13. Microwave

Lemon Microwave

Even if you are careful to cover food before heating it in the microwave, you may discover splatters and bits of food residue inside. Cleaning your microwave is a simple task if you have a bit of lemon juice on hand. First, place about half a cup of water in a shallow, microwaveable dish. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate. Then, heat the open container in the microwave for two minutes. Carefully remove the container of hot water, and you should be able to easily wipe down the interior of the microwave with a damp cloth.

12. Filters

Hood Filter

Many household appliances contain filters that trap dust, grime, or food particles. Check these filters on a regular basis and either clean or replace them. Soak your range hood filter in hot, soapy water before scrubbing it with a brush. You should be cleaning the lint trap of your dryer each time you use it. However, you can prevent fires and increase efficiency by regularly cleaning out the hose between your dryer and the outside vent. Your dishwasher also has a filter where food particles may become trapped. Furnace filters should be replaced every three to 12 months, depending on the type.

11. Air Vent Covers

Intake Vents

If you glance up at your air vents, you may be shocked to discover how much dirt and dust have accumulated on them. Give the vents a dusting with a microfiber cloth or use a vacuum cleaner attachment to whisk away dust and dirt. If necessary, remove the vent grates to clean them more thoroughly and vacuum the interior of the vent.

Related: 15 Secrets to Keeping Your House Cleaner Happy


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