Between the hustle and bustle of this busy season, it's easy to forget to clean some of the less-obvious places in your home. We get it. But if want to spare your in-laws from inhaling a mouth full of dust when they open the blinds in their bedroom, follow this advice.
Before you say "watch whatever you want," you might want to give your remote a little wipe-down. After all, these touch points are notorious for carrying germs. Just wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe and you're good to go.
Who wants their relatives to know they ate tomato sauce last week because it's all over their microwave walls? Place a bowl with a cup of water and a lemon slice in your appliance and turn it on high for several minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then wipe the inside clean with a sponge. Now anyone can make the microwave popcorn, and you won't have to worry!
To banish mildew and bacteria from the nooks and crannies around your guest bathroom faucet, grab an old toothbrush. The bristles paired with warm water and soap will help you get into the deepest (and dirtiest!) places you can't see. Trust us, your guests will appreciate it.
Who wants to wash their hands with soap that's sitting on a gooey dish or coming from a grimy dispenser? Simply scrub the build-up off with a wash cloth at warm water to instantly refresh your bar and countertop.
To ensure guests feel comfortable showering in your guest bathroom, give everything (including the tracks!) a serious wipe-down before they arrive. Just let a paper towel soaked in vinegar sit on the track for 30 minutes before scrubbing the grime away with a small brush.
It goes without saying that a shower curtain spotted with mildew isn't welcoming either. If your liner is made out of , you can toss it into your washer (with a few towels for extra cleaning agitation) and use the highest water level with regular amount of detergent, then hang to dry.
In your guest bedroom, it's especially important to make sure vents are clean and guests are breathing in fresh air. First, vacuum loose dust off of vents. Then wrap your utensil in a microfiber cloth, which will not grab and hold on to dust particles.
Ditto for blinds. If you don't want to get your hands dusty, there's a kitchen utensil you can use instead: tongs! All you have to do is secure a microfiber cloth using rubber bands, then close the tool on a strand and pull it across.
Since pillows collect dead skin cells over time, you'll rest so much better knowing your parents are sleeping on clean pillows. Just toss down or fiberfill pillows into your washing machine and consult the care tag for temperature settings.
If your rug is made of cotton or synthetic fibers, you can throw it in the along with bath towels. Wash in cold water on the gentle cycle. Just don't clean them too often: The rubber backing can't withstand weekly trips to the laundry room. So once before Thanksgiving should get you until the end of the year.