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11 Things You’re Forgetting to Clean in Your Bedroom

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There’s more to cleaning your bedroom than just vacuuming, dusting, and the laundry. Take a look at this list of 11 things you’re forgetting to clean in your bedroom. You’re going to be very surprised!

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When it comes to cleaning in the bedroom, certain things can get overlooked but cleaning these things is essential to our health. Breathing dusty air for 8 hours a night isn’t exactly easy on your respiratory system. If you have allergies or asthma, the dust can cause a major flare-up.

Not to mention the grime and filth you’re sleeping on every night. Gross!

Let’s get down and dirty and take a look at this list of 11 things you’re forgetting to clean in the bedroom.

11 Things You’re Forgetting to Clean in Your Bedroom

1. Closet shelves

Closet shelves need to be kept clean no matter how many shelves there are. To clean the closet shelf, you’ll need to remove everything from the shelf and give it a thorough dusting on top and bottom. Regular dusting keeps the spiders away.

2. Closet floor

Moving everything off the closet floor on vacuuming day is inconvenient, but it’s worth it for clean clothes and shoes. Make sure to vacuum the closet floor at least once a month.

See also: Organizing a Small Closet on a Budget

3. Under the bed

Over time, dirt, fuzz, and dust bunnies make their way under your bed, which becomes a sanctuary for bugs if not taken care of. Allergens may also build up under the bed if it’s not cleaned regularly. Move the bed out of the way if possible and vacuum under it every few months. If you can’t move the bed, use the vacuum’s hose to get under there.  

See also: How to Maximize the Space Under Your Bed

4. Ceiling fan

The number one thing you might be forgetting to clean in your bedroom is your ceiling fan. I know it’s mine! Dust accumulates quickly on the top of the fan blades and when the fan is turned on that dust starts flying through the air. Fan blades should be wiped down at least twice a year, if not more often.

To easily dust the fan blades without sending the dust flying everywhere, place a pillowcase over the blade and slide it off. The dust collects inside the pillowcase and when you’re done, shake the pillowcase outside and toss it in the wash.

5. Window treatments

Window treatments are dust magnets no matter what type you have (blinds, shades, drapes, etc.). Dust flies off into the air every time you open them. If you can’t wash the drapes or curtains then vacuum them with the vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment. Or take them outside and beat the dust out of them. While the curtains are down, dust off the curtain rod. Blinds or shades can be dusted off with a microfiber cloth.

6. Windows and doors

Molding along the top of your windows and doors can collect a good amount of dust as well. The next time you’re cleaning your bedroom, give those areas a quick dusting. While you’re working on cleaning the door area, use a vinegar/water solution to clean away the film of germs that are sitting on your doorknob and light switch.

7. Lamps and lampshades

Lamps collect a lot of dust and they can also hold a lot of germs. Use the vacuum’s upholstery attachment to clean off lampshades and use the vinegar/water solution to wipe off the knob or pull chain.

8. Picture frames

Another thing you’re likely forgetting to clean in your bedroom is picture frames. However, these need to be wiped free of dust regularly and the glass needs to be cleaned as well. Spiders like to hang out behind picture frames on the wall, so take them down and dust the backs often as well.

9. Houseplants

Even though houseplants act as nature’s own air purifier, they still collect dust. Plants covered in dust have a hard time carrying out respiration through their leaves. And they look gross covered in dust. Clean the leaves a few times a year by rinsing the leaves of small plants in the sink or bathtub. Larger plants can be rinsed outside with the water hose or by using a microfiber cloth to gently wipe off the leaves.

See also: 5 Indoor Houseplants That are Hard to Kill

10. Pillows

Pillowcases may protect your pillow, but your pillow still absorbs sweat, hair oil, drool, and dust mites. Check with the pillow’s tag to see how it should be cleaned. Some pillows cannot be washed in the washing machine, but for those that can, use the hottest setting and make sure it’s completely dry before returning it to your bed. Pillows should be cleaned at least every few months, or more often if you have allergies or asthma.

