How clean are YOU? Test yourself against these 11 cleaning hotspots

How clean are YOU? Test yourself against these 11 cleaning hotspots

It's time to find out just how clean you really are. Today we're giving you a 'test' of sorts - we've picked out 11 hot-spots that only the cleanest of cleaners keep spotless. 

Do you? Time to find out! Use your eyes and hands to check your house against the following criteria.

Check these hot-spots with your hands

1. Photo frames & mirrors

vintage mirror plant
Are you cleaning up-above too?

Are you dusting thoroughly? When we clean, it's easy to concentrate on the surfaces at eye-level and forgot those above.

Is this you? Wipe your fingertips over the tops of photo frames, mirrors and door frames to find out.

If you find dust, you're probably forgetting to clean lots of other high-up places too. Make a mental note to pay more attention in the future.

2. Bannister

Think the bannister doesn't get dirty? You may be surprised. 

Wipe a hand over your stair rail and you may get a shock. Is it sticky or tacky to the touch? Clammy or dirty hands - kids, we're looking at you - will soon leave a build up on your bannister, which can be surprisingly germy!

As the bannister is somewhere most of us touch regularly - on the way to the kitchen, for example - it's really important to keep clean.

Use a general cleaner and cloth each week to keep it free of grime.

3. Sink & shower

cleaning hotspots bathroom
Are you REALLY clean?

Your sink and shower may look clean, but your hands are the real judge.

Wipe your hand over shower tiles and around the sink basin - is the surface smooth, or grimy? Hard-water and products can build up easily and form a layer over your sink and shower.

Use the rough side of a sponge, washing up liquid and plenty of elbow grease to remove scum. If you live in an area with particularly hard water, spray with a limescale remover first and leave for 5 mins before scrubbing.

4. Light bulbs

Similarly to photo frames and mirrors, light bulbs are another hot spot that often get neglected during the weekly clean.

Just because they're predominantly covered in a shade, it doesn't mean dust can't get in. Turn the lights off at the switch and swipe your fingertips over the bulb.

Dust? Looks like you're not as thorough as you thought! You can use a dryer sheet to get them clean.

Discover more unusual uses for dryer sheets in our other blog post.

5. Are you forgetting to clean buttons and knobs?

oven buttons cleaning
When was the last time you cleaned yours?

Light switches; oven knobs; tv controls - are you skipping smaller surfaces in your cleaning routine?

They may be small, but they come into contact with hands more than most other things. If they're sticky, bumby or grimy to the touch, you're not cleaning them enough.

A wipe with mutli-purpose cleaning spray is all it takes to keep them dirt-free.

Check these hot-spots with your eyes

6. Food stains & splashes

Time to head to the kitchen. Looks pretty clean, right? Kneel down and look a little closer.

Whilst most of us clean the tops of cabinets, the fronts rarely get a look in. Although you'd presume they'd stay pretty clean, a surprising amount of food and drink can end up splattering onto cabinets and cupboards.

If you see stains, you should schedule in a deep clean, making sure to wipe each and every cabinet down thoroughly with a cloth dampened in hot, soapy water.

7. Cobwebs

Cobwebs have this habit of making even the most spotless home look uncared for. It's totally unfair, but that's just the way it is!

Are there any cobwebs lurking around your home? Check the ceilings, corners of the room and around windows too. Going around your home with a feather duster and removing them takes just minutes, but will make such a difference to the overall appearance of your home.

8. Is your grout really clean?

cleaning kit
A bit of bleach is all you need.

Whether it be between your floor tiles or shower tiles, all grout gets dirty over time. It's a slow process, so you may not notice the discolouration happening, and have probably grown used to grey-ish grout.

However, this isn't what it's meant to look like! Remember, once upon a time, your grout was pearly white, and it can be again.

Find out how to transform your shower grout (the easy way) in our other article.

9. Don't forget the bins

Bins can be pretty icky places. Sticky hands, food spillages and those unfortunate split bin bags can result in some unpleasant situations, which many of us put off dealing with!

Sound like you? Take a look at your bin and take note of any food stains. You'll be surprised where these can end up - some marks may even be near the floor.

Dirty bins are not only unhygienic but look pretty grimy too. You should disinfect yours weekly to keep it tip-top.

10. Are you cleaning your toilet thoroughly

There's toilet cleaning, and then there's toilet cleaning - which are you doing?

The cleanest of people get every inch of the toilet spotless, including around the metal toilet seat hinges and all around the pedestal too.

Go take a look at your toilet - a real look. Is it clean, everywhere, or have you just skimmed the surface?

11. Windows

clean single paned windows
It makes SUCH a difference!

Similarly to cobwebs, dirty windows have the ability to make even the cleanest home look in need of TLC.

Rain spots and debris on the outside panes and dust and grime on the inside will block light, and distract from the clean surfaces within your house.

If you want a house that looks as clean as it is, make the windows a priority.

So, how clean are you? Let us know how you got on with out hot spots in the comments below.


Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Paul muir on June 15, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I clean the majority of these things around the home with the exception of the lightbulbs i even go around once a year steam cleaning and mopping everything thing in sight and out of sight

    1. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Hey Paul, that's great to hear. You're a champ!

  2. Author Lesley Reeves on June 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Whoops, where are Kim & Aggie when you need them?! Not as clean as could be, need to wear my specs when cleaning so I can actually see all the stains and muck. I do clean the bannister and the photo frames I can reach but could do with a clutter fairy as just too much stuff in my house which makes anywhere look untidy even if it is spotless.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      We know the feeling, Lesley. Whatever cleaning you can do is a step in the right direction!

  3. Author Wendy on June 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Well, I can truthfully say you did not catch me out! Think it is because I used to be a cleaner for a living and loved it so still keep my place the same. Having been in hospital my wonderful husband did his best but I am still catching up on jobs. but I really do not mind.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Wow! That's really impressive, Wendy. You must be a fab cleaner!

  4. Author Sue Maddison on June 15, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Yes i do clean all of the things mentioned.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Nice work, Sue!

  5. Author Amanda Smith on June 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    About the only thing I never thought of was the light bulbs. Will put them on my to do list.

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Amanda, Great stuff - you're obviously cleaning very thoroughly! You might be surprised by how dusty your lightbulbs are. Give them a clean and they'll make your whole home look lighter.

  6. Author Sandy on June 16, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Hi Steph - I think these cleaning hotspots are a wake-up call to us all. I try to do most of those mentioned - but it's finding time, isn't it?Sandy

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Sandy! It IS a matter of finding the time - but it's so satisfying when you know you've deep cleaned every nook and cranny!

  7. Author Christina Livesey on June 18, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I didn't do too badly. While I don't do kitchen cabinet fronts every week, I do check them (and the baseboards) after cleaning the floor. When I find anything, I do all the surfaces at once. My husband regularly cleans the counter tops, and I do the oven, hob and microwave. I clean the bathrooms and also use Dettol Wipes for a quick clean up of sinks and toilets. I use a squeegee for wiping down to shower doors and walls (and the shower unit), washing the shower mat with the laundry, and also daily shower spray cleaner and mould remover spray. As for dusting, because I am small in stature, I use a long reach duster for picture frames, door frames and wall/ceiling lights. There are no banisters in our home, as we live in a bungalow. I try to clean/defrost the fridge-freezers (2) regularly, but do sometimes forget about the additional freezer in the garage.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Sounds like you've got the housework under control, Christina. You've inspired us to get cleaning!

  8. Author NANNA on June 23, 2018 at 12:43 am



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