10 Common Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

You may have noticed while putting your Christmas decorations away or preparing for your New Year’s Eve party that your house isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be. That’s why many of us don’t wait for spring cleaning to do a thorough sweep of the house. But no matter how detailed our checklist is, we always seem to miss a few household items that gather dust, dirt and debris. If we forgot them once, chances are we will miss them again…and again. Check out this quick list to make sure you’re not missing any of those easy-to-miss spots.

10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean


Vents & Radiators

Heating vents, air conditioning vents and radiators are magnets for dust and other debris. Aside from taking some power out of your air flow or just appearing unsightly, the dust and dirt on your heating vents can be a safety hazard, potentially causing fires. If you want to give your vents a thorough cleaning this season, make sure you unscrew the vents and wipe them clean, inside and out, and take a look inside the air duct as well.

Ceiling Fans

Not many people realize that ceiling fans can cut down on heating costs in the winter and make your home feel a little bit cozier. All you have to do is reverse the flow of your fan to clockwise. This simple switch pulls cold air up (use a low speed setting) while pushing warm air to the edge of the room so it flows down to the floor. If you’re interested in saving on heating costs, turn on your ceiling fan, but wipe down the blades first.

Door Handles & Buttons

Some household items just don’t pop up on our radar when we’re cleaning. Door knobs, handles, even the buttons on electronics like the TV, video game console or DVD player are things we touch every day. If we touch it with our hands and fingers, it needs to be cleaned, so take a quick moment and walk through every surface and appliance you turn, hold, press, and twist. Light switches are also a common culprit we forget.


10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

Refrigerator Drawers & Shelves

It’s easy to think of the refrigerator as that nice, cold place where bacteria can’t survive, but that’s pretty far from the truth. Because it’s not something we clean very regularly (aside from spills and ordinary upkeep), it’s always possible that some unseen germs are lurking in the drawers and on the shelves. A quick clean will also get rid of any underlying odors. Make sure you clean underneath shelves, and get the walls, too.

Refrigerator Coils

To keep our refrigerator working properly, it’s important to clean the coils at least once a year. It’s such an easy process, but few of us remember to do it. This isn’t just about brushing off or vacuuming the coils. It’s also about vacuuming or cleaning the fan. Yes, this means pulling out the fridge, unplugging it for a brief period of time and shutting off the water supply (if it’s connected for water or ice), but it’s only once a year.

Coffee Maker

It doesn’t matter if you’re a coffee connoisseur or just need that morning brew to wake up for work, chances are your coffee maker is filled with bacteria, even mold. Maintaining a clean coffee maker requires more work than scrubbing the coffee pot. Bacteria and mold build up in the machine’s reservoir and carafe more than anywhere else. Separate all the removable parts, scrub them clean and put everything back together.


10 Household Items We Always Forget to Clean

Toothbrush Holders

We use our toothbrush holders every single day, exposing them to new germs or leaving them susceptible to residue over time. A lot of nasty gunk can build up on the edges, bottom and deep inside your toothbrush holder, so once in awhile we need to give it a deep clean. All you need is some hot water and soap. Better not to take any chances on something that houses our precious toothbrush almost twenty-four hours a day.

Bath Mats & Runners

Mold is constantly trying to invade the bathroom, and that goes for common items like bath mats. We might think that if the top of the mat looks clean then we’re in good shape, but bacteria can be hiding deep inside and is particularly fond of the underside of the mat. If your mat is machine washable, it’s as easy as tossing the mat in on its own. But if your bath mat is a little more fragile, you’re going to want to hand wash and dry.

Shower Curtain Liners

Shower curtains and shower curtain liners are built to thrive in their environment, but they’re not built to last forever. Instead of throwing yours out or changing the liner after a certain period of time, you can save some money by washing it yourself. Use this washing technique to clean your shower curtain and shower curtain liners in the washing machine with some assistance from baking soda and vinegar to keep it looking fresh.


