5 things you've probably never cleaned (but definitely should)

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Get your home ready for fall with these household helpers.  (Source: Stock)
Get your home ready for fall with these household helpers. (Source: Stock)

With fall arriving, now is the perfect time to get the dirt and dust out of your house before you are stuck inside with it. Another benefit to fall cleaning is getting a head start on prepping for the holidays. Whether you're obsessed with cleaning or simply consider it a chore that needs to be checked off your to-do list, one thing's for certain — there's nothing more therapeutic than living in a clean home.

It's easy to forget about some hard-to-reach areas that are often caked with dust and grime. Here’s a list of some of the most common spots that fall through the cracks along with easy solutions to clean them.

The shower drain

Easily clear out the clogs in your drains with this pro-strength Drano cleaner. (Source: Amazon)
Easily clear out the clogs in your drains with this pro-strength Drano cleaner. (Source: Amazon)

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Even those who regularly give their bathroom a deep clean may overlook this spot – the shower drain. Though it’s perfectly hidden from sight, regularly cleaning the drain is essential for both the functionality of your pipes and keeping a healthy home. Clogged drains can create a nasty build-up of bacteria and cause long-term damage to your water pipes if you are not careful.

Using a drain cleaner like this Drano Clog Remover is quick, easy and will save you a lot of stress in the long run. This max gel cleaner is pro-strength and cuts through standing water, getting straight to the clog.

The garbage disposal

Glisten deep cleans to remove build-up and leaves a lemon fresh scent
Glisten deep cleans to remove build-up and leaves a lemon fresh scent (Source: Amazon)

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Almost all leftover food in the house makes its way through the garbage disposal. Drop some lemon peel into it to help with the smell or give the interior mechanism a deep cleaning with a scrubber pod. Glisten pods use foaming action to get in and around the disposal blade to scrub out gunk and get rid of hidden bacteria. Your disposal will shine and smell lemony fresh.

Your dishwasher tubing

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Clean the parts of your dishwasher you can’t even see with a cleaning rinse pod. (Source: Amazon)

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Most of the interior of your dishwasher cleans itself with your pods. But the mechanism that pumps the water is full of nooks for grime to collect and build up. When it does, it infects everything you wash with them. Fix it easily with a dishwasher cleaner. Just run a load with it like regular dish soap and your machine will be good as new.

The back of your blinds

Don’t be blinded by your blinds - brush away the gunk.
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Don’t be blinded by your blinds. Brush away the gunk. (Source: Amazon)

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Dust builds up in blinds where, ironically, it’s the most visible — right against the window. It sneaks by because that’s not the side of the blinds we’re used to seeing. Clean from every angle with a nifty blind duster like this one that does the job in seconds.

Inside the K machine

Regular maintenance on your coffee machine should include cleansing cycles with soap pods. 
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Regular maintenance on your coffee machine should include cleansing cycles with soap pods. (Source: Amazon)

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Everyone knows traditional coffee pots get super gross if you don’t clean them but did you know the same thing happens in Keurig-style machines? Luckily, the solution is as convenient as the machines themselves. Cleaning cups run exactly like regular pods, but instead of brewing coffee, they clean your machine from the inside so that you can use it for longer. A 6-pack lasts for three months, keeping your machine in its best shape.

Tile grout

Save yourself hours spent scrubbing on your knees with a grout cleaner that softens aged-in filth.
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Save yourself hours spent scrubbing on your knees with a grout cleaner that softens aged-in filth. (Source: Amazon)

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Alright, this one isn’t so much a secret as a pain in the neck. But scrubbing the grout in your kitchen and bathroom doesn’t have to be a chore you put off until next year. A good grout cleaner does most of the work for you.

Keep your home looking its best

No home will ever be perfect, but with these sneaky messes cleaned, yours will be pretty close. Did we miss anything? Leave your home maintenance advice in the comments.

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