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Commonly Forgotten Chores

June 7th, 2018

Most Commonly Forgotten Household Chores

Everyone has their own opinion about what the worst household chores are. Sometimes you’ll remember to do a task around the house because you simply hate it and want to get it over with. At other times, you’ll forget to do a chore you loathe because the chore and your feelings toward it are best left in the far, dark recesses of your mind. 

Chores People Frequently Forget

If you forget the chores you despise the most, you’re not alone. From overlooking the laundry until you have no more clean underwear to letting the dishes pile up despite seeing them in the sink and many more, there are countless chores that a lot of people neglect to do on a regular basis. Here are some chores many people forget about, either accidentally or purposefully, quite often:
  • Cleaning Your Built-In Dryer Vent
  • Cleaning Your Exterior Dryer Vent
  • Cleaning the Coils on Your Refrigerator
  • Cleaning Your Oven
  • Vacuuming Under Beds and Couches

Cleaning Your Built-In Dryer Vent

Your clothes dryer has two vents, one on the front or top of your dryer and one that releases hot air outside. The vent that’s built into your dryer collects lint as your clothes dry. While it’s common knowledge that this vent should be cleaned after every single load of laundry, very few individuals do so.

If you don’t clean your built-in vent often enough, it will take longer for your clothes to dry and, worse, it can create a fire hazard. Even if cleaning the vent on your dryer tops your list of most disliked chores, make it part of your regular laundry routine.

Cleaning Your Exterior Dryer Vent

Just like the vent on your dryer, the vent that expels hot air outside collects lint. While lint won’t build up in this vent as quickly because your machine’s built-in vent will catch a lot of it, lint can still clog your exterior vent over time. You need to clean your exterior vent at least once per year to prevent the vent from becoming a fire hazard.

Cleaning the Coils on Your Refrigerator

Cleaning the coils on your refrigerator is one of the most commonly forgotten household chores. With a typical refrigerator’s coils located on the back or at the bottom of the unit and most fridges sitting against a wall, it’s easy to understand why so many people overlook this important task. Over time, your fridge’s coils will collect dust and dirt.

When this happens, it forces your refrigerator to work harder to keep the items it’s holding chilled. This, in turn, will drive up your energy bill because your fridge will consume more energy. You can prevent these things from happening by using the hose attachment on your vacuum to remove the dust and dirt from your fridge’s coils.

Cleaning Your Oven

Even though many modern ovens have a self-cleaning cycle, cleaning the oven is something many people don’t think about — that is, they don’t think about it until their oven starts smoking when it’s in use, and dinner gets ruined. If you notice a lot of buildup or grease in your oven, it’s important to clean your unit. If you don’t, it can cause a fire.

If your oven has a self-cleaning cycle, be sure you turn it on only when you’re going to be home for the duration. Make sure you open the windows before you start the self-cleaning cycle in case your oven emits smoke or steam as it cleans itself.  

Vacuuming Under Beds and Couches

It doesn’t take long for dust and dirt to accumulate under beds and couches even if you and your guests remove your shoes before entering your home. While you may want to forget this chore forever, it’s vital to vacuum under your furniture at least a few times per year. Doing this is even more important if you have a family member who is allergic to dust mites.

Contact Quintessentially People

If you can’t stand doing housework or you keep forgetting certain chores, we have a solution for you — contact Quintessentially People to find a fully vetted, experienced, highly-trained housekeeping expert. While you may want to put off certain chores, reaching out to us to get the help you need isn’t something you should put off any longer.  Contact Quintessentially People today!