Credit Cards & Keys

It’s probably weird to think about adding items like credit or debit cards to your regular cleaning list, but they are some of the things we own that are handled by strangers the most. Whenever you hand your credit card over to pay for something, it’s picking up bacteria. This goes for anything in wallets or purses, from licenses to car keys. Try to keep purses, handbags or anything else you take out of the house on a daily basis clean.

Autumn Arrival: Getting You Ready for the Season Change

It’s sad that the warm summer months are finally coming to an end, but the harsh winter season is still pretty far away. Autumn is here to save the day and keep the winter weather at bay for a few more months. But the fall season has some challenges of its own, from yardwork to refreshing the interior of your home. Get ready for the summer-to-fall season change and learn a few facts along the way with these autumn arrival tips.

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Techniques to Help You Deal with Pesky Autumn Leaves
When winter begins to take its first full breaths of life, it starts pulling beautiful leaves down to your lawn, into your gutters and between the crevices of your car. The same leaves we gazed at a month earlier become a chore. Study these techniques to help you deal with pesky autumn leaves after your trees start shedding.

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Clever Home Decor Ideas for Featuring Throws & Quilts
Many of us are looking forward to curling up on the couch with a throw or quilt to keep cozy. While throws are great functional pieces, they can also be artfully coordinated into your decor when not in use. Read on for some clever home decor tips to help you feature some gorgeous throws and quilts around your home.

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Common Bathroom Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Depending on your age, bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Many bathroom accidents and injuries can be prevented by taking proper precautions and, most importantly, knowing where the danger zones are. Learn about common bathroom injuries and how to avoid them with this fall review.

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5 Hair Care Tips for the Summer-to-Fall Transition
You did your best to protect your hair all through the summer; that season of scorching sun, hot winds and chlorinated swimming pools. Now with the fall season approaching and Halloween props popping up, it’s time to undo some summer damage. Check out these five hair care tips for the summer-to-fall transition.

Halfway to the Holidays: Get a Head Start on Christmas Planning

Chilly weather isn’t far off. That means the holiday season is right around the corner. Get some advice to help your summer Christmas planning go smoother with these articles from The Lakeside Collection.

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Time-Consuming Holiday Projects to Start this Summer
By the time summer rolls around, we’ve forgotten about all the stress and planning that went into making the holidays so enjoyable for ourselves and our families. If the holidays typically take up a large chunk of your time and energy, get organized early by starting these time-consuming holiday projects in the summer.

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Holiday Scents for Your Summer Bathroom Sanctuary
There are a number of sights, smells and traditions Christmas has adopted over the years that weren’t always associated with the holiday season. There are many fragrances adopted by the holidays that work great throughout the summer. Accent your bathroom sanctuary with a few of these holiday scents.

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Why Summer is the Real Season of Giving for Pet Owners
Spring gives your pet their first taste of the outdoors, but it isn’t until the rainy days taper off and the summer months get into gear that they really have the opportunity to see what the outdoors have to offer. With all the events and activities that take place in the warm months, it feels like the real season of giving for pet owners.

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Celebrating Christmas Early in the Southern Hemisphere
Even if it’s snowing in many regions of the northern hemisphere in December, it’s the opposite on the southern side of the globe. In order to make Christmas feel more like the traditional holiday, many countries celebrate in July. Here’s a few facts about countries that start a little early and how they do it.

Bathroom Mirror Ideas to Inspire Your Home Refresh

Updating the bathroom with exciting new features seems to be on every homeowner’s to-do list. Sometimes the projects never get completed because we want to overhaul the entire bathroom instead of making small fixes here and there. But if the overhaul just isn’t feasible or too far in the future, making little changes is one of the best ways to give your bathroom a fresh new look. Instead of taking on a complicated DIY project, get inspired by some of these bathroom mirror ideas to make a quick change and inspire your future overhaul.

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Traditional Frame
The main design elements you’ll encounter with bathroom mirrors are the shape and whether or not they’re framed. Framed designs can serve as simple accents that allow you to tie in colors and textures in your bath or bold statements that can add unique contrast and look like beautiful wall art in some luxurious art gallery.

