17 Places You Forgot to Clean that Might be Grossing Out Your Guests

We all have those places in our house that tend to get overlooked. They just become part of the scenery and we simply stop noticing them. But when guests come over and are looking at your home with fresh eyes, they might. 

But have no fear! I’m here to help you think through All The Places with a list of 17 areas you may want to double check before your next round of house guests arrive.

Related: You’re probably stuck at home and with the weather starting to get nicer it’s the perfect time to give your car a good cleaning too. And you don’t even need to leave the house because here are 14 Surprising Household Items You Can Use to Clean Your Car!

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1. The Base of Your Toilets

Sure, you’ve wiped down the seat, you’ve scrubbed the bowl, you’ve even wiped down the flusher. But have you checked the base and rim of the toilet? 

(Where my fellow boy moms at??) 

Not only are those yellow stains unsightly, they’re smelly. Be sure to run a clorox wipe around the seam where the toilet meets the floor. While you’re at it, check the walls nearby too. Maybe even the ceiling. There’s just no telling!

Toilet in bathroom with blue tile
2. Light Switch Plates

I always overlook these tiny little surfaces. But they are often full of tiny people finger smudges that are likely to be noticed by guests, especially in a small space like a guest bathroom.

Finger pointing at light switch plate
3. Base Trim

Brush it off with your broom when you’re sweeping. Or try to make it a habit to wipe them down with a damp rag or even a baby wipe as part of your cleaning routine.

Floor molding, a commonly missed place when cleaning
4. Doors

The other day I was cleaning the guest bathroom for a baby shower I was hosting when I noticed faint brown drips all over the back of the door. My guess? Dirty hands that weren’t quite clean as they pushed their way out of the room. 

Gross, I know. 

But then I started to look at the back of other doors and saw similar streaks. Hopefully your kids have better hygiene than mine. But just in case, give your doors a once over, especially near the doorknobs.

Door handle, a commonly missed place when cleaning
5. Kitchen Cabinets

We all make sure to wipe down our counters and the sink as we clean. But drips, crumbs, grease, and dust tend to accumulate on cabinet doors. I notice this especially on garbage can cabinets and on the cabinets above the stove. The grease and steam from cooking can leave a residue that builds up over time.

Kitchen cabinet door front,a commonly missed place when cleaning
6. Dining Chairs

I get that food will inevitably end up on the seats, but somehow it even makes its way onto the spindles and the backs of our chairs. So give them a once over too!

7. Stairwell Walls

I don’t know about you, but our stairwell takes a beating. Whether it be from throwing shoes down the stairs or just hands on the wall as the kids head to their rooms. A magic eraser should do the trick on any of the marks you find here.

Stairwell walls,a commonly missed place when cleaning
8. The Air

When we clean we tend to think of hard surfaces only. But have you ever walked into someone’s house and instantly knew what they made for dinner the night before? Or that they have a pet? 

An air purifier can remedy this, or even just opening your windows to air things out before company arrives. 

9. Window Trim and Molding

Don’t forget to give some attention to your window trim, especially the ones behind furniture that you may not notice as often. I’ve found dead flies and dust bunnies lurking on the window sills behind my couch. And let’s not even talk about what I found on the floor behind the couch.

10. The Inside of Your Microwave

I tend to put this one off because it remains “hidden” most of the time. But we all know how gross this small area can get. 

Try microwaving a cup of water with a few tablespoons of vinegar for several minutes to help loosen up the grime. Let sit for a few minutes then wipe down with a sponge.

Bowl inside of dirty microwave that needs to be cleaned
11. Ceiling Fans

Ever look up at a ceiling fan and notice dust hanging like a chandelier from the blades? Cover the blades with a pillow cover and wipe clean to “catch” the dust in the pillow case. Then just toss it in the washing machine.

Hand cleaning ceiling fan blade with rag
12. The Hand Towel in Your Guest Bathroom

Talk about a breeding ground for nasty. Like I mentioned above, kids don’t always do the most thorough job when washing their hands. And then they dry those “clean” hands off on the hand towel. Now imagine what could be building up over several days. Yuck.

While this may not be practical for everyday use, try putting out heavy duty napkins when guests are coming so that they can use their own towel and dispose of it when they’re done. 

Something like this napkin tray and these disposable napkins would be perfect.

Hand towel in bathroom
13. The Bathroom Mirror

Don’t forget to check for toothpaste residue and flecks of dried spit! Especially in the bathroom where your kids brush their teeth. 

Woman cleaning bathroom mirror
14. Ceiling Light Fixtures

I’ll never forget the time I was using the bathroom in someone’s house and I looked up to see the silhouette of a dead cockroach in their ceiling light fixture! You would think this is something you would notice in your own house, right? 

But then I checked our lights when I got home and found dead flies in mine! So maybe take a quick glance at your light fixtures as you’re tidying up.

15. Window Blinds

Another often neglected area that accumulates some serious dust. Try vacuuming off the excess dust and then wiping down each slat with a sock sprayed with pledge

Hand cleaning window blinds
16. Dining Area Light Fixtures

This is another one of those areas where dust and spiderwebs can appear that we may not notice for weeks or months. And who wants to see that dangling over your food when you’re a dinner guest? Don’t forget to wipe these down as well.

Hand cleaning glass chandelier with rag
17. The Face of Your Kitchen Appliances

I often overlook the drips and streaks on the face of my stainless steel appliances. Especially below the ice and water dispenser where dried water streaks are likely to accumulate daily.

Hand cleaning face of oven

If you tend to forget about some of these things, it doesn’t mean you’re dirty, just that you’re human. But I hope this helps uncover a few blind spots as you’re getting ready for company! 

Any other areas we left out? Leave them in the comments below!

Need more cleaning tips? Check out these 14 Surprising Household Items You Can Use to Clean Your Caror these 10 Tips for Lazy People Who Still Like a Clean Car. Want to get organized? Start in your kitchen with a 15 Minute Pantry Cleanout.

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5 Responses

  1. I try to do a deep clean for this very reason two times a year. Floor to ceiling and everything in between. You give a good list of what not to forget.

  2. These are really great suggestions to clean. There are a few I’ve missed but having white walls makes you clean everything lol Awesome post!

  3. So many places often forgotten! I don’t think any of us mean to forget, it’s just not something we think about because we’re always just focused and preoccupied on the main areas like the counters, and now I’m looking at the ceiling…

  4. Awesome tips! Those are definitely some pretty gross spots that get neglected. Probably my sneaky spots are, range covers, fridge door handles, and where the glass door slides, so nasty lol.

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