Think your home is clean? You’d be surprised how many things in a traditional household that are breeding grounds for germs or worse. Following are a few often overlooked things in your home that could be collecting lots of grime, gunk, and bacteria, the best ways to clean them and how often.
After a while, build up in the dishwasher can keep dishes from getting the deep cleaning they need. To keep your dishwasher clean, once a month securely set 1/2 a cup of white vinegar in the upper rack then run a regular cycle. For a good cleaning, besides using the vinegar, add a cup of baking soda to the bottom of the dishwasher.
When it comes to dirty kitchen counters, what you can’t see can end up making you sick. Wipe down kitchen surfaces after you use them, which will help ensure that lingering germs from last night’s dinner prep don’t end up your next meal. This goes for your kitchen sink as well, which really should be cleaned every day. Most people don’t realize that a dirty kitchen sink can have more bacteria than a toilet.
Spoiled, long forgotten leftovers hiding in the back of your fridge can leave behind mold spores, long after you’ve tossed them. To keep germs from thriving in your refrigerator, empty it out every 3 to 4 months, thoroughly cleaning the walls and shelves. An all natural cleaning solution created using a tablespoon of baking soda mixed in a quart of water will do the trick. Rinse clean then let it dry before restocking it.
If you’ve got kids and pets, chances are you’ll need to sweep up after every meal. In most cases, it’s okay to wait a week between cleanings, but if you use a microfiber mop, you can quickly clean the floor anytime you want. The more often you clean the kitchen floor, the fewer food crumbs and other debris will be tracked through your home.
Keeping your carpeting clean is crucial for eliminating allergy triggers in your home. Vacuum, wash small area rugs and floor mats at least once a week. If you have big area rugs, vacuum them as well or take them outside and shake them out.
The more your toilets get used in a day, the more often they need to be cleaned. Give your toilets a good scrub down at least once a week and in between squirt an all natural cleaner into the bowl (have a bottle handy in the bathroom) every day, swishing it around with a bathroom brush. Taking this simple step will make keeping cleaning toilets easy.
Plastic shower curtains or liners need to be cleaned at least once a month to prevent mildew and remove soap scum. All you need to do is mix warm water and baking soda, put it in a spray bottle, spray and wipe it down once a month to remove soap scum and prevent mildew. It’s also a good idea to spray the shower curtain down after every shower, which will make it easier to deep clean later.
Knick Knacks, etc.
Any place in your home where the dust settles needs a regular cleaning and the best and most efficient way to do it is to use a dust-grabber like a microfiber duster. Use it to dust Knick knacks, lamp bases, side tables, mirrors, picture frames, you get the idea.
Any appliance that uses water can end up with mold and mildew and this definitely applies to washing machines. Give yours a deeper cleaning every 3 to 4 months by adding (without laundry in the machine) 3 cups of vinegar (putting it in first for a minute as the machine agitates) and then adding 1/2 cup of baking soda. At this point, let the combination sit for a few minutes before you complete the cycle. Then, run a hot cycle to sanitize.
When was the last time you cleaned your TV remote? Chances are good that the answer is never which is the case for most of us. Before you clean the remote take the batteries out. Then, clean all the nooks and crannies with a Q-tip, lightly dipped in soapy water, removing all the crud and oily fingerprints you’re sure to find there. Next, wipe down the whole thing with a natural cleaner. Be sure that the battery compartment is completely dry before putting the batteries back in.
Talk about a breeding ground for germs! Kids toys have got to be some of the germiest items in any home. To give toys a good cleaning, use a combination of a squirt non-toxic dish soap mixed with a cup or 2 of water and using a soft cloth, wipe away any visible grime and dirt and then rinse well.
To avoid being subjected to toxic issues caused by fumes, carbon monoxide and soot, have your chimney inspected every year by a certified chimney sweep. They’ll have the experience it takes to check for problems and remove any buildup.
There’s no doubt that most of us don’t have a lot of time on our hands, making it difficult to keep up with household chores. Even so, it makes sense to find the time to give these things a good cleaning because it will definitely help keep your home healthy.