Places In Your Home Where Dirt Loves to Hide


Some people love cleaning, but for most of us, it’s a chore (literally and figuratively). Whether you enjoy cleaning or not,  it has to be done. However, most of us are unaware which places are out-of-sight and hard to clean, but get dirty nonetheless.

As someone who belongs in the “I dread deep cleaning” group, I always try to hire Ruby Cleaners to do the work for me. Professionals always know where dirt loves to hide, unlike common folk like me who usually skip over these crucial places in my home.

Here are some of the hidden places in your home where dirt is:

Curtains and Drapes

Curtains are ideal for dirt because you can’t really see it. Make sure to wash your drapes at least twice a year. Ideally, you want to wash them in a washing machine, but be careful about using the dryer. Always steam out or iron your curtains before hanging them back up again, as crevises are ideal for dirt to settle in. 

Lap-Tops, Keyboards, and Smartphones

Studies show that your smartphone generally has more bacteria than the toilet, simply due to the fact that we don’t clean them as often. Our fingerprints aren’t as clean as one might think, as we transfer oil to our phones. 

Keyboards and lap-tops are not far off either, as dust collects between the keys. Not to mention the dirt that falls in if you eat at your computer! Clean your electronics at least once a month, preferably more often. 


Remote Controls

Similar to smartphones and keyboards, remote controls are something we use often but don’t necessarily clean often. Oils, dust, food, all of that sneaks in your remote. An antibacterial cleaning wipe should help you with sanitizing your remote.

Carpets and Rugs

While carpets are on everyone’s to-do list when it comes to cleaning, it might surprise you to learn that vacuuming is not enough. Rugs can trap germs and even insects, which can be bad for your health. Ideally, you would like to hire professional cleaners to take care of your carpet, as they have machines designed for deep cleaning. 

Window Blinds

Most of us avoid cleaning window blinds simply because they are very tricky to clean. Well, that is a mistake as blinds collect dust. Always vacuum your blinds first then wipe them down. 

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are hard to reach, especially if you have a high ceiling, which is why most people don’t clean them as often as they should. They are extremely good at collecting dust and as such, should be cleaned regularly. Luckily, a quick wipe is all you need to keep the dust at bay (when you figure out how to reach the fans). 

Cleaning Supplies

It might seem ironic but yes, your cleaning supplies need to be cleaned too! Otherwise, they will spread germs and bacteria. Scrub your brooms, toilet brushes, and sponges when you are done using them. Wash your cloths. Clean the vacuum. 

Bonus tip: Change sponges often (especially kitchen sponges), as they are damp and bacteria love damp environments. 

Light Switches and Doorknobs

Light switches, doorknobs, and handles are touched extremely often, and people rarely remember to wipe them down. This is especially important for the kitchen and bathroom knobs. 


Why A Clean Home is Important

The aforementioned place where dirt loves to build up might seem unimportant, however, keeping your home clean is detrimental for your mental and physical health.  Here’s what cleaning does:

Kills germs.

Germs can make you sick, as they suppress your immune system. Cleaning and disinfecting your home regularly helps keep germs at bay. 

Improves air quality.

“Bad” air can trigger allergies and respiratory issues, such as asthma. Removing dust and mildew helps with the quality of air.

Lack of clutter improves your mental health.

Studies show that a clean home significantly helps with issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

Reduces allergies.

Helps with finding things more easily.


It is impossible for your home to always be 100% germ, bacteria, and dirt free. However, knowing where dirt resides is the first step in making your home a cleaner and friendlier place. Some places that need to be cleaned are very hard to reach and, as a result, you might want to call a professional to help you out. 

On the other hand, now that you know what you should keep an eye on, some areas are very easy to clean, you just have to remember to do them. Write down a list of all places that are tricky to clean and it shouldn’t be a problem.

All in all, a clean home is crucial for your physical and mental well-being. As a result, it is important to try and keep it that way as much as possible. 

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