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Clean Lines
Mirrors without frames are great if you aren’t trying to make a bold statement in your bathroom. This is great if you’re going for clean lines or a modern touch, but this doesn’t necessary mean a mirror without a frame is specific to modern or contemporary designs. Also, they really pop when contrasted with a bold paint color.

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Strong Shapes
Changing the shape of your bathroom mirror can make an immediate impact in your bathroom. Traditional square or rectangular designs have a completely different feel from a smooth, circular pattern or a strange geometric shape. Just make sure the design of your mirror doesn’t get in the way of your bathroom routine.

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Unique Accents
It’s not all about the shape, pattern or frame. There are many options for mirrors that add a unique look and feel to your bathroom with the way they are mounted or hung on the wall. They can also be easier to install compared to larger mirrors. If you have a double vanity, you could get two smaller mirrors for a stylish look.

Ways a Tray Can Simplify Your Life

Glass-watering-stakesA tray is just a slab of wood with a couple of handles attached to it, but it has so many uses. As a tool for the kitchen or a decorative piece in the living room, a tray adds value to your home. Here are ways a tray can simplify your life in any room of the house.

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On their own, plants add a little life to a room, but together, you create a decorative piece to put on display with a tray. While you create a small exhibit for your plants with a tray as the canvas, it also acts as a receptacle for excess water to give you the benefit of having a plant in the house without the mess.

Entryway

Winter snow or summer rain, a tray for wet boots and shoes in the entryway is a cute way to keep the outdoor elements off your floor. It’s an elegant method of corralling water, dirt and mud around entryways so outside mess doesn’t get tracked into the rest of your home. It saves time on cleaning and floors from damage.

Kitchen

A big party or big pans, a delicately decorated tray makes clean up a little less wet. Use a cute tray to trap water under a dish drying rack. Water pools in the tray rather than on the counter while you tidy up. Delightful designs make clean up less dreary and your counter tops dry.

Living Room

No need for a curio cabinet with a tray for display. Tucked away on a bookshelf or on display on a side table, show off objects you love to collect on a tray. Whether they’re pottery bowls, candlesticks or little jars of sea shells, trays perfectly showcase knickknacks neatly.

Bedroom/Bathroom

Reclaim your counter space and put products in their place with a tray as a vanity organizer in your  bathroom or bedroom. Whether you have countless colors of nail polish or a ton of tubes of hair gel, keep it classy by sorting them with a serving tray. A tray creates a visual flow your products can’t quite pull off on their own.

A tray is a versatile houseware; they’re not just for serving tea and cookies. For living room tablescapes or bathroom organization, wicker or leather, there are many ways to be creative with a tray.

6 Tips For Spring Cleaning

 

Well, we made it. Tomorrow marks the first official day of spring. It’s time for the snow to melt, the air to get warm and lose all those extra layers we’ve all been carrying around. But with warm weather also comes spring cleaning. We’ve got a few tips you must have to make your spring cleaning a little easier this year.

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Refrigerator:  Remember when the Polar Vortex hit and you stocked up your refrigerator with things you should only eat in an emergency? The emergency is over and it’s time to clean out the fridge. It seems simple, but you’ll be amazed at how much food you forgot about over the last few months. After it’s been cleaned out, wipe the inside out with a solution of baking soda and hot water (1 tablespoon per pint of water).

Bathroom:  That tomcat tangerine lipstick looked just as bad in the winter as it did in the summer, so why are you holding on to it? Trash that along with the half-empty bottles of shampoo, nubs of eyeliner and the earring you’ve been saving for five years whose mate you’re sure will turn up. It’s so hard to let go of all of those little things that are cluttering up your bathroom, but it’s so easy to say goodbye – and then you can say hello to a whole new generation of junk that you won’t find until next spring.

