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Household Items That Everyone Forgets To Clean


A clean home doesn’t only feel fresh and welcoming, but it also keeps dirt, dust, and germs at bay. Most homeowners have a standard cleaning routine that they tend to follow every single day. However, no matter how thorough or extensive your cleaning routine is, the chances are that there are some household items that you forget to clean.

You may be getting into every nook and corner of your house with your cleaning supplies, but there’s still a good chance that some common items don’t get cleaned as frequently as they should.

We’ve rounded up a list of some common household items that almost everyone tends to forget to clean.

Remote Control

A lot of homeowners have a habit of watching the news or a show on the television while having dinner, which means using the remote control with dirty hands.

If you look closely, your TV remote control is likely to be covered with dust, food particles, grease, and crumbs. This is one household that often gets neglected during the daily cleaning sessions.

So, if you also like to watch TV during dinnertime, you must clean the remote control daily. You can either use an anti-bacterial wet wipe to clean the surface, or you can remove the batteries, use a toothpick to get rid of dirt from the spaces between the buttons and wipe it clean with a damp cotton ball.


Ever wondered what could possibly be the dirtiest item in your house?

You might be tempted to think that the right answer is the toilet, but it’s actually wrong.

The dirtiest object in your house is none other than the doorknobs! This is one household item that is touched the most and is also the first thing you touch when you enter your home.

Needless to say, not many people think about cleaning the doorknobs, also forgetting that it probably holds more germs than any other object or surface in the house.

The ideal way to clean doorknobs is with the help of disinfectant wipes, or even a piece of clean cloth dipped into a liquid cleaning product.

Toothbrush Holder

Everyone knows they are supposed to replace their old toothbrush with a new one every three months, but the toothbrush holder often gets ignored and just sits on the bathroom counter for months.

If you remove the contents of your toothbrush holder and look inside, you will notice layers of dust at the bottom. If you haven’t cleaned it in a long while, it possibly even has traces of germs and mold that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

To clean your toothbrush holder, fill it all the way up with hot soapy water. Allow the soapy water to sit for a few minutes, use a small scrubber or sponge to scrub the insides of the holder, and then rinse it out properly. Make sure that the toothbrush holder is completely dry before you place the contents back inside.


The sole job of a vacuum cleaner is to clean other objects and surfaces in your home, so imagine how dirty a vacuum itself can get overtime!

Many people forget to clean their vacuum, which is literally the hub of dust, dirt, and debris. Most vacuum cleaners are easy to disassemble, making it easier for us to clean them and get rid of all the dirt from their grimy corners.

It depends on the type and model of your vacuum cleaner, but regardless of that, make sure to clean it every two weeks at least.


How often do you let your bathmat air dry after taking a shower?

Bathmats are another common household item that most people forget to clean. When you step out on your bathmat after a shower, it doesn’t only just get wet, but it also attracts mold and mildew if it isn’t cleaned over time. After all, bathrooms are one of the most ideal places for mold and bacteria, and a damp bathmat presents them with the ideal breeding opportunity.

Always make sure to airdry your bathmat every time after you shower, but more than that, get the old one cleaned and replace it with a new mat every two weeks or so.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans surely do get cleaned, but not as frequently as necessary. Most homeowners forget to clean the fans mainly because they don’t always catch their attention, given how they are way up on the ceiling, so they end up skipping the usual cleaning session.

However, the blades of ceiling fans tend to catch a lot of dirt and dust, so every time you switch on the fan, it is likely to send dust particles flying around the room. Unless you want your house to become dirty with random dust bunnies, make sure to properly clean the ceiling fans in your home after every few days.

The best way to clean the fans is with the help of soapy water, and a piece of towel or even an old pillowcase will do the job.

Key Takeaway

Your house may seem flawless and perfectly clean on the apparent, but there are many hidden nooks and crannies that get neglected during the regular cleaning sessions. Over time, these spaces and items accumulate layers of dust and dirt which can make it even harder for you to clean them.

So, make sure to pay extra attention to all the common household items that everyone forgets to clean, and if not every day, clean them at least every few days.

If you genuinely can’t remember things and end up forgetting them, you can always make a list where you note down all those household items and objects that you are likely to forget to clean. This way, you can ensure that every item gets cleaned and keep your house free from dirt, dust, and debris at all times!