Top 20 Things You Always Forget to Clean & Declutter

Dust, wipe, vacuum, mop, launder—you’ve got your usual cleaning routine down to a science and your spring deep clean is on point. But, for an optimally healthy home, you may be overlooking a few areas. (Don’t worry, most of us do!)

Consider creating a new cleaning schedule that includes our list of easily-forgotten spaces and items. This practice might freshen up your family’s overall health and wellness. Plus, it might help you stay active and fit, too. A study performed at Indiana University showed a correlation between people who maintain a fastidious home being more physically fit in general than those who do not spruce up their living space regularly (1).

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Goal: Wipe Away Germs

Unfortunately, pathogens are everywhere. They cling to surfaces, handles, knobs and switches… then eventually to our hands. We end up transferring those nasties to our food, noses, eyes, and so on. (It’s a wonder we don’t get sick more often!) Add the following items to your weekly cleaning routine to help prevent icky bacteria and viruses from causing illness in your home.

  1. 1. Remote Controls
  2. 2. Light Switches
  3. 3. Drawer & Cabinet Pulls
  4. 4. Door Knobs & Refrigerator/Freezer Handles
  5. 5. Toothbrush Handles
  6. 6. Outside Surface of Trash Cans

Cleaning Methods & Product Suggestions: For all of these items, you can spray LuckyPlanet’s plant-based all-purpose cleaner on a paper towel until damp and wipe clean. It’s free of harsh synthetic fumes and utilizes plant power to combat bacteria. Or, use a pre-moistened botanical disinfecting wipe from Seventh Generation or CleanWell.

Scientific research demonstrates that water alone is not effective in removing pathogens from surfaces (2), so make sure to use some kind of cleaning product. Even a little liquid dish soap on a cloth can help those germs slide right off.

Monthly Cleaning Schedule

Goal: Purify Allergen-Prone Areas & Improve Air Quality

Airborne allergens are one of the leading causes of persistent allergies and respiratory issues like asthma. In fact, there is evidence that allergic sensitivity among adults has increased through the years, especially in urban areas (3).

Allergens and respiratory irritants can’t be avoided completely since they are often caused by common household elements such as dust. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to fight against attacks.

First, stay on top of airborne allergens and respiratory aggravators by adding the following tasks to your monthly cleaning schedule. Give special attention to the area in the bedroom near where you sleep. Also, be sure to stay away from cleaners that cause fumes or use synthetic fragrances, which can worsen symptoms.

  1. 7. Duvet Covers, Dust Ruffles, Pillows, Protectors & Mattress Pads
  2. 8. Surfaces Near the Bed such as Walls, Windowsills & Lamp Shades
  3. 9. Seating Cushions & Armrests
  4. 10. That Blanket That’s Always Tossed on the Back of the Sofa
  5. 11. Ceiling & Portable Fans
  6. 12. Kitchen & Bathroom Exhaust Fans & Vents
  7. 13. Heating & Air Vents
  8. 14. Stale Linens in Closet

Cleaning Methods & Product Suggestions: Tackle allergens such as dust, pet hair, and pollen by vacuuming and laundering regularly. You might even need to clean more often than the average person who doesn’t suffer from breathing issues or allergies. And, be sure to air out your home often by opening all the windows and letting the air circulate. You might also try an air purifier or humidifier to help improve the air quality in your home.

Avoid using heavily-scented products that can provoke allergy attacks. LuckyPlanet’s plant-based laundry detergent does not contain any irritating fragrances or chemicals. If you prefer scented laundry, try Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day laundry detergent. Its fresh, lavender scent is derived from essential oils and is gentle enough for most people, even those with sensitive sniffers! If you like to use a fabric softener, get nature on your side with Ecover’s plant- and mineral-based formula.

Remember to wipe down surfaces that tend to attract dust and gather grime, such as windowsills and glossy-painted walls. LuckyPlanet’s fragrance-free all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner both work wonders and won’t leave residue or fumes lingering around.

Occasional Cleaning Schedule

Goal: Declutter for Mental Health

Not too many of us enjoy a cluttered environment. Regardless, most of us do have areas that can be improved. Junk mail and papers simply stack up after a while, and we wind up walking past like that pile is not even there! Well, there’s a good reason to keep an eye on your amount of clutter. Scientists have found that clutter decreases our ability to focus and concentrate (4).

  1. 15. Mail
  2. 16. Magazines, Catalogs
  3. 17. Medicine Cabinet
  4. 18. Junk Drawer
  5. 19. Entertainment & Hobby Areas
  6. 20. Cosmetics Stash

Decluttering Methods & Product Suggestions: If stuff tends to pile up in your house, try cultivating new habits so clutter doesn’t remain a never-ending stack of stress. And, don’t pressure yourself to declutter everything at once or become a tidying expert overnight. According to research by the University College London, it actually takes about 66 days to form a new habit (5). That study blows the mythical 21 days out of the water. So, implement habit changes slowly and take it one mess at a time!

As you sort through your junk drawers and organize, be sure to acknowledge and freshen your items when possible. Sometimes, the act of holding our belongings and caring for them can help us feel more connected to them, and we become more apt to make use of them. Spritz fabrics with a natural fabric refresher in a delicious scent, or simply deodorize the space with a fresh aroma like peony.

You’ve Got This!

Just envision how wonderful it will feel to get ahead of the spring cleaning game by nurturing a healthy, refreshing home that’s organized and smelling great throughout the year!

What are your plans for staying on top of clutter or diminishing your family’s occurrence of allergies and illnesses? Let us know in the comments section below and share some of your tips, too!

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