Have you ever wondered if you should clean your counter more often? How about dusting your shelves? There are a lot of items in our houses that need constant attention and cleaning, be it for maintenance or just to get rid of any dirt or germs that may be lying around. Yet, are you sure you are cleaning all of the things that need special attention?
There are numerous items that we have known from the dawn of time which need to be washed or disinfected because they seem to attract grime and bacteria: like almost anything in our bathrooms and kitchens, which are notorious for getting dirtier faster than other rooms. However, there are a lot of smaller items that you have in your house that you may not know to need the same attention as full rooms. There are even some things in the kitchen that you may not think about washing!
Here we have gathered some of the things that we believe you may have ignored when it came to last year’s spring cleaning! Let us know if you have any other items that would fit right into our list!
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all ended up spending way more time than we wanted to work from home. This meant that our keyboard somehow became one of the most used items in our house, even if it was not something that we expected. So, because our keyboards are used so often, it means that they are also getting much dirtier than usual.
To make matters worse, if you have small children in your family that use the computer, you can imagine how easy it is for those grubby little hands to bring in more crumbs, stickiness, and overall to that keyboard! Therefore, you should make sure you put it on your “house items to clean” list.
To do that, you should use compressed air to dislodge any dust, crumbs, or pet hair if you have a fluffy friend, and then use a tech wipe, electronics spray, or rubbing alcohol (in small doses) to wipe down the keyboard to disinfect it!
As we all know, cell phones are just breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. It is estimated that every square inch of your mobile phone has about 25,000 germs, which makes it dirtier than a shoe’s sole, your pet’s food dish, and yes, you guessed it, a toilet seat. And we put them up to our faces to speak on them!
The best way to clean your mobile phone is to get some alcohol wipes, which you can find in any store, from drugstores to supermarkets, and have them on you and around your house. You can also use one of those wet wipes for glasses if all else fails. Just make sure you have them on you and are giving your phone a customary wipe down. Especially if you are around the house and just checked the news on the throne…
Have you ever imagined that your bed pillow can actually accumulate weight over the years? Yeah, it sounds a bit weird. But in reality, it is the fault of dust mites and their waste that will make the pillow double in weight! Together with the dead skin that all of us leave behind while we sleep, occasional drooling, our pillows end up not looking as sanitary as they may appear at first glance.
We all know that we have to clean our pillowcases, but some may not know that we should also give the same treatment to our pillows. Thankfully most are washable nowadays and you can have them cleaned by a professional company twice a year!
If you want to do the washing yourself, you can do so with the synthetic ones on a heavy cycle in the washing machine, using a gentle detergent. Afterward, you can dry it at low heat, with a few tennis balls in sports socks to get rid of any deep moisture inside the pillows. Make sure the pillows are fully dry to avoid any mold!
Just by the nature of this item in your house, you expect it to at times be dirty, as despite using a trash bag, liquids and other bits of foods can end up contaminating the trash can itself. Moreover, if your trash can has a lid, it can be a festering ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria. To avoid that, you should wipe the lid down with disinfecting wipes every time you take it out.
As for the trash can itself, you should give it a deep clean once a month to avoid vile smells and it being a potential bacteria festering ground. For this item, you can use a combination of at home cleaning and a cleaner that you can find at any store.
You can sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the bin and let it sit for about 10 minutes, so you can get rid of the smell. Afterward use your choice of an all-purpose cleaner to wipe it down and wash it, before letting it completely dry. If you add a trash bag immediately after washing, the remaining moisture can end up creating mold so be careful how you clean the bin.
There is a rumor going around that the dirtiest part of a hotel room is, surprisingly or not, the remote control. However, most people do not think that it also applies to your own remote at home! As people are always holding it and using it, even when they are eating or when they are fighting a cold, it makes it a germ magnet. There are quite a lot of these small items in your house that you do not give a second thought to.
A study found that half of the remotes used for the experiment had tested positive for viruses such as the cold. The easiest way to avoid getting any germs from them is to use the same alcohol wipes used for cleaning phones on the remote as well, to make sure you regularly get rid of any germs.
Doorknobs and Light Switches
Without paying much attention to these tiny objects in our houses, we tend to end up forgetting that they are among some of the most touched and used objects in the house. That is how they end up being a contender for the dirtiest place in the home.
You should start adding them to your regular “cleaning the house” routine. We suggest wiping them down with a disinfectant to stop the spread of bacteria and germs, as well as removing any grime or dirt that can accumulate in time from always being touched. If you want to use something that is found in the house and you do not mind the smell, you can always use a small amount of vinegar to wipe them down.
There are countless warnings about how you should make sure your toilet is clean because of the E.coli bacteria that are just waiting around to get on everything you own. Yet, there have been studies that show that there is more bacteria in the kitchen sink than in the toilet!
That is because they love the wet environment and the bacteria feed onto food particles that are left on the dirty dishes and down the drain. Not so appealing to leave the dishes for the next day, no? That’s why you have to make sure that amongst the places in your house you clean almost religiously, you include the kitchen sink.
Use one of the specially designed disinfectants for the kitchen sink, that is going to kill all the bacteria and pathogens. Or you can even make your own, by mixing one part rubbing alcohol with one part water and spraying it over a clean sink: that way it will both quickly dry and disinfect! Make this a part of your daily routine for a germ-free sink and some peace of mind!
A lot of people wonder why they should wash something that actually operates with water and soap on an almost daily basis. Yet, just as one washes their towels, they should also wash the dishwasher. That is because parts of the food cleaned from the plates, grease and even soap scum can gather in the sides of the machine. In time, this can lead to the dishwater smelling and looking worse and worse, while also decreasing its efficiency: you cannot expect something that is dirty to clean well.
That’s why you should make sure your dishwasher gets a maintenance wash every so often. You can either use one of the detergents that are available in the market, or you can use a more homemade version. Either way, you should take out the filter and wash it separately. The chemical-free version of cleaning is to sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher overnight. The next day, you should add some vinegar over it and run the washer on its hottest cycle.
The result will be a clean and odor free machine! However, make sure you do not wait for it to start smelling before doing it. Preventive measures are the best and will ensure the longevity of your appliance.
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