7 Tips House Cleaners Desperately Wish You Knew

updated Oct 7, 2021
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We recently asked Kitchn readers for their most brilliant kitchen cleaning tips, and our favorite one on the list was the last idea: “Hire someone.” Maybe it’s because most of us would rather leave the dirty work to someone else? Or maybe it’s because we know that the pros have better tips and tricks than we do? (Or maybe it’s both?) Regardless, we decided to turn to the pros.

We reached out to a few professional house cleaners for their best cleaning tips. Here are the things they WISH you knew. (Whether they’re coming to clean your house or not.)

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1. Your kitchen needs good ventilation.

“A well-ventilated kitchen will help avoid moisture, which can cause the growth of bacteria or mold.” — Norma Capin, Dallas Maids

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2. There’s an easy way to clean your microwave (and it’s probably already in your fridge).

“Whenever stains and residue build up in your microwave, give this workhorse kitchen appliance a thorough cleaning. Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and turn it on high for 2 minutes. After the microwave has filled with steam, use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside and the residue will come right off.” — Thumbtack Professional, Michael Dimpoloulos, Founder of  Lazy Susans Cleaning

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3. You’re probably not sanitizing your trash can enough.

“Clean the inside of your trash can often — people often forget about it and it gets nasty. If you have a smell in your kitchen that you can’t quite put your finger on, then it’s probably your trash can. Simply rinse with water and soap to get your trash can back to its original state.” — Alberto Navarrete, Frisco Maids

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4. Don’t forget to clean your sink either.

“We usually forget to clean our kitchen sink and drains. Unfortunately these are places where germs thrive. Throw out food scraps and other particles daily and wash it at least once a week with regular dishwashing liquid.” — Stephanie Cooper, Top Cleaners

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5. Keep your stovetop looking immaculate with dish soap.

“Every time after you cook, remember to wipe your stovetops down with a damp cloth or a sponge. If there are grease spots, clean them with hot water and dishwashing liquid. This will take you only a few minutes, but will prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime.” — Cooper

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6. You need to change out your water filter more often.

“Water pitchers are an easy, inexpensive way to purify your drinking water. These pitchers need frequent filter replacements, though. Look at your manual for exact instructions, but most need to be replaced every two to six months for optimal water quality.” — Leanne Stapf, The Cleaning Authority

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7. Clean your dish towels more than once a week.

“Dish towels see a lot of wear and tear, from wiping up spills to drying glassware and everything in between, which is why they need to be washed so regularly. As often as every other day! But once spots and stains become visible following a wash, that’s when you know it’s time to toss it, or use it as a rag to clean other unpleasant messes around the house.” — Stapf

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