The 15 dirtiest spots in your house and how to make them sparkle

How to clean the dirtiest spots in your home

When it comes to cleaning, some tasks simply stink—figuratively, literally, and sometimes both. To handle the chores that always get moved to the bottom of the to-do list, we’ve pulled together some deep cleaning tips using Thieves® Household Cleaner that will make your house sparkle from top to bottom.

Diluting Thieves Household Cleaner appropriately will help you get your job done quickly and easily. It will also help you keep your house fresh and clean without using toxic chemicals or harsh synthetics:

  • All-purpose cleaner: 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Heavy degreasing: 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Light degreasing/glass and windows: 50 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner

Now you’re ready to take on everything on your house cleaning checklist!

1. Range hood

Did you know that a completely plant-based product has the power to address the heavy grease that can accumulate under your range hood? It’s easy to forget about this kitchen workhorse, which is how it ends up hanging on to the funk of way too many meals past! Clear the air:

  1. Mix according to directions for heavy degreasing and put in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray range hood and let product sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe clean with dry microfiber cloth.

2. Doorknobs and light switches

Thieves essential oil cleaning wipesWe touch them every day, but we rarely think about cleaning them. When kid’s little hands are constantly reaching for them, it might be a good idea to give the doorknobs and light switches in your house a good cleaning. Fortunately, when you use Thieves Household Cleaner, you don’t have to worry about harsh synthetic products that are harmful for kids or pets, since you know the minute you wipe it down, tiny hands will immediately reach for the same spots. Thieves Wipes make this job a breeze, or:

  1. Mix a spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Spray a cloth with 3­–4 spritzes.
  3. Wipe affected areas.

3. Phone

From pockets to purses, our phones see a lot of action, but they rarely get cleaned. Get rid of fingermarks and general yuck with the help of Thieves Wipes, or follow the instructions for doorknobs and light switches above, making sure to keep the spray on your rag and not on your phone.

4. Cabinet doors

Whether they’re in your kitchen, bathroom, or hallway, cabinet doors get opened a lot but rarely by recently cleaned hands. Freshen them up with a quick wipe down.

  1. Mix a spray bottle of light degreaser.
  2. Spray cabinet doors and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe clean with a dry microfiber cloth.

5. Washing machine

The residue from your washing machine can slowly build up and lead to gunk that keeps your clothes from getting as clean as possible. Help your washing machine do the best job it can by giving it a deep cleaning.

  1. Turn on your washing machine for the largest load size, with the hottest water setting and the longest wash.
  2. As the washer fills, add ½ quart of white vinegar and 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner.
  3. Let the washer fill for approximately 1 minute; then add ½ cup of baking soda.
  4. Open the lid and let it sit for 1 hour. While the water sits, spray all-purpose cleaner on the washing machine top and sides and wipe.
  5. After the water sits for 1 hour, let the machine run for the full cycle. Once the cycle finishes, run a short cycle to clean off any leftover residue.

6. Remote controls

The remote controls that your family members use for everything from TV to gaming have seen some things. Let us not speak of their many journeys to the depths of the couch cushions. Cleanse them of what likely ails them using Thieves Wipes or a cloth spritzed with all-purpose cleaner, as noted in our doorknobs and light switches tip.

7. Bathtub

Finally win your battle against the ring of soap scum that constantly evades you. Your bathroom will smell fresh after you take on the toughest tasks using Thieves Household Cleaner, which has a bright, lemon scent, derived from essential oils, not synthetics!

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner with ⅓ part white vinegar; then spray tub generously.
  2. Sprinkle tub generously with baking soda. Let sit for 10–15 minutes.
  3. Scrub lightly with a sponge or rag; then rinse with warm water.

8. Shower curtain

Wrestling with the shower curtain is no one’s idea of a good time—or maybe it’s yours, which if it is, you probably don’t need this tip! To wrangle with this bathroom monster:

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Spray down the inside of the shower curtain—go buck wild and spray down the outside if you’d really like to go crazy—let sit for 10–15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.

9. Toilet base

Ah, the chore for when fancy company is coming—you know what we mean. No one likes getting down to clean behind the toilet unless someone extra important is coming for dinner. Well, when the Queen of England traipses in for tacos, here’s what you do:

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Spray down the base of the toilet and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe down.
  4. For the hardest to reach spots, try spraying a retired toothbrush with all-purpose cleaner!

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10. Computer keyboard

Messy, grimy keyboards are havens for crumbs and gunk. Clear away the grime quickly by taking a Thieves Wipe to it, or using a cloth spritzed lightly with all-purpose cleaner. Make sure your computer is turned off so you don’t aof;joewifaho90we8fuyhonhvgo’drenvgn

11. Toothbrush holder

Here’s another oft-forgotten dirty spot. Perhaps because it’s where we go to make mouths clean, we don’t recognize it’s laden with filth. Clean it up quick!

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Spray the toothbrush holder generously with all-purpose cleaner and let sit for 5–10 minutes.
  3. Wipe with a lightly abrasive rag or sponge; rinse any remaining residue and cleaner.

12.  Trash can

Hoo-boy! If there’s a funky spot in your house, this might be it. No matter how careful we are when we change the liners, somehow, the bottom of the trashcan seems to get filthy. Make it fresh, fast!

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Remove liners from inside trash can and spray generously in and outside the trash can. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Wipe down the trash can with a cloth; then rinse with warm water.

13. Vacuum

It makes sense that your vacuum cleaner would need a deep cleaning every now and again. To clear out the dust bunnies and make it like new, give it a good scrub with Thieves Household Cleaner.

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Change or dump out the filter.
  3. Spray a microfiber cloth with all-purpose cleaner and wipe down all accessible parts.
  4. For hard-to-reach spots, use a toothbrush sprayed with all-purpose cleaner to scrub away!

14. Fridge

From finding unidentifiable bits of old produce to leftovers way past their prime, cleaning out the fridge is always an adventure. The bright scent of Thieves, coupled with its toxin-free cleaning power, makes getting through this chore much easier.

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Remove all food from the refrigerator and throw away old and expired food.
  3. Spray shelves and walls of fridge with all-purpose cleaner and let sit for 10–15 minutes.
  4. Wipe with a microfiber cloth and put remaining food back into the fridge.

15. Faucets and showerheads

When you see the hard water- or soap-stained scum on your faucets, don’t tell yourself, “I should do something about that.” Face your problems head on—conquer your world! This is a challenge that is easily faced and so satisfying once completed.

  1. Mix a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Spray showerhead, faucet, or drain cover generously with all-purpose cleaner.
  3. Using a plastic bag filled with 1 cup of vinegar, submerge the shower head and faucet. Secure the bag with string or twist tie. Let sit for 30 minutes
  4. Remove plastic bag and rinse with warm water. For any remaining residue, use a toothbrush sprayed with all-purpose cleaner.

You did it! You handled some of the household tasks that never get tackled. For more tips on how to get your house sparkling with the help of Thieves, check out this post on getting your bathroom completely clean. To find out all about the essential oil blend that powers our household cleaner, check out this post!

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