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Quiz: What’s Your Spring Cleaning IQ?

How often should you wash your pillows? And when should you clean your windows? Take the quiz to find out!

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George Wylesol

When it comes to spring cleaning, washing windows, laundering linens and scrubbing floors top peoples’ lists of essential tasks, according to a 2023 Cleaning Institute survey. But how much do you know about the oft-overlooked places in your home that should definitely be included on your spring cleaning checklist? What needs to be cleaned? How often? And what tools should you use? Take this quiz to test your spring cleaning knowledge! Hint: If you want to get the answers right, read this article first.

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Question 1 of 10

What is the best tool to clean behind appliances?

A broom will remove some dust and debris, but the vacuum crevice tool is small enough to fit into all of the little nooks and crannies where dust hides in the back of your appliances, and the vacuum’s suction easily removes it, says Katie Barton, in charge of cleaning content for the home design ideas website

Question 2 of 10

Why should you clean the refrigerator water dispenser?

The moisture and mineral buildup can harbor mold and bacteria, says Michael Rubino, mold and air quality expert and founder of HomeCleanse, a home air purification company.

Question 3 of 10

Which is the most effective method for removing odor from throw rugs?

Washable rugs can be tossed in the machine and laundered according to the care instructions to remove dirt and odors. For rugs that can’t be washed, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on the rug, let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it up to get rid of odors, says Barton.

Question 4 of 10

A dirty oven could …

Regular cooking temperatures will kill bacteria, says Haley F. Oliver, a professor of food science at Purdue University. But foods crusted on the bottom of the stove could affect the taste of your food or start a grease fire.

Question 5 of 10

What are the most common window-washing mistakes?

To properly clean a window, vacuum window frames and sills, clean screens with a brush to remove dirt, use products made for cleaning windows, and save the task for a cloudy day; direct sunlight can leave you with streaky windows. Why? The liquid evaporates at a faster rate, leaving streaks behind, according to Consumer Reports.

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Question 6 of 10

 How often should you wash your bed pillows?

Washing your pillows twice a year can help get rid of dust mites, which are a common cause of allergens, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Question 7 of 10

Cleaning the dryer vent helps

You should clean your dryer vent after every single load to help maintain the appliance and reduce the risk of fire, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Question 8 of 10

What method is best to remove germs from a kitchen sponge?

Nuking your sponge in the microwave might kill some bacteria, but not all of it, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s better to toss your kitchen sponge in the trash and replace it frequently (general expert advice is to change your sponge weekly).

Question 9 of 10

What’s the best way to clean the interior of your dishwasher?

Fill a dishwasher-safe mug with white vinegar, put it on the top rack of the dishwasher and run it on the “normal” cycle with hot water to loosen soap scum and grease from the interior, says Oliver.

Question 10 of 10

Removing the mineral deposits from a coffee maker is called …

Descaling is the process of removing the calcium, magnesium and limescale that builds up in your coffee maker. These mineral deposits can affect the function of your coffee maker and the flavor of the coffee, says Lisa McManus, executive editor at America’s Test Kitchen Reviews.

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