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How to Clean Your House Inside Out

Updated on March 12, 2017
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Thorough cleaning of your house is essential to maintain a healthy and a germ-free environment. We clean all the areas readily visible to our eyes, but we may miss out on places that are hidden away. There are many nooks and corners which we just might overlook. These places may become the breeding ground for germs.

Other than nooks and corners there are some places in the house we never clean often enough or just forget to clean.

Here are some of the areas of the house that we miss out or just forget to clean –


Cleaning Switchboards

We switch on and switch off lights for a countless number of times. Switches can have all sorts of dust, dirt, grease, germs, etc. The wall surrounding the switches can also get dirty.

Clean your switch boards and the surrounding wall once a week. Remember to turn off the mains before cleaning, to avoid a shocking experience!!

The simplest way to clean switchboards is to take a bowl of soapy solution, dip a cotton cloth in the solution and wipe the switchboard clean. Follow up with a dry wipe, to make sure all the moisture has been removed.

Another method is to use “thinners” to wipe switchboards. The cleaning process is no doubt very easy and your switchboard looks almost brand new. Use a rubber glove when you are using thinners.

Remember, to be very careful while using thinners.

A splash of a thinner in your eye will cause corneal damage

If a thinner comes in contact with your skin, it makes the skin dry, chapped and may cause irritation

Inhaling fumes of a thinner makes you slightly dizzy and gives a headache

Cleaning Sofas

Sofas have to be cleaned once a week if you have pets or once in every six months. It depends on how dirty your sofa gets.

Start off by using a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum thoroughly, concentrate in-between sofa cushions and on the sides of the cushions.

If you want to clean the cushion covers, then take them off and wash according to the given instructions. You may have to dry clean them. Some cushion covers shrink if you wash them in the washing machine.

If there are a few spots to be cleaned, then use a laundry spot cleaner. Spray on the stained area and wipe off after a few seconds. Test the cleaner on an area of the sofa that is not visible, to make sure the color does not run.

If the cushions are not very dirty, and you just want to wipe off the dirt from the cushion, then fill a bowl of water and add half a cup of laundry detergent. Dip a cloth in the solution and wipe clean. Follow up with a plain water wipe to remove soap from the cushion. After this let your cushions dry out totally and then use them. It may take a whole day or more to dry.

For leather sofas, there are special leather sofa cleaners available in the market that you can use.

Cleaning TV Remotes & Hand Phones

A TV remote control is frequently used by everyone at home. It is a breeding ground for germs. A remote control has dust between buttons, dried out stuff from spillovers and germs that cannot be seen.

Clean the remote control once a week or whenever you feel the remote is very dirty. Use a soapy solution to wipe the remote control. Remember to wipe between remote buttons. Use a cotton bud to remove any dirt wedged between buttons. Alternatively, you can use disinfecting wipes.

Handphone is another instrument to be frequently cleaned. The handphone is exposed to sweat and dead skin cells on our hands and ears. Added to this the handphone comes in direct contact with dust, spills, makeup, oil from your skin, cough and cold germs when you sneeze. It can quickly spread a cough, flu, conjunctivitis, etc.

Use disinfecting wipes to clean your handphone. As an alternative add few drops of Dettol to a bowl of water and use this solution to wipe clean.

Cleaning Knobs and Handles

Knobs and handles on doors, especially the bathroom doors must be cleaned as often as you can. These are areas that are most exposed to germs.

Spray an all-purpose cleaner onto a sponge and wipe the door handles. Follow up with a dry wipe with a lint-free cotton cloth. Remember to wipe the surrounding areas of the door handles and the door frame.

If the door handles are made of brass, then use special brass cleaners.

Other areas that need attention in your house – corners of rooms and window sills, under the bed, under and around the fridge, TV Screens, computer keyboards and mouse.

Cleaning your house is very important to keep the germs away.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You sound like me, thinking of all those germy places. I wet a cloth, squirt it with hand sanitizer and clean everything anyone would have cause to touch, and twice in the bathroom (and that flushing handle!). Great info you have and it takes no time at all once it becomes a habit does it?

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      My hubby, would say we were twins! I clean door knobs, light switches and use wipes everywhere. I worked in the public arena too long to know the harmful germs that can be transmitted by a hand or fingerprint. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley you are right, it takes notime at all once it becomes a habit. Thank you.

      teaches12345 yes we are twins!! Germs can be easily transmitted by our hands that we use so much. Thank you.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      Nice tips. A lot of people forget to clean things, such as the TV remote, not realizing the germs and dust it can collect. Right now we are doing major spring cleaning. We are at the stage where we are going through everything and getting rid of things we don't need. We are always fighting to make sure we do not fall victim to clutter. When things get cluttered it is almost impossible to keep things clean. I would love to see a hub on how to prevent, or deal with clutter.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very neat hub Vellur! Great write with so useful and important tips.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Bedbugabscond, thank you. Getting rid of clutter is so very difficult. Deciding what are the items that you want to get rid is a daunting task. Once you decide that then I guess the rest becomes easy.

      unknown spy thank you, am glad you found my information useful.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur--You remind me how behind I am on cleaning my house. Right now, it's so messy that cleaning doorknobs are the least of my worries! :-) So much to do, so much to think about. I have a problem with clutter, so it's hard to get to the cleaning part. What you wrote about is important, something to strive for. Great hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Victoria Lynn once you clear out the clutter cleaning becomes easy. Thank you.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi Vellur, you've reminded me to clean the door handles and remote control today! Thanks so much! With three little boys running around the house this is very important. Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      kelleyward thank you, remote controls are the worst, they have many germs and dirt on them!! Thank you for your for your vote and share.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You pointed out some areas a lot of people overlook or just plain forget about. Think of how many hands touch a switch board or doorknob. Of course the TV remote is probably only touched by the man of the house...kidding.

      Well done.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      tillsontitan you are so right, thank you for the votes.

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      Mary Norton 2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are great tips. I will have to do these when I go back to Canada.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 months ago from Dubai

      Mary Norton thank you.

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