Spring is almost here, making it the perfect time to start planning and jotting down your spring cleaning list. You may have been doing some more detailed cleaning over the past few months, but there may still be things in your home that are overlooked during a regular cleaning routine, and they definitely need a clean too.
We have listed some items that you should be cleaning in your home. These items can be touched multiple times a day and are the perfect place for germs to reside.
If the new spring breeze has you opening all the windows and dusting the blinds, take a moment to work on the items in the list too. Are you up for the challenge to clean everything on the list within the next month?
Bins are very useful items, we put stuff into them each day. Although bins will usually have a bag to collect everything, surprisingly things will make their way to the bottom and side of the bin, filling them with germs. Simply take them outside to hose off the inside and outside, then give them a spray and wipe dry.
Washing Machines & Dishwasher
Water is a great start to bacteria growth. Lots of bacteria can hide in the washing machine and dishwasher. The build up of germs can be completely invisible and it's not until there is a smell that you may become aware of the problem. You can buy ready made dishwashers and washing machine cleaners from the supermarket, but the eco version is just to add 2 cups white vinegar to an empty load and run the machine on the hottest temperature for a cycle. Keeping the door open when the machine is not in use will help prevent mould and mildew.
Door Handles & Light Switches
We often open a door or turn on a light without giving any thought to whether the item is clean. You should be aiming to clean these 2 a week, but more frequently if someone in the house is sick. A wet cloth with mild detergent will clean them, or a disinfectant wipe can be used.
Phones & Devices
You probably know this one. Your phone is constantly being touched, and you are either putting germs on it or taking germs off it. If your phone comes with you to the bathroom, be aware that when a toilet is flushed it spreads germs everywhere, and they can land on your phone. You can get special wipes for electronics or you can use a disinfectant wipe, or lightly damp cloth to wipe over your phone and then pat dry with a soft cloth. If you are using a case clean it separately as germs can linger between the two items.
Computer/ Laptop Keyboard & Screen
Research suggests that computer keyboards can be dirtier than a toilet set. Wiping over with a damp cloth may be all your keyboard needs, otherwise specifically designs wipes for TV and screens can be used. You can even get cleaning slimes which can help you collect all the little bits that fall in between the keys. Just remember to do it while your computer is off, so you don’t activate items as you clean the keys. You can use electronics wipes or you can use a disinfectant wipe, or lightly damp cloth to wipe over your phone and then pat dry with a soft cloth.
TV Remotes & Game Controllers
Another item that can be touched multiple times a day by multiple people, making it a way to transfer germs from person to person in a short period of time. Use a similar cleaning technique to the way computer keyboards and phones are cleaned.
Hair & Makeup Brushes
Hair brushes collect a lot of dead hair and dust among other things. And if not clean regularly, then you are brushing it back into your clean hair. You can buy devices to clean your hairbrushes, but you can also just use a comb to collect up the excess hair and then wash is soapy water to clean away any excess residue and let dry.
It's recommended to clean your makeup brush every 7 to 10 days. The brush can transfer the bacteria to your face, which you can then transfer to everything else. Brushes can be washed with room temperature water and soap. To prevent mildew forming in the bristles, let your brushes dry with the edge hanging of the counter so there is air flow all around.
Toothbrush & Toothbrush Holder
You should be changing out your toothbrush every 3 month or after an illness. But as you are putting your toothbrush inside your mouth hopefully 2-3 times a day, it should get a regular clean as well. You can clean your toothbrush by rinsing it in an antibacterial mouthwash. By giving it (just the head if electric toothbrush) a run through the dishwasher once a week, or sitting the head in a glass of boiling water for 5 minutes.
Water and toothpaste seem to congregate at the bottom of the toothbrush holder., and will often get missed. If your items are stored in a dishwasher safe container then it can be washed in a dishwasher, otherwise it can be cleaned by hand washing as you would do the dishes.
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