How To Clean Tricky Household Items

There are likely some household items that you’ve cleaned so many times, you could get the job done with your eyes closed. And then there are those other items that you conveniently ignore because, quite frankly, they’re a pain to clean. Or, you just don’t know how to clean them properly. We’ve been there, and we get it. Unfortunately, ignorance isn’t bliss in this scenario. Failing to clean some household items can be gross at best, and unhealthy at the worst. If you’ve been putting off cleaning tricky household items, take this as your sign that it’s time to finally do it.

Don’t panic—we’re here to help you every step of the way. Check out our guide for cleaning tricky household items below.

Toaster

If you use your toaster every day, you need to clean it out. A collection of burnt bread and crumbs can become a fire hazard. But how exactly do you clean a toaster? Good news—it’s a lot less complicated than you may imagine. Here’s what you need:

Sponge
All-Purpose Cleaner
Spatula

Toaster Cleaning Instructions

  1. First thing’s first: Be sure your toaster is unplugged before you do anything.
  2. Turn your toaster upside down over your trash can and shake it to release the build-up of crumbs and debris.
  3. Use a spatula to dislodge and remove any remaining crumbs from the toaster.
  4. If your toaster has a removable crumb tray, take it out and use a damp sponge to clean it out.
  5. Use a damp sponge and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the exterior.

Single-Pot Coffee Maker

Single pot coffee machines make it easy to enjoy a single cup of joe in a near instant. But they aren’t as easy to clean as a standard coffee machine, a french press, or even a cappuccino machine.

The Keurig brand offers its own descaling solution. But there is an alternative method to cleaning out your single pot coffee maker using some household basics. Here’s how to do it.

You’ll need white vinegar, soap, and water.

  1. Make sure the machine is unplugged before getting started.
  2. Take out all the removable parts and clean them off with soap and water. Set aside to dry.
  3. Next, fill the water reservoir all the way up with white vinegar.
  4. Put any removable pieces back into place, then run the coffee maker on its highest setting. Make sure to put a large mug or bowl underneath to collect the vinegar.
  5. Continue running the coffee maker until all the vinegar is gone.
  6. Re-fill the reservoir with water, and repeat the process to thoroughly clean it out.

Blinds

You probably don’t think to clean your blinds very often (if at all). But over time, blinds can collect a lot of dirt, grime, and dust. If you want a sparkling clean home, you’ll need to give your blinds a good cleaning once in a while.

The trick to easily cleaning your blinds? A microfiber cloth. Simply run the cloth along your blinds to remove any build-up. Another option is to use a vacuum brush attachment to lightly clean off your blinds.

Down Comforter

Comforters are a hassle to clean, which is why some people just skip it entirely. But let’s be honest—comforters collect dirt, skin, and germs, especially after long periods of use. If you want to climb into a truly clean bed each night, you’re going to need to wash your comforter.

Unfortunately, there’s no quick hack to cleaning a comforter. You’ll need to take it to a laundromat so that you can wash it in a high-capacity washer that’s equipped to handle large, bulky items. However, there is something you can do in between cleanings to eliminate bacteria and possible odors: spray it with vodka. Simply pour some (preferably cheap) vodka into a spray bottle, and spritz your comforter down. Vodka is proven to be an effective disinfectant, so you’ll be killing germs and creating a healthier place to rest your head each night.

Ceiling Fan

Now that summer is here, it’s time to start using your ceiling fans again. But it’s probably been a while since you last used yours. That means they’ve likely collected lots of dust, as well as germs. It’s important to give your ceiling fan a good cleaning to keep your apartment a healthy home.

You’ll need: Step ladder, an old pillowcase, and all-purpose cleaner

  1. Make sure your fan is off. To be extra safe, put some tape on the switch to ensure no one turns it on while you’re cleaning.
  2. While standing on your ladder, cover each frame of the fan with your pillowcase, doing it one at a time.
  3. After you’ve removed all the dust and grime you could find, spray your all-purpose cleaning solution on the fan and wipe each blade down.

Coffee Grinder

Coffee grinders can’t be washed in the traditional way, so you’re stuck cleaning them out with a damp cloth. This does an OK job but tends to leave a lot of coffee residue behind.

Here’s a unique solution: try using uncooked rice to clean out your coffee grinder.

  1. Take ¼ cup uncooked rice and place it into the grinder.
  2. Grind it for about one minute.
  3. Dump out the ground rice, then wipe the inside down with a cloth.

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