11. Mattress

Mattresses gather dust mites, flakes of skin, sweat, body oils, dust, and shed hair. Give your mattress a thorough cleaning, then flip it head to toe to keep the mattress from developing sags. Click here to learn how to clean your mattress the right way.

What about you? Do you clean these things regularly? Or are they things you’re forgetting to clean in your bedroom?

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Michelle

Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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70 Comments

  1. Under the bed is our biggest challenge. Though our cat collects the dust bunnies for us, sometimes. 🙂

    1. That’s very nice of them. 😀 Mine hides her toys under there. lol!

  2. Must admit my closet is the toughest one for me, I really need to get at that one and dusting behind picture frames is something I forget all the time. Great list Michelle!

    1. I think we forget about the closet because it’s kind of out of the way. Don’t forget those picture frames! 😀 Thank you!!

      1. Yes, with all the spiders in this place I don’t want to forget anything. Have you ever come across some natural solution that might keep spiders away. I don’t like to use toxic things in the apartment with Muffin here.

        1. Yes! They hate the smell of vinegar and peppermint. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water and just spray around the house. If you have peppermint essential oil you can add some to the mixture.

          1. Thanks so much Michelle, I will give that a try!

  3. Under the bed – yes! I hardly find any dust on the floor, it has all fled to under the bed and dressers. :/

    1. I know what you mean! That’s always where it ends up waiting for you. 😀

  4. I store things under all of our beds. Love your tips Michelle!

    1. Under the bed is such a great storage place. Thank you!

  5. Great reminders! Have a fantastic week!

    1. Thank you so much! The same to you!

      1. ❤️💕☕️☕️☕️👍🙏

  6. Nominated you for the mystery blogger award! -Alicia 🌸

    1. Aww thank you so much!! 🙂

      1. You’re welcome!

  7. Good tips. The closet and every once in a while I am on bed looking up and think… the fan!! Also the ledges of the baseboards, those can collect a lot of dust.

    1. Thank you! I always forget about the fan too. The baseboards do collect a lot of dust! I always forget about them, too! Thank you for reminding me!

      1. Only because I just noticed mine a few weeks ago.
        Nice post.

  8. You are right, some of these I neglect. Others I only do every few months. Thanks for the tips!

    1. The ceiling fan is always the one I forget. 🙂 You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!

      1. You’re welcome!!

  9. Love your photo choice! My ceiling fan is a pain bc it’s directly over my bed. I have to cover my bed just to clean it. Thanks for the reminder lol 😉💛

    1. Thank you! Mine is, too, so the pillowcase trick works really well for me. 😀

  10. I agree, those areas have a way of getting dirty in a sneaky way!

    1. That’s so true! And it doesn’t take long at all. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  11. What a terrific list! I think I need to clean my ceiling fans and houseplants now!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  12. You nailed it! Yep, there are a few things I’m forgetting🤣

    1. Haha! The ceiling fan is always the thing I forget! 😀

  13. Starting to feel guilty here!

    1. No worries. 🙂 Just a reminder for the next cleaning day. 😀

  14. Hi Michelle, hope you are well. I have never thought about some of these! Thank you for sharing, I need to get busy!

    1. The ceiling fan is always the one I forget about. 😀 I hope you’re doing well!!

  15. I try not to keep anything in my closets on the floor just for that reason, so I can vacuum it easily. Great tips Michelle, and this reminds me to go do the ceiling fan LOL

    1. That’s a great idea! It’s a lot easier to clean if nothing is on the floor. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  16. Picture frames, I’m guilty of forgetting that too often! X

    1. Me, too! I had to write it down just so I could remember it for myself. 😂

      1. Had a good clean of the house today and smiled when I cleaned my frames… I have a dozen or so. Hoping this will be part of my routine now! Have a good weekend Michelle x

  17. *nervously looks down at shoes while fidgeting* 🤣 Ooooh I am so guilty of not cleaning so many of these spots! Apparently I really need to get my butt in gear, ha ha!

