Every house has places that make us groan when it comes time to clean. Because these hard-to-reach spots are difficult to clean, we generally tend to avoid them in our everyday chores. Unfortunately, this just creates a buildup of dirt, grime and grease. If left for a long time, that dirt becomes stubborn and even more difficult to clean. Here are a few hard-to-reach spots and tips on how you can tackle them.

  • Ceiling: Dust and cobwebs are the grimy culprits of ceilings. If you have a standard-sized ceiling, you can clean it with a vacuum cleaner. If your ceiling is high, you’ll need a ladder to clean it. Professional cleaners will be able to do a good job, as they’ll have all the necessary equipment on hand.
  • Light fixtures: Light fixtures are usually tough to access. They can normally be dusted using a dusting brush. But for stubborn dust, you can use a mixture of water and vinegar. Just spray the solution on the light and slowly wipe it with a microfiber cloth.
  • Ceiling fans: To wipe off a ceiling fan, use an old pillowcase to collect dust. Hold the pillowcase at the end of the fan blade and slowly slide the dust outward. All the dust will fall inside the pillowcase.
  • Window tracks: This is a very tricky area to clean. If your vacuum cleaner does not fit into the track, fix a toilet paper roll to the end of the vacuum cleaner hose and clean the track. This will effectively suck out all the dust from the area.
  • Blinds: Cleaning the blinds with a cloth can be difficult, as there’s hardly any space between the slats. For an easy dusting, wear a sock on your hand and slowly run your fingers in between the slats.
  • Tops of cabinets and appliances: If you have space above your kitchen cabinet, dust is likely to accumulate in that area. The same goes for the spaces above kitchen appliances like refrigerators. To handle this, simply pull out a sturdy stool, stand on it and wipe the area with a damp cloth.
  • Inside kitchen cabinets: Though we open our kitchen cabinets regularly, few of us make the time to clean the inside of them. Clearing out the boxes of pasta and cans of baked beans to find grime and dirt will allow you to clean the cabinet with a solution of water and white vinegar. If you don’t see any dirt, you can simply dust and clean the cabinet with a microfiber cloth.
  • Space beneath furniture: This is yet another oft-neglected area. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the wrong mentality to have on this subject. Just because you do not see what’s underneath your furniture, it does not mean that it does not get dirty. If ignored, you will eventually find dust, pet hair and countless crumbs on the carpet underneath it. To avoid making these mistakes, it’s recommended you move your furniture and clean the carpet beneath it once every two to three weeks. This reduces the accumulation of dust and allergens.
  • Faucets: The crevices around a faucet are hard to clean, as you can hardly reach those areas with a normal brush. For this, you can use a toothbrush to get those hard-to-reach spots. Simply dip it in a solution of water and soap and use it to brush the crevices.


To keep the air in your home hygienic and pure, it is essential that you clean every nook and cranny of the house. These hard-to-reach areas should be cleaned at least once every two to three weeks to keep your home spotless.