an easier way to deal with all this hair??? My allergies are driving me insane! Help please!

  • Hi from London Jillee!

    Just wanted to say thank you for all your amazing and brilliant articles you take the time to make and post, and how good they are with all the easy to follow instructions and easy to understand picture examples.
    I’m 25 and I’ve never been great at keeping my home(s) clean and tidy since I moved out of my parents at 18, but I found your site just as I moved in to my new home a month ago and thanks to your tips I’m finally mastering housekeeping for the first time in my life! And I’m finally making my parents proud of me to see how nice I’m keeping things.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    Peace and Love,
    KC x

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