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How to clean those hard-to-reach areas

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 How to clean those hard-to-reach areas (Photo: iStock)

Maintaining a clean and hygienic home involves more than just wiping down the visible surfaces. It requires venturing into the often-neglected nooks and crannies where dust bunnies, forgotten crumbs, and lurking bacteria find refuge.


Vinegar and baking soda: Create a powerful cleaning paste by mixing baking soda and water. Apply it to grimy surfaces and let it sit before wiping it away. Vinegar, with its natural acidity, is excellent for breaking down grease and grime. Mix it with water in a spray bottle for an effective cleaning solution.

Microfibre cloths: These affordable, reusable clothes you can buy practically everywhere are perfect for trapping dust and dirt. Use them with or without cleaning solutions to wipe down surfaces.

Old toothbrushes: Don’t discard your old toothbrushes instead, repurpose them to reach into tight spaces and scrub away dirt.

Rubber gloves: Protect your hands with rubber gloves especially when dealing with cleaning solutions. They provide a barrier against chemicals and ensure a better grip. Pick a pair that fits you perfectly.

Lemon: Harness the natural cleaning power of lemon by using it to break down stains and eliminate odours. Combine it with salt for a potent scrub.

Dish soap: Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water to create a gentle yet effective solution for wiping down surfaces.

Cotton swabs: Perfect for reaching into small crevices and corners, cotton swabs are a handy tool for detailed cleaning.

Rubbing alcohol: Diluted rubbing alcohol is excellent for disinfecting surfaces. It dries quickly and leaves no residue behind.


Use a microfiber cloth or an extendable duster to reach high surfaces and corners. Start from the top and work your way down to capture falling dust.

Attach a nozzle or crevice tool to your vacuum cleaner to reach tight spots and corners. Vacuuming regularly prevents the buildup of dust and allergens.

Apply your chosen cleaning solution to the surface scrubbing away dirt and grime. Use toothbrushes and cotton swabs for detailed work.

Incorporate hard-to-reach areas into your regular cleaning routine. This prevents the accumulation of dust and keeps your home consistently hygienic.

Ensure proper ventilation in your home to reduce moisture and inhibit the growth of mould and mildew in hidden spaces.

Regularly inspect appliances and fixtures in hard-to-reach areas. Fix leaks to prevent water damage and mould growth.

Cleaning hard-to-reach areas doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With affordable and easy-to-find products, you can create a cleaner, healthier home.

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