    One place I never cease to be amazed at the level of dust collection is in the closet! Holy smokes – it’s ridiculous! I could clean thoroughly today and need to do it again in 2 days. The shelves and flooring, like you mentioned, are definite hot spots for all sorts of funk. I’m assuming they like the shady area. Aren’t we lucky?

    Lamps and lampshades are another biggy. I’m pretty sure an ecosystem formed on one of my husband’s lamp shades before he met me. I kid, I kid! 😁

    Love it, Michelle! You never stop teaching me the most interesting things. 🤗

    1. 😂😂 I agree!! Even though our closet door is shut it still gets dusty! I have no idea how that even happens! And we get those weird skinny but big spiders in the corners that I hate. Ugh…
      The ecosystem on your husband’s lampshades cracks me up! 😂😂 Men don’t understand what cleaning is. My husband sweeps the floor and leaves the broom and dustpan sitting up against the wall right beside the hall closet where it goes!!! *sigh*

      1. Yeeees! Creepy spiders and those weirdo crickets too! Drives me crazy as well – I’m with you on that!

        😂 I laughed at your description of what your hubby does with the broom and dustpan. Bless their hearts – they can’t help it, ha hah! I’ll give my hubby credit – he is very very good about helping with the cleaning. I may shake my head sometimes at the style of cleaning, but hey, I’m not going to criticize any help! 😀 Sometimes it’s cute enough to be funny. Comic relief is always nice too!

        Here’s to hoping your hubby discovers the closet door in the near future! 😜 “Oh! When did we put this here?!?” Mm hm.

  18. I have a ceiling fan in my bedroom that I need to clean more! I use it pretty often too 🤭. But I actually dust pretty regularly in my bedroom for all the reasons you’ve stated, especially those lamp shades! My goodness, they collect so much dust even overnight.

    1. I always forget the ceiling fan. I use it a lot so I don’t notice the collection of dust until I turn it off. I don’t know how all that dust stays up there! haha!

  19. Great reminders!
    I feel a bit guilty 😏😏

    1. Thank you! No worries! There’s always time to clean. 🙂

      1. 😉🤗😉😘

  20. Under the bed and ceiling fan…two big ones! Great reminder pointing those out.

    1. Thanks! The ceiling fan is the one I always forget. 😀

  21. This is such a great list, Michelle! I’m definitely going to add this to my list of spring cleaning chores stat! Thank you. Hope you’re having a great week, CoCo

    1. Thank you! I always have to remind myself to clean the ceiling fan! 😀

  22. Michelle, this is fantastic! What a thorough list 🙂 We just moved in but already, I know under the bed is in need of a little TLC. It’s my cat’s favorite hiding place!

    1. Thank you! My cat loves to hide under the bed, too. She takes her toys and whatever else she can find under there. 😀

  23. Michelle, These are great tips! I often forget lampshades. Thanks for the list!

    1. Thank you! I do, too. The lampshades and the ceiling fan are the ones I forget to clean the most. 🙂

  24. Thank you as usual for these useful tips Michelle.

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!

  25. Several of these are definitely easy for me to forget – thanks@

    1. Me, too! Especially the ceiling fan. Thanks for reading!

  26. So very true! 🤪

    1. I have to write them down so I can remember to clean them. 😀

  27. I suppose pillows are the most neglected part of our day to day living. It is a good idea to wash them from time to time or at least put them out under the sun.

    1. Yes, the pillows are something I never really thought about before. But they need cleaning just as often. Thank you for reading!

  28. Thanks for your useful tips about completely removing the dust from the bedroom! The attractive title of this article was very great, which can let more people learn about the importance of cleaning it.
    Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do that, but I have saved this for reading later in my free time.

    1. Thank you! And thank you for saving so you can refer back to it soon. I know how busy you are with all your studies.

  29. Great post Michelle, I’ve been meaning to clean the ceiling fan for months and now is a good time to get to it!

    1. Thank you so much! The ceiling is my least favorite part to clean because it collects so much dust. 🙂

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