How to Clean those Most-Touched Areas – Clean Mama

March 10, 2021

If you do spring cleaning, cleaning your home after a sickness, or just looking for a quick batch clean, cleaning the most touched areas of your home is a great little project. I have these areas in my rotating cleaning jobs (in the Homekeeping Society and Homekeeping Planner) but find cleaning these most exposed areas is also a great job for seasonal cleaning.

If you’re looking to find out if you’re ready for spring cleaning, cleaning the most exposed areas of your home is the perfect place to start!

I find the most efficient way to clean up those pesky, most touched areas is to stack them together. I go in the order of the list below and do all of the light switches and switch panels, then I move on to clean all of the door handles, all of the kitchen handles, etc. This keeps me updated, I am not missing a thing, if a certain cleaner or fabric works better for an area I can use for the whole house, and if I can’t go through the entire list at once I can go back to the list.

Most touched areas:

  • Light switches and switch panels
  • Door handles
  • Bonus points for cleaning your doors
  • Kitchen utensil handles (refrigerator, dishwasher, oven)
  • Bonus points for cleaning your device fronts
  • Phones (landline + cell phones)
  • Banisters
  • Cabinet and drawer knobs and pulls in the kitchen
  • Closet and drawer knobs and pulls in bathroom (s)
  • Bonus points for cleaning your cabinet and drawer fronts
  • TV remote controls
  • Game controller


In general, all you need is a small all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cleaning cloth or mop cloth to clean most of these most exposed areas. You can see my favorite DIY cleaners here. All-purpose cleaner can be sprayed directly on your cleaning cloth and then wiped off the area. Spray, wipe, repeat.

All-purpose cleaning spray

  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon and clove are my favorite blend)

Mix in a spray bottle, spray liberally on surfaces and wipe with a soft cleaning cloth (I prefer microfiber or bar wipes – you can find these here).

Door handles + pullers, light switches, remote controls

When cleaning areas like doorknobs, light switches, and remotes / game controllers, I usually pour a little alcohol on a cotton cloth or wipe and wipe it off. This will kill the germs and make the area easy to clean.

Doors and cupboards

When cleaning doors and cupboards, I like to mix up a small cupboard cleaner. This simple recipe will cover most cabinets and cupboards, but this post has a few more recipes.

Cabinet + cabinet cleaner

8 cups of warm water
2 tablespoons of liquid Castilian soap
3 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bucket. Working from the top left, scrub your way to the right with a microfiber cloth or mop cloth. Make sure you wring your cloth frequently and well.

Ready to start? I’m pretty sure if you start with a little spring cleaning you’ll find that it’s not as hard as you thought it might be to get started!

You can see all of my favorites for spring cleaning here on my Amazon favorites page too! Are you looking for more content for spring cleaning? Here is everything from this year’s spring cleaning with me and other posts I’ve written over the past few years – I love chatting about spring cleaning!


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VIEW EVERY MONDAY FOR NEW POST: Every Monday for the month of March, I’ll work out the plan for the week, tell you how I’m approaching spring cleaning, and then I’ll have a post or two during each week to help with the tasks for the week. Make sure to check Instagram for DAILY updates from Clean Mama HQ (my house).

SPRING CLEANING IS THE MONTHLY FOCUS FOR MARCH: You can find the monthly focus in the Homekeeping Planner and in the subscription to the Homekeeping Society. If you’re looking to work with a small group, join the Homekeeping Society for assistance!

SPRING CLEANING WITH ME SCHEDULE – I’ll link the posts when we go!
WEEK 1: Preparation week + laundry room
3 DIY cleaners for spring cleaning your whole house
How to clean a laundry room
5 essential spring cleaning tools
WEEK 2: dusting + wiping
WEEK 3: Thoroughly clean the kitchen
WEEK 4: Windows + bathroom
WEEK 5: beds + floors

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