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Oven-cleaningOven cleaning: The spring air is wafting in from the yard and the last thing you want to do is pollute it by cleaning your self-cleaning oven. Instead, use an environmentally gentle oven cleaning method that requires little more than mixing a cup of baking soda with 1/3 of a cup of salt. All you have to do is dampen the oven surface, sprinkle on the mixture, spray it with water and let it sit overnight. Wipe it down the next day with a wet cloth or sponge – you can use soapy water if necessary.

 

Vents & electronics: Like white noise, you probably don’t notice the dust on your vents and electronics building and mucking up your air space. To clean your TVs, computers and vents use old dryer sheets. The dryer sheets neutralize the charge on surfaces where there is static electricity so they’re able to pick up the dust that’s clinging to them.

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DrainClean your drains: With all the things that go down a bathroom drain or a kitchen drain, water alone can’t keep a drain fresh smelling. A ½ cup of baking soda sprinkled down the drain followed by 4 cups of white or apple cider vinegar will create a furious foam that can scrub away odors caused by bacteria that’s been building up for months.

Clean your dishwasher: Like your drain, the dishwasher can get mucked up with food particles and cause a bit of a stink even though it seems clean. A similar baking soda-vinegar concoction can be used to clean your dishwasher, but if you do it wrong, you might end up with a foamy floor that will double your cleaning duties, so the other easy, non-toxic way to clean your dishwasher is to use a sugar-free drink mix like powdered lemonade. Just take out the filter and soak it in soapy water before returning it to the dishwasher. Then poor the drink mix into the dishwashing detergent compartment – use as much drink mix as you would detergent – and then run a full cycle.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Few luxuries are more soothing than slipping into a warm bath or shower, and some of our favorite things this week make bath time even more of a pleasure. If you want to relax tired muscles after a tough workout or a long day at the office, this selection of favorites is for you. During a hectic day, your bath may be the only solitude you can find. Treat yourself to a long soak or an invigorating shower. Then, wrap yourself in comfort and settle in for an evening at home or a restful night’s sleep.

Detachable shower heads are wonderful, but the Safe-er-Grip Shower Arm makes them even better. This suction-cup holder attaches firmly to your shower wall or door and lets you direct the stream where you need it most – on aching muscles, tired feet, freshly shampooed hair or anywhere else. When you want to reposition the shower arm, flip the latch and place it wherever you like. It’s also incredibly handy for giving kids and pets a bath because it leaves your hands free for scrubbing.

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Make stepping out of the bath or shower a little taste of luxury when you choose a new bath mat in cushioned memory foam wrapped with soft microfiber. Our bright plush foam bath rug comes in an assortment of colors to make this bath accessory a delight for your eyes as well as your toes. The inner foam core is soft enough to mold to your feet but springs back into shape as soon as you step away from the mat. Made with a plush microfiber exterior, this bath mat dries more quickly than shaggy mats that trap water. A non-skid backing means the mat is as practical as it is comfortable.

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When you reach for a towel, make it something special. Our jumbo bath sheets are almost 6 feet long to envelop you in cozy warmth and softness from head to toe. Thirsty looped cotton terry fabric gently and quickly dries you. These bath sheets are such a hit that we offer them in seasonal colors to suit every style. Choose from rich, vibrant tones such as plum and spice, or go with soft pastels that evoke memories of mild spring days.

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After your bath is the perfect time to moisturize, and with these gel heel socks, you won’t even need lotion. A gel pad within the sock contains intensely moisturizing vitamin E, olive oil and jojoba to soften skin, leaving your heels smooth and comfortable. A drop of soothing lavender oil adds a pleasant scent that helps you relax as you moisturize. Slip into your socks, put your feet up and have an evening of blissful relaxation. If you have cracked or dry heels from standing all day, these cozy socks are a wonderfully soothing solution.

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When you’ve spent all day making others comfortable, take a few minutes for yourself and enjoy the tranquility of the tub. Go ahead; you deserve it!

