14 places you should probably clean and definitely shouldn’t


Popular items on this list include:

  • A cleaning brush kit to extract dust hidden in plain sight.

  • A OXO feather duster with a long microfiber cloth and extension cord, which means the dust bunnies living free under your sofa have just met their maker.

  • A packet of microfiber cloths for a lint-free, streak-free finish on glassware, windows and light fixtures that have been coated with a dull coating of grime.

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The place: windowsills and bases of sliding doors

The product: a cleaning brush kit to suck up dust hidden in plain sight

This five-piece kit comes complete with a track cleaning brush, tile line brush, window blind duster, 2-in-1 windowsill broom, and hand-held groove brush.

Promising results: “We just moved and the previous owners of our new house left us with an incredible amount of dust and dirt to clean. I was originally just looking for a vent cleaner and came across these multiple kits. The price is unbelievable and it really seems like a do-it-all kit.” — Ty Loli

The place: under your couch and all major appliances

The product: an OXO duster with a long microfiber cloth and an extension

Promising results:

“I bought a new house and noticed dust under the stove and fridge, so I bought this OXO Duster. Well, surprise, surprise! The previous owners were disgusting and I cleaned well more than dust; dust, crumbs, toys, cereal, oats, nuts, and pills. Yuck yuck yuck. I don’t think I would have pulled out all that shit with another feather duster. — Readind, writing

The place: glass light fixtures supposed to brighten up your interior

The product: a pack of microfiber cloths for a lint- and streak-free finish

Promising review

“If you have glass fixtures in your home, you absolutely need this product. I don’t think the fixture was that clear even when I bought it, and the best part is that it doesn’t use only water and the two rags.” — Lisa Collins

The place: inside your dryer’s lint trap

The product: a suction hose accessory

Promising results:

“This thing is truly amazing. I figured out how to use it very quickly and it worked like a charm. I had a sock stuck in my vent and would have no idea! Still can’t figure it out! Believe how much I loaned and dust came out of my dryer. My husband is already talking about other uses for this unique tool, like getting into tight spaces in our cars. — J. Johnson

The place: sink faucets and showerheads covered in filth

The product: a canister of CLR anti-limescale, anti-limestone and anti-rust

Promising results:

“The picture says it all. I’ve tried so many things to remove hard water buildup from this faucet and nothing works. It’s hard as a rock! I let it soak for about an hour in a undiluted mix and I was able to clean everything up easily. So happy and I will be using it for other hard water issues in our house. Tue

The place: your dishwasher

The product: Affresh cleansing tablets

Promising results:

“I had tried a lot of white vinegar for two cycles in my 20-year-old dishwasher for the cloudy, powdery dirt it had started to get and it only helped about 30%. We have some very hard water. This removed the buildup and the glass is clear again and the colored plastics no longer have the powder coating. So glad I took a chance!” — J.Holden

The place: the microwave

The product: a microwave steam cleaner

Promising results:

“I was skeptical about buying this at first, but it’s AWESOME. It works like a charm! Super easy to use and does exactly what it says. It has given my microwave back a brand new look!” — Lisa

The Place: Car Air Vents and Keypads

The product: a pot of Ticarve anti-dust gel

Promising results:

“When I first saw this product, I thought, ‘It’s not really going to work’, but for the price, it was worth a try. I got it within two days of buying it – and it really works. I immediately used it on my laptop keyboard and PC keyboard. It really removed all the dust and everything between the keys. It feels moist on the skin and doesn’t really leave a residue, the smell isn’t harsh and is really barely there (not like an antiseptic or harsh chemical at all). I really like it.” — BRickard

The place: your Keurig machine

The product: K-cup coffee machine cleaners

Promising review

“We’ve had our Keurig for a few years, and with the exception of only using filtered water and dispensing hot water occasionally, we’ve never cleaned the needle or the area K-Cup. I used three cleaning cups for and WOW our machine was dirty! I’m so glad I bought these! I will continue to clean them more often. — Heather Garcia

The place: the trash can

The product: Glisten Foaming Cleanser

Promising results:

“I went on a trip and when I came back there was this foul smell coming from my garbage disposal (even though we hadn’t left any dishes on the sink) and I tried every home remedy I could think of. I could think of to get rid of the smell but nothing worked. So I turned to the internet and immediately these seemed like the best choice for a decent price. I followed the instructions carefully, and in one minute I saw the foam go up then back down – awful smell FINALLY GONE!” — AL

The place: air conditioners, fans and blinds

The product: an adjustable duster brush

This handy tool comes with five microfiber cloths, which means you can clean all the blinds in your home in one go.

Promising results: “This product is AMAZING! You can clean both sides of two blinds at once and grip them firmly to remove ALL the dust. Plus, it comes with five covers, so no matter how dirty your blinds are, you you’ll be able to finish dusting your whole house! I also love that you can wash the covers and not have to waste money on refills.” — Sarah

The place: the grout of your bathroom

The product: a stain-resistant cleaner that adheres to silicone sealants

Promising results:

“You guys. I’m even embarrassed to show you this. The grout around our tub was DISGUSTING. It was never caulked properly and it got gross very quickly. I would scrub. The housekeeper would scrub. It would get worse Well, I came across this in a BuzzFeed listing, and this stuff made me curious. I don’t know why it doesn’t have 10,000 good reviews. Seriously. All I did was squeeze him and walk away. I let it sit overnight. Look at this. Buy it. Like today.” – KarynB

The place: mobile phones, laptops and tablets

The product: a liquid-free reusable rolling screen cleaner

Promising results:

“This little device removes oil from your screen. Often when you ‘clean’ your screen by wiping it with a cloth, you’re just pushing the oil in a layer thin enough to see through without noticing it too much. L device actually lifts the oil and removes it. My screen is like new, which is great because I’m picky about my devices. Plus, it’s way better than cleaning the screen with some kind of wipe, because repeated cleaning with most wipes will damage the screen over time.Unbeknownst to me, my wife used to clean her screen daily and now her screen is collecting oils way too quickly because she has worn down the protective layer. With this product, you don’t have to worry about that. Clean it as often as you want/need and you can continue to enjoy that pristine screen without worrying about wearing out the oleophobic layer prematurely. I would highly recommend it to others.” – alexander

The place: Your spa jets

The product: an Oh Yuk cleanser

Run your tub, add that jet cleaner, squeeze all the dirt out of said jets, then wipe your tub clean. BOOM! You have finished.

Promising results: “OK, I love cleaning and I run bleach through the jets twice a month in addition to my daily weekly cleaning. And I was skeptical how this product could make it any cleaner than I didn’t think so. Well I’m here to tell you this photo is after the second cleaning with this cleaner!!!!I’m a believer and highly recommend this product to anyone with a jetted tub!! ” — Mamande2bigboys


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