10 things in your home you never clean — but should

Remove the racks from the oven and lay them on the counter. Mix one-quarter cup of white vinegar, one-quarter cup of grease-cutting dishwashing liquid and one cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray the oven racks and let them sit for at least 20 minutes. Then, use a steel pot-scrubbing pad to remove any cooked-on mess. Can’t get everything off? McGee recommends scrubbing with a microfiber cloth and Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser & Polish. Once the racks are clean, rinse and air-dry them before reinstalling. Mattresses

The best way to keep your mattress clean is to invest in a quality mattress protector that guards against bedbugs, liquids and dust mites, Homer says. Most covers are machine washable and should be washed every three to four months.

Find a stain on a mattress? Scrub the area with a microfiber towel and diluted laundry detergent, Homer says. Then, rub the spot with a towel dampened in fresh water to “rinse.” Make sure the mattress is fully dry before replacing the cover. Hampers

Hampers can be tricky to clean, since the method depends on the material. Some hampers are made with fabric liners or bags that can be machine-washed on the delicate cycle. If the hamper is made of plastic, “wiping it out with a disinfecting all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber towel should be all it needs,” Homer says, but let the disinfectant sit for at least 10 minutes to remove bad odors.

To keep hampers smelling fresh, place a few laundry scent beads in the bottom of the hamper in a small fabric pouch tied with ribbon or string, McGee recommends. Refrigerator coils

Regularly cleaning your refrigerator’s coils can improve the efficiency of your machine, Homer says, but it requires some legwork.

“These days, most new refrigerators hide the coils behind a metal plate in the back that has to be unscrewed,” she explains. Once you gain access, clean them with a long spiraled bristle brush and a vacuum. “Just loosen the dust with the brush and then suck it out with the [vacuum’s] crevice tool,” Homer says. When the coils are clean, screw the plate back on and roll the machine into place. Knife block

This often-overlooked area of the kitchen cries out for a cleaning because food crumbs and debris can accumulate over time, Sardone says.

For best results, tip the knife block upside down and use canned air to spray out any food or dust particles, McGee says. Then soak the block in hot water with a tablespoon of grease-cutting dish soap for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and tip the block upside down to allow for draining, and air-dry overnight before replacing the knives.

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