5 Tips For A More Luxurious Bathroom

Luxurious-bathroomIf there is one room in the house which you will want to make especially relaxing and if possible luxurious then it is probably the bathroom.

Get a Shower Cabin
If you are a fan of long, luxurious showers than a shower cabin will be just right for you. Even on a cold day the hot, steamy atmosphere will let you get lathered up and sing to your heart’s content for as long as you want . They are very practical but they also look stylish and add a nice bit of class to any bathroom. There are designs for most types of bathroom, so you don’t need to worry if yours is small or awkwardly shaped.

Give It a New Color
An even simpler idea is to make the place look nicer by giving it a fresh coat of paint. It is amazing how much difference this can make to a tired looking bathroom if you choose the right color. There are lots of luxurious paint tones around so you might want to buy some sample pots and try a few of them out before you make your final decision.

Add a Sauna
The growing popularity of home saunas is down to the fact that they give you a tremendous way of relaxing and making the place look better too. If you have always longed to try a session in a sauna then now is a fine time to do so without leaving your house.

Listen to Mood Music
We all love music in the bathroom. Whether it is for singing along to in the shower or relaxing with in the bath there is nothing like a classic song to help us enjoy this room. If you want the luxurious feel then something classy and inspiring in the background will make you feel as though you are in an expensive spa.

Add a Special Touch
The finishing touches to your bathroom can come in a variety of ways. For example, some big candles and a heated towel rail are excellent ideas. Another modern feature which you might like to consider is the new style of mirror. Illuminated bathroom mirrors perform the basic function of letting you see yourself as you wash or shave but look wonderful too. You will find that there are lots of different bathroom mirror designs to look at on the Pebble Grey one. You will soon wonder how you ever lived with a conventional mirror.

Steve Harrison is a lifestyle blogger who sometimes writes for Pebble Grey

Buyers’ Picks – Items We Love

I’m excited to announce we have a brand new section on the “Lakeside View” blog called ‘Buyers’ Picks.’ This section will give “Lakeside View” readers an exclusive look inside the minds of our buyers.  Our buyers will reveal upcoming trends, share their personal favorite products, and tell never before heard stories about the items they love.

Kicking things off, one of our Domestic Buyers is highlighting one of her favorite collections below.

My Buyer Pick today is the Owl Friend Bath Ensemble.  Owls have been a hot trend in the market place for some time, but a stunning owl bath collection is really a rare find. The shower curtain edges on boho-style while the accessory pieces look like they’re hand carved from real wood. It’s a great collection for any age.

                -Domestic Buyer

1) Shower Curtain 2) Set of 12 Shower Curtain Hooks 3) Window Valance 4) Set of 2 Towels 5) Toothbrush Holder 6) Soap Dish 7) Lotion Pump

$100 Can Take You Far at Lakeside Collection Part III

This is the final week of the Lakeside Collection Lucky 21 Sweepstakes where we are giving away a $100 American Express gift card everyday through May 28th. You can enter on our Facebook page or by clicking this link: http://on.fb.me/JbhJtL

Each week since the launch we have demonstrated how far $100 could take you if you chose to spend the gift card at Lakeside Collection.  The first week we transformed a bedroom for just $100 (plus S&H and tax).  Last week we gave everyone in the family a great seat by the water for just $100.  This week, we are at it again, for just $100 we are redoing an entire bathroom! Check it out below. For all these items we spent just $99.70 (plus tax + S&H).

Here is our receipt:
(1) 20-Pc. Complete Bathroom Set——————————————-————$19.95

(1) Butterfly Bathroom Collection, Over-The-Toilet Storage ———–————$19.95

(1) Butterfly Bathroom Collection, Bathroom Towel Stacker ———–-———$19.95

(1) Butterfly Bathroom Collection, Bathroom Shelf ———–————-———$19.95

(1) 13-Pc. Bath Caddy & Roller Shower Hook Set ————————-—-—-$9.95

(1) Plush Memory Foam Bath Rug ———————————————–——-$9.95

TOTAL:   $99.70