Think you’ve got a spotless house? There might be gross accumulations of dirt and pathogens in some not-so-obvious (and some not-so-obvious) places.
Take a look at this list of the top 10 places in your home that attract the most dirt and germs, and learn the best ways to clean and disinfect them.
1. Dryer lint trap
Do you use dryer sheets? If that’s the case, you need to do more than just empty the lint trap after every few loads of laundry. A silicone-based layer on dryer sheets can accumulate on the lint trap filter, blocking it from collecting lint. A dryer that has been regularly washed and dried has been shown to last longer, dry faster, and improve performance.
Cleaning guru and founder of CleanYourSpace.com Melissa Maker recommends using warm soapy water and a cleaning toothbrush for a gentle wash and overnight drying.
The dryer’s performance will improve dramatically. Also, as Maker points out, it’s important to vacuum the dryer lint trap to remove any lodged dust, which can be a fire hazard.