5 Things You Forgot To Clean That Might Be Grossing Out Your Guests

Guests are coming and the house is a disaster! So you furiously tidy up, you vacuum, and you scrub the floor. You shout orders at your kids and husband to pick up those stinky socks. You clean the toilets and the counters! You even cleaned the windows and took that fuzzy thing and flailed wildly at the cobwebs. Then you hide all the leftovers in your bedroom!

You’re golden! Let that picky mother in law show up now!

Well, maybe not…5 things you forgot to clean that might be grossing out your guests - by Press Print Party!

Especially if you have little ones or pets, you may have missed some gross spots you don’t even see anymore. It’s easy to have tunnel vision about our own house. We live with it day after day and sometimes it’s easier not to pay attention. Even if you do a spring cleaning you may miss some of those.

This is not about having a show home or that my house is super clean, I only mean this list as a guideline especially if you’re having people over you don’t know and you’d like to make a good impression. You want a home with a relaxed atmosphere but like it or not, guests will see things you don’t.

After helping host countless parties in other people’s homes here are 5 trouble spots that usually need attention even in the cleanest of homes:

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1 – The guest bathroom

OK, I know, you cleaned the bowl and you wiped the counter…. but… did you clean the underside of the seat? How ’bout that area between the seat and the tank? And what about the gold mine of unmentionable goobies on the floor behind the back of the toilet?

Now, sit on the toilet, like a guest would. Look down. What do you see? Are the baseboards clean? Are the corners of the floors clean? Pick up these Clorox wipes and disinfect at the same time!

Now go wash your hands, and look up at the mirror. Really look at the mirror, Are there water or toothpaste spots?  I’ve wiped countless bathroom mirrors at other people’s home. I always want to leave a place better than I found it….

2 – The doors, door handles and light switches

Rarely do I go in a house with littles and find those items clean. Go right now, and look at your most used light switch… I’ll wait.

Are you grossed out? I sure am when I wipe mine down. Same with the door handles. Go from the entry door and wipe all the door handles, on both sides of the door, and all the light switches. Don’t forget the ones in the kitchen, they’re often the worst ones.

That goes for the fridge handle too, and the kitchen cabinet doors! Those get greasy and gross. If your guests are going to be anywhere near the kitchen, get your microfiber cloth and take 10 minutes to wipe those cabinets down.

3 – The walls

One time my husband and I were cleaning the house to receive family and he noticed a fairly long grayish spot on the wall towards the baseboard next to the front door. “Where did that come from?”. I had to look and think. I stood there baffled for a minute. Then it came to me! That was one of my beloved dog’s favorite spots….. and she had been gone for 3 YEARS!!!!

After this incident, I started being much more aware of people’s walls. I remember going into an otherwise immaculate house one time with long, gray dog marks all over the walls! I’ve seen countless finger streaks also.

Even if you don’t have pets or little kids you probably have a wall that people grab on to while turning into a hallway. Look at it with discerning eyes and suddenly you may see all those disgusting handprints. Grab a magic eraser and make them disappear!

4 – The dining room chairs

I beg of you, wipe down the back of those chairs! Nothing will gross out a guest more than a sticky chair back.

Examine your chairs. The legs and those horizontal bars are often the target of lots of splatters and spills and they don’t often get a lot of soapy water style love.

That’s one of my hubby’s pet peeves.. sticky. He was the sticky monitor the whole time our kids were little. He probably wiped the chairs everyday.

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5 – The couch

When guests come you really should vacuum the couch. And spot clean it. Don’t let poor Aunt Gladys sit in last month’s spit up or Princess’s hair ball. Using a lint roller works wonders, although I wouldn’t be caught without my Dyson Animal vacuum.

I get it! I’ve had horrible, old couches that are impossible to clean. Then get inventive. Grab a clean quilt or a blanket. Heck, clean Batman sheets are better than grubby couch cushions any day.

I know, that’s technically more than 5 things, but one last piece of advice:

To clean your house for guests, you have to think like a guest.

Go outside your front door, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now open the door and enter your house as if for the first time! Discover it. What do you see first? Move about the house, use the guest bathroom, sit in your dining room. Get a real sense of what a guest may see.

