• How to Clean Nooks and Crannies

    Ready for some serious sparkle? Dive into a detailed cleaning of these hard-to-get areas of your home.

    Tackle your home’s toughest spots to clean.

    If you’ve ever had your car detailed, you know how dazzling it is when your automobile’s nooks and crannies are cleaned. Suddenly it feels like a brand new car! The same can hold true for your home but on a much grander scale. When you invest time in “detailing” your house, the result is a home with added sparkle that will make it look and feel nearly as fresh as the day you moved in.

    From your baseboards to your showerhead, here’s a cleaning guide to tackle three of your home’s toughest spots:

    • Dishwasher

      In addition to wiping down the hinges, gaskets and entire interior with disinfectant, don’t forget to clean your dishwasher’s filter periodically. Visit the manufacturer’s website to get specific instructions on how best to clean your particular model’s filter. If you’ve never done this chore before, you won’t believe the gunk that’s accumulated!

      After that, do a vinegar wash to remove grease, grime and musty odors. Simply fill a dishwasher-safe container with a cup of white vinegar and run a hot-water cycle.

    • Shower fixtures

      You know how to tackle your shower’s tile and glass doors, but how often do you blast away the hard water spots that collect on the fixtures? You’ll do it way more often now that you know this clever tip: Fill a large plastic bag with 1/3 cup baking soda and slowly pour in 1 cup white vinegar. Submerge the showerhead in the solution by placing the bag over it and securing it with a rubber band or twist tie, then let the solution work its magic for a few hours.

      In the meantime, slice a lemon in half and rub the cut side over your fixtures to make hard water spots disappear. Finally, rinse fixtures with water and give them a good buffing with a soft cloth. Voila—shiny fixtures!

    • Baseboards

      If you’re like most people, you don’t think about cleaning your baseboards until they’re positively gray with months (maybe years?) of accumulated dust. To get them back to gleaming, first attack them with your vacuum’s brush attachment. Then wipe them down with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Lastly, wipe dryer sheets along the baseboards to help banish static, which imparts a dash of dust-fighting power.