8 Really Dirty Places You're Probably Forgetting to Clean

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Life with kids means living a life of constant cleaning. The second you wipe up one spill, another one suddenly appears. But the obvious offenders are the easy ones to take care of - it’s the hidden culprits that make you cringe. Check our list to see which areas you've been neglecting and find out the best (and easiest) ways to get them clean.

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  • Refrigerator Door Handles

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    Everyone cleans the inside of their refrigerator…eventually. But what about the handle that every single person in the family touches multiple times a day - or in some cases, multiple times an hour? A regular wipe-down will help keep germs at bay.

  • Inside Your Cleaning Appliances

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    Who would think you need to clean a machine with the sole purpose of cleaning for you? Well, take a good look inside your washing machine – under the rim of the basket, around the agitator, in the lip of the lid, and the fabric softener dispenser. Then take a peek in your dryer and dishwasher and you’ll see why they all need to be cleaned every now and then!

  • Need some help with the dishes?

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    The Scotch-Brite® EXTREME SCRUB Sponge cuts through baked-on messes without the need for pre-soaking. Plus it’s treated to resist bacterial odors - no more smelly odors!

  • Light Switches

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    Off and on. On and off. How many times a day do you flick the switch? And how often do you think to disinfect the switch plate? They're breeding grounds for germs (especially the ones in the bathroom - because let's face it, the kids don't always wash their hands) but are so easy to clean!

  • The Stove Hood & Other Hidden Kitchen Spots

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    The best housekeepers clean even what they can’t see. Climb up on a stepstool and take a look at what is collecting on top of your stove hood. (For extra credit, check out the edges of beveled kitchen cabinet doors and even mini blinds.) This isn’t something you have to do every day, but wiping off the grease, grime, and dust every couple of weeks will keep things looking spic and span.

  • The Bathroom Walls - Yes, Walls

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    We all swish the pretty blue stuff around the bowl and wipe up unsightly splashes around the base of the toilet, but did you ever think about what gets splashed on the surrounding tiles, not to mention the walls? Make sure to wipe down the adjavent floors and walls (or the shower curtain and the bub) every time you clean the bathroom.

  • Need some help with the dishes?

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    The Scotch-Brite® EXTREME SCRUB Sponge cuts through baked-on messes without the need for pre-soaking. Plus it’s treated to resist bacterial odors - no more smelly odors!

  • The Sink Drain

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    All you have to do is witness this nastiness once and you’ll make cleaning the sink drain a part of your regular routine! (Don't forget to give the shower or tub trains the same treatment.)

  • Under the Best

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    Wherever it is that you stash things, it’s a good bet it’s covered in dust bunnies. Take time to vacuum under your bed, underneath and behind the sofa, in the dark corners of your closets, and behind ALL the furniture. It's practically guaranteed you'll find even more than just dust, too - and collecting those lost "treasures" makes this a chore that has built-in kid appeal.

  • The Remote Control

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    Spend five minutes watching your kid working the controls and you’ll see why it’s a must-clean. While you’re at it, wipe down your very germy phone, computer keyboard and mouse, and tablet! 

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