How to Clean The Hardest to Reach Spots in Your Home

Whether you like to tidy up daily or do a deep scrub once a week, keeping the house clean almost always includes moments of itching. Trying to dust a very tall shelf without knocking it over or reaching behind the toilet without touching, can often feel like your own little version of the Jenga house.

Stocking up a few specialist tools (and ordinary household items) will make it much easier to tackle those hard-to-reach places: an easy-to-maneuver vacuum, swivel mop, and microfiber duster are just a few to have in the closet.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most common household puzzles you’re likely to come across – and solutions that will make it easy for you to tick them off your to-do list.


Crown molding

crown molding

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Crown moldings – a decorative finishing detail most often seen around ceilings – can look beautiful whether rendered in a clean line or feature more detailed designs.

Cleaning, on the other hand, can be a problem, especially in high, hard-to-reach corners. A stick vacuum like the Roborock H6, named one of Good Housekeeping’s Best Stick Vacuums of 2020, was designed for jobs like this. It only weighs three pounds, so lifting it won’t put too much strain on your arms, and the powerful suction capability will work to remove dust from even the tightest nooks and crannies.

High shelving


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Tall shelves can be tricky not only because of their placement, but also because the items on display – books, pictures, or other treasures – can be too delicate for a vacuum to vacuum. Your best bet here is to scour the shelves and their contents lightly with an updated version of the classic feather duster: look for a microfiber one so you can throw it in the washing machine when you’re done.

Under and behind the fridge


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“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” may be a useful principle in other areas of life, but it’s not the one you want to apply under and behind your refrigerator. These areas are, unsurprisingly, perfect for any grime you might miss during a kitchen cleaning.

To begin with, move the refrigerator away from the wall – the goal here is to create enough space for you to hit the parts of the wall and floor that are usually covered. A stick vacuum can also come in handy here, especially when it comes to the floor space between the wall and the refrigerator.

For the refrigerator itself, look for a brush made specifically for refrigerator coils. This will dislodge any dust or buildup on the coils under the refrigerator, which can save you time and money down the road as dirty coils can make your refrigerator work harder and use more energy. Then vacuum up any dust that falls on the floor – a stick vacuum used in a portable setup would work well here.

Behind the toilet


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Toilet cleaning is an essential part of any bathroom cleaning routine, and the area behind toilets shouldn’t be any different. He can be a magnet for germs, and since he can sometimes be difficult to reach, he can also be easy to forget.

Hit the area first with a thin, handy vacuum cleaner, which will loosen the debris. And then: Enter the swivel broom. Designed to get into hard-to-reach corners, it works on virtually any type of surface and, with the right cleaning solution, will make the area behind your toilet shiny (and germ-free!) In no time.

Around taps


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Faucets, especially the smaller ones in the bathroom, pose a challenge because they seem accessible – you can clean most faucets as you would anything else in the kitchen or bathroom. bath. But usually there’s a part of it – often near the base in the back, perhaps near a wall – that’s just out of reach, and therefore a spot that probably needs special attention.

The humble toothbrush is your friend here. Take one (bought new for this purpose!) And use the bristles to rub the parts of the faucet too small to clean by hand. If you want to do an extra deep clean, soak a washcloth in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet to loosen hard water mineral build-ups that may be in hard-to-reach areas.

A / C filters and air vents


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Air conditioning and heating vents, as well as filters in window air conditioning units, can accumulate a lot of dust, which means you’ll want to make cleaning them part of your regular routine. A stick vacuum like the Roborock H6 can really come in handy here. On a low setting, run the dusting brush or crevice tool of the vacuum around the vents. The dust should loosen immediately, giving you a cleaner, fresher air.

Remote controls, keypads and alarm systems


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You might not immediately think of remotes, keypads, and alarm system keypads as things that need to be cleaned regularly, but if you live in a home where these items are used a lot, it’s probably time to start. ! Finger oils can linger, and you’ll want to pay special attention to heavily affected surfaces during cold and flu season.

Try a product that has been a staple of many offices over the past decades: canned air. It will loosen crumbs and buildup between remote control buttons and keyboards, making it easier to sweep away the rest with your microfiber cloth or old toothbrush. Then finish the job with a disinfectant wipe.

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