The gap next to the fridge. The small space between where the rug ends and the couch starts. We’ve all got those spots in the home that we’d rather just bypass than actively try to clean. Eventually however, we can’t avoid it any longer. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the best expert tips and tricks to make cleaning tricky spots a breeze.

  1. The cracks between your keyboard keys – Remove crumbs, dust, dirt and food easily by running the sticky side of a post-it note between the keys to pick up all the muck.
  2. Window sills and tracks – Trying to squeeze the nozzle attachment of your vacuum into your narrow window tracks can be a nightmare. The solution? Attach a toilet paper tube to the nozzle. The cardboard can be manipulated to fit even the strangest shaped space.
  3. Car air-conditioning vents – Clean out the dust and must from the vents by using a sponge tipped pain brush. It’s the perfect size and shape.
  4. Vertical blinds – Remove dust quickly and easily by wrapping a microfiber cloth around a pair of tongs and inserting onto each section of blind to wipe clean.
  5. Dishwasher filter and screen – The humble toothbrush has a multitude of uses when it comes to cleaning and here’s another! The size and shape make it perfect for cleaning your dishwasher filter. Use soap and an old brush to scrub off soap and grease build up.
  6. Air vents – If your air quality seems a bit musty or dusty then the vents may be to blame. Similar to the blind cleaning hack, a blunt butter knife makes the perfect tool for cleaning between vents. Wrap in a microfiber cloth then gently wiggle into and between vents.
  7. Mattress quilting – We change our sheets regularly and may even turn out mattress but what about the indented quilting? It’s a haven for dust and other nasties. Give it a good once over with the upholstery hose on your vacuum or use the narrowest nozzle you’ve got to suck each indent clean.
  8. Tap crevices – Soap scum, mildew and mould love hanging around the base of your taps. To remove it thoroughly use an old toothbrush, soap and water. The bristles make short work of debris and will also help prevent it growing back.

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This article was made in partnership with Over60.