So what do you think I’ve missed? What grosses you out? Do you think I went too far?

In the end you need to give yourself a little grace too, hopefully, you’re inviting people over who love you and will look beyond the spots you missed.

The idea is for your guests to feel welcome in your home, and a little extra thoughtful cleaning can go a long way.

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34 thoughts on “5 Things You Forgot To Clean That Might Be Grossing Out Your Guests

  1. Jenny says:

    I notice ALL those things in my house…what does that say about me..🤔? 😅 That’s not to say I spend my days scrubbing obsessively (I mean, with kids you sort of have to choose your cleaning battles or at least how often you’re going to fight them), but I find the more my house is free of excessive clutter, the easier it is to see what needs to be cleaned, and to do the cleaning needed.

  2. Donnita says:

    Oh Lord , i have two dogs that love to eat dog biscuits on the sofa , a reclining sofa . My daughter was over the other day . She said , ” Mom there are dog biscuits under your recliner . I could have crawled under it !

  3. Martha says:

    Keep a spray bottle of cleaning solution (I use glass cleaner for quick wipe ups) and a tub of Disinfectant wipes under kitchen and bathroom cabinets along with a roll of paper towels. It makes it easy to wipe things down quickly and often. If you don’t want to bother with extra stuff, keep a pkg of magic erasers under those counters. Hand is dandy in my book.

  4. Angie B says:

    The wall behind a kitchen garbage can and the wall where the air conditioner control is- those places need to be wiped often.

  5. Denise says:

    Ppl forget vents on the wall and the bathroom fan vent. They also forget the sides of the bathroom vanity. The vents from the fan over the stove. Blinds are never clean! Window sills and the tracks for sliding glass doors. I could probably come up with more but right now these are the ones that come to mind.

    • Ruba says:

      You said it!!! I walk in my house feeling that everything is clean and ok, just I recieve a call telling me guests will come ,and I start to see things that I haven’t noticed before,thank you for your blog ,it helped me in realizing that what happens to me everytime is a real thing not just a mind tricking game 😊

  6. Brenda says:

    Nothing more disgusting than a dirty bathroom. People have busy lives but 30 minutes a day can keep a house descent. Then weekends can be for deeper cleaning and once a month jobs – light fixtures – baseboards – etc. it’s just laziness. And it’s unhealthy. My children weren’t raised in a dirty home but I have one child who is lazy and is teaching her children laziness. They want to stay at my house “because it’s not messy” per the kids! It’s takes a little effort and elbow grease to live in a clean “home”.

  7. Arlene Oliver says:

    I can’t believe an article had to be written to tell people gross places that they don’t clean! I always have cleaned as if someone was going to inspect my house. I even trained my 3 boys and 1 daughter.
    I find that including at least ONE task everyday keeps my house looking like a magazine. When I had a housekeeper I sat in each room and made a list of what to clean as if I was doing the job. Each room was rotated on each cleaning day as well as basic expected cleaning. That way cleaning was not burdensome. I made the schedule into a one page document with the cleaning details listed making it easy to print out for the housekeeper. Each task could be marked off as the task was completed.

  8. Natalie says:

    Great article! Luckily I always thoroughly clean the whole toilet and those disgusting problem areas you mentioned. Those things gross me out enough in my own home, let alone other people’s!!

  9. Brenda says:

    Also, under faucets and behind the faucets, around the knobs on the sinks and bath tub/ shower, there is always build up from soap creating a dark scum. Anything wet keeps odor. Also, base boards should be swept and wiped down weekly, wiping base boards with dryer sheets keeps house smelling fresh.

  10. Irma says:

    We tend to forget about the light fixtures above our bathroom sinks. Probably because they stand so much higher than our heights. They can collect a lot of dust.

  11. Annette G says:

    I had never cleaned the shower curtain rod. My housecleaning person cleaned and polished it, and now, that curtain flies by like greased lightning.

  12. Kay says:

    Cobwebs and dust on the crystal chandelier above the delicious meal you cooked for your guests…wipe down ceiling fan blades and cobwebby corners.

  13. Sandi says:

    What grosses me out is when people don’t clean between the faucet and the handles of the overflow hole and I can see what’s lurking there.

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