Some parts of the house are harder to dust and clean than others. If you’re having a hard time cleaning parts of your house like your air conditioner vents, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and baseboards, you’re not alone!

Many people struggle to clean these hard-to-access places. The following tricks can help you get these parts of your house clean, without a lot of mess or fuss.

Air Conditioner Vents

Turn off your HVAC system, so that no air is blowing through the vents, then unscrew the vent covers. Use a vacuum to suck the dirt from the covers, then submerge the covers in warm soapy water. Use a scrub brush to brush clean. Allow the vent covers to fully dry before reattaching them.

Tip: if your ducts need to be cleaned, you’ll be able to tell when the vent covers are removed. Contact an HVAC company about duct cleaning services if this interests you.

Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures

Turn off the ceiling fan, then stand on a sturdy stool so you can reach the blades. Place an old pillowcase around the first fan blade, then pull the dirt off. The dirt will be caught inside the pillowcase and will not fall to the ground!

To clean your light fixtures, turn off the light and remove all removable parts, including any glass covers, pendants, crystals, etc. Clean the light bulbs with a lightly damp rag, then dry. Place all other parts in warm, soapy water. Allow to soak before cleaning with a sponge.

Baseboards, Door Frames, and Molding

Clean your baseboards, door frames, and molding with a melamine sponge dipped in a combination of water and vinegar. The melamine sponge will make cleaning easy, by eliminating grime and grease.

Wipe down the baseboards with a dry rag to get rid of any dampness. If your baseboards are made of finished wood instead of painted wood, use a wood cleaner instead of water and vinegar.


Walls are easy to clean if you have a damp melamine sponge. Dust your walls before cleaning to avoid rubbing dirt into the paint.

Remember that flat and eggshell finishes are easy to wash off, and some don’t respond to being cleaned very well. Test your walls in a hard-to-see area and allow the wall to dry before proceeding.

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