Home Care

5 Clever Hacks for Hard-To-Clean Household Items

Let these tips guide you through cleaning the grossest and most hard-to-reach areas at home

Photography: and Jilson Seckler Tiu (Main Photo)

If you've been running a household for a while, you probably have a cleaning routine down pat. However, we think you'd still agree when we say that no matter how well you've mastered tidying your space, there are still some things around the home that put up a fight and remain dirty. To help you tackle them without any trouble, we've put together a list of quick how-tos you can try: 

1. Glass windows and tracks

Instead of using an ordinary washcloth, invest in a squeegee to avoid streaks on your glass windows. For the tracks, it can get a little more tricky as it houses a lot of dust and debris—try a mix of baking soda and dish soap when scrubbing the rubber lining clean. 

READ: 5 Must-Read Tips for Streak-Free Windows

2. Lighting fixtures

It's easy to forget about lighting fixtures—after all, they are placed a few feet above the ground. Invest in a sturdy ladder and a vacuum with a longer hose to make sure you're able to clean hard-to-reach areas. No vacuum cleaner? Use a damp washcloth instead. Don't forget to sweep the floors afterwards in case the dust blows to the ground. 

3. Bathroom tiles

Who doesn't love showering in a sparkling bathroom? However, darkening grout and grime can spoil the fun. Remember to scrub the floors and the walls of your T&B with a mild detergent at least once a week to prevent severe buildup. 

READ: 3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Floor Tiles Clean and Sparkling

4. Air vents

It's no surprise that air vents are challenging to clean because of the tiny gaps, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. The best part? You don't need a fancy tool to get it done. Take a butter knife, wrap a microfiber cloth around it and run it through the slots for better ventilation at home. 

5. Kitchen cabinets

Do you see that space between the ceiling and the top of your kitchen cabinets? That gap is filled with all sorts of dust, dirt and there may even be a couple of dead bugs. Using a wet rag soaked in an antibacterial cleaner, go over all the cabinet surfaces in your kitchen a few times to make sure it is germ-free. 

READ: Make Dusting A Breeze With This Two-Step Trick

PHOTOS: and Jilson Seckler Tiu (Main Photo) |

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