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4 Spots in Our Homes that Need the Most TLC

Ever feel like your home just isn’t clean enough? If so, you’re not alone. According to ACI’s 2020 National Cleaning Survey, 78 percent of adults say that on a typical day they’d like their homes to be cleaner.

It’s no surprise then that 78 percent of households also decide to spring clean every year. With the days getting warmer, now’s the perfect time to clear out any clutter and grime that may have accumulated over the winter.

If you’re not sure where to start, try prioritizing the areas that need the most attention. According to our survey, windows (65%), floors (64%), toilets (48%) and shelves (41%) tend to be the dirtiest spots in our homes.

Here are some tips to get you to a cleaner, healthier home in just a few hours:

Toilets
Use a toilet bowl cleaner to remove any hard water buildup in the bowl. Wipe the outside of the toilet and the toilet seat with a multipurpose or disinfectant cleaner. Make sure to get the hinge areas and bumpers too.

Shelves
Start with the highest shelves and work your way down. Using a dusting tool or cloth, wipe dust from anything you have on the shelves and then the shelves themselves. Be sure to spray the dust remover onto the rag – instead of the items – to keep dust from dispersing.

Windows
Using a cloth or a small broom, remove dust, soot, cobwebs and dead insects from the frames and sills. When cleaning the glass, spray glass cleaner onto a separate cloth – instead of the glass itself – to keep the cleaner away from the frames and sills.

Floors
Save these for last so you can sweep, vacuum or mop up all the dust and dirt – including what may have fallen off things you’ve already cleaned. Don’t forget to check the floor vents and to get behind and under furniture.

Planning a more thorough clean? Check out our full guide to spring cleaning.

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