Top 10 Spots You're Probably Not Cleaning in the Bedroom

Sure, you know to sweep the floors and switch out your pillowcases, but which spots are you forgetting to deep-clean?

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Sconces and Table Lamps

Even the slimmest of sconces should be wiped down on a regular basis. If you have traditional table lamps, use a rag with your preferred cleaning solution to tackle the bases. Then, use a lint roller to remove dust from the shades.


Yep! It's an easy one to overlook, but your doorknob definitely needs to be disinfected. We're usually so tired at the end of the day that we don't stop and think about all the surfaces we've come into contact with — so we end up spreading germs to something that we touch first thing in the morning. While you're at it, you may want to sanitize your light switch, too.

Door Frames

Speaking of doors, when was the last time that you wiped down the frame? Because this surface is so high up (and therefore out of sight), we usually don't think about all the dust that's been collecting along the edge. Go ahead and give your door frame a swab — you may be surprised by what you find.

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Picture Frames and Mirrors

We think you've got the picture, but we'll reiterate the idea just in case: hanging artwork and mirrors can also attract dust particles. While you're wiping everything down with a damp cloth, don't forget to polish off the top of your picture frames. For mirrors, buff the glass with a mix of vinegar and distilled water, which will help clear up a cloudy surface.

Ceiling Fans

Even if you use your fan every day, dust will definitely still collect on the blades. To clean these off (without sending particles flying everywhere), grab a pillowcase and a ladder. Once you're up high enough, you'll then tuck the fan's blade inside the pillowcase and use the fabric to gently wipe it off. This technique will ensure that the dust falls into the pillowcase and not onto your floors.

The Part of Rug Under the Bed

Talk about "out of sight, out of mind." Because it's tucked under your bed, you may very well forget to vacuum the top of your rug or sweep the floors underneath it. But, like a vortex, this piece can pull in dust, pet hair and other dirt particles, so it's important to shake it out every once in a while. You could even rotate the rug after each cleaning.

Curtains and Drapes

After a while, we start to think of our curtains and drapes as a natural extension of the window — and then we forget that these treatments actually need to be treated. Check the care tag first, but consider washing cotton curtains once every four to six months and taking silk or linen ones to a dry cleaner.

Dresser Hardware

You probably know to dust off the top of your dresser, but how often do you remember to wipe down the hardware? Just like doorknobs, dresser handles and pulls should be sanitized frequently to prevent the spread of germs.

Planters and Vases

Although houseplants and fresh flowers can certainly spruce up your bedroom, their containers also have a tendency to harbor bacteria. Whether you have a delicate glass vase on your nightstand or a large woven basket in the corner, you'll want to get a damp cloth, dip it in some soapy water and gently remove any grime that's built up along the outside of your planter. This could even be a good opportunity to re-pot your plant baby.

Alarm Clocks (and Cellphones)

The last thing you want is to lay your head next to something that's covered in germs. Keep a package of disinfectant wipes in your nightstand or on top of your dresser and make cleaning off your alarm clock or cellphone part of your nightly routine.